Lotte Chemical to manufacture cathode materials in Kentucky
The South Korean chemical company Lotte Chemical, together with Lotte Aluminium, is building a factory in the US state of Kentucky for the production of cathode foils for use in batteries for electric vehicles. The factory in Hardin County is scheduled to go into operation in 2025 and produce 36,000 tonnes of cathode foils.
Tesla to use new batteries for the Model Y
According to Chinese media reports, Tesla will use improved LFP cells from CATL in the Model Y produced in China starting from next year. CATL will supply so-called ‘M3P’ batteries to Tesla for the first time for the Model Y with a 72 kWh battery from the fourth quarter of 2022.
Ganfeng Lithium building huge solid-state battery plant
Ganfeng Lithium has begun construction of a solid-state battery production facility, which the company says will be the largest of its kind in China to date. Once completed, the factory in Chongqing will offer annual capacities of 10 GWh each for the production of battery cells as well as battery packs.
Nio confirms plans to release 150 kWh battery in 2022
The Chinese electric carmaker has confirmed its earlier timetables, according to which the first vehicles with the 150 kWh solid-state battery will be delivered this year. There will also be flexible upgrades for existing Nio customers via the company’s battery swap stations.
US DoE to loan Ultium Cells $2.5 billion
The US Department of Energy has announced that it will provide a $2.5 billion loan to the battery joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. Ultium Cells will use the money to finance the construction of new battery cell production facilities.
Trumpf & Cellforce announce strategic partnership
The battery cell joint venture between Porsche and Customcells, Cellforce, has entered into a strategic partnership with the machine manufacturer Trumpf from Baden-Württemberg. As part of the cooperation, high-precision laser technology from Trumpf will be used in battery cell production.
TÜV SÜD opens battery testing centre in Thailand
The German testing and certification service provider TÜV SÜD has inaugurated its Battery and Automotive Components Testing Centre in Chonburi, Thailand. This lab further adds to the existing network of 8 battery testing labs spread across North America, Germany and Asia.