Vicinity Motor orders batteries from Electrovaya
The Canadian commercial vehicle manufacturer Vicinity Motor has entered into a strategic supply agreement with the battery manufacturer Electrovaya, also based in Canada. Electrovaya is to supply the lithium-ion batteries for the ‘Lightning’ electric buses and the VMC 1200 Class 3 truck.
Electrovaya’s Litarion out of battery business
Battery company Litarion, which Electrovaya had set up in Germany, is now completely bankrupt. Insolvency had proceeded for some time but with their premises having been seized by Daimler’s Li-Tec and investors exiting, Litarion has no way to go on any longer.
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.
Transport concepts for the future.
The latest design competition powered by Renault and a College of Art and Design in London has focussed on futuristic means of transport. The declared winner concept called Float envisions autonomous transport capsules with magnetic levitation tech replacing the wheels. The “bubble cars” shall be ordered by app and even be able to act as swarms.
dezeen.com, inhabitat.com, youtube.com
Nikola, Bosch, Electrovaya, Proterra, Ballard.
Bosch powertrain for Nikola’s H2 trucks: The U.S. start-up partners with German supplier Bosch in order to equip its upcoming H2 trucks Nikola One and Nikola Two with Bosch’s eAxle – a compact unit combining the electric motor, power electronics and transmission. The fuel cell vehicles’ market launch is due by 2021.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, bosch-presse.de
Major order for Electrovaya: The Canadian battery specialist has signed a contract worth 4.3m Canadian dollars (3.51m USD) with Walmart Canada for its forklift battery systems. The reason is that Walmart intends to replace lead acid batteries of forklifts in one of its distribution centres through lithium ion battery systems.
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New battery cell for utility vehicles: U.S. electric bus manufacturer Proterra teams up with Korean battery specialist LG Chem in order to develop a new cell, meeting particularly the performance and safety demands of the heavy-duty vehicle market. Proterra’s new battery facility in Burlingame/California has meanwhile started production. After an initial ramp-up period, the company hopes to reach a total output of 500 MWh annually.
Ballard joins Hydrogen Council: Canadian fuel cell specialist Ballard is now a member of the Hydrogen Council, which was founded at the World Economic Forum in January in order to encourage investments in fuel cell technology. Members are vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki and Toyota, but also companies like Air Liquide, ENGIE, Shell, Linde, Total, Alstom, Anglo American, Iwatani, Plastic Omnium – and now also Ballard Power Systems
Tesla, ACCRA, Electrovaya, SGL.
It must be the first time a manufacturer corrects complaisant EPA data but Elon Musk has just denied rumours that set the Model 3 battery at 80 kWh. According to the Tesla CEO, the standard battery pack entails a little more than 50 kWh, while the long-range top version comes with no more than 75 kWh.
Automated air quality: A new trial dubbed ACCRA is to demonstrate real-time emissions control using live air quality data to trigger hybrid motors to automatically switch to electric mode in polluted areas. Set in the dedicated smart city of Leeds, the project is part of the UK government’s air quality plan and joins the City Council, Cenex, the Transport Systems Catapult, Earthsense, Dynniq, and Tevva Motors.
Ceramic batteries for CVs: Electrovaya has secured 3.8m dollars in funding through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for the development of safe and long-lasting Li-ion batteries. The batteries are to utilise ceramic separators and are designed for use in commercial vehicles.
SGL sells cathode business: Per ad-hoc notification, SGL announced the sale of its cathodes, furnace linings, and carbon electrodes business to Triton for 230m euros. Given approval through anti-trust authorities, closing is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
SK Innovation, Tesla, California, Electrovaya.
SK ramps up production: SK Innovation wants to open its second EV battery plant directly next to the first one in Seosan, South Korea. It will cost around 190m euros and will open its doors in the first half of 2018. The yearly production capacity is estimated at 1.8 GWh, and therefore less than the originally planned 3 GWh, but will still suffice for cells for 70,000 EV batteries per year. Mercedes will also go with SK batteries starting next year.
Tesla improves battery: CTO JB Straubel revealed that the batteries for the Model 3 will have a 30 percent higher energy density. That would automatically reduce costs, as weight per kWh is a factor, he said. Moreover, considering the current pace of development, Straubel does not believe that the market needs a new disruptive technology.
EV vs. FCV: Stanford University and the Technical University Munich looked at the development of emission-free mobility in California until 2035. They found that pure battery-electric are more economical, also because their cost is lower, while the technology is more energy efficient than fuel cells.
New Li-ion batteries for forklifts: Electrovaya presented “ELivate,” its new battery production line for forklifts. It uses ceramic separator technology and is said have double the lifespan of other Li-ion and even six times the lifespan of lead-acid batteries.
Solar streets, permanent magnets, Electrovaya.
Solar streets to power e-cars: German RWTH Institute for roads is working on generating energy using photovoltaic modules that are integrated into to streets’ surface. The modules are some 6mm thick are protected through nonslip, non-breakable glass and are said to last 25 years. A fist demonstrator has been installed.
auto-presse.de, euregiopresse.eu (in German)
Permanent magnets using less rare earths is what the Fraunhofer IWM says it developed, using an in-house simulation process. The process systematically switches atoms of a known materials. 128 material combinations showed promising characteristics and use less rare earths, which also cuts costs.
Electrovaya has signed a deal with an unnamed OEM for the delivery of battery modules, Li-ion battery management systems and related services. The deal runs three years and is to generate as much as 80m dollars in revenue during that time period.
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.
VolumetriQ, Linde, Electrovaya, UQM Technologies.
Fuel cell for mass production: A European industry consortium is to develop a blueprint for a 90-kW fuel cell stack to be mass manufactured and widely used in the car industry. The VolumetriQ project receives 5 million euros from the EU over three years and is led by British Intelligent Energy.
Linde fuel cell pedelec: This e-bike by Linde is powered by hydrogen. The small fuel cell holds 34g of H2 that translate to a range of 100 kilometres. Linde plans to produce a limited number of prototypes of its H2 bike that will mainly serve as promotion tool.
Reunion: Electrovaya’s recent acquisition of Evonik Litarion bears fruit in form of a new 40Ah lithium ion cell that uses the Separion flexible ceramic separator membrane by Evonik. The Litacell LC-40 thus holds the promise of a long and save battery life (almost 9,000 cycles).
Improvement: UQM Technologies has introduced the PowerPhase HD (+) electric propulsion systems. It improves UQM’s motor system technology as the HD (+) offers an enhanced thermal path and an increase in continuous power of up to 25% for handling difficult demands on heavy duty vehicles.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was Aston Martin’s announcement to electrify the Rapide sports car by the end of 2017. Up next in the British brands electric line will be the DBX. E-xciting times ahead!
Volkswagen, Electrovaya , Genovation Cars.
Robotic fast-charging: Volkswagen is reportedly working on automated parking technology for EVs and a new part of its V-Charge project just surfaced – the DC quick-charger e-smartConnect. It features a Kuka robot that will charge electric cars automatically. After an EV has parked itself and is fully charged, the robot is automatically moved on via a conveyor system to the next vehicle in line.
volkswagen-media-services.com, youtube.com (video)
Long live Canada: Electrovaya will couple its patented battery technology with that of Litarion, a recently acquired subsidiary of German Evonik. The aim is to produce safe and reliable Li-ion batteries at competitive prices. Production in Saxonian Kamenz will be reorganised by the end of 2016.
iwr.de (in German)
Electric super Corvette: Genovation Cars says it is about to finish prototyping for a fully electric Corvette. The Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE) is based on the Corvette Z06 but said to deliver much more “oomph,” as it boasts 515 kW, 800 Nm of torque and a top speed of 320 kph.
Brusa, Witricity, Electrovaya, Evonik Litarion, Taxi 2000, Toyota.
Inductive charging connected: WiTricity announced an intellectual property licensing agreement with Brusa. The Swiss company will commercialise WiTricity’s technology for its ICS wireless charging system. Both companies are cooperating with a number of international standards organisations on the interoperability of inductive charging systems worldwide.
Evonik acquisition: Canadian Electrovaya has bought Evonik Litarion, a subsidiary of German Evonik. The acquisition includes the licensing of the ceramic composite separator Separion from Evonik, as well as a modern production plant for Li-ion electrodes and ceramic composite separators.
EVs in the sky with no drivers: Taxi 2000 is to modernise transport in Greenville, South Carolina. The Skyweb Express uses electric and autonomous vehicles running on elevated guide ways at between 30 and 70 mph. The company is now asking the public for its opinion.
foxcarolina.com, greenvilleskywebexpress.com (survey)
Mirai technology reloaded: At the SAE World Congress, Toyota gave price technical details about the fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage system of its fuel cell vehicle. The Japanese carmaker made the respective patents publicly available earlier this year (we reported).
PNNL, A* Star, IREQ, Proterra, Electrovaya & Mondelez.
Electrolyte research: Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) say they have developed a new electrolyte that allows lithium-sulfur, lithium-metal and lithium-air batteries to operate at 99 percent efficiency, while having a high current density and without growing dendrites.
Cathode research: Researchers from Singapore and Canada have synthesized silicate-based nanoboxes that, according to the researchers, could more than double the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries as compared to conventional phosphate-based cathodes.
More range for e-buses: Proterra has introduced an optimised battery system for its electric buses. The TerraVolt XR has a capacity of up to 321 kWh, allowing for a range of up to 180 miles.
Powering forklifts: Electrovaya and Mondelez Canada will work together on batteries for electric forklifts. The Li-ion battery packs are “essentially maintenance free” and “run continuously over three shifts,” Electrovaya says. Field tests will begin in the coming months.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Briefcase Electric Scooter from Coolpeds, a carry-on sized suitcase that folds out into an electric scooter.
Samsung & Seeo, Electrovaya, Predator´s.
Samsung leads a 17 million dollars investment in the Californian start-up Seeo that claims to have developed a lithium-ion battery that’s less flammable and more efficient than traditional batteries as it uses a solid polymer as the electrolyte. Seeo batteries are currently said to reach an energy density of 350 Wh/kg and might be able to reach 400 Wh/kg next year.
Electric ferry running strong: Electrovaya said that its KF Hisarøy electric cable ferry has been sailing in Norway for over one year and completed more than 4,000 trips, with flawless operation. It serves on up to ten round-trips daily between the mainland and the Hisarøy Island, carrying up to 49 passengers and 6 cars. It runs on a 100 KWh battery system based on Electrovaya’s SuperPolymer 2.0 technology.
Crowdfunded e-racer: Predator´s has started a campaign on Indiegogo asking for money to build a street-legal racing car. The F1-style PC010 ST will come with either hybrid or electric drive and is supposed to have a price of 20,000 dollars – if you are ready to put it together yourself.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was our report about Bolloré´s plans to create a network of 16,000 public charging points in France.
UK, DriveNow, Electrovaya, Germany, UPS, Workplace charging.
UK invests 15 billion pounds: The government announces the biggest road-building programme for almost half a century to build and upgrade 1,300 miles of roads. The ‘Road investment strategy’ also includes a plan to create new charge points every 20 miles across the road network.
DriveNow kicks off in London: According to Financial Times, the carsharing scheme will start in the British capital this coming Thursday. The scheme will also include the all-electric BMW i3. Previous reports said, the service would not start until early 2015.
Electrovaya gets funding: 1.3 million dollars have been allotted for the development of its Intelligent Energy Storage System (IESS). Eleven of these will be installed in Toronto as well as in London. They will also be used for electric vehicle charging.
insideevs.com, cleantechnica.com, ontario.ca
E-Carsharing for tourists: The first such scheme will start in Germany’s High Black Forest in spring of 2015. 14 communities in the region will be sharing more than 25 BMW i3s that can be charged at one of the 15 charging stations to be implemented.
heise.de, badische-zeitung.de (articles in German)
UPS extends electric fleet: German “Elektrofahrzeuge Schwaben“ will electrify old diesel powered delivery vans for UPS. The vehicles of the type P45E will be used in France. UPS already runs converted electric transporters of the Type P80E in Germany.
postbranche.de, posttip.de (articles in German)
Workplace charging a success: 90 percent of partners of the programme implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy say their charging stations are being used to their maximum capacity during five days a week. Moreover, almost double the amount of EV drivers now charge at work.
TÜV SÜD, Tesla, BASF, EnerG2, Electrovaya.
TÜV goes Japan: TÜV SÜD has entered a business alliance with the Japanese ESPEC Corporation. Together the two testing institutes plan to expand ESPEC’s existing battery testing facility to accommodate for bigger battery packs. By 2015, TÜV and ESPEC will thus be able to offer testing in accordance with UN Regulation ECE-R100, Series 2, Part II, which will become mandatory in July 2016.
Accelerated production: Tesla has issued more information on its upgraded Fremont facility. Ten of the world largest robots that can lift and manoeuver entire cars will soon be installing one million battery cells a day instead of 800,000. Furthermore, new welding machines have been installed on a revamped floor.
Strategic supercap partnership: BASF is now cooperating with Seattle-based EnerG2 to improve and to scale-up the production of proprietary carbon materials. Those can be used in supercapacitor electrodes and in start-stop lead-acid batteries.
Electrovaya to buy plant: The Canadian Li-ion battery manufacturer plans to acquire a production facility with an annual capacity of about 0.5 GWh. Electrovaya that claims to use a non-toxic production process calculates with a revenue capacity of up to 250 to 550 million dollars.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the ‘Impossible Electric Bike’ on Kickstarter, a folding e-bike that is said to weigh only 5 kilos and to fit in a backpack.
Solar Impulse 2, FEV, Electrovaya/Dongfeng, Enerdel/B3CG, DTU.
Fuel-free around the globe: Swiss Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have now presented their second generation solar plane. The Solar Impulse 2 only weighs 2.4 tons including the batteries (633 kilos) and can stay in the air for five days and nights in a row. Next year, the two plan to fly around the world on solar power only.
youtube.com (teaser video), nbcnews.com
Transmission for hybrids: FEV North America will present its new transmission at the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The plug‐in hybrid transmission includes a two‐speed all-electric driving mode and is designed to fit into downsized engine compartments.
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Electrovaya and Dongfeng: The Canadian battery manufacturer is supplying the Chinese company with its latest generation of li-ion batteries. Its ‘Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0’ are said to be 20% more powerful than the previous generation and fit both Dongfeng’s EV platforms.
Electric school bus: Li-ion battery manufacturer Enerdel partners with B3CG to develop and produce li-ion batteries für Canada’s school buses. The latter are build by Lion Bus and funded by the government. The batteries are supposed to hold 100 kWh, enough for about 50 miles range.
Iron and carbon to replace platinum: A team at Denmark’s Technical University has developed a new catalyst. They found that iron and carbon remain stable and active in acidic and alkaline environments and could thus replace the costly platinum in PEM fuel cells.