Tesla, Samsung, RDM Group, OXIS Energy, Nano One Materials.
Tesla exclusive: Elon Musk confirms Panasonic as sole supplier for the cells in the Model S, X, and 3 power packs. Media reports had purported otherwise as the EV maker had ordered cells from Samsung. The latter are most likely destined for the stationery Tesla batteries instead.
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Autonomous electric shuttle: Coventry-based RDM Group presents its self-driving EV that carries up to 8 passengers at 15 mph. The firm claims it has had “massive interest” potentially worth 15m GBP for its pod that may eventually serve at airports or university campuses.
Li-S batteries for scooters: British OXIS Energy partners with Lithium Balance to bring its prototype Lithium-sulfur battery system for electric scooters to China. The current power pack holds 1.2 kWh and is to improve in terms of chemistry and costs in the second half of this year.
Li-ion battery pilot plant: Nano One Materials from Canada is on track to open a pilot factory at the beginning of next year, where it will simulate full scale production of various lithium-ion cathode materials.