Piedmont Lithium to process lithium hydroxide in the USA
Piedmont Lithium has announced the construction of a large lithium hydroxide processing plant in the USA. The facility is to be built in Etowah in the state of Tennessee and will produce 30,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per year. The start of operations is planned for 2025.
Volkswagen kicks off production of the ID.4 in the USA
After months of pre-series production, Volkswagen has now built the first production model of the ID.4 for customer deliveries at its US plant in Chattanooga. In the course of the fourth quarter of 2022, production is to be ramped up to 7,000 cars per month.
US DoE to loan Ultium Cells $2.5 billion
The US Department of Energy has announced that it will provide a $2.5 billion loan to the battery joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. Ultium Cells will use the money to finance the construction of new battery cell production facilities.
VW to begin ID.4 production in the USA early
VW plans to start series production of the ID.4 at its US plant in Chattanooga in July and to bring the vehicles to dealers in “significant quantities” from September. That would be several months earlier than previously planned.
VW considers building second plant in the USA
Volkswagen is considering the construction of a second plant in the USA. It could be built directly next to the current factory in Chattanooga. According to media reports, a battery cell plant in the area is also being considered. No decision has been made yet, but the move has been in the offing for months.
Production kicks off for the Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac has started series production of its first electric model Lyriq in the USA at GM’s Spring Hill assembly plant in the state of Tennessee. Currently, however, the electric SUV can no longer be ordered, as new orders will not be accepted until 19 May.
Toyota to invest in US manufacturing capacities
Toyota has announced an additional $90 million investment for two of its US American manufacturing facilities: Both the Toyota West Virginia plant, as well as the plant in Tennessee, will be upgraded for hybrid vehicle component production.
Tritium reveals location of US plant in Tennessee
Australian charging station manufacturer Tritium has announced the construction of a manufacturing facility in the US state of Tennessee with up to six production lines to manufacture up to 10,000 Tritium DC chargers per year. President Joe Biden announced the Australian company’s US location.
GM invests $6.6 billion to boost production capacities
General Motors has announced investments of 6.6 billion US dollars – around 5.8 billion euros – in the expansion of production capacities for electric vehicles and battery cells in Michigan. An existing vehicle plant will be extensively modernised and converted to electric cars, and a third cell production facility will also be built in Michigan.
Ford & SKI to build 4 e-mobility plants in the USA
Ford has announced a massive expansion of its electric vehicle business. Together with battery partner SK Innovation (SKI), Ford will invest 11.4 billion US dollars in the construction of second new sites with assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky. Operations are scheduled to begin in 2025.
Chattanooga revs up for VW ID.4 mass production
In the USA, the first VW ID.4 electric SUV pre-production units have rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga. These are used to test out the assembly process and all related components. Mass production is to start next year.
Rivian to install Waypoint chargers at all Tennessee Parks
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced a new deal with EV automaker Rivian to install Rivian Waypoint EV charging stations at Tennessee State Parks. The goal is to have charging stations available at all 56 state parks, depending on the availability of electricity.
GM invests in battery cell production in the USA
General Motors is planning to build a second plant in the US to manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles as part of its joint venture with LG. In response to a media report that GM was close to making a decision, the carmaker itself confirmed the plans.
Microvast to build plant and work with Oshkosh
Battery manufacturer Microvast has taken over an existing plant from Akebono and Bosch in Clarksville in the US state of Tennessee and is converting it to produce battery cells, modules and packs for EVs. Microvast has also announced a collaboration with Oshkosh Corporation.
GM plant in Spring Hill to go electric
General Motors is making its Spring Hill plant in the US state of Tennessee its third production facility for electric cars. The company plans to invest 2 billion US dollars in converting the plant. Among other models, the first electric Cadillac model Lyriq will be built in Spring Hill.
2,200 robots for automation at VW plants
Volkswagen is moving forward on automation at its electric vehicle plants. VW Passenger Cars and VW Commercial Vehicles divisions have ordered more than 2,200 new robots for the planned production of EVs at the German plants and the US plant in Chattanooga.
VW is building a high voltage lab in Chattanooga
Volkswagen has begun to expand its Chattanooga plant in the USA in preparation for the production of the VW ID.4 before series production begins in 2022. The expansion not only applies not only to the assembly of electric cars but also to the development of new electric models.
Tesla considers another Gigafactory in the USA
According to Elon Musk, Tesla is currently looking for a location for another plant in the USA. The Cybertruck is to be produced there, as well as the Model Y for customers on the US East Coast. Texas is apparently a hot contender in the competition.
Volkswagen plans innovation centre in the USA
Volkswagen is cooperating with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy to establish its first innovation centre in North America. Research at the “Innovation Hub” will include research into electrification.
Series version VW ID.Crozz to become ID.4
With the ID.3 just out, Volkswagen had further announcements to make at the IAA and said the VW ID. Crozz concept will be called ID.4 once it hits the markets in series. The model is destined for the US first next year and will be the first MEB-based model in the USA.
VW adds MEB capacity to U.S. plant in Chattanooga
Volkswagen has found the first production site for electric cars in North America: The Chattanooga plant in the US state of Tennessee will expand to build vehicles based on the modular electrification platform MEB. VW is investing around 700 million euros in the extension of the plant.
Nissan starts U.S. production of its 2018 Leaf
After production kick-off in its home market in Japan earlier this year, the second-gen Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the lines in Smyrna, Tennessee, too. From January on, the model shall hit the stores across the States. Pricing starts at 29,990 dollars.
True to its name…
SkunkLock is born out of frustration over a stolen electric bike. To prevent or at least punish any future theft, the bike lock emits a very special formula when it is being cut. One so potent, it makes a bicycle thief cry if not vomit on the spot.
China, United Arab Emirates, Tennessee.
Charging corridors in China: State-owned utility State Grid further developed the country’s fast charging network alongside eight of China’s main motorways, including the connection Beijing-Shanghai. Until 2020, a total of 36,000 km of motorway will be equipped with chargers.
Rapid-chargers for the West Coast: The California Energy Commission earmarked some 8.9m dollars for the installation of fast-charging infrastructure along Interstate 5, Route 99 and Highway 101.
Emirates push e-mobility: The small state of Ajman is the first in the United Arab Emirates to allow electric cars to park for free. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai are also looking into similar regulations. Dubai meanwhile completed the installation of 100 EV chargers (we reported).
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Less money down: China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issued a directive for financial institutions to lower down payments of loans for new energy vehicles. While some believe that it could increase sales, others say it will do very little, as the NEV uptake is driven by policies, not cash.
Fee free EV: A bill in the U.S. state of Tennessee that would have called for a 150 dollar licence fee for electric cars and 75 dollar fee for hybrids, is off the table. Even though it would have added some 2m dollars to the state’s highway fund, lawmakers never debated the issue and it died quietly in the Senate committee.