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Ford halts sales of its Kuga PHEV car after overheating battery packs cause fires

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 09:44 -- Paul Crompton

A series of fires thought to have been caused by the vehicle’s battery has forced car maker Ford to ‘temporarily’ stop sales of its Kuga plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Owners of the cars have also been told not to recharge their vehicles after overheating of the battery’s charging module was thought to be the cause of the fires.

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100% green credentials sways BMW Group to sign $2B supply deal with Northvolt

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:28 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a long-term supply contract worth €2 billion ($2.3 billion) to secure lithium-ion battery cells from the Swedish company Northvolt. 

The battery cells will be produced at Northvolt’s planned gigafactory in Skellefteå in northern Sweden (series plant Northvolt Ett) when the plant is completed from 2024.

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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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FEV to open development and test centre for modules and high voltage EV batteries

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:29 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle and powertrain engineering company FEV Group is set to finalise the commissioning of a state-of-the-art battery development and test centre (eDLP) in Germany.

The facility for the electrical testing of modules and complete high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles is due to be completed in Sandersdorf-Brehna, Saxony-Anhalt, during the third quarter of the year.

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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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Tesla files lithium-ion pouch cell patent aimed at the EV and energy storage markets

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla Motors Canada has filed a patent for a lithium-ion pouch cell containing ‘fewer operative, electrolyte additives’ with the potential to be used in energy storage applications including vehicle and grid-storage— Tesla’s key markets.

The new technology using a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry was filed under the title ‘Dioxazolones and nitrile sulfites as electrolyte additives for lithium-ion batteries’.

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48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Two major battery and electric drive train suppliers introduced 48 volt systems for the European and Chinese vehicle markets at AABC last week— to the surprise of many analysts.

The 48 volt concept has been dismissed as ‘without value’ by Menachem Anderman, perhaps the most prominent industry watcher.

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Johnson Controls $780m investment in global AGM output

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Controls $780m investment in global AGM output

US battery giant Johnson Controls is doubling its North American absorbent glass matt production capacity to meet the needs of the stop-start vehicle industry.

The company is investing $245 million between 2016 and 2020 in the move, but it is not known whether the spending will be made in the existing Toledo, Ohio, plant or if a new plant will be built.

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