VW, Voltabox, Rimac, Indium Coating.
VW’s strong demand for cobalt: To prepare its recently presented electrification strategy (so-called Roadmap E), Volkswagen intends to secure long-term supplies of raw materials. Reuters reports for example, that the German car group contacted cobalt producers and asked them to submit proposals on supplying the material for up to 10 years from 2019. VW is willing to invest not less than 50bn euros as its electric vehicle fleet will need more than 150 gigawatt hours of battery capacity annually by 2025.
Details about Voltabox’ initial public offering: The German Paragon subsidiary’s shares are going to be priced between 20 and 24 euros, accumulating to up to 151.8m euros placement volume. The subscription period will open this Wednesday (27th of September) and is likely to run until 10th of October. Voltabox is a specialist for lithium-ion-based battery systems in specific electric utility vehicles, supplying e.g. BMW, Knorr-Bremse or Kuka.
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Rimac plans new electric super car: The Croatian EV maker intends to reveal a second super sports car by the first half of 2018. COO Monika Mikac told Autocar that the model will provide two seats just like its predecessor Concept One, but shall offer more comfort and power. The edition is going to be limited to just 100 vehicles.
Indium coating to stabilise batteries: American Researchers have found out that indium coatings can improve the performance of high-capacity lithium metal anodes in rechargeable batteries. According to the scientists’ results, the coating enables very fast surface diffusion of lithium ions and high chemical resistance to liquid electrolytes. Furthermore, the new technique undergoes reversible alloying reactions with lithium ions. Indium could thus contribute to form a stable, passivating layer that prevents further contact between the reactive metal electrodes and the electrolyte, the researcher team states.