Welcome to the latest eMobility Update – your comprehensive guide to this week’s happenings in electric transport. Today: Next Northvolt Gigafactory goes to Germany ++ Ford Motor Company to launch seven EVs in Europe ++ Jaguar reuses batteries of early I-Pace cars.
#1 – Next Northvolt battery plant in Germany
The Swedish battery cell maker Northvolt has confirmed a new factory. Northvolt Drei will emerge in Heide, a German town not far from the North Sea. Production will start in 2025, and Northvolt expects capacity to reach sixty giga-watt-hours in the end. The company reckons that is enough to equip one million EVs. There are also plans to build a recycling facility nearby.
#2 – Ford to launch seven EVs in Europe by 2024
Ford plans to have seven electric vehicles on sale in Europe by 2024. The push includes three electric passenger cars and four transporters. Once these seven models are out, Ford aims to sell over a half-million EVs here every year, the latest by 2026.
#3 – I-Pace batteries now in second-life use
The battery of Jaguar’s I-Pace car just got a second life. JLR and the energy company Pramac have developed an off-grid storage system using I-Pace power packs. Solar panels provide energy to charge the cells the partners collected from early I-Pace prototypes and pre-series models.
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