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Sony to start making lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:47 -- Paul Crompton

Battery giant Sony is set to start manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, according to reports.

The Japanese firm is set to release a 3.000 mAh 18650 cylindrical cell onto the market, according to pushEV website.

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Regen shocks open route to 48volt future

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton
Regen shocks open route to 48volt future

German vehicle-maker Audi is in the middle of testing a 48V lithium-ion system for full electric and mild-hybrid vehicles.

The prototype system allows the battery to offer 0.5 kWhs and a peak output of 13 kW through the use of electromechanical rotary dampers to harness regenerative breaking energy.

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Sodium-ion firms get cash boost to bring technology to market

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton
Sodium-ion firms get cash boost to bring technology to market

A UK based project to develop sodium-ion batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles has received a £38.2million grant.

The scheme to develop the technology to meet vehicle manufacturer specifications is part of Innovate UK’s initiative to make the UK a global leader in emissions-cutting technology.

English firm Faradion and Scottish based AGM Batteries were awarded the funding to deliver a working prototype of its technology for electric vehicles (EVs) by 2018.

Due to sodium salts abundance sodium-ion batteries could one day be 30% cheaper than conventional lithium-ion cells, which in turn will reduce the cost of EVs.

The partnership aims to bring sodium-ion batteries to the EV market as early as 2025.

The two firms will modify existing sodium-ion technology to make it usable in EVs, including the adaptation of active materials at the cathode and anode to meet OEM specifications.

“This project will help the automotive industry to develop a more stable, sustainable and cost-effective solution to electric vehicle power than is currently available,” said Faradion CEO Francis Massin.

Earlier this year BBB reported how Faradion had partnered with AGM Batteries to scale up production of the technology at its 4,000 square metre production facility in Caithness, Scotland. 

Innovate has also awarded AGM £700,000 to develop the technology and produce first prototypes while Faradion received Innovate UK funding to develop the technology for solar energy storage in conjunction with Moixa Technology and WMG, University of Warwick.

 

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Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 14:01 -- Paul Crompton
Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems will create a shortage of lithium-ion batteries within a few years, according to a report by IDTechEX.

The market for large-scale batteries in emerging applications such as electric vessels, grid-scale and residential ESSs and China’s rapidly growing e-bus market will hasten the shortage, said the report.

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Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Demand for electric vehicles has prompted Chinese lead-acid battery producers to embrace lithium— including two of the country’s biggest firms.

A plethora of lead-acid firms are adjusting their business model to include lithium-ion, with firms doubling lithium-ion output or building lithium battery plants in China, the Shanghai Metal Markets reports.

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UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton
UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

It may be a few years behind the rest of the world but the UK is at least trying to make up for lost time with a series of funding rounds aimed at developing the nation’s battery credentials.

The latest series of funding enables a team of chemistry, engineering and materials groups to develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 
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JCI in European battery technology collaboration

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:34 -- Ruth Williams
To seal the deal

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Institute have entered into an agreement for developing lithium-ion batteries for vehicles.

R&D staff from JCI will work with the Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM). Under the agreement the group will investigate technologies and thermal management strategies for lithium-ion battery packs.

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EV sales rocket in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:21 -- Ruth Williams
The Renault Zoe

Sales of electric vehicles rose by 55% last year in France with a total of 8770 vehicles sold. 

The best selling model was the Renault Zoe, sales of which reached 5511, or a 62.8% share of the EV market. The figures are up from 5663 EVs in 2012. 

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Honda gets into V2G

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:26 -- Ruth Williams
Honda has contributed an Accord plug-in to the study

Honda is involved in a demonstration project for vehicle-to-grid technology. The project is based on research from the University of Delaware, supported by NRG Energy, to show the controls, regulatory requirements and market participation rules for selling energy storage from vehicles into the regulation market.

Honda’s role includes supplying an Accord plug-in hybrid that has V2G capabilities to the University for investigations into the benefits the technology could bring both for vehicle owners and the electricity grid.

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China unveils a new round of electric car subsidies

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 09:28 -- Editor

China has unveiled a new round of subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles in a bid to combat rising air pollution in its major cities.

The government will provide up to 60,000 yuan ($9,800) to buyers of all-electric, "near all-electric" and hydrogen vehicles until 2015, according to the BBC. The policy is expected to boost Chinese automakers such as BYD, which makes electric cars and batteries. However, the programme does not include gasoline-electric hybrid cars.

In a statement, the government said the policy was aimed at "accelerating the development of new-energy vehicles, promoting energy saving and reducing air pollution". China aims to put five million "new-energy" vehicles on the road by 2020.

According to the state-owned Xinhua news agency, there were about 27,800 new-energy vehicles being used last year, mostly buses. China's last electric vehicle subsidy programme expired at the end of 2012, but failed to provide a large boost to electric car sales.

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