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Fuel cells likely to dominate battery-powered vehicles

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:23 -- Laura Varriale
Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer Institute

The sales of fuel cell hydrogen vehicles will dominate sales of battery EVs, according to the director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Professor Eicke Weber told the World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, battery-powered vehicles will still play an important role in the e-mobility sector, but hydrogen cars will have the larger sales in the future.

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ZSW to open li-ion battery research centre in Germany

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:46 -- Laura Varriale
ZSW battery research centre

The Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has inaugurated a lithium-ion battery research centre for the development of electric vehicle batteries in Ulm, Germany.

The 3,600 square metres centre comprises of a complete industrial-scale battery manufacturing line supplied by Manz in order to develop automotive cells under real-world industrial conditions.

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Navitas reveals lithium battery line as drop-in lead-acid replacement

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:13 -- Laura Varriale
Navitas System's Ultanium lithium battery

US-based Navitas Systems has launched a lithium battery family for commercial, industrial and military applications.

The Ultanium line is designed to directly replace lead-acid batteries. "The Navitas Research and Development team has designed an integrated battery management system for high safety along with recharge compatibility with any lead-acid application,” said Michael Wixom, Navitas Systems senior director of research and development.

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Irizar introduces sodium-nickel battery-powered electric bus

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:25 -- Laura Varriale

Spain's Irizar Group has launched a sodium-nickel battery-powered electric city bus to be used in San Sebastian, Spain.

The 99% recyclable sodium-nickel battery pack has a capacity of 376kWh. The electric bus i2e is designed to have a range of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) with a single charge. According to Irizar, five hours of charging guarantee 14h to 16h of driving with an average speed of 17km/h in city traffic.

 
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Malaysia to produce lithium-ion batteries by 2015

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:24 -- Laura Varriale

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is to start producing lithium-ion battery prototypes for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage by 2015.

"There are only a handful of lithium-ion battery manufacturers on a global level. We're currently conducting research on producing a prototype for the local market and possibly export,” said MAI chief executive officer Madani Sahari.

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Highpower HEV/PHEV lithium-ion battery gets Chinese bus approval

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:07 -- Laura Varriale
Highpower International

Chinese lithium and nickel-metal hydride battery developer Highpower International has received final product approval for its 20Ah lithium-ion battery.

The high-density battery is designed for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Highpower International aims to supply the battery to the bus transportation industry.

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Audi to introduce 48V electrical system to future cars

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:53 -- Laura Varriale
Audi RS 5 TDI concept

German carmaker Audi is to introduce a dual 12V/48V electrical architecture to future ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

The 48V system features a lithium-ion battery and a DC/DC converter to integrate the 12V electrical system. The alternator achieves an energy recovery output of 10kW, adding up to a saving of up to 10g/km CO2, according to Audi.

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LG Chem to supply li-ion batteries to Audi

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:50 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea

Korean battery maker LG Chem has struck a deal with German automaker Audi to supply lithium-ion batteries for its next generation hybrid vehicles.

The 48V batteries will be used in Audi’s new plug-in hybrid and micro-hybrid vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries are to replace currently integrated 12V lead-acid batteries.

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Warwick University to host £1 billion APC hub

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:19 -- Laura Varriale
WMG International Digital Laboratory

British Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has selected the University of Warwick, UK, as hub location for research and development of low carbon propulsion systems.

The £1 billion research centre will be located on campus at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), a division of the University focused on low carbon mobility, including energy storage and battery testing. APC is to invest up to £200m in projects this year.

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LG Chem develops 48V li-ion battery for Hyundai

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:22 -- Laura Varriale
Hyundai EV

Korean LG Chem has developed a 48V lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) battery for car manufacturer Hyundai.

The battery is exclusively designed for Hyundai’s upcoming EV models, a source told Korea Times. The lithium-based battery will replace the 12V lead-acid battery currently integrated in the car maker’s electric sport utility vehicles. A new EV model is set to come out in 2017, Korea Times reported.

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