Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said it will build “one of the UK’s largest battery assembly centres of its kind” in the English Midlands.
The announcement— made as JLR confirmed it was cutting its global workforce by around 4,500 people— said the battery centre would use “new production techniques and technologies to manufacture battery packs for future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles”.
Batteries from the new centre, in North Warwickshire, will power next-generation electric drive units (EDUs) to be produced at the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, JLR said.
Samsung SDI has launched four battery products for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) at the Detroit Motorshow, US.
The first of the showcased products is a 120Ah high capacity lithium-ion battery cell designed to facilitate a driving range of 300km with one time charging.
Lead battery component supplier Accumalux is to manufacture and sell lead-acid battery maker IQ Power’s battery mixing units.
Luxemburg-headquartered Accumalux will manufacture plastic parts with Switzerland-based IQ Power’s technology, which uses plastic parts as passive mixing elements, for the European truck and commercial vehicle battery market in Europe.
Daimler is to invest €100m ($125m) in its lithium-ion battery system manufacturing subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive over the next years.
The subsidiary will produce lithium-ion batteries for new electric versions of Daimler’s Smart cars in 2016 and new Mercedes Benz hybrid models. An expansion of the subsidiary’s manufacturing facility in Kamenz, Germany, is currently under construction and is set to be completed mid-2015, increasing the production space to 20,000 sq. m.
South Korea’s SK Innovation and Germany’s Continental have ended their battery joint venture due to low demand for EVs.
The venture, SK Continental E-motion, was launched in January last year. SK Innovation took charge of supplying battery cells while Continental was responsible for battery control systems.
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.”
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged up to 70% in two minutes.
The battery is also designed to have a lifespan of 20 years. Current batteries have a lifespan of 2-3 years and take about 40 minutes to get up to 80% of charge, according to professor Chen Xiaodong from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at NTU.