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Award winning US Harvard University scientist charged over links with China

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:14 -- paul Crompton

An award winning US Harvard University scientist who reportedly worked on nano-wire-based lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 

Dr. Charles Lieber has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston, US, at a later date. He was arrested on 28 January.

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BYD secures first deal with major global OEM as Ford aims to secure lithium-ion battery supply

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:50 -- paul Crompton

Ford is set to source batteries for its electric vehicles through the China lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride battery maker BYD.

It is the first time the Chinese firm BYD (which stands for Build Your own Dreams) has made a deal with a major global automaker. 

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China lithium-ion battery maker reveals plans for 5GWh plant in the country

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:53 -- paul Crompton

Chinese battery producer Jiangsu Pylontech has announced plans for a 5GWh a year lithium-ion battery production plant in China’s southeast Jiangsu province.

Pylontech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom operator ZTE, that mainly produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries expects the plant to be completed in three phases by the end of 2022.

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Coronavirus highlights US’ reliance on China for key lithium-ion battery materials supply

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:12 -- paul Crompton

The US is too reliant on a battery materials supply from outside the country especially China, the CEO of battery minerals firm American Battery Metals Corporation (AMBC) has said.

Doug Cole’s comments came as the big three lithium companies telegraphed profit warnings due to coronavirus-driven logistics issues in the supply chain.

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Coronavirus impact on lithium-ion industry to be felt for at least another year

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:56 -- paul Crompton

The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is putting China lithium-ion manufacturers into the ‘high risk’ supplier and production category. 

Industry analysts Wood Mackenzie predict a drop of 10% (26GWh) in lithium-ion battery production in China, with the Hubei province most impacted by the outbreak.

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Coronavirus wipes 10% off China’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing forecast

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:25 -- paul Crompton

Energy research group Wood Mackenzie forecasts COVID-19 will reduce China’s battery storage production capacity by as much as 10% compared to the pre-coronavirus 2020 forecast.

The company predicts governmental measures to minimise human-to-human interaction in China, including factory shut-downs, will hit this year’s battery output by 26GWh.

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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Tesla side-steps long-term lithium-ion cell supplier to partner with LG Chem and CATL for its Gigafactory 3

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:32 -- paul Crompton

Vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla has entered into a partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL as it looks to secure a lithium-ion battery supply for its electric cars at its Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai.

Rumours that Tesla would move from its exclusive cell supplier Panasonic to meet demand at the China Gigafactory 3 first surfaced last August.

*UPDATE* CATL confirmed in a stock exchange filing on Monday, 3 February, it had signed a two-year battery supply agreement with Tesla, with the US firm determining the battery purchase volume. The deal starts this July and closes June 2022.

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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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Indian firm partners with China lithium-ion cell maker to manufacture EV battery packs

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:51 -- paul Crompton

Vehicle components maker Pinnacle Industries has completed a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in India following a partnership with China’s Phylion Battery Company.

The assembly unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra will manufacture integrated lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles (EV) targeted at the domestic market.

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