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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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Now China’s CATL ‘makes play for EU expansion’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Now China’s CATL ‘makes play for EU expansion’

Chinese battery giant CATL is reportedly on the lookout for a site in Europe to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market, after becoming a supplier for Volkswagen cars built in China.

According to Bloomberg, CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co) “is close to” deciding on a site in either Germany, Hungary or Poland to build what would be its first overseas automotive battery manufacturing plant.

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German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Germany must tackle infrastructure “failures” that are impeding the take-up of electric vehicles— and risk hitting the development of the EV batteries sector, according to an industry body chief.

The president of the German Federal Association for e-Mobility, Kurt Sigl (pictured), told last week’s Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg progress in developing “e-mobility” in the country was plain “bad”.

 

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EU launches ‘safe, low-cost’ battery challenge

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:07 -- John Shepherd
EU launches ‘safe, low-cost’ battery challenge

The European Commission has launched a EUR10 million ($12m) prize “challenge” to develop a “safe and sustainable battery” for electric vehicles.

According to the Commission said the challenge is to develop “new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe”.

 

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Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:34 -- Xuan Zhong
Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

German auto-parts maker Bosch has confirmed it is dropping plans to manufacture battery cells and “disbanding” battery-related research as the result of “a lengthy economic assessment”.

Bosch said investing in the commercialisation of cell technologies itself— whether improved existing technologies or future ones— is “too risky” and it will instead focus on out-sourcing.

 

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Li-S firm OXIS wins Brazil expansion investment

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:08 -- Xuan Zhong
Li-S firm OXIS wins Brazil expansion investment

UK lithium-sulfur cells maker OXIS Energy has secured a GBP3.7 million ($5.17m) capital boost to expand its battery business in Brazil.

Oxis said it plans to use funding from Brazilian private equity fund, Aerotec, to open a subsidiary and an R&D centre in southeast Brazil as it eyes increasing demand for batteries in the electric heavy vehicles market.

 

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BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:41 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Germany’s BMW Group is set to sign 10-year contracts to secure supplies of cobalt and lithium for production of electric vehicle batteries, the auto giant has told BBB.

A BMW spokesperson confirmed contracts would be signed with more than one supplier “in the near future”— but declined to name the firms involved.

 

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EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:29 -- News Editor
EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Chinese authorities are reportedly preparing new policies for the recycling of batteries due to the rapidly-expanding new energy vehicle (NEV) market— the EV and hybrid electric vehicle sector.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is expected to roll out policies to clarify industrial standards and regulate battery recycling this year, according to China’s state Xinhua News Agency.

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