Chile’s lithium resource redistributed through Corfo
A consortium led by South Korea’s POSCO and Samsung SDI has won a bid to build a cathode materials plant in Chile. They will jointly invest about 54 million dollars in the plant, which will produce 3,200t of cathode a year starting by 2021.Weiterlesen
Techrules, Posco, Groschopp, Navya Arma.
Tech destination Europe: Chinese Techrules is looking to set up a production facility in the old world to build its promised TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle). While no European countries have been named yet, the company says it is working on a “shortlist.” Regardless of the final location, Techrules will launch the first supercar within the decade.
Gearing up lithium production: South Korean Posco predicts rapid growth in demand for lithium due to the surging EV market. The steel manufacturer thus hurries to finish its lithium production plant by September and not in December, as initially planned. Annual production capacity is 2,500 tons of lithium, enough for about 60,000 EVs.
Joint e-drive development: German Groschopp presents a drive module developed within the ESKAM project, which stands for electric scalable axle drive modules. It is a joint initiative by seven German companies, three universities and a Fraunhofer Institute. The drive has no permanent magnets and develops up to 45 Nm.
elektrotechnik.vogel.de, emobilight.de (articles in German)
Nuclear transport: Autonomous electric shuttle buses now transport EDF employees around the nuclear power plant in French Civaux. The six electric buses by Navya Arma will operate a 3 minute schedule and are hoped to increase productivity considerably. If they are charged using “clean” energy is debatable.
lyonmag.com, navya.tech (articles in French)
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Most clicked link on Monday was not yet another Tesla news, but that about a Chinese competitor. BAIC is building an electric supercar inspired by both the BMW i8 and the Californian EV maker.
LG Chem & Audi, Samsung SDI, POSCO, ORNL.
German-Korean battery deal: LG Chem will start to supply batteries for Audi’s plug-in and micro hybrid vehicles, says the battery maker. No further details have been released, except that the deal is “worth hundreds of millions of dollars”. LG Chem now supplies batteries to 20 customers worldwide.
New Samsung SDI facility: The battery maker has started building its new production facility in China where cells for EVs will be made. An investment of 600 million dollars shall return 40,000 batteries annually for Samsung with production set to start this October.
Lithium extraction facility: POSCO is building a large demo plant in Argentina to showcase its latest lithium extraction technology. The facility is being shipped in parts from Chile. The mining company mentioned growing demand from electric carmakers as one reason for expanding its operations.
A 100-mile range is enough: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory tells drivers and makers of EVs in its latest study, to not expect more than a 100-mile range to keep costs at an affordable level. At least until battery prices have fallen to less than 100 dollars per kWh.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the news about the electric revival of Spanish Loryc and its Electric Speedster.