Continental & Varta to develop 48-volt battery for bikes
Continental’s development and production service provider Continental Engineering Services (CES) is cooperating with the battery specialist Varta. In an initial pilot project, both partners have developed a replaceable 48-volt battery pack for electric two-wheelers with a drive power of 10 kW or more.
EU research project to tackle aluminium-sulphur battery chemistry
The EU-funded project Amapola which is focussing on a marketable polymer-based Al-S battery has announced it will be developing an aluminium-sulphur battery for vehicles and aircraft. The aim is to develop an Al-S cell that achieves very high energy density values (660 Wh/l or 400 Wh/kg) and uses the advantages of innovative polymer gel electrolytes.
Varta receives its first order for the 21700 cell-format
The German battery group Varta has received its first order for its new high-performance round cell V4Drive in 21700 format presented at the beginning of April. The name of the customer from the automotive sector has not been released. Varta also announced that it will develop larger lithium-ion round cells in the future.
Varta presents 21700 format cell ‘V4Drive’
After the announcement in March, the battery manufacturer Varta has presented its new large battery cell called ‘V4Drive’. The round cell in 21700 format is to be produced on a pilot line this year, but the schedule for series production has not yet been revealed.
Varta aims to charge the 21700 battery in six minutes
Varta CEO Herbert Schein has now confirmed the rumour that the company also wants to produce battery cells for electric cars in the future and revealed more details about the initiative. Production is scheduled to start in 2024 at the latest. Varta presented impressive performance data for the cells themselves and special applications.
Varta & KTM developing battery platform for bikes
German battery group Varta is cooperating with the Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM in the field of low-voltage battery platforms for electric two-wheelers from 250 watts to 20 kW peak power. The duo aims to “set accents in the development of two-wheeled electric vehicles.”
Varta to launch EV battery production
The battery manufacturer Varta aims to get involved in the market for electric car battery cells in the future. Up to now, the German company has primarily produced batteries for household electronics but has been involved in cell research for some time.
Germany invests in battery research with Varta
Varta has now received funding positive decisions from the Germany federal government and the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg concerning 300 million euros for projects involving battery cells. The subsidy was approved by the EU Commission in December 2019 and the decisions have now been sent to Varta.
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.
EU battery cell production: First funding in June
The German BMBF, that is the Ministry for Education, plans to decide on the location of a research factory for cell production on June 7. Moreover, the German government is also planning to pay the first half of the money for the planned cell production factories this June as well.
Six Consortia want to build battery cells in Germany
Six consortia have so far submitted applications for funding to set up battery cell production in Germany. These include prominent names such as BASF, VW, PSA, BMW and Northvolt. Meanwhile e.Go-Mobile CEO Günther Schuh is leaving the consortium that wants to bring a cell factory to Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Fraunhofer and EMPA cooperate on solid state batteries
At the beginning of the year, the Fraunhofer Institute ISC and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) launched a joint research project called IE4B to create the basis for production-ready solid-state batteries for electric cars.
Porsche Holding Salzburg offers Varta battery storage solution
The commercial storage solution Varta flex storage will be available for charging EVs in car dealerships across Europe, in order to help buffer grid impact, among other things. The background is a recently agreed cooperation between Varta Storage with the Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche Holding Salzburg.
Battery cell production in Germany hung out to dry
The TerraE consortium that had planned to set up a mega battery cell production in Germany has failed as none of the businesses involved was ready to shoulder the investment, reports German media. TerraE thus follows other players in the country that continue to ignore the government calling on them to do their bit.
Höganäs/Varta, Tesla, Seoul National University, Surya Conversions.
Swedish-German pedelec: Höganäs has partnered with Varta to complete their Eclino e-bike system in time for the Eurobike Show. The drive system is based on Höganäs’ transversal flux motor, while the Engion battery comes from Varta Microbattery. The first to apply the drive is Ohm Cycles from Canada.
The Model S lost weight since the start of production, shedding a few hundred pounds already. This could be one of the reasons why it has also became faster and now accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 0.5 sec less than before and can also go a few extra miles per charge.
Butts to store energy: Korean scientists are using cellulose acetate fibres, the main component of cigarette filters, to transform them into a carbon-based material using a burning technique called pyrolysis. The resulting material is said to coat the electrodes of supercapacitors.
Hybrid rickshaw retrofit: Students from the University of Colorado formed a company called Surya Conversions, which is currently asking for funding for its conversion kit. It is designed to turn India’s three-wheeled mini cabs into hybrids at a cost of about 600 dollars.
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