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IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:03 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Lithium-ion is “likely to remain the technology of choice” for electric vehicle (EV) batteries over the next decade— but “minimum standards” should govern material supplies and recycling, says a new study.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Global EV Outlook 2018, said “clearly defined and respected norms and requirements for traceability are needed” across the batteries supply chain, after the global stock of EVs climbed from one million in 2015 to more than three million in 2017.

 

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CATL ‘signs EV batteries deals with Daimler, Hyundai’

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
CATL ‘signs EV batteries deals with Daimler, Hyundai’

China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has reportedly been awarded contracts to supply electric car batteries to Germany’s Daimler and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor. 

Daimler’s procurement executive Sabine Angermann confirmed the firm’s involvement with CATL at a press conference in Stuttgart, according to Reuters.

 

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Volkswagen ‘to buy EUR20bn of batteries from Asia’

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Volkswagen ‘to buy EUR20bn of batteries from Asia’

Volkswagen has reportedly earmarked EUR20 billion ($25bn) to buy in lithium batteries for its electric vehicle business from China’s CATL, South Korea’s LG Chem and Samsung SDI.

China’s state Xinhua News Agency said the move was agreed by VW at its annual general meeting in Berlin— although BBB could not independently confirm the report.

 

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Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

The venture capital unit of French oil and gas giant Total has reportedly acquired a stake in Massachusetts-based polymer tech firm Ionic Materials.

Total, which acquired French battery maker Saft in 2016, told Reuters: “We have decided to invest in Ionic Materials in order to keep a closer look on this technology which may represent one of the most promising path for the development of solid-state batteries.”

 

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Nissan plant ‘offers energy storage from battery recycling’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Nissan plant ‘offers energy storage from battery recycling’

Nissan has opened an electric vehicle battery recycling facility in Japan which will also provide energy storage systems for the area.

The plant in Namie will be run by 4R Energy, a joint venture between Nissan and the Sumitomo Corporation.

 

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Chinese cells ‘to power more German EVs’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:45 -- John Shepherd
Chinese cells ‘to power more German EVs’

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly to use battery cells made under its partnership operations in China in some cars made by the firm worldwide.

Dieter Zetsche (pictured), chairman of the German carmaker's parent company Daimler, made the announcement in Beijing, the China Daily reported.

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Li-developer Tesson building 4GWh battery HQ in China

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:06 -- Xuan Zhong
Li-developer Tesson building 4GWh battery HQ in China

China’s lithium-ion automotive battery developer Tesson New Energy has started construction of a 4GWh battery assembly facility in the eastern city of Nanjing.

Tesson, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Tesson Holdings, said it plans to invest more than CNY5 billion ($790 million) in building the facility in the city’s Lishui district— that will be its headquarters for operations, production and R&D.

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LG Chem to design “unique” NMC battery for Mahindra

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:56 -- Xuan Zhong
LG Chem to design “unique” NMC battery for Mahindra

South Korean battery giant LG Chem is to work with Indian car multinational Mahindra & Mahindra to develop a “unique” NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) battery for electric vehicles made in India.

Under the partnership, LG Chem will design and supply its newly-developed NMC technology for the Mahindra and SsangYong series of EV— lithium-ion modules for Mahindra Electric’s vehicles— and create battery packs for the Mahindra group and other customers.

 

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Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:50 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lead-acid player ‘eyes Asian expansion’

Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Tianneng has reportedly set its sights on expanding production capacity to another country in southern or southeast Asia— while stepping up domestic capacity by 20% this year to meet electric vehicle demand.

According to Reuters, the company wants to capitalise on increasing demand for batteries to power electric scooters and cars in the region. Tianneng is considering setting up a plant “with an annual production capacity of at least 100,000 tonnes” in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to the news agency.

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Poland agrees ‘record’ grant for LG Chem battery project

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Poland agrees ‘record’ grant for LG Chem battery project

Poland is to ‘sweeten’ a deal with South Korea’s LG Chem to build a major batteries production plant in the country for electric vehicles— with a grant reportedly worth more than $70 million, BBB can reveal.

A spokesperson for Poland’s entrepreneurship and technology ministry told BBB a contract for the grant would be signed soon, but declined to say whether the cash had been part of the agreement, announced in 2016, for LG Chem to set up the plant.

 

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