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
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
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
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)
Eurabus to bet on BMZ batteries
The BMZ Group (Germany) and Eurabus have signed a long-term master agreement with a volume of 150m euros. The contract includes the supply of more than 1,000 battery systems for electric buses within the next two to three years. Weiterlesen
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.
Battery economies of scale, H2 Center South Tyrol.
Study tip: According to a report by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and MIT, mass production can only reduce the cost of batteries for electric vehicles to a certain point. It noted that battery economies of scale are exhausted at around 200-300 MWh of annual production.
cmu.edu (summary); sciencedirect.com (Report, charge required)
Video tip: The promotional video for the H2 Center South Tyrol speaks for itself. The center produces ‘green hydrogen’ to refuel 10 fuel cell cars and 5 fuel cell buses. The drivers seem speechless; at least in German. The English translation is a bit more free-flowing.