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Honda to begin battery-swapping service for electric tricycle taxis in India

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 14:05 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Honda Motor has announced plans for a battery sharing service for electric tricycle taxis in India using its swappable lithium-ion batteries.

Honda aims to eliminate user concerns around short range, long charging time and high costs through the use of swappable batteries scheme.

The scheme is due to begin in the first half of next year, and follows demonstration testing in India in February when 30 units of electric rickshaw taxis were driven for a total of more than 200,000 km.

Rickshaw drivers will be able to stop at a battery swapping station in the city and swap a low remaining charge battery for a fully-charged MPP e: battery.

The Indian-made Honda Mobile Power Pack e: has a rated voltage of 50.26V, a rated capacity of 26.1Ah/1.3kWh and weighs 10.3Kkg.

To begin this service, Honda will establish a subsidiary in India that will install a number of Honda Mobile Power Pack Exchanger e: as battery swapping stations and conduct battery sharing service in the city. 

Honda will work with electric rickshaw manufacturers and begin the service in selected cities first and then expand to other areas in stages. 

Minoru Kato, chief officer, life creation operations, Honda Motor, said: “The pack has huge potential to electrify all kinds of devices including small-sized mobility products and expand the use of renewable energy. 

“By offering a battery sharing service in India, Honda will contribute to the accelerated electrification of rickshaws and expanded use of renewable energy. 

“Moreover, Honda will continue serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential by further expanding the utilisation of the MPP into broader areas.”

Battery swapping services

Last year, government-owned fossil fuel firm IndianOil partnered with transport infrastructure power company Sun Mobility to set up electric vehicle battery-swapping stations at select fuel stations in cities across India.

A state-of-the-art battery swapping station has been inaugurated at Kapoor Service Station, one of Indian Oil's leading retail outlets in Chandigarh, in northern India.

In April, China fossil fuel company Sinopec signed a strategic agreement with NIO to fit one sixth of its filling stations with the car maker's battery swap facility by 2025.

This represents a big step up for China firm NIO Power, which plans to boost the number of its battery-swap stations from 201 to 5,000 over the next few years.

The new stations are not only fully automated but allow EV drivers to swap their depleted battery for a fully charged one in four-and-a-half minutes with a click of a single button 

In May, Honda was part of a consortium of motorcycle OEMs that joined forces to define the standardised technical specifications of swappable lithium-ion battery system for vehicles.

Other vehicle OEMs were KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha Motor.

The firms signed a letter of intent to create a Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles belonging to the L-category: mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles.

 
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Hyundai and SK Innovation partner to develop EV lithium-ion battery industry ecosystem

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group and lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation will partner to create a battery value chain and strengthen eco-friendliness of electric vehicle batteries.

The South Korean firms have agreed to cooperate in the development of a sustainable ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and create acycle of battery usage known as the Battery as a Service (BaaS), which includes lease or rental service. 

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BMW Group inks deal to secure ‘ethically’ sourced cobalt supply from Morocco

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a €100 million supply deal to secure a ethically sourced cobalt supply from Morocco as the company extends its electric vehicle fleet.

The supply contract will see BMW firm source around a fifth of its cobalt needs for its electric drive trains from Moroccan mining company Managem Group. 

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Audi to cooperate with German utility to build grid-scale ESS using used lithium-ion battery packs

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:57 -- Paul Crompton

A project to repurpose used electric vehicle battery packs into energy storage systems is being developed by German vehicle OEM Audi and utility EnBW.

The project will focus on using second-life EV batteries from Audi with EnBW working on developing a stationary facility that stores power from its wind and photovoltaic parks.

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APB to make bi-polar lithium-ion batteries in Japan after securing IP from Nissan

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker APB Corporation is preparing to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan after licensing technology know-how from vehicle OEM Nissan.

Backed by investment from major companies, Tokyo-based APB plans to build a factory manufacturing batteries using Nissan’s bipolar structure all-polymer technology.

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LG Chem lithium-ion battery supply shortage causes halt to electric vehicle manufacturing

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton

A shortage of lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem’s European gigafactory forced luxury vehicle OEM Jaguar to halt production of its I-Pace electric car.

Jaguar was unable to secure enough batteries from the Korean firm’s Poland factory to continue production of its £61,000 SUV at a factory in Graz, Austria, for a week from 10 February.

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Toyota and Panasonic JV to make lithium-ion vehicle batteries and develop next-gen technology including solid-state

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

A joint venture between vehicle OEM and Toyota Motor Corporation and lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic will specialise in prismatic batteries for automotive applications0.

The new company, called Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES), is due to begin operation on 1 April this year from its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

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Total and Groupe PSA launch joint venture to develop 48GWh European lithium-ion battery production supply chain

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:59 -- Paul Crompton

French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.

The partners intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) with the goal of producing electric vehicle batteries starting in 2023.

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Test quickens identification of EV packs for second-life use

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

A fast process for grading used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles has been developed by researchers in the UK using old packs from vehicle OEM Nissan.

The team from WMG, University of Warwick, worked with electronics firm Ametek to embed algorithms that can be used to grade second-life batteries.

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Audi and Umicore to recover cobalt and nickel from lithium-ion batteries as they continue to pursue closed loop goal

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Audi and recyclers Umicore have recovered 90% of the cobalt and nickel from the German car maker’s e-tron battery packs during the test phase of their strategic research project. 

Audi and the Belgian materials technology and recycling firm will now enter the next phase of the plan to cooperate on a closed loop for cobalt and nickel materials. 

The recovered materials will be used in new battery cells.

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