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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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Daimler invests in Sila Nano for next-gen battery tech

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:32 -- John Shepherd
Photo: Sila Nanotechnologies

Daimler is investing in the California-based producer of engineered materials, Sila Nanotechnologies, to boost development of “next generation lithium-ion battery materials”.

Daimler said it was making a “significant investment” in Sila Nano to forge a partnership that would speed up the development and commercialisation of lithium battery tech— to benefit future electric cars produced by its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

In addition to acquiring a minority equity stake in Sila Nano, Daimler also joins the board of the battery material specialist.

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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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Daimler takes NorthStar partnership to next level

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 09:35 -- Hugh Finzel

Swedish-American battery manufacturer NorthStar has agreed a deal to supply Daimler with wireless battery monitoring systems for the Pure Lead AGM batteries it supplies to the auto giant.

Germany’s Daimler— parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and the largest truck manufacturer in the world— will install a tailored version of NorthStar’s ACE battery monitoring systems (named AGM Truck Test) at all of its service centres in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

NorthStar’s ACE wireless battery monitoring systems was launched for the telecom segment in 2017, and subsequently for the transportation segment in 2018. The AGM Truck Test tracks the battery’s performance throughout its service life, and ensures batteries are only replaced when they reach the end of their reliable life.

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CATL signs giga battery supply deal with Honda

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has signed an electric vehicle battery supply deal with Honda of Japan.

CATL has guaranteed to supply “about 56 gigawatt-hours” of lithium-ion batteries to the car company before 2027.

The Chinese firm will also open an office in the first half of 2019 in Utsunomiya, on Japan’s main Honshu island— which is home to the Honda R&D Company.

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Work starts on Mercedes’ Alabama EV battery plant

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Daimler has broken ground for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

A ceremony marking the start of construction at Tuscaloosa, just seven miles from Mercedes existing vehicle production site, came just weeks after German auto firms indicated they could pull the plug on new investments in battery manufacturing in the US, if forced to pay increased tariffs under the Trump administration’s “national security” review.

The battery plant is part of a US$1 billion investment in the US that will cover two million square feet— twice the size of Mercedes’ nearby site. The US plant will form part of an eight-strong global battery production network including plants in Germany, China and Thailand.

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SK Innovation to build EV batteries in US?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
SK innovation

South Korean energy and chemical company SK Innovation (SKI) is reportedly considering building an electric vehicle battery plant in the US, but is staying tight-lipped on details.

The announcement follows President Donald Trump’s order of a ‘Section 232’ investigation that could lead to the US slapping a 25% import tariff on automobile parts brought into the US. 

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Mercedes’ billion euro pledge on batteries

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:54 -- Hugh Finzel
Dieter Zetsche

Mercedes-Benz has announced investments of more than €1 billion (US$1.1bn) in “global battery production” in concert with the launch of its first fully-electric vehicle— the ‘EQC’.

The auto firm’s chief Dieter Zetsche gave the batteries pledge as the company said it would also invest more than €10bn in the expansion of its EQ model portfolio.

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Daimler gears up new battery plant

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:57 -- News Editor
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Battery production at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart, will begin at the end of the decade.

After workers, worried about their jobs, went on strike last month, Daimler reassured them that Untertuerkheim will be developed into a high-tech ‘competence centre’ for integrating the electric powertrain into production, testing electric-drive prototypes, and manufacturing batteries and other components for electric cars.

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German firms warn US in new Trump trade tirade

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:31 -- John Shepherd
German firms warn US in new Trump trade tirade

German auto firms have indicated they could pull the plug on new investments in battery manufacturing and related facilities in the US if they are forced to pay increased tariffs under a “national security” review.

The warning came after the Trump administration launched an investigation that could pave they way for new tariffs to be slapped on automotive products from Europe, Japan and South Korea.

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