Microvast to supply battery for bus manufacturer Safra
Battery manufacturer Microvast has signed a framework agreement with French bus manufacturer Safra. Over the next three years, Microvast will supply Safra with three standardised battery products for the company’s electric and hybrid buses, as well as for retrofitting the bus fleet. Weiterlesen
Microvast to build plant and work with Oshkosh
Battery manufacturer Microvast has taken over an existing plant from Akebono and Bosch in Clarksville in the US state of Tennessee and is converting it to produce battery cells, modules and packs for EVs. Microvast has also announced a collaboration with Oshkosh Corporation. Weiterlesen
Microvast presents fast-charging pouch cell
Microvast Europe has unveiled a new battery cell that is suitable for various types of vehicles such as cars, commercial vehicles, trains and boats, and is designed to charge from zero to 100 per cent within 20 minutes. Weiterlesen
Battery manufacturer Microvast follows Tesla to Brandenburg
Following Tesla’s announced plans for a production plant in Germany, the US battery system manufacturer Microvast will also be settling just outside of Berlin. Microvast is moving their European headquarters from Frankfurt am Main to the town of Ludwigsfelde, where they will manufacture battery systems for vans, trucks, sports cars and off-road vehicles from the […] Weiterlesen
Toyota, GKN Driveline, Continental, Microvast.
Toyota truck with Mirai tech: After starting with sedans and buses, the Japanese is en route to employ its fuel cell system in 40 ton trucks. Los Angeles not Tokyo harbour will pioneer the ‘Project Portal’ pilot that sees two fuel cell stacks from the Mirai plus a 12 kWh battery power a H2 lorry. Range is given at 320 km and Toyota promotes its tech-carrier’s fast acceleration in a drag race video of sorts.
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1m electric drives: GKN Driveline has set its eyes on the EV market in China and hopes to produce one million electric motors annually through its joint venture SDS by 2025. One of the eDrives is fully integrated and already on display in Shanghai. It packs the electric motor, power inverter, and gearbox within a single casing, while delivering 65 kW. An unnamed OEM is to use it for a small PHEV.
Conti too has an electric drive in Shanghai, which it hopes to sell to Chinese OEMs. The electrical axle drive is compact, weighs about 75 kilos but has an output of up to 150 kW. It will be made in China.
Macro investment for Microvast: The battery maker secured 400m dollars from investors for its allegedly inflammable Li-ion packs. Microvast plans to expand production and is working on its next-gen battery due within this year. A factory is under construction in Chinese Huzhou, which shall produce 15 GWh a year from 2019.
Samsung SDI, LG Chem, Hokkaido, UK, Microvast.
European battery production: Both Samsung SDI and LG Chem plan to secure EV battery cell production facilities in Eastern Europe. While Samsung is to re-utilise an existing facility close to Budapest, Hungary, LG Chem is already negotiating to buy a site in Polish Wroclaw. The Korean companies’ expansion is driven by increasing demand for electric vehicles in Europe.
Extra cool EV: Japanese researchers from eight companies are working on an electric car made for wintry weather on the island of Hokkaido. The first one-person prototype features AWD that kicks in automatically if the EV loses traction as well as extra insulation of the interior.
UK grants for greener cars: The British government set up a 38m pound fund for future vehicle technologies. The money goes to winners of last year’s competition and includes 130 projects ranging from sodium-ion batteries and fuel cells over hybrid technology and light-weight materials.
Non-flammable battery: Chinese Microvast presents an electrolyte designed to better protect Li-ion batteries from catching fire. The technology includes a new separator too as the company says its approach includes the system as well as the material level.