Daimler to build its fifth battery plant: The German carmaker said it would erect a new battery assembly in Alabama/USA, close to its existing car factory in Tuscaloosa. Simultaniously, the company intends to start manufacturing EQ-branded SUV models in Tuscaloosa. In total, Daimler is willing to invest 1bn dollars in its U.S. expansion plans.
Korean battery makers change strategy in China: After China’s government has decided to only subsidise LFP or lithium-ion-phosphate batteries adopted by Chinese companies, LG Chem and Samsung SDI apply a new strategy regarding their temporarily shut down battery plants in Chinese Xian (Samsung) and Nanjing (LG). At both sites, production shall be revived with the aim to supply solely foreign car manufacturers: Samsung’s batteries shall power the BMW i3, LG’s batteries the EV versions of Hyundai-Kia’s Ioniq, Kona and Niro.
British-German development centre: Aachen-based engineering service provider FEV teams up with British Coventry University in order to build a clean transport technology centre in Coventry and thus to push research on advanced powertrain development. Both partners signed a 33m euros deal. Four state-of-the-art powertrain test cells enable the scientists to develop a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybrid and electric.
Navya to open a facility in Australia: Navya is about to establish a manufacturing facility in Adelaide. In order to do so, the French driverless electric shuttle company has just entered into a deal with the South Australian State Government. Not long ago, the company announced its first oversea activity in Saline, Michigan, where it intends to build 25 Armas before the year’s end.