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Alelion eyes global truck batteries deal with Toyota

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Alelion eyes global truck batteries deal with Toyota

Sweden-based Alelion Energy Systems has clinched a deal which it says could be the “first step” to it supplying batteries to Toyota trucks globally.

Alelion has previously been a supplier of lithium-ion batteries to the European arm of Toyota's truck business— Toyota Material Handling (TMH) Europe, which manufacturers forklifts and other material handling vehicles.

 

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Toyota invests in lithium producer Orocobre

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:47 -- Xuan Zhong
Toyota invests in lithium producer Orocobre

Japanese car giant Toyota has confirmed plans to acquire a 15% stake in Australian-based lithium mining company Orocobre with an estimated investment of AUD292 million ($229m).

The move will help secure stable supplies of a key mineral for future electric vehicle batteries to meet anticipated market demand, Toyota said.

 

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Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Japanese auto giants Toyota and Suzuki have agreed the next steps to launching a range of electric vehicles in India by “around 2020” using locally made lithium-ion batteries.

Toyota said on 17 November the firms had concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward with the project.

 

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AI harnessed for new battery materials

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:56 -- Xuan Zhong
AI harnessed for new battery materials

A UK materials developer has been chosen alongside a handful elite US universities to work with Toyota as it turns to Artificial intelligence AI in order to develop new battery materials, the company announced last week.

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years.

 

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Toyota EV development in full swing as it eyes 2020 launch

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
blue Toyota EV development in full swing as it eyes 2020 launch

Having pioneered the hybrid automobile, Japan automaker Toyota is advancing its technological know how in lithium-ion batteries as it eyes the pure electric vehicle market.

Famous for launching the hybrid Prius in 1997, the company is now establishing an ‘in-house’ venture company to develop EVs— and maybe as soon as 2020, according to news outlet Reuters.

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Toyota boosts lithium-ion battery safety on new plug-in hybrid

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong

Engineers at Japanese automaker Toyota claim to have tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries while increasing power at no significant extra cost, according to newswire Reuters.

Lithium-ion battery safety concerns not only exist in mobile devices, think of Samsung’s heartbreak, but also electric vehicles.

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No surprises from Toyota at AABC

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 13:50 -- Paul Crompton
No surprises from Toyota at AABC
Michael Lord of Toyota hardly gave attendees at Advanced Automotive Europe a “sneak preview” of the 4th generation Prius. The details were available as long ago as last September.

Officanados of the vehicle won’t be able to spot much of a difference unless they have the spec sheet, and even that wasn’t available in the conference proceedings.

Perhaps this reflects a little disillusion from the company that still leads the way in hybrid sales, but perhaps that because European sales of hybrids and electrics aren’t really that much to write home about — still less than 3% of overall car sales.

With the event being the premier gathering of the great and the good in European battery and automotive technology, one might have expected more from the global leader.  

Lord explained that even in generation four there will still be a choice between nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion cells from Panasonic. This doesn’t reflect Toyota hedging its bets on lithium— more a case of squeezing every last cent from the nickel metal hydride line.

Close observers will see whatever battery is chosen now finds itself out of the trunk and under the rear passenger seat and with a 10% reduction in volume. Overall the company has achieved reductions of more than 20% in terms of mechanical and electrical losses and this leads to a 10% improvement in fuel economy.

But with gasoline prices edging ever downwards (for now), the pre collision braking is likely to be a bigger draw. If you’re confused about which way to go with batteries, so is the car industry: read the editor’s blog on AABC here and see a full report in the Spring issues ( subscribe here).

 

Auto giant Toyota dips its toe into Lithium-ion for hybrids

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 15:46 -- Paul Crompton
Auto giant Toyota dips its toe into Lithium-ion for hybrids

Japanese automaker Toyota has opted for lithium-ion batteries for the first time in its 4th generation hybrid Prius cars.

Traditionally made with nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries, half of the new Prius models will contain lithium-ion batteries, the other half NiMH, with both battery types to be made available in North America and Japan.

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Tesla considers setting up a battery plant in Germany

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:02 -- Laura Varriale
Elon Musk

Tesla is to open up a battery production plant in Germany “within five to six years”, according to the carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel Musk called for more effort in the development of batteries in Germany and criticised the German automotive industry for the lack of technological commitment despite “fulfilling all qualifications for it.”

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Next-gen Toyota Prius to offer optional li-ion battery

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:06 -- Laura Varriale
Toyota Prius

Toyota’s fourth-generation Prius will give the option between a lithium-ion battery and a nickel-metal hydride unit, Toyota revealed in an interview with Automotive News.

"The batteries will be renewed. Everything will be revised. And I think we will come up with a fuel economy that will surprise everyone,” said Koei Saga, senior managing officer at Toyota.

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