Proterra opens EV battery manufacturing line in electric bus factory

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Proterra has opened a new battery production line co-located in its EV bus manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County. The new battery production line will manufacture Proterra’s battery packs featuring next-generation cells.

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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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Argonne releases GREET 2020

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Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center has released the 2020 version of the suite of GREET models and associated documentation. The following low-carbon alternative ammonia production pathways have been implemented in GREET 2020 release.

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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In order to keep up with the growing demand for e-cars, investments are being made in battery factories worldwide. The Japanese company’s coating systems are in high demand among battery manufacturers for electric cars. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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PSA and Total create JV for manufacture of EV batteries in Europe; €5B investment

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With this partnership, the parties are setting up a world-class player in the development and manufacture of high-performance batteries for the automotive industry from 2023. Produce batteries for electric vehicles that will be at the highest technological level in terms of energy performance, autonomy, recharging time and carbon footprint. Position ACC as a major competitive player in supplying electric vehicle manufacturers.

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Dürr and Techno Smart partner on manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for e-cars

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Dürr is positioning itself in the growing Li-ion battery market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems.

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Virginia Tech team demonstrates green manufacturing method for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Virginia Tech have demonstrated a green and more sustainable manufacturing method for LIBs in which no hazardous organic solvent is used during electrode manufacturing and recycling. Batteries Manufacturing Sustainability

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Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership and equity stake in Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis

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Mercedes-Benz has entered a far-reaching strategic partnership with the Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Co., The stake will give Daimler the option to nominate a representative for a seat on the supervisory board of the battery cell manufacturer.

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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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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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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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Tesla seeking 56% cut in $/kWh, $25K EV in three years through manufacturing and design innovations

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The baseline precept for the presentation was the centrality and associated difficulty of manufacturing new technologies at a scale sufficient to make a tangible difference. Tesla has two battery-related goals, Musk said. The first is terawatt-scale battery production.

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DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap; 44% reduction in manufactured cost for 300-mile EV pack by 2030

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Announced in January 2020 by US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) seeks to create and sustain American leadership in energy storage. This is why the US Secretary of Energy announced the Energy Storage Grand Challenge in January 2020.

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NIO launches Battery as a Service (BaaS) in China; battery swap system

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Premium EV manufacturer NIO has launched Battery as a Service (BaaS) for customers in China. In addition, BaaS also represents a systematic solution to the long-existing challenges for EV penetration, including battery degradation, battery upgradability, and lower resale value.

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Equipmake and HiETA developing new motor with 20kW/kg power density using additive manufacturing

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UK-based electrification company, Equipmake, has teamed up with additive manufacturing organization HiETA to develop a next-generation motor as part of a project grant-funded by Innovate UK. 3D printing Electric (Battery) Motors

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QuantumScape releases performance data for its solid-state battery technology

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QuantumScape’s solid-state battery is designed to enable up to 80% longer range compared to today’s lithium-ion batteries. Stan Whittingham, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery and winner of the 2019 Nobel prize in chemistry. Batteries Electric (Battery) Solid-state

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Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

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As part of the agreement, Nikola will utilize General Motors’ Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology, representing a key commercialization milestone for General Motors. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world.

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Octillion becomes official battery supplier for FNM electric trucks in Brazil

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Li-ion battery provider Octillion Power Systems is working with the reborn FNM (now Fábrica Nacional de Mobilidades) in Brazil to produce battery-electric trucks; FNM has selected Octillion as the official battery supplier for the coming lineup.

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Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. In addition to electric vehicle manufacturing sites for trucks and vans in the US, the company also is investing C$1.8 billion) to transform its Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario starting in 2024 to include next-generation battery-electric vehicles. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

Roskill sees recovery in lithium industry, buoyed by demand from rechargeable battery applications

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Q1 2020 saw monthly average prices fall further to less than US$7,000/t Li 2 CO 3 for the first time since 2014, eroding price increases caused by forecast strong demand growth in the lithium-ion battery industry and uncertainty over future supply.

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Fort Worth approves $68.9M incentive package for Linear Labs for electric motor manufacturing

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The City of Fort Worth, Texas has approved a $68.9-million economic incentive package for electric-motor-manufacturer Linear Labs ( earlier post ) to further solidify the city as the next tech innovation hub. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Motors

Britishvolt and the Welsh Government sign MoU to develop 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant at Bro Tathan

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Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government as both parties work together on plans to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan , Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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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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SK Innovation accelerates hiring at its first US-based EV battery site in Georgia

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In one of the largest economic projects in Georgia’s history, SK Innovation affirmed its long-range investment plans for the facility that would make Georgia one of the largest hubs of EV battery manufacturing in the world. Batteries Manufacturing

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NIO launches 100 kWh battery with flexible battery upgrade plans; cell-to-pack technology

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China-based EV maker NIO launched its 100 kWh battery together with battery upgrade plans. With more than 300 patents filed and gained, the 100 kWh battery features CTP (cell to pack) technology, realizing 37% higher energy density. Powered by the 100 kWh battery, the NEDC range of NIO models can now reach up to 615 km (382 miles). NIO models with the 100 kWh battery will be available for pre-order starting 7 November 2020. million battery swaps.

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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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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. The call sought proposals from National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that address engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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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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Bremen orders five Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses with solid-state batteries

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Bremen’s public transport provider Bremer Straßenbahn AG (BSAG) has ordered five new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses equipped with solid-state batteries. The batteries combine a very high energy density with a particularly long service life.

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Lightning Systems more than tripling size of manufacturing and R&D facility in Colorado

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With more than $32 million in pending orders from commercial and government fleets, commercial electric vehicle supplier Lightning Systems is more than tripling the size of its manufacturing, research and development facility in Loveland, Colorado. Conversions Electric (Battery) Manufacturin

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BNEF: China dominates the Li-ion battery supply chain, but Europe is on the rise

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China dominates BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) lithium-ion battery supply chain ranking in 2020, having quickly surpassed Japan and Korea that were leaders for the majority of the previous decade. In 2020, Japan and Korea rank number two and three respectively.

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Daimler Trucks unveils Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell concept truck, previews long-haul battery-electric truck; electrification strategy

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Daimler Trucks also presented for the first time a preview of a purely battery-powered long-haul truck, the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul, which is designed to cover regular journeys on routes that can be planned in an energy-efficient manner.

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Lotus Engineering launching new pilot containerized battery test facility

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Lotus Engineering is launching a pilot containerized battery testing facility to assess energy storage solutions for the booming EV sector. The project has been named BattCon, an abbreviation of Battery Containerized Test Facility. Batteries Electric (Battery

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DOE to fund national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Under this opportunity, DOE will directly fund the National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that solve engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

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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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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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New EV market share in Europe hits 7.2% in Q2 2020, up from 2.4% in same period last year

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In the second quarter of 2020, the market share of electrically-chargeable vehicles increased to 7.2% share during the same period last year, according to figures from ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association). in the second quarter of 2020.

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Solid Power now producing large form factor 22-layer 20 Ah solid-state cells, pathway to full automotive performance compliance

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Solid Power, a developer of all solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, announced that its Louisville, Colo. facility is producing 20 Ah multi-layer all solid-state lithium metal batteries on the company’s continuous roll-to-roll production line.

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Celanese expands UHMW-PE production to meet EV battery demand

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Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, added a new GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) production line at its Bishop, Texas manufacturing facility to support the significant growth in its high-value GUR engineered materials portfolio.

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BMW Group opens Competence Center for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and expands manufacturing capacity

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The BMW Group has opened the Competence Center for E-Drive Production at its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing. In the first half of 2020 alone, the workforce grew from 600 to 1,000. Electric (Battery) Motors Power Electronics Transmissions Vehicle Systems

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LeydenJar’s silcon anode boosts Li-ion battery energy by 70%; 1350 Wh/L with more than 100 cycles

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LeydenJar Technologies, a Dutch spin-out of the applied research institute TNO, has developed a new,100% silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries. This breakthrough offers two key benefits: batteries with a 70% higher energy density (1350 Wh/L) and 62% less CO 2 emissions.

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LG Chem spinning off battery business

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LG Chem plans to spin-off its global battery business. LG Chem will seek approval from an extraordinary meeting of stockholders on 30 October and officially launch the spin-off—tentatively named LG Energy Solution—as a new corporation exclusively in charge of the battery business from 1 December. billion) in 2024 and become the world’s best energy solutions company based on batteries. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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GM reveals new Ultium batteries and flexible global platform for rapid growth of EV lineup

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The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible, third-generation global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. GM’s all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium. Solid-state batteries.

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