Indonesia plans a series of EV incentives
The Indonesian government is planning a series of incentives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles as well as supporting the manufacture of these in the country. Indonesia aspires to become a hub for electric vehicle manufacturing and an exporter.
Indonesia: International consortium seeks nickel & cobalt
An international consortium of renowned e-mobility players plans to build a resource mining plant for lithium-ion batteries on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. In concrete terms, the project reportedly involves nickel and cobalt. Apparently, Tesla, CATL, LG Chem, Daimler and Volkswagen aim to participate in the consortium.
VW releases battery recycling details
The recently announced Volkswagen pilot plant for recycling electric car battery materials in Salzgitter, which will go into operation in 2020, is designed to initially produce 1,200 tonnes per year. The project in Salzgitter is to be followed by further recycling plants in the next few years.
Audi and Umicore develop closed loop battery recycling
Audi and Umicore are developing a closed loop for the recycling of high voltage batteries from electrified vehicles, which can be reused again and again. Particularly valuable materials, including cobalt, nickel and copper, will be stored in a resource bank.
BASF builds battery material factory in Finland
BASF has now officially selected Harjavalta in Finland as their first location to manufacture battery materials for the European automobile market. The facility will be built nearby the refinery belonging to Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel).