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Tesla secures five-year supply of lithium in deal with China’s Yahua

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton

US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has signed a five-year deal to receive battery-grade lithium hydroxide from China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group. 

The total value of the contract, signed by Yahua's wholly-owned subsidiary Yaan Lithium, is $630-$880 million and lasts up to 2025, according to news outlet Reuters, which quoted a filing by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

The cost value translated into a total lithium hydroxide procurement amount of 63,000-88,000 tonnes, or 12,600-17,600 tonnes per annum, according to analysts at Daiwa Capital Markets.

Last May, Yahua commissioned a 20,000 tonnes per year lithium hydroxide plant in Yaan city into operation, more than doubling its previous capacity.

It already sources lithium - an ingredient in EV batteries - from China’s Ganfeng Lithium, one of the world’s top lithium producers.

In 2018, Tesla signed a deal to receive a fifth of China's largest lithium compounds producer, Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium’s production. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla also designated its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from Ganfeng.

In 2019, Ganfeng Lithium finalised a $160 million investment deal to raise its stake in Argentina’s Cauchari-Olaroz lithium brine project to 50%. Ganfeng Lithium now partners with Canada’s Lithium Americas in a 50-50 joint venture that will develop and operate the project.

Circular-economy consortium aims to make Europe a regenerated battery materials hub

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Solvay and energy management firm Veolia are partnering on a circular-economy consortium to manage critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Belgian firm Solvay and French company Veolia , through its subsidiary SARP Industries, are engaged in discussions about the battery value chain— from access and spent battery feedstock to dismantling, metal extraction and purification— with a car manufacturers and battery cell producers.

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Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:27 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.

The plan is to assemble up to 30 used EV battery packs into energy storage systems for use at renewable-energy plants, according to reports by news outlet Nikkei Asian review.

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Lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation reveals plans to build second EV battery plant in US

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:55 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation announced last week its going to build a second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States.

Construction of the 11.7GWh plant is due to begin in July in Georgia with production aimed for 2023, the company said in a statement on 28 April. 

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UK organisation launches programme to develop better EV pack joining and recycling processes

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based TWI has launched a research programme to provide a comprehensive assessment of lithium-ion cell joining and recycling options for electric vehicle (EV) battery pack manufacture.

The first part of the organisation’s Core Research Programme (CRP) will focus on battery pack joining and joint performance using techniques suitable to connect cells and other features to bus bars. 

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GM electric vehicle strategy centres on proprietary lithium-ion battery developed with LG Chem

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

General Motors strategy to grow the company’s electric vehicle (EV) market share centres around its in-house pouch cell designed lithium-ion drive train.

The Ultium battery uses large-format, pouch-style cells that can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack to optimise energy storage capacity and allow bespoke layout for vehicle design.

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BASF announces second European lithium-ion battery materials plant

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Chemicals firm BASF has confirmed the location of its new battery materials production site in Germany as it steps up investment into the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

The state-of-the art plant in Schwarzheide will initially produce enough cathode active materials (CAM) for around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year, says the German conglomerate.

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Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:13 -- John Shepherd
Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

India has called on auto industry bosses to help tackle battery waste and come up with proposals to recycle more of the raw materials needed for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Heavy industries minister Arvind Ganpat Sawant told a business leaders conference on electric mobility that while the government is subsidising the introduction of EVs, more R&D was needed into reducing the cost of metals and chemicals used to manufacture batteries.

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Daimler plans EV batteries plant in Alabama

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:39 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler plans EV batteries plant in Alabama

Daimler is to build a new battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary— which has confirmed it is to start making electric vehicles in the US.

Daimler said construction of the one million square-foot battery plant in Tuscaloosa— the group’s fifth such facility worldwide— is set to begin in 2018.

 

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Renault EV batteries to drive PV rollout

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Renault EV batteries to drive PV rollout

Used batteries from Renault’s electric vehicles (EVs) are to be given a second life in UK-based Powervault’s home energy storage units.  

The deal with the carmaker will reduce the cost of a Powervault smart battery unit by 30%, helping Powervault to bring home energy storage “to the tipping point of mass-market rollout in the UK”.

 

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