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Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Solid-state batteries are expected to be a “game changer” for the electric vehicle industry, according to a new report.

The batteries are set to open up “significant growth opportunities for future battery chemistries due to manufacturers’ claims of an energy density 2.5 times higher than lithium-ion batteries”, said market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

 

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BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:41 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Germany’s BMW Group is set to sign 10-year contracts to secure supplies of cobalt and lithium for production of electric vehicle batteries, the auto giant has told BBB.

A BMW spokesperson confirmed contracts would be signed with more than one supplier “in the near future”— but declined to name the firms involved.

 

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BMW invests in solid-state start-up

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:11 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW invests in solid-state start-up

German automotive giant BMW has formed a partnership to develop solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles with US-based start-up Solid Power.

Solid Power, which has been developing solid-state rechargeable batteries in Louisville, Colorado, aims to advance its technology to meet the requirements for high performance EVs.

 

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BMW issues cobalt supply chain pledge

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:53 -- News Editor
BMW issues cobalt supply chain pledge

German automotive maker BMW has pledged to work for a more sustainable and transparent cobalt supply chain for battery manufacturing.

BMW said companies using cobalt as a raw material face tackling issues related to environmental standards and human rights that “cannot be completely eliminated in cobalt mining”.

 

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BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:35 -- News Editor
BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

The Chinese joint venture brand of German car giant BMW, BMW Brilliance, is reportedly to open a “high-voltage automotive battery pack production centre” in China on 24 October.

According to Chinese media reports, BMW’s long-term Chinese lithium-ion battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) will supply cells for the project.

 

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Glencore ‘in triangular lithium deal’ with China’s CATL and VW

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:50 -- News Editor
Glencore ‘in triangular lithium deal’ with China’s CATL and VW

Switzerland-based mining company Glencore has reportedly signed a deal to supply cobalt materials to a Chinese lithium battery manufacturer – who would in turn sell batteries for Volkswagen’s (VW) electric vehicles.

According to Reuters, the deal would see Glencore sell up to 20,000 tonnes of cobalt products to CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd), a China-based battery giant who also supplies EV batteries to carmaker BMW.

 

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Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Dutch company Alfen has developed and delivered a “mega” energy storage system featuring BMW’s lithium-ion car batteries to electric utility Nuon’s 122MW onshore Prinses Alexia wind farm at Zeewolde, in the Netherlands.

A 3MW battery storage system will gradually be expanded to 12MW, making it the “largest storage project in the Netherlands”, Alfen said.

 

 

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UK wind farm to use BMW batteries

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
UK wind farm to use BMW batteries

A storage plant featuring BMW car batteries is to be built at Swedish utility firm Vattenfall’s largest land-based wind farm, in Pen y Cymoedd, South Wales, UK.

The site’s 76 wind power turbines are now running at full capacity and it is expected they will generate about 700 GWh annually – enough to provide electricity to about 188,000 homes.

 

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WAE to supply Li-ion battery to Aston Martin

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:49 -- Xuan Zhong
WAE to supply Li-ion battery to Aston Martin

Williams Advanced Engineering, the Formula 1 racecar design firm and part of the Williams Group is set to make lithium-ion batteries for luxury carmaker Aston Martin.

The surprise announcement that Williams was even in the EV battery business comes as the UK government pumps £62 million ($77 million) in the so-called The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) UK.

 

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