Jan 22, 2019 - 04:09 pm
India ventures building a state-backed “Gigafactory”
The LIBCOIN consortium is negotiating with the Indian government on the construction of the first “Gigafactory” for battery cells in India. The plan involves building the battery factory with the state-owned Indian company Bharat Heavy Electricals.
Jan 22, 2019 - 03:40 pm
Mercedes-Benz to build battery assembly plant in Poland
As part of its upcoming electrification offensive, Mercedes-Benz is building a battery factory in the Polish town of Jawor, near Germany. This is to expand the Group’s global battery production network to nine factories at seven locations on three continents.
Jan 21, 2019 - 04:07 pm
Toyota and Panasonic detail battery joint venture
After Toyota and Panasonic first announced plans a year ago to extend their partnership to the development of new EV batteries with improved prismatic cells, the cornerstones of the future joint venture have now become public.
Jan 20, 2019 - 05:38 pm
Myth busting: Battery recycling does work
The battery of an electric car is often denigrated as rolling hazardous waste in circles still favouring the combustion engine. We were able to convince ourselves of the opposite at the specialist firm Duesenfeld that is disposing of the myth – Battery recycling works deep into the cell. It is only down to politics to […]
Jan 18, 2019 - 07:27 pm
Malaysia may make energy-dense battery cells 18650
Malaysia wants to launch serial production of cylindrical battery cells in the 18650 format for electric vehicles and stationary applications. A feasibility study is currently being prepared and should be completed within three months.
Jan 18, 2019 - 06:49 pm
USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced the establishment of a research and development centre for the recycling of critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from electric vehicle batteries for example. The aim is to reduce dependence on foreign resources.
Jan 16, 2019 - 02:39 pm
Blackstone invest €200M in European cell production
The Swiss raw materials company Blackstone Resources intends to invest 200 million euros in the production of battery cells for electric cars, most likely in Germany. They hope the move will garner subsidies both from the Germans as well as the EU.
Jan 14, 2019 - 04:22 pm
Cell production for Tesla Model 3 hits 11 GWh
UBS analysts have recently come to the conclusion that Tesla Model 3 cells are by far the most cost-effective. Now latest estimates conclude that over 600 million cells of this type have been produced in Gigafactory 1, thus adding up to a total capacity of just under 11 GWh.
Jan 9, 2019 - 10:15 pm
Toyota working on fuel cell truck with Kenworth
Truck maker Kenworth and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop ten trucks using Toyota fuel cell technology. The hydrogen trucks are to run at the Port of Los Angeles and are part of a million dollar initiative funded by CARB.
Jan 8, 2019 - 04:43 pm
SK Innovation to get bigger US battery cell factory
The first U.S. battery cell factory of the South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation, which was announced in November, could prove far more extensive than originally planned. SK Innovation is considering investing up to an additional 5 billion dollars in the factory in the U.S. state of Georgia.
Jan 3, 2019 - 03:37 pm
Mercedes consolidates fuel cell business
With the completion of the fuel cell system development for the Mercedes GLC F-Cell, the Daimler subsidiary NuCellSys will receive a new name for the upcoming development projects: Effective immediately, the company will operate under the name Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH.
Jan 3, 2019 - 03:27 pm
EU project researching new magnesium batteries
A new EU project called E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) that was recently funded with 6.5 million euros, will focus on the development of a new type of magnesium-based battery for electrified vehicles, among other uses.
Jan 2, 2019 - 06:22 pm
SK Innovation plans massive increase in battery cell production
The battery cell manufacturer SK Innovation plan to increase their global battery cell manufacturing capacity more than ten-fold over the next four years. The news broke only days after SK-customer Daimler announced that they plan to procure battery cells in a volume worth 20 billion euros by 2030.
Jan 2, 2019 - 01:48 pm
Geely & CATL found battery JV in China
The vehicle manufacturer Geely is founding a joint venture with the battery cell manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). The joint venture will be called CATL Geely Power Battery and will launch with a starting fund of one billion Yuan (130 million euro) by the two partners.
Dec 20, 2018 - 06:17 pm
Panasonic to raise battery cell production in China by 80%
Panasonic aims to boost its lithium-ion battery cell production in China by up to 80% as Beijing’s loosening restrictions prompt foreign players to ride the wave of new-energy vehicles. Earlier this year we reported that Korea’s LG Chem was doing the same with their battery cell production in China.
Dec 18, 2018 - 05:10 pm
Semi-solid battery start-up 24M raises $22M
It has been quiet around the A123 spin-off 24M that had promised to deliver cheaper, semi-solid batteries by doing away with inactive materials in the electrodes. Now the company has received a 22 million dollar funding push and will build a small commercial plant beginning next year.
Dec 13, 2018 - 04:21 pm
Bolivian-German JV tackles world’s largest lithium reserve
For the first time, a German company gains direct access to lithium and literally tons of it. After Bolivia reportedly appointed a German consortium as a strategic partner for the industrialisation of the county’s vast lithium deposits, the contract has been signed and production rates specified.
Dec 13, 2018 - 03:40 pm
Audi agrees to assemble battery packs in Germany
It has taken some wrestling but now the Audi management and worker’s council agreed on installing a battery assembly in Ingolstadt. The site thus builds up “competence for future technologies” says the union, that before managed to convince Audi to build two new electric SUVs here.
Dec 11, 2018 - 04:50 pm
Hyundai goes full steam ahead on fuel cell systems
The Hyundai Motor Group has presented the roadmap for its “FCEV Vision 2030”. And the roadmap is ambitious: Hyundai and Kia plan to increase their annual production capacity for fuel cell systems from what is currently 3,000 units, up to a whopping 700,000 units by 2030.
Dec 11, 2018 - 03:53 pm
Daimler orders €20BN worth of batteries
Daimler will buy battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros to ramp up for its electric strategy until 2030. Although the company has made the announcement, it has unfortunately not specified with which companies they have placed their orders.
Dec 6, 2018 - 05:41 pm
Volvo bus batteries find 2nd life as solar energy storage
A project in Gothenburg is using old Volvo bus batteries as a stationary energy storage with 200 kWh capacity. The pilot project is being run by the bus manufacturer Göteborg Energi, the housing association Riksbyggen and the Johanneberg Science Park.
Dec 6, 2018 - 02:35 pm
BYD considers European/US battery cell factory
BYD is toying with the idea of constructing battery factories in Europe and the USA. In Europe, the company is examining possible locations in Great Britain and Germany. Furthermore, the Chinese electric car manufacturer is considering a separate listing of its battery business on the stock exchange.
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:47 am
Fox plans to revive Mia electric car with Lion battery
Swiss manufacturer Fox Automotive has commissioned the battery system developer, Lion Smart, to make a “light” battery to fit their EV series, Mia. According to Fox, a fully automated production line for the model already exists and the new component is expected to be included by spring 2019.
Dec 4, 2018 - 04:39 pm
Cobalt now classed “strategic” substance in Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo has classified cobalt a “strategic” substance, meaning miners will pay nearly three times the royalty rate than before on the key component in electric vehicles batteries. The rate is now at 10 percent, states a government decree.
Nov 30, 2018 - 07:06 pm
BMW, BASF & Samsung want sustainable cobalt mining
BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a cooperative pilot project to support sustainable and fair cobalt mining initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The German development agency GIZ will coordinate the project.
Nov 29, 2018 - 06:17 pm
LG Chem triples manufacturing capacities in Poland
South Korean battery maker LG Chem is planning to triple their production capacities in Poland in order to produce enough battery cells for 300,000 EVs annually, over the current 100,000 units. The recent order by Volkswagen bolsters LG’s expansion.
Nov 28, 2018 - 04:43 pm
BMW localises battery production in Thailand
BMW will produce high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrids in Thailand together with the Dräxlmaier Group. The batteries, made in a new production facility near BMW’s Rayong plant, will help power the PHEV versions of the 5 and 7 series and the X5.
Nov 27, 2018 - 07:08 pm
Webasto & A123 building batteries for large EVs
Supplier Webasto has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Wanxiang A123 of China to set up a dedicated battery system facility for electric trucks and buses in China. The partners build on tried and tested NCM cells of A123.