German automotive manufacturer Continental has confirmed plans to launch a battery production joint venture with China’s Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC).
Continental said the partnership is expected to start producing 48-volt mild hybrid lithium-ion battery systems in China, by the middle of this year, targeting the European, North American and Asian electric vehicle markets.
Germany must tackle infrastructure “failures” that are impeding the take-up of electric vehicles— and risk hitting the development of the EV batteries sector, according to an industry body chief.
The president of the German Federal Association for e-Mobility, Kurt Sigl (pictured), told last week’s Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg progress in developing “e-mobility” in the country was plain “bad”.
German auto giant Daimler is investing in a second battery and car production plant in Beijing with its Chinese state-owned automobile partner BAIC.
Daimler told BBB the companies would jointly invest more than CNY11.9 billion ($1.9bn) in the new facility at their Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) joint venture making lithium-ion batteries and “high-quality premium vehicles” for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand.
Plans to build a 22MW lithium-ion battery storage plant online in Germany in April have been announced by the renewables subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel.
Enel Green Power (EGP) has signed a contract with German wind developer Enertrag and Swiss battery maker Leclanché to build and operate the lithium-ion battery in Cremzow.
Germany’s mountainous Allgäu region in Bavaria has switched on its “first large-scale battery storage system”.
The StoraXe lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system supplied by ADS-TEC has been installed in the remote community of Bruck, adjacent to a hydroelectric power plant that serves the region run by utility Allgäuer Kraftwerke.
Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.
EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.
Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to hold a 45% stake in a new company building a 30GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Germany.
Plans to build the gigafactory in the state of North Rhine Westphalia were unveiled last year, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Magnis in a public-private partnership with WIN Emscher-Lipper— a consortium of firms including energy and chemicals companies, government agencies and financial institutions.
A new 2.5MW lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system has gone online in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Public utility Wind to Gas Energy (WGE) said the StoraXe storage system, with a power output of 2.5MWh, was connected to the grid in Brunsbüttel and will also assist research into smart grid functionality.
Chinese battery giant BYD is inviting towns and cities in Germany to ‘test drive’ a fleet of new electric buses powered by the company’s LiFePO4 batteries.
The initiative is in partnership with Bavarian-based e-storage specialist Fenecon, which said the batteries give the buses “a range of about 300 kilometres travelling up to 70km per hour on a full load time of about five hours”.