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.
Energy storage research centralised: A new centre for research and development of batteries will be set up by Fraunhofer IKTS and IFAM together with TU Braunschweig’s Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB) in Germany. Up to 100 employers are to work on every aspect of energy storage – from raw materials and production to quality control – for both stationery and mobile solutions like EVs. fraunhofer.de (in German)
Europe supplies Model 3 parts: Tesla is gearing up for production of its third and most anticipated model and has his suppliers do the same. Gebauer & Griller from Vienna just got an order for 3,000 km of alloy cable, which will connect the powerpack to the drive. Others move close to where the work is like H&T group. Rather than staying at the base in Dusseldorf, it produces battery housings right next to the Gigafactory in Nevada. orf.at (cables, in German), electrek.co (battery case)
Battery-ageing interrupted: Researcher Stefan Freunberger could show that singlet oxygen is mainly responsible for ageing in non-aqueous oxygen batteries and his insight led him to a solution – an enzyme. How to insert it into oxygen batteries in an effective manner still is to be seen. tugraz.at
3D-printed magnets: Canadian Mkango Resources has signed a MOU with UK-based Metalysis to research, develop and commercialise novel rare earth metal alloys for use in 3D-printed permanent magnets together. greencarcongress.com, cityam.com