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.
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.
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.
Battery factory wanted: Romeo Power is in negotiations with both Nevada and California to find a spot for its planned battery production facility. The start-up formed by former Space X and Tesla people promises powerful EV power pack competition and stationery storage. Launch is set for next year. greencarcongress.com
137m dollars will be spend by the DoE on two new projects. SuperTruck II will award 80m dollars to cost-effective technologies that double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. Another 35 projects will receive 57m dollars to come up with batteries and electric drives for cars and light trucks. greencarcongress.com
Stronger cells: Elektrovaya and Litarion introduced the next generation Litacell with ten percent more capacity while the size remained the same. The 44 Ah cells will become available in this quarter. greencarcongress.com
Charging evolution: Evolt will present charging equipment at Cenex. The e-Stor uses 2nd-life EV batteries to charge EVs via the 50kW Tri-Rapid charger that features ChaDeMo and CCS. The Raption 22 kW charger will be joined by the 7kW lamp post charging solution that premiers at the show. autovolt-magazine.com
EVs keep grid stable: German research project INEES has come to a close. Partners VW, German utility LichtBlick, SMA Solar and Fraunhofer IWES showed that electric cars can safely and quickly provide reserve capacity for the grid when needed. But providing an operating reserve using only EVs is not yet economically viable. lichtblick.de (in German), lbsflibraries.blob (final Report; in German)
New bidder in Formula E chassis tender: TEOS Powertrain Engineering, a cooperation between engine company Macachrome and prototype constructor ADESS, has bid in a tender to supply the chassis for Formula E cars in the fifth season and is showing a first concept design. FIA said it will announce successful tenders on June 24th. autosport.com
Sodium-ion battery for EVs: British companies Faradion and AGM Batteries have received a 38.2m pound cash injection from Innovate UK to develop a prototype of a sodium-ion battery for electric cars by 2018. The goal is to commercialise the technology by 2025. bestmag.co.uk
Bus battery deal: Electrovaya subsidiary Litarion has signed a deal with an unnamed European battery system manufacturer and will deliver the battery cells for a system for electric buses. Deliveries are said to start in the last quarter of 2016. greencarcongress.com, electrovaya.com
Charging test: Some 45 international companies brought vehicles, charging infrastructure and testing equipment to the “Conformance & Interoperability Testival,” hosted by the TU Dortmund. Participants included Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Porsche, Toyota, VW, RWE, Siemens and automotive suppliers. The goal was to test the interoperability of the ISO/IEC 15118 standard. tu-dortmund.de (in German)
Rare earth free high performance magnet: Researchers from the Japanese Tohoku University have developed a high performance magnet using iron and nickel, instead of normality utilised rare earth materials. Fe-Ni magnets are therefore more environmentally friendly and cheaper to produce. chargedevs.com, greencarcongress.com
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New ceramic separator: Electrovaya and its subsidiary Litarion have introduced the new, thinner flexible ceramic separator Separion P20 for utility-scale and electric vehicle applications. The newly launched P20 now enables the same Separion technology to be used in a thinner format. greencarcongress.com
Booming business: Retrofitter Kreisel Electric will invest more 7m euros in a new plant in the Austrian city of Apfoltern, since the current location can no long stem demand. The company will also be looking to hire some 30 to 40 new people, nearly doubling the size of its current team. volksblatt.at (in German)
BMW plug-in 2.0: The Bavarian carmaker outlined its future platform “Power eDrive” for plug-in vehicles at the Vienna Motor Symposium. The Power eDrive system features an electric drive on both the front and rear axle and a combustion engine. According to BMW, some 80 percent of the average annual mileage of a typical commuter could be covered in all-electric mode. greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com
Australian sun-powered EV: The record-holding solar-powered car eVe, developed by the University of South Wales, could be ready to become street legal as early as July. Students are currently working to further develop the car and promise a range of up to 800 kilometres. news.com.au
Cute electric roadster for your buck: As part of an open source project, MW Motors is working on a street legal roadster with hub motors, called the Luka EV. The vintage-looking EV is said to have a range of up to 300 kilometres and will sell for less than 20,000 dollars. greencarcongress.com
Li-ion alliance: Litarion, which was recently acquired by Electrovaya, and Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché have signed a supply agreement for the manufacturing and commercialization of Lithium-ion storage systems incorporating electrodes from Litarion. greencarcongress.com
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