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.
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.
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.
Volkswagen and the US battery start-up 24M Technologies have concluded their announced strategic partnership. The German carmaker is taking a stake in 24M and will have access to 24M’s SemiSolid technology for the next generation of its lithium-ion batteries.
The Volkswagen Group has concluded three further strategic partnerships in the field of electric car batteries. The new partners are the materials technology group Umicore, the battery specialist 24M Technologies and the lithium supplier Vulcan Energy Resources.
Norwegian battery company Freyr has announced the formation of a joint venture in the US together with Koch Strategic Platforms. The aim of the joint venture is to evaluate the development of a US battery cell factory.
Freyr, the Norwegian battery manufacturer, planning a 32 GWh battery cell factory in Norway, is also considering building production capacity in North America. There is talk of potentially setting up a joint venture with an unnamed “large multinational industrial group”.
The Norwegian company Freyr that is planning to build a large battery cell factory in Rana, Norway, has signed a licensing agreement with cell specialist 24M Technologies. The US American spin-off is known for the development of ‘semi-solid’ technology.
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.
Light vehicle development: The project EU-LIVE (Efficient Urban Light Vehicles) led by the Virtual Vehicle Research Center in Graz has kicked off. It aims at developing a comprehensive solution for the next generation of electrified light vehicles. A modular development approach will provide a complete range of different electrified powertrains and vehicle bodies with different designs that are cost-efficient and easy to produce. idw-online.de
New Li-ion cells: After five years of research, the A123 spinoff 24M Technologies has presented a new battery cell design that will allegedly cut production costs in half. 24M uses a semi-solid form of electrolyte, allowing for a much simpler design. 10,000 prototype cells were built so far and 24M expects to be producing limited quantities of batteries in 2017, and to begin high-volume production in 2020. greentechmedia.com, betaboston.com
News deal for Saft: The company will deliver two Li-ion battery systems with a capacity of 800 kWh for a new hybrid ferry in Scotland. Saft’s Seanergy system can be scaled to meet requirements of up to 750 V and are based on the company’s nickel-based Li-ion Super Phosphate (SLFP) cell chemistry. greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com
Honda gets ready to climb: The Japanese manufacturer will take part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with its CR-Z Hybrid. The hybrid drivetrain features Electric SH-AWD, believed to use two electric motors to power the rear of the car – similar to a technology used in supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder. hybridcars.com, autoguide.com
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