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Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is calling for companies that source lithium-ion batteries for electronic products such as electric vehicles to commit to using only “ethically-sourced materials”.

UCS’s clean vehicles policy analyst, Josh Goldman, said the use of lithium, cobalt, nickel “and other metals that are part of an EV lithium-ion battery pack, have raised red flags about the poor human rights and worker protection records in the countries where these materials are mined”.

 

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Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

German carmaker Daimler AG and Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui & Co., Ltd., are investing in moves to ramp up the development of second use lithium-ion battery storage.

Daimler said it is acquiring a minority stake in German energy services company, The Mobility House AG (TMH), while Mitsui confirmed it too has “made an investment”.

 

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EVs will be only new cars sold in Europe from 2035 - report

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:39 -- News Editor
EVs will be only new cars sold in Europe from 2035 - report

Only electric passenger cars will be sold in Europe from 2035 as a result of falling battery costs, economies of scale and increased support from governments, according to a new study by Dutch banking group ING.

According to the ‘Breakthrough of electric vehicle threatens European car industry’ report, compiled by ING senior economists Max Erich and Jurjen Witteveen, issues currently overshadowing electric vehicles (EVs) – such as range anxiety and pricing – “will be overcome within the next seven years.

 

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Glencore ‘in triangular lithium deal’ with China’s CATL and VW

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:50 -- News Editor
Glencore ‘in triangular lithium deal’ with China’s CATL and VW

Switzerland-based mining company Glencore has reportedly signed a deal to supply cobalt materials to a Chinese lithium battery manufacturer – who would in turn sell batteries for Volkswagen’s (VW) electric vehicles.

According to Reuters, the deal would see Glencore sell up to 20,000 tonnes of cobalt products to CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd), a China-based battery giant who also supplies EV batteries to carmaker BMW.

 

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Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

The stated-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is evaluating charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), having been given the responsibility of developing so called green energy transmission corridors for the country, reports the Hindustan Times.

"We are looking at three different battery technologies—advanced lead acid, lithium -ion and flow technologies and how they behave in the Indian environment, along with the economics. We are technology agnostic. It can be another business area," said an unnamed source from PGCIL.

 
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Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

One of China’s largest state-owned carmakers has stopped production of a sports utility model following a ruling by Beijing that EV batteries must meet certain criteria before they attract State subsidies.

JAC Motors has stopped production of its iEV6s electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), which had been powered by Samsung SDI’s batteries, exclusively chosen by the carmaker.

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2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton
2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Japanese car company Nissan is to use second-life EV batteries to power its new French office, the largest ever grid-integrated EV system in a building in the world.

Sixty-four used lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leafs combined with solar generation will comprise the 1 MWh energy storage system, with 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers from Nissan’s partner Enel installed.

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LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Battery maker LG Chem has strengthened its already tight grip on China’s EV market with its latest deal to supply lithium batteries to the country’s top OEM.

The South Korean firm has inked a deal to supply Changan Automobile Co. with batteries for its next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

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Samsung starts EV Li-ion battery production in Austria

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung starts EV Li-ion battery production in Austria

Work is set to begin at Samsung SDI Battery Systems (SDIBS) lithium-ion battery plant following the Korean firm’s official opening ceremony.

The company will begin operations to manufacturer EV batteries for the European, American and Chinese markets at the plant in Graz, Austria.

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