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Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton
Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Global automotive heavyweights BYD and Toyota have formed a partnership to build cars and develop the onboard lithium-ion battery packs for those vehicles.

The Chinese and Japanese (respectively) firms announced on 19 July they had signed an agreement for the joint development of electric vehicles that will include developing sedans and low-floor SUV battery EVs (BEVs).

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Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:45 -- John Shepherd
Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Toyota is teaming up with several Asian battery manufacturers to ensure it has the supplies it needs to ramp up production of electric vehicles, the Japanese car company has confirmed.

Chinese battery and auto makers CATL and BYD are now lined up to work with Toyota—in addition to Japan’s GS Yuasa and Toshiba, Toyota bosses have confirmed.

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Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Electric buses built by Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer BYD are to be powered en route along roads in the US city of Indianapolis by inductive charging.

BYD, public transit operator IndyGo and Momentum Dynamics, have partnered for the programme to install three 300-kilowatt inductive charging points in the city— claimed to be the highest capacity system of its kind implemented anywhere.

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Sonnen fends off Asian firms in battery storage ‘league table’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:29 -- John Shepherd
Sonnen fends off Asian firms in battery storage ‘league table’

Two Asian battery makers are challenging the dominance of Germany's Sonnen as the top provider of energy storage systems in the country, according to latest research.

Sonnen is still ranked No.1 in the annual ‘league table’ of home storage systems with a market share of 18%, according to an annual study compiled by Bonn-based market and opinion research institute EuPD. But South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s BYD are…

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Anesco-Shell partnership for UK battery storage project

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 20:19 -- John Shepherd

Energy storage developer Anesco is to partner the investment arm of multinational Shell in a UK battery storage project.

Anesco said it will work with Shell New Energies in developing the 1.25-megawatt lithium-ion project at the Bacton gas terminal site on the Norfolk coast.

Anesco will provide the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the utility scale system.

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BYD ‘on course for batteries unit IPO’

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Wang Chuanfu

Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD plans to list its batteries business within the next four years to fund expansion plans, founder and chairman Wang Chuanfu has said.

Wang (pictured) told Bloomberg the company, which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group, is eyeing an initial public offering for its battery storage business by the end of 2022.

Wang said the company is in the process of spinning off its vehicle-battery operations into a separate firm before listing. He said the listing would take place by the end of 2022— but that the Shenzhen-based company had yet to decide where the shares would be traded.

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BYD initiates energy storage in Poland

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer, BYD, has started operating its first energy storage project in the Polish market— a system that it was “actively invited” to supply.

The 1.26 megawatt / 2.52 megawatt-hour lithium-ion system, operated in partnership with Polish firm ML Systems, will be coupled with a 1MW solar PV power plant— also produced and sold by Shenzhen-based BYD— to enable peak shaving and to create a more balanced network.

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BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:42 -- Xuan Zhong
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.

BYD is forming a joint venture with state-owned Changan Automobile to focus on electric vehicle (EV) battery production at a new plant in southwest China for domestic sales.

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BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:19 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

China’s BYD has opened the “world’s biggest auto batteries plant”— as part of a reported multi-billion dollar investment to expand its domestic battery-making capacity to 60 gigawatt-hours within three years.

BYD— which stands for ‘build your dreams’— said the six-square-kilometre plant in Qinghai Province— “equivalent in size to around 140 football pitches”— will itself have a 24GWh production capacity when it ramps up to full capacity next year.

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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