Volkswagen will invest around 15 billion euros in electric mobility in China by 2024 with its three joint venture partners SAIC, FAW and JAC. This comes in addition to the €33Bn the Group had already announced in 2019 for the global development of the electric car sector.
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.
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.
The US American battery manufacturer Lithium Werks has announced their takeover of the Chinese factory of A123 Systems in Changzhou that is also in the battery market. The deal reaches far as it includes the workforce and clients too.
Public money into private pockets: The German government wants to pour at least 60m euros into e-mobility research, DPA reports quoting a paper by the Ministry of Economy. The latter wants to spend 20m a year throughout 2020 to eliminate “technical and regulatory obstacles” for electric transport. Another ten millions are allegedly earmarked for the development of electric trucks for inner city driving and five million euros shall help the industry to make its electric drives more efficient. automobilwoche.de (in German)
Suzuki erects battery facility in India: Together with JV partners Toyota and Denso, Suzuki wants to produce Li-ion batteries in the Indian state of Gujarat. The facility is set to go into operation by 2020 and will first deliver packs for Suzuki’s electric and hybrid models before selling on to other OEMs. ndtv.com
A123 invests in solid-state batteries: Based in the States but owned by Chinese Wanxiang A123 Systems has taken a stake in Solid Power, a spin-off from the University of Colorado Boulder. Solid Power’s battery materials are inorganic and possess no flammable or volatile components. greencarcongress.com, globenewswire.com
Zero emission package for Ford: Lightning Systems and New Eagle developed a battery-electric upfit system for all Ford Transit models as part of Ford’s eQVM programme. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, a retrofitted Ford EV will have a range of up to 200 km. greencarcongress.com
Mail delivery by electric scooters: The team of TUM Create, the joint research project of the technical universities of Munich and Nanyang, developed a three-wheel electric vehicle for mail delivery. It is about to prove its suitability for everyday use as the Singapore Post Ltd. will start a road trial this week. The prototype comes with modular batteries in order to suit various routes. So far, Singapore’s mail service operates a fleet of 674 petrol-driven scooters. postandparcel.info, tum-create.edu.sg, youtube.com
A123 opens plant in Czech Republic: Besides its facilities in the States and China, Wanxiang subsidiary A123 Systems has established a new site in Czech Ostrava. The battery manufacturer seeks to produce more than 600,000 units of its 12V starter battery and next-gen 48V system a year here. a123systems.com
German-Japanese research: The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are expanding their scientific cooperation. Both state-funded organisations carry out application-orientated energy research. The first common topics to deal with will be efficient thermoelectric energy converters and battery research. dlr.de
Charger trial at the Airport: EV charging start-up Zapinamo secured 3.1m pounds by Innovate UK to deploy a mobile charger as part of a pilot project with Heathrow Airport. The prototype is said to charge several electric vehicles simultaneously at speeds of up to 400kW. businessgreen.com, zapinamo.com
A123’s re-orientation: The battery maker is selling its grid storage business and other assets related to telecom and IT data storage to NEC Corporation for approximately 100 million dollars. Furthermore, A123 Systems LLC is increasing its focus on the transportation market and is currently producing 12-volt micro-hybrid batteries for three different vehicle manufacturers. greencarcongress.com
Dividable e-bike: Bavarian Electrolyte showed its latest idea of an electric bicycle which can be easily disassembled in two pieces to be taken on the train, bus or other means of public transport. The manufacturer has yet to make a decision on the final design, but says it will defintivly introduce a compact e-bike. ebike-news.de
Pedal displacement: According to Tesla owner David Noland, poor design of the both the acceleration and braking pedal in the Model S could lead the driver to push both pedals at the same time. But instead of displaying a warning message, Noland suggest Tesla to disable the accelerator instead in the rare circumstances this double-pedal state occurs. greencarreports.com
Hamburg gets Energy Campus: The new research institute will host two laboratories for wind turbine generation and smart grid applications and be part of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, is referring to the new Energy Campus as the “Silicon Valley of renewal energies.” hzwei.info (in German)