Sumitomo starts electric car sharing in Stockholm
Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo that does everything from mining to managing grocery stores is taking on a new venture, electric car sharing. Not only is this a new field for them, the Tokyo-based company also chose one of the world’s toughest sharing markets – Sweden.
Nissan opens recycling plant to swap EV batteries with 4R
Nissan has opened a new factory and says it is the first recycling plant to specialise in reutilising Li-ion batteries from EVs. They shall be refabricated to go back into electric cars or fork lifts and also serve as energy storage. The facility in Namie, Japan will be run by 4R Energy, a JV between […]
Sumitomo, Berkeley Lab, XL Hybrids, Showa Denko.
Fuel cell CV partnership: Japanese Sumitomo plans to sell hydrogen commercial vehicles together with US Hybrid from California, Nikkei reports. The fuel cells will be delievered by the Americans, while Sumitomo mainly aims to supply Japanese manufacturers of vans and trucks.
Ant-nest-like Li-S structures: A team at the Berkeley National Laboratory developed a novel Li-S electrode with a structure based on ant nests. Its increased sulfur loading and sulfur/inactive-materials ratio is said to improve life and capacity of Li-S batteries.
EPA testing of vans fitted with XL Hybrids’ XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems showed a 26 percent mpg improvement. The retro-fitted hybrid Ford Transit also had a more than 50% reduction in NOx emissions.
Demand driven: Showa Denko announced that it will expand the production capacity of carbon nanofibre (VGCF) from 200 to 300 tons next year. It is added to cathodes and anodes of lithium ion batteries to improve conductivity. The expansion is due to an increase in demand driven by PEVs.
Renault, Venturi, Sumitomo, ATC.
2nd life at Renault: EV batteries will become useful after retiring from powering an EV. Renault cooperates with Connected Energy to supply stationery storage units. E-STOR technology will be offered as 50 kW version by July, while the companies have promised later versions with higher capacity.
Rocket-like record ahead: Venturi plans to set a new speed record on land, aiming to surpass 600 kph or 372 mph. The 3,000 hp electric Venturi Buckeye Bullet (VBB-3) was developed together with the Ohio State University Center for Automotive and will take off this summer.
Driving demand: Japanese battery makers like Sumitomo or Central Glass are ramping up production of Li-ion batteries as demand is expected to grow considerably. Sumitomo looks to double production of anode material deemed particularly safe and also eyes the U.S. market.
Electric tractors: American ATC presents a retro-fit option for tractors. The electrification serves as platform for autonomous farming with self-driving tractors. In Ukraine, too, electric tractors are becoming more common. Local produce model Edison sold out in a month.
farmindustrynews.com (USA), itsukraine.com (Ukraine)
IBM & ASELSAN, PowerCell, Toyota Boshoku, Sumitomo.
Metal-Air battery deal: Turkish defense company ASELSAN and IBM have agreed to jointly develop Metal-Air batteries for EVs. The companies aim at increasing EV range to 500 miles (800 kilometers), but did not deliver a time schedule for the batteries.
Swedish fuel cells for Asia: Fuel cell specialist PowerCell Sweden has set up a presence in South Korea under the name of PowerCell Korea. High demand for large fuel cell systems as well as the expected arrival of Kia and Hyundai FCVs are behind the Swedes commitment to South Korea.
Mirai coming together: Toyota Boshoku has started the production of titanium separators which are to be used in Toyota’s upcoming Mirai. The production technologies used for the fuel cells originally stem from the production of motor core components for hybrid systems.
Reconstruction effort: Sumitomo Metal Mining plans to build a new plant for the production of anodes for Li-ion batteries in Nahara, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, where the evacuation plan is about to be lifted. The plant will supply materials for Tesla batteries made by Panasonic.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who told German magazine Spiegel that at one point, he plans to open a battery plant in Germany.
spiegel.de (in German)
Logos Technologies, Nexeon, ERAU, Sumitomo/Nissan.
Military motorcycle: But make it a hybrid… This is the task Logos Technologies was given by the research branch of the Pentagon. The hybrid motorcycle is supposed to enable soldiers to get close to the enemy lines silently, yet escape with full power and range of the combustion engine if they must.
New anode facility: The British Nexeon, producer of silicon anode, has finished the construction of its process development and manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Oxfordshire. The factory can produce more than 20 tonnes of product a year and is said to be highly versatile.
Electric flight programme: Students of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida will work together with Powering Imagination to convert a Diamond HK36 motorglider into an electric plane. It might make its first flight already in mid-2015.
daytonabeach.erau.edu via greencarcongress.com
Second life as solar storage: On the artificial island of Yumeshima, Japan, Nissan and Sumitomo have installed a large scale solar power storage system reusing old EV batteries (we reported). Now, Nissan has issued a video introducing the ‘Hikari-no-mori’ project.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com
Sumitomo, PriMa3D, A123, Porsche, Hybrid Tech, Boston-Power.
Putting used EV batteries back into use: Japanese Sumitomo has installed a power storage unit which utilises recycled EV batteries. This commercial scale storage system uses 16 batteries and is placed in Osaka, where it will go live this February. It is operated by 4R Energy, a joint venture Sumitomo created together with Nissan.
How to print an electric motor? The PriMa3D project of Chemnitz University of Technology and Fraunhofer IFAM is looking for an answer to that question. The partners are working on production technologies involving 3D screen printing of electric drivetrains. The project is part of seven collaborative research projects with a total of 49 partners all working on new concepts for electric motor manufacture. The projects are funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research with 20 million euros (27m dollars).
elektroniknet.de (In German), tu-chemnitz.de (PriMa3D – in German)
Porsche powered by A123: The German carmaker just announced that A123 Systems will be its exclusive technology partner for the development of the energy storage system for the 919 Hybrid LMP1 Le Mans prototype. Porsche also revealed that it will partner with Schaeffler and Veltins brewery on its return to the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Bidding alliance for Fisker: Hybrid Tech Holdings has joined forces with battery supplier Boston-Power from Massachusetts. Together, they will compete against Chinese Wanxiang for the winning bid in the Fisker auction set for the 12th of February.