Mercedes buys stake in battery joint venture ACC
Mercedes-Benz acquires a stake in the European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC). The German car manufacturer becomes an equal shareholder together with Stellantis and Total. In the course of this announcement, the car manufacturer also gives further details of its battery strategy.
ACC granted funding to make batteries in Germany
ACC, the Franco-German initiative comprising PSA, Opel and Saft, has received funding notifications from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMVi) and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate to start constructing a battery cell factory in Germany as part of the EU’s Battery IPCEI.
Gaussin & Total create electric aircraft-refuelling truck
Gaussin and Total have developed what they say is the world’s first purely electrically powered refuelling truck for aircraft. The prototype comprises two tank trailers, each with a capacity of 30 tons of fuel, and is expected to go into service at the end of this year.
Opel & PSA plants to make 48GWh battery cells yearly
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has given a statement on the planned battery cell production capacity at the Opel site in the southwest of Germany: they aim for 24 GWh. The relevant cell technology is currently still being developed in France by Saft, where a sister plant is to produce the […]
Start of Saft battery cell pilot production in France
France’s head of state Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s research minister Anja Karliczek have given the official go-ahead for a battery cell pilot production in a factory of the manufacturer Saft in Nersac, southwest France. The pilot plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2021.
European batteries: Opel, PSA & Saft build for 64 GWh
This week, the EU Commission gave the go-ahead for what is being called “the battery alliance” in seven European countries. Subsidies were approved for 32 GWh battery cell production with PSA and Saft at the Opel factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany and an identical plant in France, making a total production capacity of 64 GWh.
ECO COM’BAT: High power battery by Fraunhofer
As part of the EU-funded ECO COM’BAT, ten partners from industry and research have been working on more sustainable high-voltage lithium-ion batteries since April 2016. As the project coordinator Fraunhofer ISC now communicates: apparently with success.
Germany: 3 battery consortia will be funded
To stimulate domestic battery cell production, the German Federal Ministry of Economics will most likely fund three consortia a total of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion USD). Of these, only the project of Peugeot, Opel and the battery manufacturer Saft has been confirmed by name.
PSA, Opel and Saft battery consortium ready to go
The Franco-German initiative announced last December for setting up a battery cell production facility is becoming concrete. The economic ministries of both countries have now proposed the alliance as the first consortium for funding from the EU Commission.
Saft founds a battery cell JV in China
The French battery manufacturer Saft, a member of the Total oil group, has reached an agreement with the Chinese company Tianneng Energy Technology to set up a joint venture for the development, manufacture and sale of lithium-ion cells, modules and packages.
Battery Alliance to enter serial production in 2020
There is news from the Battery Alliance initially announced in February: the partners Saft, Siemens, Solvay and Many have announced that they would enter serial production of an improved lithium-ion battery format utilising high-density liquid electrolytes in the first half of 2020.
European Battery Alliance (EBA) is taking shape
The European Battery Alliance (EBA) has been conjured up by the EU Commission. Their latest action plan outlines a schedule until 2023 and names various players along the entire value chain. The aim is to set up a European cell production in order to break the dependency on Asian suppliers.
Tesla, BorgWarner, Efficient Drivetrains, Saft.
Tesla chases after last percentage points: Long-term data of Tesla owners has shown that even after 320,000 km battery capacity is still at 90 percent. Yet, the company seeking to further improve battery performance, signed battery researcher Jeff Dahn, who just presented his newest findings: By improving the chemistry of NMC Li-ion, the cells shall be able to keep 95 percent of their original capacity after no less than 1,200 charging cycles (about 480,000km).
BorgWarner’s high-voltage heater: The American supplier presents a PTC cabin heater for EV and HEV, which is independent of waste heat. Controlled via CAN interface, it warms up the air stream coming from the blower. It also provides dual-zone functionality to regulate the temperature for driver and passenger individually.
Major order for Efficient Drivetrains: Four Chinese OEMs have decided to equip their buses with the American supplier’s PHEV drive EDI PowerDrive 6000. Efficient Drivetrains calculates with “several hundred” drives supplied to Shaanxi Automotive, Ankai, Xiamen Jinlong and Yaxing Motors until the third quarter of the year.
New concept for solid-state battery: A research team of the French battery company Saft and the University Paris Est have found a new approach to generate next-gen batteries. Their solution bases on a nanocomposite metal hydride as the anode in a complete solid-state battery with a sulfur cathode and Lithium borohydride electrolyte.
SunRiser, Dragon Racing & Venturi, Reed leaves for batteries, Saft.
Powered by the sun: Bochum University of Applied Sciences and ThyssenKrupp unveiled their SunRiser. The solar-powered car will take part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October. It only weighs 360 kg, despite its 60-kg battery and comfort features, such as distance control, heated seats or central locking. The solar panels produce up to 870 W.
idw-online.de, emobilserver.de (articles in German)
Powered by Venturi: Rumor has it that Dragon Racing will partner with Venturi as their new powertrain supplier. The Dragon team is believed to have concluded a deal last month and is set to test its new package shortly. An official announcement is expected in the coming weeks.
Reed leaves drop battery price? A Chinese-German research team has fabricated a 3D porous silicon-based anode material from natural reed leaves using calcination and magnesiothermic reduction. The material exhibits high specific capacity, very good rate capability, and cycling stability.
Saft head to Mars: Battery maker Saft has signed a contract worth over one million euros from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop, qualify and test a specific lithium-ion battery system to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle. The programme will launch in 2018.
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Kia, Mojo Mobility, Texas Instruments, CEC, Saft, Works Electric.
Kia to go wireless: The Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center and Mojo Mobility are developing inductive charging technology at 10 kW. The project is supported by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies programme. It is still at a testing phase and no launch date has been set.
TI for hybrids: Texas Instruments launched a 120-V automotive grade half-bridge gate driver, offering negative voltage handling capability for hybrid vehicles. Its 120-V bootstrap diode allows for N-channel MOSFET control, thus eliminating the need for external discrete diodes.
10 million dollars have been granted by the California Energy Commission for four projects looking at battery and fuel cell electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses for public transport and school buses. Initiatives in disadvantaged communities were prioritised.
Saft on Mars: The battery maker has secured a 1-million euro deal from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop and test a lithium-ion pack with solar panels to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle, which is supposed to look for extinct life on the red planet.
Off road scooter: Works Electric delivers a stand-up scooter for trails. Based on its tar hugging Rover, the B14 comes with more power (4,000 W), fat mini tires and up to 25 miles range at 35 mph. The handle folds up, but the price of almost 6,000 dollars might be harder to deal with.
EU-LIVE, 24M Technologies, Saft, Honda.
Light vehicle development: The project EU-LIVE (Efficient Urban Light Vehicles) led by the Virtual Vehicle Research Center in Graz has kicked off. It aims at developing a comprehensive solution for the next generation of electrified light vehicles. A modular development approach will provide a complete range of different electrified powertrains and vehicle bodies with different designs that are cost-efficient and easy to produce.
New Li-ion cells: After five years of research, the A123 spinoff 24M Technologies has presented a new battery cell design that will allegedly cut production costs in half. 24M uses a semi-solid form of electrolyte, allowing for a much simpler design. 10,000 prototype cells were built so far and 24M expects to be producing limited quantities of batteries in 2017, and to begin high-volume production in 2020.
News deal for Saft: The company will deliver two Li-ion battery systems with a capacity of 800 kWh for a new hybrid ferry in Scotland. Saft’s Seanergy system can be scaled to meet requirements of up to 750 V and are based on the company’s nickel-based Li-ion Super Phosphate (SLFP) cell chemistry.
Honda gets ready to climb: The Japanese manufacturer will take part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with its CR-Z Hybrid. The hybrid drivetrain features Electric SH-AWD, believed to use two electric motors to power the rear of the car – similar to a technology used in supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news that Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam will deploy 35 electric buses for passenger transportation between planes and terminals.
Siemens/BAIC, VDMA, Mercedes, Saft.
Siemens and BAIC join forces: A newly formed joint venture called ‘Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System’ will produce motors and inverters for hybrids and EVs. Prototyping is set to start this year while mass production with more than 100,000 units per year is set to follow in 2015 in Beijing.
One battery for all: The ‘Modular Multi-Use Battery Systems’ project unites 30 companies and research institutions trying to develop a standard for high performance batteries. The EnergyBus organisation is to provide its open standard initially written for LEVs for the communication between smart battery modules.
Mercedes with a mind: The new ‘Intelligent HYBRID’ system by Mercedes-Benz assesses the road ahead and manages the remaining energy accordingly. Designed for hybrid vehicles, the system keeps the battery charged only enough to take full advantage of recuperation, thus generously boosting the drive with electric energy in between.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com
Electric ferry for Stockholm: The Swedish capital placed an order with battery manufacturer Saft to supply li-ion batteries. The batteries are destined to power a new electric ferry, which will be operated by Ballerina on behalf of Stockholm Public Transport.