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Japan-China venture ‘to build battery materials plant’

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Tokyo-based JFE Chemical Corporation is reportedly joining forces with Chinese companies to establish a battery materials plant in China to supply the domestic and overseas electric vehicles market.

JFE is acquiring a 40% stake in Chinese joint venture company Wuhai Baojie New Energy Materials with China’s Baowu Carbon Materials & Technology Company holding a 51% stake, China’s state Xinhua News Agency said. The remaining stake will be taken by local firm Tianhe Carbon Corporation.

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Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:48 -- Paul Crompton
Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Global vehicle OEM brands Daimler and China’s state-owned BAIC Group have entered into a development partnership to establish Beijing’s first second-life energy storage system facility.

The firms plan to use retired electric car batteries from BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV).

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Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:27 -- John Shepherd
Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

South Korea has confirmed plans to invest about 7.8 trillion won (US$6.5 billion) in supporting the country’s battery sector and other key domestic industries in a trade row with Japan.

South Korea said it would boost “self-sufficiency” for 100 key components, materials and equipment items such as semiconductors used in battery packs for electric vehicles— aiming to ease the country’s dependency on other nations.

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VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

German car giant Volkswagen is in talks with potential partners about plans to build an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in South Africa, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

VW has been in discussions with a consortium— which the car maker declined to give more details on— for the past six months about the possibility of teaming up for the project, the company confirmed to BBB.

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Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton
Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Global automotive heavyweights BYD and Toyota have formed a partnership to build cars and develop the onboard lithium-ion battery packs for those vehicles.

The Chinese and Japanese (respectively) firms announced on 19 July they had signed an agreement for the joint development of electric vehicles that will include developing sedans and low-floor SUV battery EVs (BEVs).

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Novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:53 -- News Editor
Bosch novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Engineering firm Bosch has developed a cloud-based system that monitors an electric vehicle’s battery-management system to prevent cell degradation, predict lifetime capacity and forecast performance criteria.

The German firm’s technology will transmit a battery’s data— ambient temperature and charging habits— to the cloud, where machine-learning algorithms can adjust the cells capacity to maximise their performance if required.

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Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:05 -- John Shepherd
Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for “giga-scale battery production” to be launched in the UK, as the company revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electric vehicles in England.

JLR said the plans for its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham marked “the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020”.

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World Bank leads new push for battery storage

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:34 -- John Shepherd
World Bank leads new push for battery storage

An international “technology-neutral” partnership to expand the use of energy storage systems in developing countries has been launched by 30 organisations led by the World Bank.

The Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) aims to “catalyse a new market for batteries”, beyond the current focus on the market to supply electric vehicles, the bank said.

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Musk hits out at Panasonic over Tesla battery supply

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:10 -- Hugh Finzel

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has blamed “lower-than-expected” battery manufacture from Panasonic for disrupting production of Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs).

Musk said in a post on Twitter that Panasonic’s battery cell lines at the ‘Gigafactory 1’ facility in Nevada amounted to about 24GWh per year— lower than the expected 35GWh— and had “been a constraint on Model 3 output since July (2018)”.

Musk added “Tesla won’t spend money on more capacity until existing lines get closer to 35GWh theoretical”.

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Mitsui invests in bus battery leasing scheme

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:49 -- John Shepherd

A US$200 million credit facility to support a battery-leasing programme for electric buses in North America has been launched by Japanese chemicals company Mitsui & Co and automotive firm Proterra.

The companies said the initiative is expected to lower the upfront costs of zero-emission buses and make Proterra’s electric buses “roughly the same price as a diesel bus”.

California-based Proterra said bus operators can purchase a vehicle and lease its battery packs— based on lithium-ion technology co-developed with South Korea’s LG Chem— over the 12-year lifetime of the bus.

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