Toyota to investigate recycling management for batteries
Toyota has announced its agreement with Chubu Electric Power to begin investigating potential recycling uses for used batteries, as well as a verification project that would construct a large-capacity battery storage system, which would reuse EV batteries.Weiterlesen
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Siemens may start producing batteries in Goerlitz
As the turbine factory in Goerlitz, Germany, is winding down, Siemens has had to face much criticism. The prospective loss of jobs and unavoidable layoffs have been difficult for both political relations as well as the concerned employees. A new battery factory in Oberlausitz may offer relief.Weiterlesen
Battery firm Litarion to enter insolvency proceedings
German Litarion started “a voluntary structured insolvency process that is expected to result in the appointment of a provisional receiver/liquidator of Litarion and its property by the German court”, according to its Canadian parent company Electrovaya.Weiterlesen
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Scania and Northvolt to create battery cells for heavy EVs
Utility vehicle manufacturer Scania and Swedish Northvolt signed an agreement to jointly develop and commercialise battery cell tech for heavy duty vehicles. Scania says that it will invest 10m euros.Weiterlesen
Hyundai accelerates on the electrification trail
The Korean carmaker says it wants to invest 17.6 bn euros over the next five years to advance technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles as well as artificial intelligence. In total, Hyundai wants to employ 45,000 more workers by 2023.Weiterlesen
Eurabus promotes battery system as stand-alone product
Berlin-based electric bus specialist Eurabus is introducing its high-energy battery system now as a stand-alone product for electric-powered buses or utility vehicles – and prepares already market launch of its next product: a plug & play high-voltage drivetrain platform.Weiterlesen
Battery swapping system and electric concepts by Honda
The Japanese manufacturer introduced its so-called Mobile Power Pack at CES. The system is based on green power stored in mobile batteries to power electric devices or small EVs.Weiterlesen
French energy giant Engie invests in 2nd life batteries
Energy group Engie and the Macquarie Group are investing 3m pounds in UK-based company Connected Energy that is known for its stationary energy storage system E-STOR.Weiterlesen
Panasonic onboard with Tesla Gigafactory in China?
The Japanese battery manufacturer says that it thinks about producing cells for Tesla in a new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China in a comparable deal that they have regarding the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. That is what “Nikkei” learnt on the sidelines of CES.Weiterlesen
Formula E won’t allow battery competition before 2025
The idea was to open up the competition to manufacturers component by component but for batteries this won’t happen before 2025 at least. Formula E’s Alejandro Agag revealed that the electric racing series will stick to a standard battery for another 7 years, that is until season 11.Weiterlesen
LG to augment capacities of its U.S. battery plant
The South Korean battery specialist is said to put additional 9.4m dollars into its battery factory in Holland, Michigan, to complete the installation of a fifth production line by August 2018.Weiterlesen
Tesla launches recruiting campaign for Gigafactory
The California-based EV maker stepped up efforts to find employees for its huge battery factory that it runs together with Panasonic in the desert of Nevada – first of all engineers and production assistants.Weiterlesen
VW wants to increase its battery production fivefold
Volkswagen is about to kick-off construction of a second production building to manufacture EV battery systems in Braunschweig, Germany, according to a report of the “Hannoverschen Allgemeinen”.Weiterlesen
Tesla to pre-heat batteries for EVs in cold climates
Tesla is developing a pre-heating function for powerpacks so that its models may maximise their capacity in freezing weather.Weiterlesen
VW poaches battery expert Frank Blome from Daimler
Frank Blome will take the lead of Volkswagens ‘Center of Excellence Battery Cell’ from January, 1, 2018 after he had led Daimler’s subsidiary ACCUmotive and developed electric drives for Continental.Weiterlesen
UK government supports EV battery development centre
The British government contributes 80m pounds to establish a National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility. The project’s funding is part of the country’s 246m pounds Faraday Challenge.Weiterlesen
Vanderbilt University team to revive ageing batteries
Electric cars with old batteries may soon be rejuvenated and regain up to 50 percent of their range with a new solution from Vanderbilt University. The team has come up with a battery management that addresses each cell via single controllers.Weiterlesen
Akasol to produce batteries for electric utility vehicles
German manufacturer Akasol has opened a battery plant with a potential production output of 600 MWh annually in Langen, close to its headquarters in Darmstadt. The company says it will be capable of manufacturing storage systems for up to 3,000 electric buses per year. All in all, Akasol invested 10m euros into the implementation of its semi-automatic production line.
electrive.net (in German)
Nissan Leaf battery reliability.
Almost 100 percent of all batteries packed in 35,000 Leafs sold in Europe since 2010 are in perfect working condition as Nissan claims to have exchanged only 0,01 percent. The data relies on the Japanese carmakers own telemetric system Carwings which found only three battery failures so far.
autovolt-magazine.com, electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (video)
When the battery of his Toyota Camry Hybrid stopped working, an American took the DIY approach instead of spending 4,400 dollars. While testing each cell himself (do not try at home!) he found the problem was with corroded copper connectors, which he wiped with baking soda and vinegar.
Cold weather range loss, Hybrid vs. plug-in cars.
Reading tip I: BMW’s inofficial head of EV testing, Tom Moloughney, is looking at how cold weather can affect the battery performance of electric vehicles. He draws from his experience with the i3 and advises BMW to inform people better on how a drop in temperature leads to a drop in range.
Reading tip II: John Voelcker here ponders the slow death of the hybrid as it is faced with ever growing numbers of EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road and on offer.