BMW orders cobalt from Morocco for €100M
The BMW Group has signed a supply contract with the Moroccan mining company Managem Group for cobalt for use in battery cells worth around 100 million euros. According to the German carmaker, this five-year contract covers around one-fifth of the cobalt requirements.
Formula E: Double DS Techeetah podium in Marrakech
Never before a polesitter in Marrakesh managed to claim a victory. On Saturday Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) dominated the qualifying and race and defended the top spot, followed closely by the man who replaced him at BMWi Andretti Motorsport, Maximilian Günther. Da Costa’s teammate Jean-Eric Vergne climbed from P11 up to P3 in […]
BMW is changing their resource strategy
The BMW Group is changing its strategy for purchasing raw materials for electric cars. In the case of important materials such as lithium and cobalt, intermediaries are to disappear from the supply chain.
BMW to source cobalt from Australia and Morocco
After Andreas Wendt, the Board Member responsible for purchasing, recently announced that BMW will no longer purchase cobalt from Congo for the introduction of the fifth generation of electric vehicles from 2020/21, it is now clear that the raw material will instead come from Australia and Morocco.
BYD plans EV Factory in Morocco
The Chinese vehicle Manufacturer BYD has signed an agreement with the Moroccan government to construct a factory in the north African nation. In the production site near Tangiers BYD plans to engage 2,500 employees to construct passenger vehicles, buses and trucks with electric engines, as well as produce a range of batteries.
Rotterdam, Morocco, South Korea.
Dutch wireless charging: Three companies in Rotterdam have begun a trial to recharge specially converted electric cars wirelessly. In the future, wireless charging systems could be used at the city´s taxi ranks and bus stops. Rotterdam recently also celebrated the opening of its 2000th EV charging point.
ad.nl (in Dutch) via dutchnews.nl
EV chargers in Morocco: In partnership with Vivo Energy, EV-Box has launched the first charging station for electric vehicles in Morocco. In addition, a total of 20 EV-Box charging points will be presented at the COP22 Climate Change Conference and will later be added to the main roads, laying the ground work for the country’s charging infrastructure.
Korea to boost number of EV chargers: The South Korean Environment Ministry announced a rapid expansion of the country-wide EV charging infrastructure. The number of currently 9,258 regular and 750 fast charging stations will be increased to 19,579 regular and 1,915 fast chargers by mid-2017.
Morocco, Charge Amps, Flint, Envision Solar.
PEV tax package: Morocco decided to remove customs duties for hybrid and electric vehicles from 2017 as a first step in longer process. A 10 perecnt VAT tax or the introduction of a bonus-malus system are being discussed as well. Morocco will host the COP22 talks in December.
Design cable: Charge Amps officially launched RAY, the temperature-sensing charge cable. It has been designed J. Nordwall from Koenigsegg. The first Ray cables are being sent out in Norway now.
German-Spanish cooperation: Spanish Valladolid and the “Metropolregion” in Lower Saxony are to strengthen their joint e-mobility efforts supported by the EU. Electric buses and delivery vans will run in Valladolid for example. The partners will share a booth at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from Nov, 15 – 17.
metropolregion.de (in German)
H2 bus prototype testing: The Flint Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Michigan, started a one year test with a Proterra prototype running on hydrogen. The trial is to show how the bus works in a cold environment in particular as it has only been run in warmer climates.
Solar expansion and financing: Envision Solar relocated to a more spacious HQ in San Diego. At the same time, the firm announced new financing and leasing models for its solar charging stations.
marketwired.com (HQ), wallstreet-online.de (financing)