Mercedes-Benz has laid the symbolic foundation stone for the announced battery recycling factory in Kuppenheim. For the first stage of the plant – mechanical dismantling – commissioning is to start at the end of this year. Talks with the public sector about further expansion are still ongoing.
EAS Batteries, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and EdgeWave have joined forces to significantly improve the performance of lithium-ion round cells. The project will run for three years and ends on 31 January 2026.
In the German state of Hesse, Germany’s national rail services Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a major project with automated shuttles, using electric vehicles from the Chinese manufacturer Nio. More than 100 on-demand vehicles will be in operation by the end of the year, serving more than 3,000 virtual stops in lower-density and rural areas.
The EU-funded project LiCORNE (Lithium Recovery and Battery Grade Materials Production from European Resources) aims to set up the first complete European supply chain for lithium processing resources available in Europe.
From the end of this decade, Daimler Buses wants to offer fully electrically powered coaches with its Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands. To accelerate the development, Daimler Buses has joined forces with research institutes and practitioners from the industry to form the Electrified Coach project called ELCH.
In Balingen, dynamic wireless charging technology for electric vehicles is being tested in practice for the first time in Germany. The main actor of the pilot project is a shuttle bus for the Garden Show 2023, which is to charge its vehicle battery while driving.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) funds the development of a holistic recycling approach for lithium-ion batteries with 16.66 million euros as part of the LiBinfinity project.
Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed and successfully applied an innovative concept for the simultaneous coating and drying of two-layer electrodes. This should significantly accelerate battery production.
The ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has announced a cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The partners are working together on the development of a graphene battery with a charging time of only 15 seconds.
In the recently started research project “Bidirectional charge management”, the project partners want to develop the technologies for a charge management ready for series production. The results are to be evaluated in a field trial with 50 BMW i3 at the beginning of 2021.
The research platform for electrochemical energy was officially launched today. Researchers from various disciplines will now be working on high-performance and environmentally friendly energy storage systems at the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST).
A new EU project called E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) that was recently funded with 6.5 million euros, will focus on the development of a new type of magnesium-based battery for electrified vehicles, among other uses.
In the research project MovE2China, which is funded by both the German and Chinese governments, engineers from the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and the Tongji University Shanghai will work to validate electrified motor systems for FCEVs.
LG-Chery deal: The Korean manufacturer says will provide batteries for China’s mass produced EV brand Chery and claims to have captured more than half of the rapidly expanding EV battery market in China. Market research firm HIS expects more than 110,000 non-fossil vehicles to be sold in China this year. koreatimes.kr, businesskorea.co.kr
1000 km range? Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the major obstacle for EV uptake is range, adding that batteries produced at the Gigafactory could allow the Model S to travel 1000 km under normal driving conditions in one to two years. A Jefferies analyst’s report predicts the price of Model S batteries to fall to 88 dollars/kWh with the use of a nickel cobalt aluminium cathode and silicon synthetic graphene anode. greencarreports.com (with video interview), ecomento.com
Hyundai fuel cell SUV: Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles at Hyundai Motor Europe, told motoring.com.au at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the Korean carmaker will introduce a dedicated SUV with fuel cell technology by 2018. No details were revealed, other than that the SUV might be based on or will be similar to the Tucson. motoring.com.au
Real-time data for EVs: Researchers at the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing an open, flexible platform for real-time data exchange for electric vehicles. The project called ELISE aims to create opportunities for new services and business ideas. It could i.e. enable emergency charging between EVs. phys.org
Increased energy density: Researchers at KIT and Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) developed a new cathode material based on a new storage principle for Li-ion batteries. The new system is said to deliver higher energy storage density. alphagalileo.org, kit.edu
Battery start-up recharged: Hoover millionaire Sir James Dyson will invest 15 million dollars in the solid state battery company Sakti3, spun out of the University of Michigan. Another 5 million dollars will come from the latest round of investment, which included GM. The money is to be used for the commercialisation of the Sakti3 solid state battery (we reported). electric-vehiclenews.com, technologyreview.com, freep.com
Semiconductor competence: Osram Opto Semiconductors and the TU Braunschweig have developed a competence centre for semiconductors. The ‘epitaxy competence center ec²’ is to foster the use of Gallium-Nitride technology in Germany. elektroniknet.de (in German)
Lithium-sulphur research: Researchers from Korean Hanyang University and University of Maryland developed a sulphur-carbon nanotube that promises high sulphur utilisation, high Coulombic efficiency, and long cycle life in Li-sulphur batteries. greencarcongress.com
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Most clicked link on Monday was the Short Circuit and one Australian’s nifty approach on turning a Toyota Prius into a mobile home. heraldsun.com.au
Speedy production: Researchers at Germany’s KIT have set a new speed record with their production method for foil electrodes. They are able to manufacture 100 metres per minute, three times as much as with other production processes. The key is a flexible injector-process that allows for the precise production of any model even at high speeds. The new patented technology can decrease production cost for Li-ion batteries. scinexx.de, idw-online.de (articles in German)
New magnet compound: Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have developed a magnetic compound that uses 17 percent less neodymium, a rare earth metal. The neodymium permanent magnets are used in i.e. hybrid cars and until now, nothing had been able to challenge the current formula. greencarcongress.com
Battery for battle: Navitas Systems, maker of the 24-volt “Ultanium 6T” lithium-ion battery for ground combat vehicles, received 1.55 million dollars from the Alion and Technology Corporation to develop the second generation of its drop-in lithium-ion lead acid replacement batteries. These are used to start the engine and during a ‘Silent Watch.’ baystreet.ca, navitassys.com (technical details)
Autopilot for all: Annoyed Tesla owners launched a petition to the carmaker to provide a retrofit and make the new feature available to those, who already purchased their EV. Close to 800 people already signed the plea. Others now started a petition against the former, saying it would needlessly increase the cost for everyone. mercurynews.com, change.org (pro retrofit), change.org (contra retrofit)
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was Tesla’s announcement that it will triple the size of its assembly plant in the Netherlands. insideevs.com