May 16, 2018 - 04:04 pm
Northvolt finds supplier for planned Gigafactory in Europe
Japan’s Marubeni and Northvolt have signed a MOU. Marubeni will supply the company led by former Tesla Manager Peter Carlsson with battery materials as well as with manufacturing equipment for Northvolt’s planned Gigafactory in Europe. The cooperation could also expand.
May 16, 2018 - 03:00 pm
CATL eyeing Europe for battery production
Chinese battery maker CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology) is about to finalise a feasibility study looking into a European production facility for batteries. Once their estimates are final, a decision could be taken within weeks.
May 15, 2018 - 04:27 pm
Webasto to focus on electric mobility solutions
Supplier Webasto has announced its strategy for the next few years and electric transport solutions, namely batteries and charging equipment are to play a prominent role. The company wants to invest 600,000 million euros over the next three years.
May 14, 2018 - 04:39 pm
Fisker to use solid-state batteries from 2020 (video)
Fisker had been working on their comeback for some time and had got the industry talking when they first announced their EMotion would utilise solid-state batteries before later backing off, saying they’d resort to Li-ion cells by LG Chem. Now the story took another turn, this time on the executive level.
May 14, 2018 - 01:14 pm
Electrovaya’s Litarion out of battery business
Battery company Litarion, which Electrovaya had set up in Germany, is now completely bankrupt. Insolvency had proceeded for some time but with their premises having been seized by Daimler’s Li-Tec and investors exiting, Litarion has no way to go on any longer.
May 12, 2018 - 08:16 pm
Geely & Maxwell seal tech cooperation
The Chinese car manufacturer Geely has set up a technology partnership with Maxwell Technologies focusing on the integration of ultracapacitors and advanced power conversion electronics into Geely’s global electrified vehicle lineup.
May 12, 2018 - 08:02 pm
CATL to deliver cells for Nissan and Renault
China’s battery specialist Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is advancing to become not only Europe’s battery supplier No. 1 but also Japan’s. A new report says CATL will be taking over the battery cell supply for Nissan and Renault EVs in the near future.
May 8, 2018 - 02:37 pm
VW secures battery cells from array of Asian suppliers
Volkswagen has ordered batteries worth 40 billion euros or almost 50 billion dollars, which is what Tesla is worth at the stock market to date. For VW, this means they have doubled the order volume in just a month and are now ready for the Roadmap E.
May 7, 2018 - 04:22 pm
LG Chem to supply hundreds of millions of cells to BMZ
BMZ, a battery assembly specialist in Germany, has made a deal with Korea’s LG Chem over the delivery of a couple hundreds of million of cells throughout 2022. The German supplier wants to secure its own supply in order to fulfill its obligations with makers of all sorts of (light) electric vehicles.
May 7, 2018 - 04:10 pm
Japan’s major carmakers pushing for solid-state batteries
Japan’s leading manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan and Panasonic have teamed up with the government to develop solid-state batteries in a joint effort. The Libtec centre by commission of the consortium has taken up its work to enable truly long range EVs.
May 6, 2018 - 04:26 pm
Manz receives large automobile battery order
Manz has received a major order in the double digit million euro range by an unnamed global electric company. The order is to produce the central contacting system for battery cells in electric vehicles is based on the modular LightAssembly platform.
May 3, 2018 - 05:30 pm
Voltabox to deliver batteries for US Trolley-buses
The US transport operator Dayton RTA has selected Voltabox as a battery supplier following the closing of their pilot phase for electric trolleybuses. The contract entails the delivery of a total of 75 battery systems.
May 3, 2018 - 05:10 pm
Musk: Next Gigafactory to be built in China
The next Tesla Gigafactory will be built in China. This was confirmed by Elon Musk at the press conference regarding the quarter 1 numbers. He expects to be able to reveal the exact location “soon”.
May 2, 2018 - 05:58 pm
Daimler to buy its EV batteries from CATL
Daimler is turning to China as it wants Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to supply battery cells for their electric cars. The German carmaker says CATL was the only supplier that agreed to follow human right standards.
May 2, 2018 - 01:27 pm
Daimler exits market for home batteries
With batteries in high demand Daimler decided it won’t sell any batteries to home owners any longer as they deem them to be technologically too advanced (or too precious) for residential use. The stationery storage packs were introduced three years ago via Daimler’s Accumotive.
May 1, 2018 - 04:54 pm
Northvolt begins construction of R&D center
The Swedish Northvolt has started construction on their research and development center in Västerås. The facility is supposed to start developing, testing and industrializing lithium ion batteries as of 2019. This is a major step towards the planned lithium-ion battery factory in Skellefteå.
May 1, 2018 - 04:17 pm
VW considering in-house battery cell production
Following the change in leadership, VW under Herbert Diess is considering producing their own battery cells, according to German media reports. The company is analyzing “all options, including in-house production, Joint Ventures or the purchasing of other companies competencies”, said a spokesperson.
Apr 25, 2018 - 05:42 pm
Development partnership for silicon anodes at Uni Kiel
Kiel University and RENA Technologies are jointly developing silicon as storage material for batteries. The partners are working on anodes made from 100% silicon that could replace graphite. Stability was achieved through targeted structuring.
Apr 23, 2018 - 04:35 pm
China’s Lishen targets battery market in Europe
Chinese Tianjin Lishen Battery says it is in talks with Volkswagen and Daimler to deliver batteries for their upcoming EV models. While the report is unconfirmed, Lishen is opening its first HQ in Europe close to VW’s hometown Wolfsburg.
Apr 23, 2018 - 01:19 pm
SOLID: scalable solid-state battery production
Researchers at Fraunhofer ISC have embarked on a collaborative effort to develop a low-cost method for mass production of solid-state batteries using sol-gel. Funded with 3.2 million euros, first results are due in a year with the project running until 2020.
Apr 18, 2018 - 02:52 pm
BMW wants various battery cell sizes to stay future-safe
BMW is planning to introduce various sizes for its battery cells in order to design upcoming electric and plug-in hybrid models in whichever form they wish. A report by Autonews quotes BMW’s head of R&D, Klaus Fröhlich, detailing the differences.
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:13 pm
Tesla battery degrading just slightly after 300,000km
New data on battery degradation in Tesla vehicles suggests that the batteries could retain most of their capacity even after driving 300,000 miles. The analysis looks at 350 Teslas around the world and has been started by the Dutch-Belgium Tesla forum.
Apr 12, 2018 - 04:53 pm
VW is bundling battery competencies in Germany
The VW factory in Braunschweig has been chosen to develop and produce battery systems on the company’s MEB platform. VW is speaking of the bundling of battery competencies for all of Europe in Braunschweig and to set an example for global production too.