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FDG ‘starts work’ on first phase of China batteries and EV project

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:45 -- Xuan Zhong
FDG ‘starts work’ on first phase of China batteries and EV project

Hong Kong-listed FDG Electric Vehicles has reportedly started the first-phase of construction of its EVs and batteries production facilities in Jianyang, in China’s Sichuan Province, according to the state Xinhua News Agency.

The total investment in the first phase of the project is CNY4 billion ($636 million), Xinhua said.

 

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Narada books 30% sales rise on back of batteries, recycling

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:35 -- John Shepherd
Narada books 30% sales rise on back of batteries, recycling

Chinese battery maker Narada Power has posted a 30% sales rise for 2017— which boosted net by profit by 16% over the previous year.

Narada said total revenue for the year was CNY8.63 billion ($1.37bn) and net profit increased to CNY381 million.

 

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Li-powered hoverboards top fire risk concerns in US

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:51 -- John Shepherd
Li-powered hoverboards top fire risk concerns in US

Consumer safety chiefs in the US have issued a fresh warning about fire risks from a range of lithium-ion powered devices and toys— with hoverboards at the top of the list of concerns.

Hoverboard importers, retailers and distributors in the US have been urged to review product safety standards after US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data showed the toys— also known as self-balancing electric scooters— were responsible for more than 280 fires in the country since 2015 and three deaths.

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Honda ‘plans Thai battery plant’ for hybrid EVs

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:56 -- John Shepherd
Honda ‘plans Thai battery plant’ for hybrid EVs

Japanese car giant Honda is investing in a batteries production line for a planned hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) manufacturing programme in Thailand.

Honda said the equivalent of around $160 million will be needed to pave the way for commercial production of locally made hybrid electric vehicles and batteries in Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post.

 

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Uber plans for electric flying taxis strictly for the birds?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:33 -- John Shepherd
Uber plans for electric flying taxis strictly for the birds?

Flushed with its success in the global taxi business, Uber believes the sky is the limit for its next big venture— battery-powered flying cabs.

The company’s plans for its new service to start “full-scale operations” in some cities within the next 12-15 years were unveiled to some of the world’s leading battery experts at last week’s Florida International Battery Seminar & Exhibit.

 

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Regulator warns of potential total air transport ban on batteries

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:16 -- John Shepherd
Regulator warns of potential total air transport ban on batteries

A top US regulatory official has held out the prospect of airlines totally halting transports of batteries unless changes are made to existing safety requirements.

Janet McLaughlin, director of the Federal Aviation Agency’s HazMat Safety Programme, indicated the move could be on the cards by air freight operators amid increasing fears of fire risks.

 

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Jordan tests indicate “high ratios” of lithium

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:58 -- John Shepherd
Jordan tests indicate “high ratios” of lithium

The Middle Eastern state of Jordan has announced plans to step up exploration for lithium, after initial tests indicated the country could be sitting on high levels of the metal.

The country’s energy and mineral resources minister, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, said the move could help Jordan cash in as a supplier to battery makers for the growing electric vehicles market.

 

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China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:55 -- Xuan Zhong
China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Chinese lead-acid battery giant Camel is to build a pilot lithium-ion battery recycling and anode material production plant in Central China.

Camel said plans for the CNY5 billion ($791 million) facility is part of a “framework agreement”, signed with Hubei Province’s Gucheng County government, to create an industrial park for recycling and “cascade utilisation” of used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, as well as the regeneration of battery materials.

 

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Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:48 -- John Shepherd
Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Supplies of lithium and cobalt are set to become “seriously critical” as demand for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles and other applications rises, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say cobalt-free battery technologies, “including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium”, plus magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, could ease the “dependency”.

 

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Mercedes-Benz invests in Thai EV battery plant

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Mercedes-Benz invests in Thai EV battery plant

German auto giant Mercedes-Benz is to invest in a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Thailand for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Andreas Lettner, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Thailand, told the Bangkok Post the EUR100 million ($122m) Samut Prakan facility is scheduled to start operations in early 2019.

 

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