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German car giant builds gigafactory

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:35 -- Xuan Zhong
German car giant builds gigafactory

The casing of a vehicle battery has been laid as the foundation stone for a massive new battery factory being built in Germany. Showing the importance of the €500 ($550) million factory to Germany’s electric car and renewable energy industries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the ceremony at Daimler’s subsidiary, ACCUMOTIVE, in Kamenz.

ACCUMOTIVE’s second factory for lithium-ion batteries in the small town, about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation mid-2018.

 

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Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:56 -- Xuan Zhong
Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Mercedes-Benz is driving the lithium-ion battery technology used to power thousands of hybrid and fully electric vehicles into homes for a new range of stationary energy storage units.

Up to eight Energy Storage Home wall-mounted or floor-standing battery modules, with an energy content of 2.5kWh each, can be combined to produce an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 20kWh, the company said.

 

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Hyundai goes it alone on batteries

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
Hyundai goes it alone on batteries

Hyundai Motor is developing solid-state lithium batteries which are claimed to be safe from explosions for its electric vehicles.

The company has reportedly developed pilot-scale battery production facilities, sources close to the matter said, comparing the move to an approach taken by the automaker’s Japanese rival Toyota, according to the Korea Herald Newspaper.

 

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A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:09 -- Xuan Zhong
A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

UK home energy storage system firm Moixa has announced a project on the Isles of Scilly that aims to drive adoption of electric vehicle use and renewable energy generation by 2025.

The firm’s lithium iron phosphate battery allows buildings with solar panels to use more of the power they generate during the Smart Energy Island (SEI) project.

 

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Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has bought a large stake in a Finnish firm as it looks to move into the European electric vehicle market.

The Ningde, China-based battery maker bought a 22% stake in the auto supplier for an undisclosed fee, reported newswire Reuters.

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Hyundai turning to China after South Korea battery ban

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:18 -- Xuan Zhong

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor is looking to China for lithium-ion batteries after its South Korean battery supplier was omitted from a list of vendors permitted to provide batteries for electric cars in China.

The South Korean firm, which is planning a China model of one of its vehicles, has its hands tied due to battery firm LG Chem having its battery certification cancelled in China.

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University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:45 -- Paul Crompton
University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

A university and semiconductor firm has a forged a partnership to help India meet its target of getting seven million hybrid and electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020.

A research laboratory in Puducherry, India, aims to help researchers develop all-solid state thin film lithium, bulk lithium, lithium-sulfur, lithium-air and flow batteries.

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Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton
Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Some believe the answer to tackling emission regulations is lithium-ion full electric vehicles, but the lead battery industry believes the answer lies with 48V hybrid applications.

One such company is US start-up Gridtential, which is pushing its Silicon Joule technology to one day be the 48V industry standard by making lead batteries cheaper and boosting performance.

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Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:20 -- Paul Crompton
Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

A British research team aims to redesign battery electrodes to boost the efficiency of lead-acid batteries for use in electric vehicles after receiving a government backing.

The University of Sheffield has received £100,000 ($123,000) to study ways of improving lead-acid batteries from the UK’s Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council (EPSRC).

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Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claims to have developed lithium-ion technology that pushes the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do.

The prismatic cell will help EVs reach a 600km (372miles) driving range, or 500km (310miles) on a single 20 minute charge (taking the battery up to 80% capacity), according to the company.

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