Blackstone announces progress with printed battery cells

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Switzerland-based Blackstone Resources AG announced that it has achieved a series of important milestones for producing any kind of printed battery cells. The company has been investing in the next generation of battery technology through its German subsidiary Blackstone Technology GmbH.

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Mercom Capital: funding for battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies down 38% YoY in 1H 2020

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter (Q2) and first half (1H) of 2020.

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UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

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UNCTAD predicts that some 23 million electric vehicles will be sold over the coming decade: the market for rechargeable car batteries, currently estimated at $7 billion, is forecast to rise to $58 billion by 2024. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Materials Sustainability

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NIO Power completes more than 500,000 EV battery swaps

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As of 26 May 2020, NIO Power has completed more than 500,000 EV battery swaps in China, becoming one of NIO’s most well-received power services. Nio’s battery swap is enabled by more than 500 patented technologies. Batteries China Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Octillion marks 100,000 EVs on the road with its batteries, 2 billion km driven

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Octillion Power Systems, a provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility, announced it has reached two milestones: 100,000 electric vehicles worldwide powered by its batteries and 2 billion kilometers driven.

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LLTO anode material for safe batteries with a long cycle life

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Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jilin University in Changchun/China have investigated a highly promising anode material for future high-performance batteries: lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO). Batteries

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Wärtsilä to design and equip two zero-emissions battery-powered ferries

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The orders with Wärtsilä for the design and the equipment were placed in April 2020. In addition to the design, for each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up generators, and various electrical systems.

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BYD launches Blade Battery to address battery safety in EVs

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BYD launched the Blade Battery, a development intended to mitigate concerns about battery safety in electric vehicles. The Blade Battery has been developed by BYD over the past several years. He Long, Vice President of BYD and Chairman of FinDreams Battery Co.,

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CATL to supply batteries to Trailer Dynamics for Newton e-Trailer; 300 kWh LFP pack

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Limited (CATL) and Germany-based Trailer Dynamics GmbH (Trailer Dynamics) signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long-haul trucks. Both sides creatively apply the batteries to semi-trailers, while improving efficiency and also lowering operating expenses.

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GlobalData: Coronavirus threatens China’s battery sector dominance; 26 GWh hit in 2020

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China will impact the green energy sector, including renewable energy sources, battery energy storage, electric vehicles (EVs), and renewable heating and cooling, says data and analytics company GlobalData. The supply constraint will also have an impact on the global EV markets along with energy storage projects, causing project delays or a rise in battery prices. Batteries China Health Manufacturing Market Background

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All 2020 Hyundai hybrids have a clever 12-volt lithium-ion accessory battery

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And Hyundai's hybrid models like the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that's reaching dealerships soon, with an EPA combined rating of up to 52 mpg, are right up there on the leaderboard as well.

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INL, UCSD researchers find slow, low-energy charging of Li batteries creates glassy lithium; high-performance Li-metal batteries

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The findings suggest strategies for fine-tuning recharging approaches to boost battery life and—intriguingly—for making glassy metals for other applications. Lithium metal is a preferred anode for high-energy rechargeable batteries. Batteries Electric (Battery) Materials

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European project to develop cobalt-free EV batteries awarded €11.8M

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The COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) project has been awarded a €11.8-million grant to develop Next Generation Cobalt-free batteries. Batteries Europe Manufacturing Materials Sustainability

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SK to develop next-gen Li metal battery technology with Nobel Laureate John Goodenough

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SK Innovation will develop next-generation battery technology with University of Texas at Austin Professor John Goodenough, who was awarded a 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his foundational work on the lithium-ion battery. SK Innovation researchers hold EV battery cells.

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Sweden's Northvolt will make $2.3B of electric-car batteries for BMW

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As it ramps up electric-car production, BMW has inked a battery-supply deal with Sweden's Northvolt. billion) of batteries from Northvolt beginning in 2024. BatteriesBMW plans to buy 2 billion euros ($2.3

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CARB publishes 2020 CI values for electricity as transportation fuel: average 82.92 gCO2e/MJ, up from 2019

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The updated pathway CI values are available for quarterly fuel reporting under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in 2020, beginning with Q1. The CI of California average grid electricity used as a transportation fuel in California for 2020 is 82.92

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Octillion Power Systems debuts new EV battery-leasing plan

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems for electric mobility ( earlier post ), announced a new demonstrator program for battery-leasing that allows batteries to be leased to fleet customers when they purchase vehicles. Under the program, participating fleet operators will be allowed to source batteries through a five-year “lease-to-own” program, with no up-front payment. Batteries Electric (Battery) Fleets Market Background

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UCR researchers find commercial fast-charging damages EV batteries, propose new internal-resistance-based technique

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However, improper employment of fast charging can damage the battery and bring safety hazards. Herein, industry based along with our proposed internal resistance (IR) based fast charging techniques were performed on commercial Panasonic NCR 18650B cylindrical batteries.

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Silica-based cathode enables long-life Li-S batteries

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Scientists from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel silica-based cathode for lithium–sulfur batteries, thereby enabling the realization of batteries that can last for more than 2,000 charge/discharge cycles. Life Lithium–Sulfur Battery.”

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GM: construction of Ultium Cells LLC battery plant in Lordstown progressing on schedule

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Tuesday marked the beginning of steel construction at the all-new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown. Since May 2020, ground has been broken and concrete footings have been poured at the facility. Batteries Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks moving to Rotterdam and The Hague

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After about a year of intensive practical use by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland, eight of the purely battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks are now successively going to new customers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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BYD flagship Han EV series goes on sale in China; Blade Battery

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The Han EV is the first mass-produced model that uses BYD’s ultra-safe Blade Battery. China Electric (Battery

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CMU team evaluates range and battery tradeoffs between vehicle automation and electrification

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A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has used a vehicle dynamics model to evaluate the trade-off between automation and electric vehicle range and battery longevity. They also found that the impact of automation on battery longevity is negligible.

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Mercedes-Benz and CATL enhance battery partnership

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Limited) announced an enhanced partnership in the field of battery technology. Limited) have entered the next stage of their strategic partnership and will create advanced battery technology in support of the high-volume electrification of the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio. This also includes the CATL cell-to-pack (CTP) design, which eliminates conventional modules and integrates the cells directly into the battery. Mercedes-Benz and CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,

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Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In 2019, the market share of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry fell to 6% in global passenger EV batteries by watt-hours deployed (i.e. Batteries Market Background Materials

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Audi Electric-Powered Compressor gives 2020 Audi S6 and S7 models a boost; 48V MHEV architecture

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Brought to the US market for the first time in the 2020 Audi S6 and S7, Audi’s Electric-Powered Compressor (EPC) comes paired to the 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged TFSI V6 engine. Ah lithium-ion battery.

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Alstom signs first contract for battery-electric regional trains in Germany

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Following this order, Alstom offers all types of traction systems on the market as well as the full range of emission-free drives, from efficient electric motors to hydrogen fuel cells and advanced battery traction. They will have a top speed of 160 km/h in battery mode.

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First Lexus EV to offer 10-year battery warranty

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Lexus’ first full electric vehicle, the UX 300E, unveiled in China in November 2019, will offer a 10-year (or 1 million kilometer / 621,000 mile) battery warranty. For the UX 300e, Lexus developed a battery cell air-cooling system which is safer and lighter than water-cooled systems.

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Li-Cycle delivers first commercial shipment of recycled battery material

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a North-America-based lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, recently completed its first shipment of commercially recycled battery material, containing energy metals concentrate. Batteries RecyclingLi-Cycle Corp. ,

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Adamas: LG Chem edges out Panasonic in passenger EV battery capacity deployed in Q1 2020; the duo responsible for 60% of capacity deployed

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In the first quarter of 2020, passenger vehicle cell suppliers deployed 20.5 GWh of battery capacity globally, down from 20.9 GWh in the fourth quarter, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker.

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Linear Labs to begin mass production of high-torque M200 e-mobility motor in September

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Its high torque and high efficiency extends range, battery life, and increases performance. This technological breakthrough has as big of an impact on minimizing global energy consumption as any major battery breakthrough could have. Electric (Battery) Motors

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers up to 52 mpg combined; Solar Roof System

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At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its new 2020 Sonata Hybrid, featuring up to 686 miles of driving range and an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating on the Blue trim.

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NIO delivered 3,533 EVs in July, up 322.1% YoY; 17,702 units year-to-date

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China-based premium EV-maker NIO reported that it delivered 3,533 vehicles in July 2020, representing a robust 322.1% As of 31 July 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 reached 49,615 vehicles, of which 17,702 were delivered in 2020.

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Bentley launches 3-year research study on EV powertrains: OCTOPUS

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Electric (Battery) Market Background Motors Vehicle ManufacturersBentley Motors has launched a three-year research study on electric vehicle powertrains, utilizing a fully integrated, free from rare-earth magnet e-axle that supports electric vehicle architectures.

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Lightning Systems debuts new electric Ford F-550 for shuttle buses, delivery trucks

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Featuring a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system, the new Lightning Electric Ford F-550 will accommodate a full charge in as little as two-and-a-half hours with DC fast charging. Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets

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CSIRO finds hydrogen could reduce aviation emissions within 5 years

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This involves the replacement of on-airport ground support equipment, currently running on liquid fuels and batteries, with hydrogen powered fuel cell alternatives.

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KIST researchers develop promising solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries

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Cl 1.5 ) in all-solid-state batteries without a decreased intrinsic electrochemical window in various electrode configurations. Resolving this is one of the most important and difficult challenges in the development of all-solid-state battery technology. Batteries Solid-state

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Aral to build more than 100 350kW ultra-fast charging points at retail sites in Germany

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A vehicle with the appropriate battery technology can be charged for a range of up to 350 km in just over ten minutes. Electric (Battery) Europe Infrastructure

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Toyota solid-state battery tech on schedule for 2025 production, executive says

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Toyota remains on track to being limited production of solid-state batteries for electric cars in 2025, Keiji Kaita, executive Vice President of the automaker's powertrain division, and field general manager of its battery division, said in an interview with Automotive News. Batteries

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CATL battery partnership targeting 435-mile range for Mercedes EQS electric car

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Mercedes-Benz will source batteries from Chinese firm CATL for its upcoming EQS electric car. BatteriesScheduled to launch in certain markets next year, the electric luxury sedan is targeting a range of 435 miles, as measured on the European WLTP testing cycle.

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Univ. of Surrey researchers to develop Li-CO2 battery technology

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Researchers at the University of Surrey (UK) are to begin work on a new lithium-ion battery technology that is capable of capturing CO 2 emissions, following a £243,689 award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project, which will be led by Dr Yunlong Zhao, will undertake research into state-of-the-art batteries that use Li–CO 2 electrochemical technology. However, the development of Li-CO 2 batteries is still in its infancy stage.

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BMW X2 xDrive25e SAC PHEV to be launched July 2020

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BMW will launch the new X2 xDrive25e SAC (“Sport Activity Coupé”) PHEV, announced in January ( earlier post ), in Europe in July 2020 with pricing from €47,250 (US$51,800). An electric motor generating an output of 70 kW/95 hp and a high-voltage battery with a gross energy content of 10.0

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