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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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German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.

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$65m funding boost for polymer tech firm Ionic

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:51 -- John Shepherd
$65m funding boost for polymer tech firm Ionic

Ionic Materials has secured a $65 million funding boost to accelerate development of its solid polymer electrolyte battery material.

The Massachusetts-based company said investors involved in the series C financing round included battery manufactures and firms in the electric vehicles sector.

 

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Daimler silent on Geely ‘battery tech buy-in’ report

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:43 -- John Shepherd
Daimler silent on Geely ‘battery tech buy-in’ report

Daimler is staying mum on a report that Chinese carmaker Geely has bought a stake in the German peer with a view to partnering on battery tech for electric vehicles.

According to Reuters, sources believe Geely, which owns Volvo, “is keen to access Daimler's battery technology and wants to establish an electric car joint venture in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province”.

 

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