Gaussin explores FCEV production in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) has just announced the signing of five agreements with French companies, including an agreement to explore a hydrogen-powered vehicle business with Gaussin. Here, Gaussin aims to establish a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen vehicles ‘Made in Saudi Arabia.’
CATL begins building cathode plant in Yichang
CATL has begun construction of a large industrial park in the Chinese city of Yichang for the production of battery materials for electric vehicles and the recycling of batteries. The first phase is scheduled to be commissioned in 2023 and the entire project completed in 2025.
SES scores exclusive supply deal for separators by ENTEK
Battery developer SES and ENTEK Membranes have announced an exclusive supply agreement for battery separator materials for SES’s recently unveiled hybrid lithium metal battery cell Apollo. The company is currently looking to scale up as it expects to supply GM and Hyundai-Kia in future.
Cummins invests in Sion Power
In the USA, the engine manufacturer Cummins is investing in the battery developer Sion Power. Together, the two sides intend to further develop Sion’s lithium metal battery technology called Licerion for applications in electric commercial vehicles.
Valmet announces modular battery platform for utility vehicles
Valmet Automotive has introduced a modular battery platform for the electrification of off-highway and commercial vehicles. The Modular Power Pack is said to be suitable for all vehicles in agriculture, forestry, construction and mining. It is also suitable for the truck and bus segment as well as industrial applications.
Mercedes & Stellantis invest in Factorial Energy
Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis have taken a stake in Factorial Energy, a US developer of solid-state battery cells. In addition to their financial participation, both carmakers have also agreed on development cooperations with Factorial Energy. Mercedes wants to launch a small series of batteries by the end of 2026.
CATL launches personnel recruitment in Germany
About two years after the start of construction, CATL plans to hire more employees for its battery cell factory near Erfurt in the next few weeks. The workforce is expected to increase from around 180 employees from Thuringia at present to about 225 by the end of the year.