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Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

One of China’s largest state-owned carmakers has stopped production of a sports utility model following a ruling by Beijing that EV batteries must meet certain criteria before they attract State subsidies.

JAC Motors has stopped production of its iEV6s electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), which had been powered by Samsung SDI’s batteries, exclusively chosen by the carmaker.

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Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton
Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

China’s battery maker Guangdong Dynavolt has become the latest Chinese lead-acid firm to add a lithium-ion arm to its business on the back of plans to build an R&D centre for the chemistry.

The battery manufacturer has paid $2 million for a 33.33% share of Nevada-based 12V deep cycle lithium battery maker Dragonfly Energy.

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Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 14:48 -- Paul Crompton
Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Chinese firm Chaowei has put itself up as the flagbearer for the lead-acid battery industry in China with the promise of four new production improvement technologies

The first involves using graphene in battery grids, which chief scientist Dai Guiping says no other firm has done until now.

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Johnson Controls to capture ‘rapidly growing’ AGM market with fourth China battery plant

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:41 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Controls to capture ‘rapidly growing’ AGM market with fourth China battery plant

US lead-acid firm Johnson Controls is set to open its fourth battery manufacturing plant in China to serve the OEM and aftermarket industry.

The facility is being built in Binzhou, Shandong Province, following a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Binzhou Bohai Piston Co., Ltd., an auto parts affiliate of Beijing Automotive Industry Group Co., Ltd.

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Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:36 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

The rocketing price of lithium in China could cause a 5-8% drop in profits for lithium battery makers, says a director at one of China’s largest battery firms.

Chief Scientist Dai Guiping, from Chaowei Power, said that along with the rising price of lithium, other components such as separators had also gone up.

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China’s lead-acid battery import market shows mixed fortunes

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 15:56 -- Paul Crompton
China’s lead-acid battery import market shows mixed fortunes

A drop in non-ignition lead-acid battery imports into China meant month-on-month figures were down, based on information announced by Chinese customs.

And the story could have been a lot worse except for an increase of 18.7% month-on-month in ignition batteries as 452,700 units were imported in April.

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China receives 80% of industry investment as it triples lithium-ion production

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:46 -- Paul Crompton
China receives 80% of industry investment as it triples lithium-ion production

Strong growth in China’s lithium-ion industry meant around 80% of global new investment was located in the country during 2014, a new report has highlighted.

As 25 lithium-ion battery projects sprang up in the country in 2014 more than RMB100 million ($15.25million) was invested in China’s lithium-ion industry, stated the report by CCM, a market intelligence provider for China.

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Single-wall nanotubes prove a breakthrough in lead-acid batteries

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton
Single-wall nanotubes prove a breakthrough in lead-acid batteries

Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) that can quadruple the cycle life of lead-acid batteries were showcased at the world’s largest battery show in China last week.

The Tuball™ nanotubes additive have also been shown to double capacity at high discharge rates and have an increase of capacity of 30%, claims the material’s producer, Israel-based OCSiAl.

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Chinese people’s choice of four wheels over two will drive E-bike demise

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 13:59 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese people’s choice of four wheels over two will drive E-bike demise

China’s largest battery maker Chaowei has admitted the domestic lead-acid E bike battery market has stopped growing and will only remain stable for the next five years.

While lead-acid remains the main choice for consumers because of cost, the market for E bike batteries as a whole will slow down simply because lithium-ion E bikes won’t factor either.

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Chinese EV battery firms told to meet new rules or lose subsidies

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:09 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese EV battery firms told to meet new rules or lose subsidies

China has announced it will only give state subsidies to Electric Vehicle battery makers who qualify for listing in a new directory.

Only firms that meet certain criteria will be included in the directory, which will go live in July 2017.

The criteria include agreeing to undergo extended inspections in which tests could be carried out on batteries and systems to ensure they and the facility are “consistent with the vehicle battery industry standard conditions... in addition to the scale of production and other aspects of the requirements” that were released in 2015.

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