Six Consortia want to build battery cells in Germany
Six consortia have so far submitted applications for funding to set up battery cell production in Germany. These include prominent names such as BASF, VW, PSA, BMW and Northvolt. Meanwhile e.Go-Mobile CEO Günther Schuh is leaving the consortium that wants to bring a cell factory to Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region.
First German battery cell factory taking shape
The plans for the first German battery cell factory are taking more definitive shape. Driven by Professor Günther Schuh from Aachen, who is behind e.Go Mobile, several companies have joined the cause, including StreetScooter and the BMZ Group, which had taken over the battery cell consortium TerraE, as reported.
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.
Battery cell production in Germany hung out to dry
The TerraE consortium that had planned to set up a mega battery cell production in Germany has failed as none of the businesses involved was ready to shoulder the investment, reports German media. TerraE thus follows other players in the country that continue to ignore the government calling on them to do their bit.
BMZ investing €120M in growing battery business
German supplier BMZ has earmarked 120 million euros to invest in the expansion of its battery factory for various electric vehicles at Karlstein. An additional production hall measuring 3,000 sqm is under construction and BMZ is also building a new logistics centre.
LG Chem to supply hundreds of millions of cells to BMZ
BMZ, a battery assembly specialist in Germany, has made a deal with Korea’s LG Chem over the delivery of a couple hundreds of million of cells throughout 2022. The German supplier wants to secure its own supply in order to fulfill its obligations with makers of all sorts of (light) electric vehicles.
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.
BMZ, Proterra, TransX, Electrovaya.
German battery factory: BMZ inaugurated two new buildings in German Karlstein-Großwelzheim. The production and logistic facilities are just one step of becoming Europe’s biggest battery maker. CEO Sven Bauer aims to make “up to 800m Li-ion batteries in different sizes with a total storage volume of around 40 GWh per year” by 2020. He stresses the importance of pedelec batteries for BMZ. Furthermore, the 20-year-old company is working on a super cell with a prototype set to debut this year.
bike-eu.com, elektronikpraxis.vogel.de (super cell, in German)
Stronger bus battery: Proterra presents a new battery design for its Catalyst XR. The transit bus now holds 330 kWh, 28 percent more than the previous power pack but stays within the same volumetric footprint. The upgrade to the higher energy level is free of charge for existing customers.
Mini mid-motor: Taiwanese TransX of JD Group enters the speed pedelec segment. A new central motor delivers 400 W to accelerate electric bicycles to up to 45 kph. Being round and small, the M25GTS integrates neatly into the frame. Winora utilises the system for its Radar model.
Sensible battery modules: Electrovaya introduced a 1kWh battery module as well as an 48V, 2.3 kWh version as building blocks for Li-ion batteries. The Litacore1000 has voltage and temperature sensors. Integrated in the 48 V EV4823 is an intelligent battery management system including CANbus.
Bochum University & ThyssenKrupp, PNNL, ELEKS Labs, BMZ.
Solar research: Bochum University of Applied Sciences and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe are collaborating in solar vehicle construction. At the heart of the project is the ‘ThyssenKrupp SunRiser’, a new solar-powered race car that will compete in the Australian World Solar Challenge this October.
Dendrite prevention: Researchers from DoE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory together with Chinese and American partners have discovered a new additive for electrolytes. Adding cesium hexafluorophosphate (CsPF6) improves battery perfomance while suppressing dendrite formation on electrode surfaces during the charging process, according to the researchers.
Tesla control via Apple watch: While the Apple Watch is not expected before this April, ELEKS Labs already has developed a Tesla app. The program is designed to show the state-of-charge and remaining range right at your wrist but is also said to serve as a key to lock or unlock the Model S.
usatoday.com, elekslabs.com, youtube.com (teaser vid)
German battery production expansion: BMZ (Batterien-Montage-Zentrum) has started construction of what is calls “Europe’s largest battery production” at Karlstein, Germany. Until 2020, the company plans to invest 45 million euros (51m USD) in six new laboratories, offices and production facilities. The first two buildings are to be finished already this year. If all goes according to plan, BMZ expects to assemble 80 million Li-ion batteries with a total capacity of 5 GWh annually.
elektromobilitaet-praxis.de (in German)
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