GM signs agreement with Posco Chemical for CAM
General Motors has signed a binding off-take agreement for cathode active material (CAM) with Posco Chemical. Under the agreement, which runs from 2023 to 2025, Posco will supply the material from its plant in the South Korean city of Gwangyang to Ultium Cells.
Posco takes over Tera Technos
The South Korean steel group Posco, which is very active in the field of battery materials for electric vehicles, has acquired Tera Technos, a Korean start-up for silicon anode materials, for the equivalent of around 37 million euros.
Posco International will manufacture EV motor cores in Mexico
Posco International has begun construction of an EV components plant in Ramos Arizpe, northeastern Mexico, and says this will be its first factory in North America. The subsidiary of the South Korean steel company expects to complete construction early next year and will focus on motor cores.
Britishvolt & Posco Chemical join forces on batteries
Britishvolt and South Korean company Posco Chemical have agreed to collaborate on the development and supply of anode and cathode materials for electric car batteries. Britishvolt is securing a stable supply of raw materials ahead of commercial production of its battery cells.
Posco invests in ProLogium’s solid-state batteries
The South Korean steel group Posco has entered into a cooperation with the Taiwanese solid-state battery cell manufacturer ProLogium. In addition to an undisclosed investment in ProLogium, the agreement provides for the joint development of components for ProLogium’s solid-state batteries.
GM & Posco announce cathode material joint venture
General Motors and Posco Chemical have announced a joint factory in North America to process active cathode material for GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform. Details are expected to follow shortly – when the joint venture is officially formed.
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.
Posco to expand Tongxiang site with Huayou Cobalt
According to media reports, in an expansion of its Tongxiang site, South Korean company Posco is planning to build two new plants for electric vehicle battery materials in China. One plant is to be for cathode materials and another for precursors. Both are scheduled to go into operation in 2023.
Posco plans another cathode material plant
The South Korean company Posco Chemical is planning to build another factory for cathode materials in its home country. This is to be built in the coastal city of Pohang and will have an annual capacity of 60,000 tonnes. But plans for plants abroad are also becoming more concrete.
Posco expands fuel cell component production
The South Korean steel company Posco wants to significantly expand its production capacity for bipolar plates for use in fuel cell vehicles. The production of fuel cell bipolar plates is to be expanded to 10,000 tonnes per year by 2027.
Posco set to expand cathode material production
The Korean company Posco Chemical has announced that it will invest 275.8 billion won (about 204 million euros) to further increase its production capacities for cathode materials for use in electric car batteries. Plants in China and Europe are probably also conceivable in the future.
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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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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