Mar 17, 2023 - 10:51 am
Skoda to increase battery system production in 2023
Skoda will install another assembly line for MEB battery systems at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav this year, increasing production capacity to 1,500 units per day. The first assembly line went into operation there in May 2022.
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:46 pm
EU Commission presents strategy to secure critical raw materials
The EU Commission is aiming for ten per cent of the EU’s demand for critical raw materials to be met from its own mining operations in 2030, 40 per cent from local processing and 15 per cent from EU recycling capacities. This was outlined in the newly presented ‘Critical Raw Materials Act’.
Mar 13, 2023 - 09:45 am
US and EU to coordinate EV incentive programmes
The US and the EU want to negotiate an agreement on critical minerals for electric car batteries, said US President Joe Biden and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a meeting at the White House. The planned agreement would make EVs manufactured in the EU eligible for US tax credits, currently reserved for […]
Mar 10, 2023 - 11:42 am
EU loosens EV & battery subsidy requirements
The EU Commission has adapted state aid rules to simplify the approval of subsidies in key sectors such as batteries and renewable energies. The new rules are a reaction to the US government’s Inflation Reduction Act.
Mar 1, 2023 - 01:34 pm
Honda & LG Energy Solution to build battery plant in Ohio
Honda and LG Energy Solution have begun constructing their joint venture battery cell factory in the US state of Ohio. The announced factory near Jeffersonville is expected to be operational by the end of 2025 with an annual production capacity of approximately 40 GWh.
Mar 1, 2023 - 12:05 pm
Leipzig BMW plant prepares to produce the Mini
At the end of this year, the electric Mini Countryman is scheduled to roll off the production line at the BMW plant in Leipzig. According to the car manufacturer, preparations there are in full swing. The production of components is also being expanded at the plant.
Feb 27, 2023 - 03:40 pm
Honda to source recycled battery materials from Ascend Elements
Honda has entered into an agreement in principle with US-based Ascend Elements to supply recycled battery materials for its electrified vehicles. Through the cooperation, Honda aims to secure a stable supply of nickel, cobalt and lithium from lithium-ion batteries recycled by Ascend Elements.
Feb 24, 2023 - 12:37 pm
Eve Energy increases production capacities in Jingmen
The Chinese battery cell manufacturer Eve Energy, whose customers include BMW, has increased its production capacities in Jingmen in the Chinese province of Hubei by a total of 73 GWh with the commissioning of four sub-plants.
Feb 24, 2023 - 09:20 am
BMW finds location for battery assembly plant in Bavaria
BMW has found and bought the plot for its battery assembly plant in Bavaria. The carmaker secured a 105-hectare area in the communities of Straßkirchen and Irlbach in Lower Bavaria, about 50 kilometres north of BMW’s largest European car plant in Dingolfing.
Feb 23, 2023 - 01:24 pm
Valmet kicks off battery assembly in Germany
The Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive has started series production of battery systems in Kirchardt in Baden-Württemberg. Announced almost two years ago, the plant near Heilbronn now manufactures high-voltage systems for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and is the company’s first German battery plant.
Feb 22, 2023 - 12:08 pm
LiCORNE: Fully European lithium supply chain
The EU-funded project LiCORNE (Lithium Recovery and Battery Grade Materials Production from European Resources) aims to set up the first complete European supply chain for lithium processing resources available in Europe.
Feb 10, 2023 - 11:59 am
Redwood starts manufacturing anode copper foil
The recycling company Redwood Materials, founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has started producing anode copper foils. In addition, Redwood has received a conditional commitment from the US Department of Energy for a $2 billion loan for battery materials.
Feb 8, 2023 - 12:09 pm
Cenntro kicks off battery assembly in the USA and Germany
The Cenntro Electric Group, a company specialising in electric commercial vehicles, has started producing its own battery packs. These will be assembled at Cenntro’s plant in Freehold in the US state of New Jersey and at the German plant in Herne.
Jan 30, 2023 - 04:43 pm
BAK Battery announces plans for a new cell factory in China
The Chinese battery manufacturer BAK Battery is planning to build a factory for cylindrical cells with an annual capacity of 30 gigawatt-hours. According to the announcement, 13 billion yuan (about 1.8 billion euros) will be invested in the production facility and a research and development centre.
Jan 30, 2023 - 03:03 pm
Toyota to manufacture hybrids and batteries in Turkey
Toyota will produce hybrid cars and batteries for them in Turkey in the future. The second-generation Toyota C-HR, which will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, will be manufactured in Sakarya. It will also be Toyota’s first European plant to be equipped with a battery production line.
Jan 25, 2023 - 04:00 pm
Statevolt settles on Imperial Valley for battery factory
Statevolt has completed its site search for the announced US battery cell factory and has already purchased a plot of land in California. The approximately 55-hectare land is located in the Imperial Valley near the lithium-rich Salton Sea.
Jan 24, 2023 - 03:28 pm
Sakuu hires Porsche to design battery gigafactories
Sakuu, a Californian developer of 3D-printed solid-state batteries, has commissioned Porsche’s consulting subsidiary Porsche Consulting to plan its targeted gigafactories worldwide. Sakuu currently operates two facilities in Silicon Valley.
Jan 24, 2023 - 02:35 pm
Nanotech to set up battery production the UK
The US battery manufacturer Nanotech Energy has announced its intention to build a gigafactory in the UK that could be worth up to one billion pounds. According to the company, seven sites are currently being examined for this purpose.
Jan 23, 2023 - 02:27 pm
GM & LG drop plans for fourth US battery factory
General Motors and LG Energy Solution are apparently not pursuing their plan for a fourth joint battery cell plant in the USA. GM could instead build the planned plant in Indiana with a new partner at its side.
Jan 20, 2023 - 12:38 pm
Virginia decides against CATL-Ford battery factory
The US state of Virginia is taking itself out of the running for the factory being considered by Ford and CATL to produce LFP battery cells for electric cars. Specifically, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has decided not to subsidise such a project – out of concern for Chinese influence.
Jan 19, 2023 - 03:30 pm
Recharge Industries to build battery cell plant in Australia
The US-Australian company Recharge Industries wants to build a large battery cell factory in Australia and has appointed Accenture as an engineering services provider to drive the project forward. At full capacity, the lithium-ion battery cell factory is expected to offer an annual capacity of up to 30 GWh.
Jan 18, 2023 - 03:49 pm
BMW is planning battery assembly plant in Bavaria
BMW is planning to build a large assembly plant for high-voltage batteries in Bavaria. The carmaker confirmed the plan in essence, but has not yet signed all the contracts. If all goes as planned, the excavators should start rolling in 2024.
Jan 17, 2023 - 01:22 pm
Nikola to move Romeo battery production to Arizona
After acquiring battery maker Romeo Power last year, Nikola Motor is now relocating its battery production from Cypress, California, to Nikola’s own plant in Coolidge in the state of Arizona. The move is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
Jan 17, 2023 - 12:31 pm
Proterra opens battery assembly plant in South Carolina
In the USA, Proterra has started assembly lines at its announced battery production facility in Greer, South Carolina. Battery systems for use in electric vehicles will be manufactured there immediately, with deliveries to customers scheduled to begin this quarter.
Jan 14, 2023 - 12:36 pm
Verkor to source manganese in Czech Republic
French battery manufacturer Verkor, which is a partner of Renault, has signed a letter of intent with Canadian battery materials company Euro Manganese to source manganese for the production of vehicle batteries. A binding purchase agreement has yet to be negotiated.
Jan 13, 2023 - 01:24 pm
Tata considers building battery factory in Europe
The Indian Tata Group is considering building two factories for the production of battery cells, one in India and another in Europe. With the latter plant, the group would produce cells for Tata subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover.
Jan 9, 2023 - 05:38 pm
BYD builds another battery factory in China
BYD has started construction of another electric car battery plant in China. The new blade battery production facility is being built in Xuzhou in Jiangsu province and is scheduled to start production in December 2023.
Jan 2, 2023 - 03:33 pm
Tesla increases 4680 cell production capacities
Tesla can now equip around 1,000 vehicles per week with its new 4680 battery cells. At the end of December, Tesla said it achieved a production rate of 868,000 4680 cells in one week – enough for said approximately 1,000 electric cars.