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Godi makes India’s first domestic lithium-ion cell as country’s manufacturing industry gathers pace

Tue, 01/11/2022 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton

Indian battery maker Godi has manufactured its first lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicle applications.

The commercial grade NMC21700 cells were made at the firm’s Shamshabad facility, according to a report by the news outlet The Times of India.

Godi’s website says the firm provides rechargeable batteries (lithium-ion, sodium-ion, all solid-state) from cell to pack level for a variety of applications across automobiles, consumer electronics, and renewable energy storage sectors. 

The company says its 21700 Energy Cell has a capacity of 4.8-5.2Ah and a 1,200 cycle life; its Power Cell boasts a capacity of 3-4Ah and a cycle life of 2,000.

The cells were designed, developed and manufactured by the domestic battery maker.

India’s reliance on imports

India relies on imported lithium-ion cells, but a number of domestic companies are working to set up manufacturing facilities.

One of those companies is lead battery maker Exide Industries, which announced last month it was planning to build a “multi-gigawatt” lithium-ion cell manufacturing plant in the country.

The firm’s board of directors has agreed to set up a green field lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in India, according to an exchange filing report by The Economic Times newspaper.

The exact size and location of the plant has not been disclosed; however, as far back as August 2019 India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker said it would start producing lithium-ion cells from a new plant in Gujarat, India

Nexcharge— a joint venture between Exide and Leclanché— has built India's largest factory equipped with fully automated assembly lines for lithium-ion battery packs, modules (pouch/ prismatic/ cylindrical) and cell testing laboratories in Gujarat. 

Nexcharge is also supported by a state-of-the-art, in-house R&D facility in Bangalore. products at competitive prices.

India’s burgeoning capabilities

As far back as 2019, BEST was reporting on plans for India’s lithium-ion industry. They included at the time:

  • The Tata Group has reportedly pledged INR4,000 crore ($600 million) towards building a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India. A 126-acre parcel of land in the area has already been secured for the plant, which could boast up to 10GW of capacity, according to the Times of India.
  • Car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL)— a 56.21% owned subsidiary of the Japanese OEM Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC)— has said it will commission its battery manufacturing plant in Hansalpur, Gujarat by the end of next year.
  • A joint project by SMC (50%), Toshiba (40%) and Denso (10%) plans to build a lithium-ion battery plant in Hansalpur with a reported IND1,151 crore ($180m) investment.
  • Suzuki Motor Gujarat— a 100% subsidiary of SMC—completed construction of its second Gujarat plant, bringing its combined EV production capabilities to 500,000 units a year.
  • Talks are under way for the Indian government’s first lithium-ion plant— a 1GWh factory to be built by state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and LIBCOIN consortium made up of Magnis Energy, Duggal Family Trust and Charge CCCV (C4V). It is part of the “Make in India, for India” programme and could be scaled up to 30GWh if the plans come to fruition. Incidentally, US-based C4V and Australian firm Magnis are part of the Imperium3 consortium planning to build a gigafactory in New York, US.
  • Billionaire Gautam Adani announced in January he would invest in a lithium battery manufacturing complex in Gujarat. 
  • The state of Telangana aims to establish a lithium-ion gigafactory, according to NITI Aayog. The state wants to build a 5GWh plant, and has set aside a 200-acre parcel of land near Hybrabad for the factory.
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Tesla in talks with CATL to use cobalt-free lithium-ion batteries in its China-made cars

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:40 -- Vic
Tesla lithium-ion cell- Simon Rudolf

Tesla is in advanced stages of talks to use cobalt-free lithium-ion batteries from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) in cars manufactured at its China gigafactory.

If true, it would be the first time the US-based vehicle OEM has used lithium iron phosphate (LFP)— that omit the costly and controversial material— batteries in its lineup.

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Firms sign MoU to develop graphite anode material supply chain for lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:54 -- Vic
Novonix graphite

Novonix has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sanyo Electric to supply graphite anode material for use in lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

The Australian firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary, PUREgraphite executed the non-binding MoU to investigate becoming a supplier to the Japanese battery maker Sanyo.

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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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CATL and Toyota finalise lithium-ion EV battery partnership

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:55 -- Paul Crompton
CATL and Toyota finalise lithium-ion EV battery partnership

China battery making giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will supply lithium-ion batteries to Japanese vehicle OEM Toyota following confirmation of a partnership between the two firms on 17 July.

As BEST Battery Briefing reported last month, the agreement includes the supply and future development of batteries for Toyota-branded electric vehicles to be released in China and other markets starting in 2020.

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Asian Li-ion battery recyclers dominate global market

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:18 -- Paul Crompton
Asian Li-ion battery recyclers dominate global market

Asia cornered the lithium-ion battery recycling industry last year with an 87% market share, according to a report commissioned by The Swedish Energy Agency.

The State-of-the-art in Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries– A Research Review dispelled the industry myth that lithium-ion batteries were not being recycled— but it was sad reading for non-Asian firms.

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First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton
First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

The first lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs began rolling off the production lines of UK battery system maker Hyperdrive Innovation’s expanded facility on 11 July.

Dubbed HYVE, the Sunderland-based facility will make 30,000 packs— the equivalent of 173MWh— a year incorporating modules from Envision AESC, the firm’s patented battery management system and licenced IP from Taiwan and India manufacturers.

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Anesco builds on BESS portfolio in UK

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:09 -- John Shepherd
Anesco builds on BESS portfolio in UK

UK energy storage developer Anesco has completed work on a 20MW BESS near Manchester, taking the company’s storage portfolio to 147MW.

The facility (pictured), which comprises 16 1.25MW/1.25MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, was built on a brownfield site in Lascar.

 
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CATL plans cash boost for German EV gigafactory project

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:16 -- John Shepherd
CATL plans cash boost for German EV gigafactory project

Chinese lithium giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has revealed it is set to pour a total of up to €1.8 billion (US$2.1bn) of cash into its planned electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Germany.

CATL said the proposed investment included €240 million already pledged for the project at Erfurt, in the east-central state of Thüringen.

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Akasol motors into Detroit for first North American battery plant

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 10:18 -- John Shepherd
Akasol motors into Detroit for first North American battery plant

Germany-based battery manufacturer Akasol is to build its first North American production plant in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan.

The company said the move is in response to “specific demand” for its lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles— and is backed by a business development grant for an undisclosed sum from the state of Michigan.

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