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13.12.2018 - 16:58

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.

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13.12.2018 - 15:46

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.

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11.12.2018 - 15:36

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. 

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06.12.2018 - 14:09

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.

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04.12.2018 - 16:22

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.

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30.11.2018 - 19:19

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.

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29.11.2018 - 18:27

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.

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24.11.2018 - 21:32

BASF plans to lower nickel ratio in batteries

BASF is attempting to lower the nickel ratio in battery chemistry and also to work towards zero cobalt content. The goal is to reduce costs while supplying the growing market for cathode materials for electric vehicle batteries.

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21.11.2018 - 17:26

Tesla electric car batteries ahead of the pack

Analysts from UBS teamed up with engineers to figure out which electric vehicle batteries made by established manufacturers offer the best value. They concluded that cells made by Panasonic in Tesla’s Gigafactory are 20 per cent more cost efficient than the next best on offer from LG Chem.

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20.11.2018 - 20:07

Solid-state battery production begins in China

China’s first factory for solid-state batteries has gone live in the city of Kunshan in the east of China. The start-up Qing Tao (Kunshan) Energy Development invested around 1 billion yuan (€126M) and says it has clients already.

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20.11.2018 - 16:49

Battery cell production in Germany reforms

After battery builder BMZ made a short announcement to take over the TerraE consortium a few days ago, details are emerging now. They plan to install volume production of battery cells in Germany by 2020 and succeed where TerraE last failed – in electric car batteries.

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17.11.2018 - 14:28

CATL moves into German battery factory early

The Chinese battery cell giant CATL has moved into the offices near the planned battery factory in Erfurt, Germany. Moreover, they are also accelerating their entire schedule, according to European boss Matthias Zentgraf, who said “it is all about tempo”.

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16.11.2018 - 19:11

Wanxiang to build 80 GWh battery factory

The Chinese supplier Wanxiang Group is investing about 10 billion dollars to build two factories in Hangzhou – one to produce electric vehicles, and another to build batteries worth an incredible 80 GWh. Plans also include a R&D centre.

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13.11.2018 - 18:33

Torqueedo to double power of electric boat motors

Electric boat motor specialist Torqeedo announces new motors for electric boats for 2019. The new drives essentially double the performance and can be integrated in a twin system then delivering up to 200 kW – twice as much as before.

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13.11.2018 - 14:10

Europe to carry 30% of global battery cell production

Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier delivers his latest take on the European Battery Alliance (EBA) in Berlin today. While he signals strong targets and confirms funding of one billion euros, he cannot name concrete details of the planned battery cell production in Europe or Germany.

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11.11.2018 - 14:00

Battery market: massive growth and 52% lower prices

According to a new analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has estimated that the market for lithium-ion batteries will drop prices by 52% before 2030, and that by 2040, the market will grow to 942 GW/2,857 GWh, requiring investments of around $620 billion.

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06.11.2018 - 14:33

VW to gear up Emden factory for electric car production

Volkswagen is thinking to transform their Emden plant in Germany into an electric vehicle only factory. The next board meeting will decide about the next decade’s investments and large scale electrification is on top of the agenda. The option to build a battery cell factory there as well is on the table too.

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01.11.2018 - 14:45

Battery specialist Akasol plans new U.S. factory

Plans that first circulated at this year’s IAA, have now been officially confirmed by battery system manufacturer Akasol. The German firm will be setting up battery production in the USA with production to begin at the end of 2019 with a capacity of 300 MWh.

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31.10.2018 - 19:23

JAC Motors orders 4 GWh of batteries

JAC Motors of China is building on its existing partnership with Hefei Guoxuan High-Tech Power Energy. They want the latter to deliver batteries for electric vehicles in bulk by 2019, no less than 4 GWh to be exact. And they have sales ideas as well.

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28.10.2018 - 18:24

Audi and Umicore develop closed loop battery recycling

Audi and Umicore are developing a closed loop for the recycling of high voltage batteries from electrified vehicles, which can be reused again and again. Particularly valuable materials, including cobalt, nickel and copper, will be stored in a resource bank.

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28.10.2018 - 11:41

Tesla Model 3 receives updates

The price for the popular electric car has been readjusted again, while a software update has improved the energy recuperation capacities for the Tesla. The exact battery capacity for the mid-range Model 3 has also been revealed.

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28.10.2018 - 10:48

BMW gears up Dingolfing factory for EV manufacturing

BMW has begun preparing their manufacturing facilities for increased EV production, including electric drive systems and batteries. The upgrades and adjustments for the battery assembly for the Mini EV alone will cost a two digit figure in the millions.

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23.10.2018 - 15:36

Fisker receives investment from Caterpillar

It is an unlikely pairing, an electric sports carmaker coming together with a heavy machinery manufacturer. Yet, Fisker announced that it received an investment from Caterpillar. The latter want to use Fisker’s future solid-state battery technology once it materialises.

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22.10.2018 - 18:41

BASF builds battery material factory in Finland

BASF has now officially selected Harjavalta in Finland as their first location to manufacture battery materials for the European automobile market. The facility will be built nearby the refinery belonging to Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel).

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22.10.2018 - 15:45

Audi e-tron looks to be starting series late

Audi’s first electric vehicle appears to be late for series production. A German newspaper has reported that the e-tron will now launch with at least four weeks delay. Similar problems are also affecting other companies, such as Tesla or e.GO.

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2018/10/22/audi-e-tron-looks-to-be-starting-series-late/
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