Sep 6, 2022 - 12:45 pm
Honda to source battery materials from Hanwa
Honda has entered into a strategic partnership with the Japanese trading company Hanwa to ensure stable procurement of battery materials required for its longer-term electric offensive. The agreement centres around nickel, cobalt and lithium in particular.
Aug 23, 2022 - 05:09 pm
Germany secures raw materials and energy in Canada
According to media reports, during German Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Canada, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz signed agreements with the Canadian government to secure access to crucial battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.
May 25, 2022 - 02:37 pm
BMW to establish closed recycling loop for batteries
The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has just established a closed cycle recycling operation in China for the reuse of the raw materials nickel, lithium and cobalt from high-voltage batteries. Compared to the use of newly mined material, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 70 per cent.
May 9, 2022 - 03:15 pm
Tesla finds new nickel supply with Vale
Tesla lists all its direct suppliers of battery materials for the first time in its current sustainability report. In addition to already known contracts for supplies of nickel, lithium and cobalt, it is now officially confirmed for the first time that Tesla has concluded a long-term supply contract for nickel with the mining company Vale.
Apr 18, 2022 - 03:05 pm
CATL expands battery loops in Indonesia
CATL’s recycling subsidiary Brunp has entered into a partnership with Indonesian companies Antam and IBI. CATL wants to invest the equivalent of almost 5.5 billion euros in the Indonesia. The agreement focuses on nickel mining and processing, battery materials, battery manufacturing and battery recycling.
Mar 21, 2022 - 02:03 pm
VW China partners up for nickel & cobalt
Volkswagen has concluded two memoranda of understanding with Huayou Cobalt and the Tsingshan Group in China to secure access to essential battery raw materials. The three companies are planning two joint ventures.
Jan 11, 2022 - 01:49 pm
Tesla signs nickel supply deal with Talon Metals
Tesla has concluded another supply contract for nickel. The company now agreed with Talon Metals Corp. to supply at least 75,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate from the US state of Minnesota over a period of six years.
Dec 15, 2021 - 02:01 pm
Li-Cycle and LG enter into recycling and nickel agreement
The Canadian battery recycler Li-Cycle has concluded a still non-binding memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s LG Chem and its battery division LG Energy Solution for the supply of scrap from battery production and complete lithium-ion batteries for recycling as well as for the purchase of nickel.
Nov 8, 2021 - 03:04 pm
First Cobalt to refine battery materials in North America
The Canadian company First Cobalt wants to build North America’s first factory complex for the production of battery materials specifically for electric vehicles. As part of the realignment, First Cobalt is renaming itself Electra Battery Materials.
Oct 4, 2021 - 04:12 pm
Toyota’s battery joint venture to source nickel from BHP
The commodities group BHP and the Toyota-Panasonic joint venture Prime Planet Energy & Solutions have agreed on a memorandum of understanding on the supply of nickel. The material is to come from BHP’s new production facility in Western Australia.
Aug 30, 2021 - 12:33 pm
Posco launches nickel processing in Gwangyang
South Korean company Posco has started producing high-purity nickel for electric car battery cells. The factory in Gwangyang is expected to reach an annual nickel production of 20,000 tons by 2023, enough for 500,000 electric vehicles.
Aug 16, 2021 - 01:48 pm
LG Energy Solution to source Australian nickel & cobalt
LG Energy Solution has concluded a binding long-term purchase agreement with Australian Mines for nickel and cobalt. The battery manufacturer thus secures access to 71,000 tonnes of nickel and 7,000 tonnes of cobalt for six years from the end of 2024.
Jul 30, 2021 - 02:13 pm
Tesla wants to limit battery variety
During Tesla’s conference call in the context of the latest quarterly figures, there were some interesting hints about the future direction of battery cells: Statements by Elon Musk indicate that Tesla wants to rely on only two different battery types in the future.
Jul 22, 2021 - 11:49 am
Tesla to source nickel from Australia’s BHP
Tesla has selected raw materials company BHP to supply nickel from Western Australia. And: Tesla has sold the ultracapacitor business of Maxwell Technologies, which it acquired in 2019, to UCAP Power.
Jul 6, 2021 - 02:36 pm
Sumitomo to invest ¥47 billion in cathode material production
The Japanese raw materials company Sumitomo Metal Mining has announced its intention to invest 47 billion yen (about 358 million euros) in expanding its production capacities for cathode materials. The company cites the car industry’s growing demand for batteries as the reason.
Jun 11, 2021 - 02:50 pm
Samsung increases nickel content in NCA batteries
Samsung SDI has increased the nickel content in the cathodes of its battery cells with NCA (nickel-cobalt-aluminium oxide) chemistry for electric cars. This should not only increase the energy density, but also reduce the costs compared to cells with a higher cobalt content.
May 28, 2021 - 01:43 pm
Posco and Huayou Cobalt to launch recycling joint venture
The South Korean steel company Posco wants to set up a recycling business for lithium-ion batteries from electric cars together with the Chinese company Huayou Cobalt. The partners have already established a 65:35 joint venture called Posco Hy Clean Metal.