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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Most clicked links on Thursday was Klever’s foldable e-bike together with the Origins clip featuring a Tesla Model S.
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