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Firefighting firm can’t wait to share the Chinese EV cake

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:37 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firefighting firm is aiming to secure its share of the electric vehicle market after buying a LiFePO4 battery company and buying stock in a lithium concentrates firm.

Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy, a fire protection system solutions company bought a 19.9% share of Australian mining firm Altura Mining for AUS$41.6 million ($30.69 million), reported the China Daily newspaper.

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Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton
Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Electric vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla is moving into the grid-scale energy storage market with two deals to supply lithium-ion systems.

The first is to develop a 20MW/80MWh utility-scale system for electricity company Southern California Edison Co.

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Chinese firm looks to secure lithium stocks

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:03 -- Paul Crompton

When it comes to the rapidly growing electric vehicle and energy storage markets the question is not how many lithium-ion batteries can companies make, but how to source the raw materials.

That’s why Chinese lithium-ion battery materials maker Ningbo Shanshan is in advanced talks to buy a stake in Chile's Sociedad Quimica Y Minera (SQM), at least according to news outlet Reuters.

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Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Battery maker Samsung SDI has begun construction of its lithium-ion plant in Hungary to supply the European electric vehicle market.

The South Korean firm new facility in Hungary will enable it to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

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MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Two firms are joining forces to build a lithium-ion cathode plant in South Korea to fuel the expected lithium battery demand for the electric vehicle market.

South Korean battery materials firm Ecopro has entered into a joint venture with the Chinese resources recycling company GEM to produce cathode materials in Pohang, South Korea.

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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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JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Global giant Johnson Controls says it is driving an evolution in stop-start technology— while the rest of us wait for a revolution to happen.

Advanced Market & Technology Strategist Craig Rigby told BBB that the growth of the stop-start market had superseded all expectations, far outweighing the uptake in the electric vehicle (EV) market.

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Daimler to invest €500m to build lithium-ion battery pack factory

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 15:03 -- Paul Crompton
Daimler to invest €500m to build lithium-ion battery pack factory

German OEM Daimler is to invest around €500million ($542,890) to build a lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing plant as it expands its electric and hybrid vehicles range.

Using cells from LG Chem and SK Innovations, among others, the move will ‘significantly expand’ the production capacities of Daimler subsidary Deutsche Accumotive.

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Samsung launches range of Electric Vehicle battery cells at Detroit show

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung launches range of Electric Vehicle battery cells at Detroit show

Samsung SDI has unveiled a range of lithium-ion Electric Vehicle battery cell prototypes as the firm continues to stake its claim in the sector.

Launched at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the prototypes on the Korean electronic giant’s stand promises 94 amp hours (Ah), compared with the industry standard of between 26 and 28 Ah.

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BYD appointment aims to boost eastern US Operations

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:02 -- Paul Crompton
BYD appointment  to boost eastern US Operations

Hong Kong rechargeable battery firm BYD has hired a new director as it gears up to increase its electric vehicle operations in the US.

Eva Lerner-Lam was named director of eastern US business to build up the operations of the New York-based office and drive regional sales of BYD’s entire line-up of electric vehicles.

The full portfolio of EVs include, electric buses and coaches, long-range electric taxis, eTrucks and battery-electric forklifts.

Lerner-Lamb said: “The time has come for electric vehicles and BYD is ready to meet the growing demand.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity to take technology that was developed in China—and leveraged and matured in large scale there—and adapt them to American standards, lifestyles and infrastructures.”

Together with Assistant General Manager Carlos Antunes, Lerner-Lam will continue BYD’s international efforts to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, open regional facilities and plants and deliver green-tech products like energy storage stations.

She said: “The game-changing technology is already here. It just needs to be applied and distributed.”

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