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The VW Group increases stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape to $300M

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape by up to $200 million as the German OEM looks to future of electric vehicle drivetrains.

The companies formed a joint venture in 2018 to work together on solid-state batteries with Volkswagen investing $100 million at the time to enable industrial-level production of the technology.

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Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life EV lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:35 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea's vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PV manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells to recycle old EV batteries into second-life energy storage applications.

The partnership will develop energy storage systems (ESS) using old EV batteries for the European and North American markets.

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Samsung in talks with Hyundai to supply its lithium-ion pouch cells for EV applications

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton

Representatives from battery giant Samsung and vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group have met in Korea to discuss use of a lithium-ion solid-state cell in next-generation electric vehicles.

The meeting between Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee and Hyundai Motor Group's executive vice chairman Chung Eui-sun was made on 12 May at the battery plant of Samsung Display in Cheonan, near Seoul, reported the country’s media outlet Aju Business Daily.

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VW and Northvolt JV plans for EU lithium-ion gigafactory gain momentum

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:42 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen is investing €450 ($487million) to construct the buildings and infrastructure of a European lithium-ion gigafactory it is developing with its joint venture partner Northvolt.

Construction of the Northvolt Zwei factory in Salzgitter, Germany— close to VW’s existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells— is due to begin by the close of the year with cell production scheduled for early 2024.

 

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Škoda re-starts European traction battery manufacturing after COVID-19 shutdown

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Škoda Auto has re-started production of its high-voltage traction batteries for the Volkswagon Group’s plug-in hybrid cars after a temporary shut-down due to COVID-19.

The firm has introduced more than 80 precautions for its workforce to allow production at its headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, to re-start as planned. 

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VW follows Tesla with move to 811 lithium-ion cells in hunt for higher driving range

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:17 -- Paul Crompton

German vehicle OEM Volkswagen is moving to a NMC 811 cell format in its electric vehicle battery packs with the “medium to long term” goal of one day producing cobalt free cells.

The company is following Tesla’s lead in moving to the NMC 811 cell format, which VW’s China battery supplier CATL believes gives better performance capabilities over its previous NCM 523 cells. 

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Quantum leap for battery research as team use super computer to develop lithium-sulfur batteries

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at IBM and vehicle OEM Daimler have used a quantum computer to help them design next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries.

Scientists used quantum hardware to calculate the dipole moment of three lithium-containing molecules for lithium hydride (LiH) using four qubits— a basic unit of quantum information— on IBM’s Q Valencia quantum computer.

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Lithium begins its 12 volt push

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium begins its 12 volt push

A stream of lithium battery solutions from some of the big names in lithium-ion manufacturing and automotive systems suppliers were presented at AABC. And they seem to provide all the answers to the OEM’s emission targets for 2021 and 2030.

Chris Ferhenbacher, from A123 Systems, showed real data that appeared to prove conclusively that lithium-ion with their latest phosphate technology is superior to an equivalent AGM battery, even at -30C.

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Battery first for motorbike OEM in deal with Tokyo start-up

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 09:21 -- Xuan Zhong

Japanese battery maker ELIIY Power Co is to supply its lithium-ion starter battery to an International motorbike OEM.

The company’s HY93 lithium-ion motorcycle starter battery will replace lead-acid technology in fellow Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co for use in its CBR1000RR Fireblade SP/SP2 sport bike.

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Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton
Nissan fails to deny sale of battery making business

Japan OEM Nissan has failed to squash ‘speculation’ that is about to sell off its controlling stake in a battery manufacturing business.

Nissan Motor Co has held talks with companies, including Panasonic and some Chinese firms, over the sale of its car battery-manufacturing venture, reported The Nikkei Asian Review.

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