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BMW secures €10 billion lithium-ion cell supply with CATL and Samsung

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:35 -- Paul Crompton

German vehicle OEM BMW has secured long-term supply deals worth a total of €10 billion ($11 billion) from lithium-ion cell manufacturers Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Samsung SDI.

The supply agreements come as BMW forges ahead with e-mobility plans.

The biggest deal bolsters the company’s relationship with China’s CATL, increasing last year’s €4 billion ($4.4 billion) supply deal to €7.3 billion ($8 billion). The 11-year contract starts next year.

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UK firm to launch 1,500-mile aluminium-air power system for electric vehicles next year

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Métalectrique

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when news that a UK inventor had designed an aluminium-air battery that lasts 1,500 miles, costs £0.08p per mile to run and can be swapped in 90 seconds for free, BEST’s attention was piqued. 

Trevor Jackson, from MAL Research and Development (MAL), says motorists can convert ICE vehicles to his Metalectrique systems for around £3,500, which includes an electric motor placed on the vehicle’s axle and a new electric engine. 

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Japan-China venture ‘to build battery materials plant’

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Tokyo-based JFE Chemical Corporation is reportedly joining forces with Chinese companies to establish a battery materials plant in China to supply the domestic and overseas electric vehicles market.

JFE is acquiring a 40% stake in Chinese joint venture company Wuhai Baojie New Energy Materials with China’s Baowu Carbon Materials & Technology Company holding a 51% stake, China’s state Xinhua News Agency said. The remaining stake will be taken by local firm Tianhe Carbon Corporation.

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Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:48 -- Paul Crompton
Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Global vehicle OEM brands Daimler and China’s state-owned BAIC Group have entered into a development partnership to establish Beijing’s first second-life energy storage system facility.

The firms plan to use retired electric car batteries from BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV).

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Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:27 -- John Shepherd
Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

South Korea has confirmed plans to invest about 7.8 trillion won (US$6.5 billion) in supporting the country’s battery sector and other key domestic industries in a trade row with Japan.

South Korea said it would boost “self-sufficiency” for 100 key components, materials and equipment items such as semiconductors used in battery packs for electric vehicles— aiming to ease the country’s dependency on other nations.

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VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

German car giant Volkswagen is in talks with potential partners about plans to build an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in South Africa, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

VW has been in discussions with a consortium— which the car maker declined to give more details on— for the past six months about the possibility of teaming up for the project, the company confirmed to BBB.

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Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton
Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Global automotive heavyweights BYD and Toyota have formed a partnership to build cars and develop the onboard lithium-ion battery packs for those vehicles.

The Chinese and Japanese (respectively) firms announced on 19 July they had signed an agreement for the joint development of electric vehicles that will include developing sedans and low-floor SUV battery EVs (BEVs).

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Novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:53 -- News Editor
Bosch novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Engineering firm Bosch has developed a cloud-based system that monitors an electric vehicle’s battery-management system to prevent cell degradation, predict lifetime capacity and forecast performance criteria.

The German firm’s technology will transmit a battery’s data— ambient temperature and charging habits— to the cloud, where machine-learning algorithms can adjust the cells capacity to maximise their performance if required.

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Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:05 -- John Shepherd
Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for “giga-scale battery production” to be launched in the UK, as the company revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electric vehicles in England.

JLR said the plans for its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham marked “the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020”.

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World Bank leads new push for battery storage

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:34 -- John Shepherd
World Bank leads new push for battery storage

An international “technology-neutral” partnership to expand the use of energy storage systems in developing countries has been launched by 30 organisations led by the World Bank.

The Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) aims to “catalyse a new market for batteries”, beyond the current focus on the market to supply electric vehicles, the bank said.

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