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Battery safety problems for multiple EV manufacturers

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:13 -- Vic

As automotive manufacturers respond to tougher emission regulation by increasing their electric offerings, a number of them have been hit by a spate of battery safety problems. BMW, Ford, General Motors, and Hyundai have been affected.

BMW and Hyundai are recalling vehicles worldwide to address issues with battery fires in plug-in models.

Ford has delayed introducing its Escape plug-in into the US after fire safety concerns in similar models sold in Europe.

In the US, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the Chevy Bolt EV after three instances of fires that originated without impacts from accidents. About 77,000 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2020 are affected.

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Japanese firms team up to create 1MWh second-life lithium-ion ESS business

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:14 -- Paul Crompton

Three Japanese firms are in talks to develop a business that will reuse end-of-life lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries in energy storage systems.

Japanese trading house Itochu will partner with BYD, as well as forming an equity and business partnership with vehicle battery recycler Shenzhen Pandpower, reports Nikkei Asian Review news source.

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