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Tesla considers setting up a battery plant in Germany

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:02 -- Laura Varriale
Elon Musk

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.”

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Tesla: Who dares wins

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:21 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Menahen Anderman

For more than a decade the established auto industry, despite their product launches, had been quietly dismissing the pure electric vehicle — and then along came Elon Musk. Most of BEST’s readers know the story from there, says Gerry Woolf.

Use small 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion cells and it's possible to build a large battery pack that’s safe, with built-in cell failure redundancy - and you get a sexy pure electric car that sells to boot!

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Porsche to rival Tesla with EV model

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:20 -- Laura Varriale
Porsche car

Porsche is to develop an electric vehicle to compete with Tesla’s model S, according to German media outlet Manager Magazin.

Details of the German car marker's first-ever series production electric car remain undisclosed. The model will likely feature a lithium-ion battery developed jointly with Audi. The all-electric driving range is aimed to be about 250 miles. The model will be available with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive.

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Panasonic forms US li-ion company for Tesla’s 'Gigafactory'

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:03 -- Laura Varriale
Tesla's planned 'Gigafactory'

Japan’s electronics producer Panasonic has established a company to produce and sell lithium-ion batteries for Tesla’s 'Gigafactory' in the US.

The Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America will be built on-site of Tesla’s $5 billion factory in Nevada, US. The US subsidiary is planned to reduce the cost of long-range battery packs and will expand the production process accordingly to Tesla’s electric vehicle (EV) delivery schedule to meet Tesla’s goal of mass-market EV’s.

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No Tesla-style lithium manufacturing projects in Germany in sight - VDMA

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:00 -- Laura Varriale
World of Energy Solutions 2014

There will be no Tesla-style lithium battery manufacturing projects in Germany, according to German mechanical engineering association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- and Anlagenbauer (VDMA).

Peter Haan, spokesperson of VDMA battery production and head of business development OEM industries at Siemens, said at World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, that the country is able to manufacture battery cells entirely with production technology “made in Germany”, but lacks big projects.

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Tesla selects Nevada for “gigafactory”

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:23 -- Laura Varriale
Tesla's possible Nevada site

Automaker Tesla has chosen US state Nevada as the site for its planned $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory.

Californian Tesla is to build the factory in partnership with Japan’s Panasonic and expects to produce 35GWh of packs per year by 2020 for Tesla’s upcoming electric vehicle. The plant is aimed to generate more than 6,500 jobs and build 500,000 cars per year.

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Patent applications for stationary energy storage batteries doubled – study

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:18 -- Laura Varriale
Battery storage patent boom

Patent family applications for batteries suitable for stationary energy storage have doubled. From 2006 to 2011, the number of patents increased from 2,800 to 5,900, according to a study by Technical University Munich.

The lithium segment is most dynamic with a steep upward trend since 2008 and 4,900 patent family applications in 2011. Simon Müller, physicist and economist at TUM told BEST: “A lot of companies have high market expectations for lithium batteries that result in extensive research development.

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Graphite One to commence drilling at Graphite Creek

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:03 -- Laura Varriale
Graphite Creek

Graphite One Resources (GOR) is to begin a drilling and sampling programme at the Graphite Creek Deposit in Alaska, US.

The Graphite Creek is the only advanced stage large-scale flake graphite deposit in the US, according to GOR. GOR aims to produce and deliver graphite that is used for anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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Panasonic and Tesla partner for “gigafactory”

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:53 -- Laura Varriale
Tesla EV

Panasonic is to supply and install battery machinery to Tesla Motor’s planned large-scale lithium-ion battery plant.

Panasonic will likely invest up to ¥30 billion ($294.7m) initially, according to a Nikkei report. Tesla aims to begin building the plant this year and to start making lithium-ion cells in 2017.

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Albemarle to buy lithium producer Rockwood for $6.2 billion

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:32 -- Laura Varriale
Rockwwod lithium asset in Nevada

Chemical maker Albemarle is to pay $6.2 billion in stock and shares for lithium producer Rockwood to tap into the increasing demand for lithium.

Rockwood is one of the four big lithium producers that control about 90% of the lithium production market. The purchase of Rockwood will give Albemarle access to the company’s assets in the Atacama desert in Chile, providing a low-cost base for lithium production. Rockwood also has a site in Nevada, US.

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