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Australian miner signs China EV lithium supply deal

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:53 -- John Shepherd
Australian miner signs China EV lithium supply deal

Australian lithium producer Alliance Mineral Assets has signed an agreement with a Chinese producer of engines for electric vehicles (EVs) that paves the way to jointly produce and sell battery-grade lithium hydroxide.

Alliance said the non-binding memorandum of understanding with Jiangxi Special Electric Motor is to develop the terms on which the parties will cooperate in the 50-50 joint venture.

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Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Four of the largest Japanese manufacturers are to jointly consider launching standardised replaceable battery tech for electric motorcycles in a potential game-changing move for the industry.

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have formed a consortium to consider launching standardised batteries and replacement systems as part of plans to boost the popularity of electric bikes.

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Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:14 -- John Shepherd
Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Mercedes-Benz has made a ceremonial start on building what will be the latest in its global network of electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants.

The 12,000 sq m Brühl facility near Stuttgart, Germany, at the site of the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant, will be “carbon neutral” and become one of several of the car giant’s battery factories spanning seven locations on three continents.

The plant will support lithium-ion battery production for the Daimler-owned company’s recently-launched range of EQ vehicles.

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Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:17 -- Hugh Finzel
Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Singaporean conglomerate the Keppel Corporation is buying into the lithium-ion batteries business with a US$50 million minority stake in Shanghai-based energy group Envision.

Keppel, whose businesses include infrastructure, offshore and marine and asset management, said its investment will “deepen our insights into the fast-growing electric vehicle market”.

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Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Toshiba is to spin-off its SCiB rechargeable battery business to make it an independent business unit within the Japanese corporation.

The decision will see SCiB (Super Charge ion Batteries) transferred from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS)— a wholly owned Toshiba subsidiary— from 1 April 2019.

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BASF to build battery materials plant in Finland

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

German chemical company BASF is to build a battery materials production plant— its first serving the European automotive market— in Harjavalta, Finland.

The plant will be built adjacent to a nickel and cobalt refinery owned by Russian mining firm Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), as part of BASF’s €400 million (US$456.2m) multi-step investment plan to supply European battery cell manufacturers with regionally-manufactured cathode materials.

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‘Pragmatism needed’ to create EU battery industry

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Chris Herron

In a carefully worded swipe at the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), Eurometaux’s Chris Herron (pictured) has warned of the need for pragmatism with regard to the battery industry— when it comes to creating a low-carbon European future with batteries at the very centre of things.

Herron, public affairs manager for Eurometeaux, which represents the non-ferrous metals industry, told the International Congress for Battery Recycling in Berlin last week, a three-part solution was needed to create a new European battery industry— a circular economy, a battery action plan and a non-toxic environment— a loaded phrase, because Herron recognised that in order to make batteries, hazardous metals are inevitably involved.

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Leclanché ‘set for India joint venture’

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Leclanché ‘set for India joint venture’

Swiss battery maker Leclanché said it is close to announcing a joint venture agreement that would give it a “strong foothold” in India.

Leclanché is staying tight-lipped about details, but said it is at an “advanced stage” of sealing a deal to put the company at the heart of “one of the potentially largest electric vehicles markets in the world”.

 

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Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:29 -- John Shepherd
Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

German battery manufacturer Akasol is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO)— and has its sights set on acquisitions buoyed by “strong growth” in the electric vehicle (EV) market. 

The Darmstadt-based company, incorporated just 10 years ago, said its lithium-ion battery systems business has already amassed orders worth EUR1.45 billion ($1.7bn) through to 2024, with clients including Daimler, Alstom, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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CATL clinches EV battery deal with Renault

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:55 -- Xuan Zhong
CATL clinches EV battery deal with Renault

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is to supply batteries for Renault’s Kangoo ZE electric vehicle range, BBB has confirmed.

And Renault’s EV “alliance” partner, Nissan, has told BBB it will also use Chinese-made batteries for its first mass-produced Sylphy Zero Emission EVfor China— although it declined to name the supplier. 

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