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Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:27 -- John Shepherd
Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

South Korea has confirmed plans to invest about 7.8 trillion won (US$6.5 billion) in supporting the country’s battery sector and other key domestic industries in a trade row with Japan.

South Korea said it would boost “self-sufficiency” for 100 key components, materials and equipment items such as semiconductors used in battery packs for electric vehicles— aiming to ease the country’s dependency on other nations.

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Indian Oil ‘in lead-acid tech talks with battery makers’

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:20 -- John Shepherd

Technology developed by India’s state-owned Indian Oil Corporation to “increase the lifetime” of lead-acid batteries could be licensed to battery makers, the corporation’s director of research and development has revealed.

“We have developed a new nano material, which when used in a lead-acid battery in fixed proportion, increases the life of the battery by 30% and cuts charging time by 40%,” SSV Ramakumar said.

Ramakumar told The Economic Times of India the corporation is “now exploring ways to take (the technology) to market”, “All options are open to us. We can set up our own manufacturing or we can join hands with some leading battery manufacturer in the country.”

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US consortium awards fast-charge tech contract

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:46 -- Hugh Finzel

California-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Zenlabs Energy has been awarded a US$4.8 million contract by the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop “low-cost, fast-charge battery technology” for electric vehicles (EVs).

The contract will fund a 30-month project— which started in March 2019— that aims to develop novel cell designs and production methods to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries for automotive purposes.

“The low-cost/fast-charge technology development contract award with Zenlabs is part of USABC's broad battery technology research and development programme," said USCAR executive director Steve Zimmer.

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