ACC utilises Comau and Siemens for battery production
The joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC) has selected the Italian automation specialist Comau to develop an integrated battery module production line for its planned Gigafactory in France. ACC has also signed an MoU with Siemens to become ACC’s preferred supplier of automation, digitalisation and electrification technology.
Lake Resources to supply SK On with lithium
The South Korean battery cell manufacturer SK On has signed a lithium supply contract with the Australian company Lake Resources. In total, the Korean battery manufacturer can purchase 230,000 tonnes of lithium from Lake Resources, which is enough to produce batteries for around 4.9 million electric cars.
Michigan to fund new battery plants in the state
Michigan is about to approve $400 million in incentives to help companies build battery factories worth $4 billion in the state. Preliminary funding approvals confirm earlier rumours of VW partner Gotion High Tech planning to manufacture in the (former) centre of the US car industry. There are also implications for BMW.
Guassin to use Symbio fuel cells
The French vehicle developer Gaussin is planning to use hydrogen fuel cells from Symbio. While Gaussin and the joint venture of Michelin and Faurecia have signed a corresponding letter of intent, the deal is not yet binding.
Amte joins forces with UKBIC
British cell manufacturer Amte Power has signed an agreement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to have up to 60,000 of its “ultra-high-power cells” manufactured annually at the research centre over an initial 24-month period.
Fuel cell vehicles on curated approach in China
SAIC Maxus has released 80 fuel cell minivans in Shanghai through Xiangdao Chuxing, a SAIC mobility platform. The hydrogen-powered Maxus Mifa forms part of a growing FCEV line-up bolstered by support from the Chinese government. Toyota, too is trying to make a stand in China.
Nio invests in lithium mining company Greenwing Resources
Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio has taken a stake in the Australian lithium company Greenwing Resources. Nio will pay 12 million Australian dollars (currently approx. eight million euros) to Greenwing through its subsidiary Blue Northstar in exchange for around twelve per cent of the company’s shares.
ABB reveals battery Plant Optimisation Methodology
At the Battery Show North America, ABB unveiled its new Plant Optimization Methodology for battery manufacturing. The Swiss-Swedish company presented the way greenfield battery sites can jumpstart global operations. The company says that its agile approach aims to scale up to meet demand and reduce bottlenecks in the world’s gigafactory boom.
Hopium to build industrial hydrogen site in France
The French start-up Hopium is aiming to build an industrial site in Normandy for the development and production of its hydrogen sedan Machina. Commissioning of the Vernon plant is planned for the end of 2024. The new Hopium site is expected to employ more than 1,500 people in the future.