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BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Chinese car and battery maker BYD is teaming up with a rival car-maker to build a battery giga factory in China— hot on the heels of opening what it said was the “world’s biggest” auto batteries plant in the country.

 

Germany coughs up cash to host CATL gigafactory

Germany coughs up cash to host CATL gigafactory

Germany is dipping into an economic aid fund to support the construction of a battery cells factory in the country by Chinese lithium giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

 

‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

‘Irrational Trump will hurt US’ with battery tariffs plan— China

Lead-acid batteries and lithium raw materials have been dragged into the now highly-charged trade tariffs bust-up between the US and China.

 

New lithium-ion battery storage facility online in UK

New lithium-ion battery storage facility online in UK

One of the UK’s biggest battery energy storage facilities to date has gone into operation in southeast England.

NEC ES to launch storage project first in Brazil

NEC ES to launch storage project first in Brazil

A battery storage system is being installed off the coast of Brazil as part of an environmental R&D project to boost the use of solar power and reduce reliance on diesel.

US auto battery pack firm to open European hub

US auto battery pack firm to open European hub

US-based advanced automotive battery pack ‘remanufacturer’ Spiers New Technologies (SNT) is opening a European ‘hub’ in the Netherlands.

Battery sector ‘needs outside help’

Battery sector ‘needs outside help’

Batteries are a defining component of electrified vehicles and will need to halve in cost and double in energy density in the next two decades without using unsustainable materials or manufacturing processes, says Dave Greenwood— professor of advanced propulsion of the Warwick Manufacturing Group. 

LG Chem powers battery supply with Nemaska Lithium deal

LG Chem powers battery supply with Nemaska Lithium deal

South Korean battery firm LG Chem has signed an initial five-year deal for the supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from Canada’s Nemaska Lithium.

Hitachi Chemical launches battery quality data probe

Hitachi Chemical launches battery quality data probe

Japanese lead-acid maker Hitachi Chemical Company is investigating a breach of quality control procedures concerning batteries supplied to customers for more than seven years.

Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Battery makers will need to work as part of “innovative ecosystems” to successfully launch new technologies onto the market, according to a new report.

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