Italvolt to manufacture StoreDot’s XFC battery cells
Budding cell manufacturer Italvolt has entered into a strategic collaboration with Israeli battery developer StoreDot. Under the terms of the agreement, Italvolt will be able to use StoreDot’s ultra-fast charging (XFC) technology and manufacturing intellectual property rights by licence.
Verkor to source manganese in Czech Republic
French battery manufacturer Verkor, which is a partner of Renault, has signed a letter of intent with Canadian battery materials company Euro Manganese to source manganese for the production of vehicle batteries. A binding purchase agreement has yet to be negotiated.
Impact Clean Power to source battery cells from Freyr
The budding Norwegian battery cell manufacturer Freyr announced its first customer in the e-mobility sector: Impact Clean Power Technology (ICPT), a Polish manufacturer of battery systems for heavy-duty vehicles. The framework agreement between Freyr and ICPT is not yet binding, however.
US government funds twelve battery research projects
The US Department of Energy is funding a total of twelve projects to develop better battery cells for electric vehicles with 42 million dollars as part of the ‘Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living’ (EVs4ALL) programme. The new cells should be able to be charged faster and be more efficient and resistant.
Britishvolt to sell majority stake to stay afloat
Britishvolt, the battery maker currently in financial dire straits, can apparently still fulfil its plans for a battery cell factory in Blyth in the north-east of England, just not on its own. The company is talking about a possible sale to secure its future.
Zimbabwe bans raw lithium exports
Zimbabwe has banned the export of raw lithium with immediate effect. The land-locked country has the largest lithium reservoir in Africa but finds that foreign companies and smugglers have extracted the valuable ore without paying their dues.
NanoFlowcell launches US-American subsidiary
NanoFlowcell has come back with the foundation of a US subsidiary. The Swiss research and development company, which has been working for many years on electric cars with flow cell drives and electrolytes for refuelling, has founded the offshoot NanoFlowcell USA based in New York.