Mar 23, 2023 - 04:47 pm
Entek to build separator factory in Indiana
The US battery separator manufacturer Entek is investing 1.5 billion dollars in a new production facility in Terre Haute in the state of Indiana. The plant is scheduled to start operations between 2025 and 2027 and will supply separators for up to 1.6 million electric cars annually.
Mar 23, 2023 - 03:39 pm
Cirba Solutions joins the battery belt in South Carolina
US battery recycler Cirba Solutions is investing $300 mn in a new recycling factory in South Carolina. The company, which counts GM among its customers, plans to start construction near Columbia in Richland County this year and begin operations by the end of 2024.
Mar 23, 2023 - 02:54 pm
Albemarle to build lithium refinery in South Carolina
US speciality chemicals company Albemarle has announced the location of its new lithium processing plant in the US. The plant will be built in Chester County, South Carolina. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2024.
Mar 23, 2023 - 02:26 pm
NextETRUCK project to develop more efficent zero-emission trucks
NextETRUCK is the latest EU Horizon project looking to decarbonise transport. Nineteen partners from eight countries are looking to develop electric trucks with medium freight haulage by the end of 2025. Targets include increased efficiency as well as seamless management.
Mar 23, 2023 - 01:32 pm
Vitesco achieves billion-dollar turnover with EV components
The drive supplier Vitesco Technologies surpassed the one billion euro mark in turnover with electrification products for the first time in 2022. With electric drives and other components, Vitesco turned over around 1.1 billion euros, compared to 0.9 billion euros in 2021.
Mar 22, 2023 - 02:28 pm
CATL kicks off Qilin battery production
Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has started mass production of its Qilin battery, according to Chinese media. This is the third generation of CATL’s cell-to-pack battery technology, which was unveiled in June 2022.
Mar 21, 2023 - 11:39 am
BMW & Continental invest in DeepDrive
BMW and Continental have become investors in electric drive specialist DeepDrive. The Munich-based start-up has developed a radial flux dual rotor motor including power electronics that can be installed as a central drive as well as a wheel hub drive in production vehicles.
Mar 21, 2023 - 11:07 am
EKPO secures new order for bipolar plates
EKPO, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, has received an order from a “global automotive manufacturer” to supply mass-produced bipolar plates for the latter’s future fuel cell system.
Mar 21, 2023 - 10:42 am
Energica takes to the skies
Energica Motor Company is getting ready for takeoff. The Italian motorbike manufacturer, a subsidiary of the US group Ideanomics, wants to develop “all-electric solutions for ultra-light and light aircraft.”
Mar 20, 2023 - 03:27 pm
LG Chem to enforce battery patents in court if necessary
South Korean chemical company LG Chem has a clear message for its competitors: It wants to “dominate” the global market for advanced EV batteries and – if it has to – enforce its patent rights for cathode materials with a high nickel content in court.
Mar 20, 2023 - 11:19 am
Lithium de France raises €44 million
When it comes to extracting lithium for EV batteries from geothermal brine, Vulcan Energy Resources is getting competition from France. Lithium de France, a company founded in October 2020 and based in Bischwiller, Alsace, has announced the closing of a €44 million Series B financing round.
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:46 pm
EU Commission presents strategy to secure critical raw materials
The EU Commission is aiming for ten per cent of the EU’s demand for critical raw materials to be met from its own mining operations in 2030, 40 per cent from local processing and 15 per cent from EU recycling capacities. This was outlined in the newly presented ‘Critical Raw Materials Act’.
Mar 16, 2023 - 11:53 am
IBU-Tec spins off battery business
IBU-Tec Advanced Materials AG is responding to the increasing importance of the battery materials business and has founded IBUvolt Battery Materials GmbH. The wholly-owned subsidiary focuses on developing, producing and selling battery materials.
Mar 15, 2023 - 02:50 pm
Koura signs supply deal with Ascend Elements
Ascend Elements will supply Koura with up to 5,000 tonnes of recycled lithium carbonate per year. Koura will use the recycled lithium carbonate in lithium-ion battery materials for the US and European markets, including lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a key electrolyte salt.
Mar 15, 2023 - 01:53 pm
Honda reveals next steps in US EV manufacturing
Honda has published more details on the conversion of its plants in the US state of Ohio for the future production of electric cars and the components for them. The Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) will begin preparations for the production of electric cars in January 2024.
Mar 13, 2023 - 01:36 pm
LG & Panasonic rumoured to supply Tesla’s 4680 battery cells
According to an agency report, Panasonic and LG Energy Solution are to supply the 4680 cells for the Tesla Cybertruck. Apparently, this was not originally planned. Tesla is said to have not yet reached the targeted energy density with its own 4680 cells of the first generation.
Mar 13, 2023 - 12:06 pm
Hyundai may launch EV with LFP cells from CATL
Korean carmaker Hyundai will likely launch its first electric model with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries this year. Additionally, Kia has announced that the second-generation Kia Ray EV minivan will use LFP batteries made by CATL.
Mar 13, 2023 - 10:08 am
Nissan Ariya production behind schedule
Nissan cannot churn out its new electric car as quickly as planned. According to media reports, the output is at least one-third below plan due to chips, components and paint issues. But the carmaker is working on ramping up production capacity.
Mar 13, 2023 - 09:45 am
US and EU to coordinate EV incentive programmes
The US and the EU want to negotiate an agreement on critical minerals for electric car batteries, said US President Joe Biden and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a meeting at the White House. The planned agreement would make EVs manufactured in the EU eligible for US tax credits, currently reserved for […]
Mar 10, 2023 - 12:25 pm
SK On prepares to launch prismatic cell production
The South Korean battery cell manufacturer SK On wants to start producing prismatic cells this year. The new battery type will be presented in a few days at InterBattery 2023, the largest battery trade fair in South Korea.
Mar 9, 2023 - 04:15 pm
Webasto enables HR to assign charging profiles and bill sessions
Webasto has launched a new add-on for its ChargeConnect software that allows companies to integrate charging data into cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. It enables fleet managers to bill employees for charging sessions right on their payroll, among other things.