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The VW Group increases stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape to $300M

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape by up to $200 million as the German OEM looks to future of electric vehicle drivetrains.

The companies formed a joint venture in 2018 to work together on solid-state batteries with Volkswagen investing $100 million at the time to enable industrial-level production of the technology.

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Hydro and Northvolt launch joint venture to enable EV battery recycling in Norway

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton

Norwegian firm Hydro and Swedish company Northvolt have established a 50/50 joint venture to enable recycling of battery materials and aluminum from used electric vehicle battery packs. 

Through Hydro Volt AS, the companies plan to build a battery recycling plant in Fredrikstad, Norway, with production expected to start next year. 

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VW and Northvolt JV plans for EU lithium-ion gigafactory gain momentum

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:42 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen is investing €450 ($487million) to construct the buildings and infrastructure of a European lithium-ion gigafactory it is developing with its joint venture partner Northvolt.

Construction of the Northvolt Zwei factory in Salzgitter, Germany— close to VW’s existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells— is due to begin by the close of the year with cell production scheduled for early 2024.

 

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UK real-world test environment facility to streamline EV battery development

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

A UK facility dedicated to streamlining the test and validation stages of emerging electric vehicle battery module technologies has been opened by powertrain specialists Mahle Powertrain.

The facility in Northampton will specialise in electrified powertrain battery pack and module testing and development in real-world environments.

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VW follows Tesla with move to 811 lithium-ion cells in hunt for higher driving range

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:17 -- Paul Crompton

German vehicle OEM Volkswagen is moving to a NMC 811 cell format in its electric vehicle battery packs with the “medium to long term” goal of one day producing cobalt free cells.

The company is following Tesla’s lead in moving to the NMC 811 cell format, which VW’s China battery supplier CATL believes gives better performance capabilities over its previous NCM 523 cells. 

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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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Firm reports purity of its recovered lithium-ion battery materials reaches almost 100%

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:16 -- Paul Crompton

Critical metals company American Manganese has announced the battery materials it recovered from disassembled electric vehicle battery packs was almost 100% pure.

The Company’s independent contract laboratory, Kemetco Research, generated recycled products with purities of 98.91% (nickel), 99.72% (cobalt) and 99.27% (manganese). 

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EV start-up locks down lithium-ion battery supply from LG Chem

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 14:39 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors has signed a long-term partnership deal with lithium-ion battery supplier LG Chem.

Full production of the US firm’s Lucid Air is expected to start in late 2020 with LG Chem’s battery cells being used in the standard versions of the EV through 2023.

 

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Mercedes teams up with power provider to deploy grid-scale ESS

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:17 -- Paul Crompton

Swiss power provider Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, have signed a deal to deliver a 1.5MW/1.4 MWh energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries.

In its role of general contractor, Alpiq will supply the energy management system and is responsible for the planning, installation and sales of the system

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Tata Group is closing the loop as it builds battery manufacturing and recycling plants

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton

Indian conglomerate Tata Group is proposing to build a battery manufacturing plant in the country bolstering its electric vehicle closed-loop potential, the company announced on 26 January. 

The company plans to invest $113 million in the 200MW plant, which will have the potential to scale up to 2GW depending on domestic and global demand, news agency Reuters has reported.

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