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LG Chem, Ford in blockchain pilot to trace ‘ethical’ battery materials

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Tech giant IBM has teamed up with battery maker LG Chem, the Ford Motor Company and others to use blockchain technology “to trace and validate ethically-sourced materials” for batteries and other products.

The group, which includes Chinese mining firm Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and auditing specialist RCS Global, is starting with a pilot focused on cobalt sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The move comes amid increasing pressure on electric vehicle producers and their battery suppliers to ensure an ethical approach for procuring raw materials— and hot on the heels of another ‘sustainable cobalt’ initiative launched by South Korea’s Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics, Germany’s BMW and chemicals group BASF.

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Kia highlights lead at Battery Show

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
Kia highlights lead at Battery Show

Kia will put lead in the spotlight at the Battery Show in Novi, Detroit, this week with its 48V Optima Demonstration Vehicle.

The vehicle, which incorporates an advanced ultra-battery in combination with a belt-driven starter-generator and electric turbo-charger, was part of an Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) project conducted in combination with Hyundai/Kia and East Penn.

 

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Ford and Samsung reveal next-gen battery efforts

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:08 -- Laura Varriale
lead-acid and li-ion batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have unveiled a "near term production" dual 12V lithium-ion/lead-acid battery system and research on a 12V lithium-ion battery to dispense of the lead-acid SLI.

The dual-battery system combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12V lead-acid battery for non-hybrid vehicles with start-stop engines. The new system should enable regenerative braking and fuel savings.

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Motor giants collaborate on fuel cells

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Daimler, Ford and Nissan have signed a three-way agreement to collaboratively develop fuel cell electric vehicles to accelerate getting the technology onto the road. The deal will see each company developing its own vehicle but with a common fuel cell system, sharing development and investment costs.

sealing the deal

The companies hope to have affordable fuel cell EVs ready by 2017 with common components to standardise and define global specifications for the technology and encourage faster commercialisation.

(L - R: Raj Nair of Ford, Thomas Weber of Daimler and Mitsuhiko Yamashita of Nissan)

“Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more affordable cost to our customers,” said Raj Nair, group Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”

Each company will invest equally to develop a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that each company can use in their individual FCEVs. This work will be done at several sites around the world to speed up engineering development.

A similar agreement was made by Toyota and BMW in June 2012, and extended in January 2013, to develop a fuel cell system for a lightweight sports vehicle.

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