EKPO Fuel Cell is launching a Chinese subsidiary
EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, is expanding its activities in China by establishing a Chinese subsidiary. The aim is to manufacture the first stacks in the city of Suzhou before the end of the year.
Honda is bundling battery procurement in China
Honda is raising the curtain on a Japanese-Chinese procurement initiative: The company plans to set up a joint venture in China with its Chinese partners Dongfeng and GAC at the end of this month. The goal is to bundle purchases of electric vehicle batteries from CATL.
Honda to source battery materials from Hanwa
Honda has entered into a strategic partnership with the Japanese trading company Hanwa to ensure stable procurement of battery materials required for its longer-term electric offensive. The agreement centres around nickel, cobalt and lithium in particular.
GM signs agreement with Posco Chemical for CAM
General Motors has signed a binding off-take agreement for cathode active material (CAM) with Posco Chemical. Under the agreement, which runs from 2023 to 2025, Posco will supply the material from its plant in the South Korean city of Gwangyang to Ultium Cells.
GAC launches battery subsidiary ‘Lvqingg’
The Chinese car company GAC has announced the foundation of a subsidiary for the industrialisation of its own battery business. The new company, named Lvqingg, will probably focus mainly on LFP batteries and build its own battery factory.
Hydrogen train network goes live in Germany
In the German state of Lower Saxony, the world’s first network with hydrogen fuel cell trains in passenger service has now gone into operation. On the route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, 14 hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint regional trains are now in operation, replacing 15 diesel trains.
Schuler takes over Italian Sovema Group
The German press manufacturer Schuler Group has taken over Italy’s Sovema and wants to provide battery cell production systems for the automotive industry and other sectors. The aim is to develop machines and production lines for the mass production of lithium-ion batteries.
Germany secures raw materials and energy in Canada
During the German Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Canada, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz signed agreements with the Canadian government to secure access to key battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt, according to media reports. Chancellor Scholz has also secured a deal to supply Germany with green hydrogen.
Freyr opens tech centre in Boston
The Norwegian battery company Freyr has opened its first technology centre in the USA. It is located in Boston with partner 24M Technologies. While Freyr continues to search for a location for its announced US battery cell factory, the new centre is intended to support technological development.