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. Batteries Bus 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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BMW Group opens new Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The €15-million campus will allow the BMW Group to develop its position as technology leader in the utilization of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry. Additive manufacturing is already an integral part of our worldwide production system today, and established in our digitalisation strategy. Last year, the BMW Group produced about 300,000 parts by additive manufacturing.

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ArcelorMittal Europe to produce “green steel” starting in 2020

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ABB electromagnetic stirrers to increase efficiency for major Chinese steel manufacturer

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Manufacturing Market Background MaterialsABB has been chosen to supply its patented ArcSave electromagnetic stirrers as part of a substantial refit at leading Chinese iron and steel producer Guangdong Nanfang Donghai’s steelmaking plant in Guangdong Province, southern China.

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NIST awards nearly $4M to support metals-based additive manufacturing

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to help accelerate the adoption of new measurement methods and standards to advance US competitiveness in metals-based additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing typically creates parts and components by building them layer by layer, based on a 3D computer model that is virtually sliced into many thin layers.

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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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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. As the first of our plants to get a battery assembly line, Ghent plays a pioneering role as we continue to prepare our manufacturing network for electrification. Ghent is one of two car manufacturing plants operated by Volvo Cars in Europe and has produced Volvos since 1965.

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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. The aim of Tesla is to be the best in manufacturing of any company on earth.

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

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth 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. 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. Ensure industrial independence in Europe for the conception and manufacture of batteries, with an initial capacity of 8 GWh, reaching a cumulative capacity of 48 GWh on both sites by 2030. Position ACC as a major competitive player in supplying electric vehicle manufacturers.

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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 The new vehicle will share a similar electrified platform as the Mustang Mach-E, delivering manufacturing and engineering efficiencies. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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

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General Motors will engineer, homologate, validate and manufacture the Nikola Badger battery electric and fuel cell versions. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co.

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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. Batteries Manufacturing

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NHTSA 2020 update on AEB installation by 20 automakers finds rapid progress

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the progress of 20 automakers toward manufacturing passenger vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems.

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Snam invests €33M in electrolyzer manufacturer ITM Power

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In the last eight years, ITM Power has obtained around 30 funding grants from national and European calls such as Horizon 2020 and FCHJU, focused on innovation, sustainability, hydrogen and green tech in various areas, in particular industry and transport.

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DOE to award $67M to stimulate manufacturing technology innovation

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a $67-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0002252 ) to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing, and enable the manufacturing of cutting-edge products in the United States. Concept papers are due 25 June 2020. Manufacturing Market Background

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SEAT manufacturing automated ventilators with adapted windshield wiper motors

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Taking an assembly line that manufactures subframes, a car part, and adapting it to make ventilators has been a lengthy, difficult job involving many areas of the company, and we managed to do it in the record time of one week. According to Spain’s Ministry of Health, as of 30 March 2020 there were 85,195 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spain, with 46,617 hospitalizations and 7,340 deaths. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Truckmakers commit to 2040 diesel phaseout in Europe, CO2-neutral manufacturing in the US

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Seven manufacturers—Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO, and Ford—signed an agreement to transition to zero-emission vehicles under the auspices of the ACEA.

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Tesla rings in 2020 with a global manufacturing presence

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Although many who follow the growth of electric cars eagerly await the release of Tesla’s fourth-quarter and annual delivery numbers for 2019, the Tesla of 2020 and beyond is a truly global manufacturer. Tesla confirmed that it delivered its first 15 Chinese-made Tesla Model 3 sedans Monday—to Tesla employees. Tesla also told Reuters

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ZF joins Open Manufacturing Platform

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG is joining the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP), which was announced in 2019 by the BMW Group and Microsoft. The aim of this initiative is to enable faster and more cost-effective innovations in the manufacturing industry. This means that manufacturers, suppliers, and their partner companies do not need to build new software from scratch but can build on existing components. Internet of Things Manufacturing

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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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Report says lithium from California’s Salton Sea can anchor US battery supply chain

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million vehicles in 2020 to 26 million vehicles in 2030 and 54 million by 2040 at least. Battery manufacturers can also serve the accelerating stationary energy storage market, which uses batteries to support the power grid. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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

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China’s attempt to fight the coronavirus outbreak has led to delayed production across a number of battery production facilities located in key coronavirus hit provinces and is expected to lower the output of Chinese battery manufacturers by around 26 GWh in 2020. Globally, carmakers are looking for independence from the current supremacy of Chinese battery manufacturers and are aiming to secure their own battery supply chains.

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Audi using augmented reality to increase efficiency in logistics planning

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Manufacturing Market BackgroundAudi is using augmented reality (AR) to plan complex logistics processes. The virtual presentation of three dimensional holograms that are shown in their actual environment helps planners to better evaluate the future situation.

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Hyundai Motor Group to acquire controlling interest in mobile robot firm Boston Dynamics

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The deal is also expected to allow Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics to leverage each other’s respective strengths in manufacturing, logistics, construction and automation. Market Background Robotics Vehicle Manufacturers

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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’s sulfide-based all solid-state lithium metal batteries are manufactured using lithium-ion industry standard processes and automated equipment. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Solid-state

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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. The key to AMPERE’s performance is its combination of an advanced motor design with additive manufacturing, allowing its metal structure to be 3D-printed, rather than milled from a solid billet.

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Porsche produces prototype complete housing for an electric drive using 3D printing

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This proves that additive manufacturing with all its advantages is also suitable for larger and highly-stressed components in electric sports cars. Another advantage of additive manufacturing is the fact that numerous functions and parts can be integrated.

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Solid Power produces and delivers 10-layer 2Ah all solid-state lithium metal cells

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Solid Power’s sulfide-based all solid-state lithium metal batteries are manufactured using lithium-ion industry standard processes and automated equipment. These first-generation 10-layer 2Ah pouch cells were manufactured using Solid Power’s MWh-scale, roll-to-roll pilot line.

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CARB warns vehicle and engine manufacturers about hiding software or hardware changes that affect emissions

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) sent a letter to automakers and other vehicle and engine manufacturers encouraging them to disclose by the end of the year any unapproved hardware or software programs that impact emissions control systems in vehicles sold in California. Since then, CARB has found similar issues with other manufacturers as part of its ongoing enforcement efforts. Emissions Engines Regulations Vehicle Manufacturers

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Hyundai Motor Group reveals E-GMP; first dedicated BEV platform, for next-generation BEV line-up

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As part of its BEV vision, Hyundai Motor Company launched its dedicated ‘IONIQ’ BEV brand in August 2020, which includes three dedicated BEV models, the IONIQ 5,6 and 7 by 2024. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers Vehicle Systems

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Volvo Cars successfully places first green bond, raises €500M

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The proceeds of the bond will be used to fund the design, development and manufacturing of fully electric cars in line with the company’s recently established Green Finance Framework. Electric (Battery) Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Toyota Europe establishes Fuel Cell Business Group

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Europe Fuel Cells Hydrogen Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersTo maximize the opportunities for hydrogen in Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has established a Fuel Cell Business Group to oversee its hydrogen activities across the region.

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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. Linear Labs plans to secure a 500,000-square-foot facility for advanced, smart manufacturing to support thousands of new, skilled jobs over the next 10 years. 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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VSPC boosts energy density of LFP cells up to 25% by incorporating manganese; LMFP

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Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC reports significant progress towards improving the energy density of LFP (lithium ferro phosphate) Li-ion battery cells by adjusting its proprietary manufacturing processes to incorporate manganese into the cathode active material during production.

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Yibin Tianyi commissions a 20ktpy lithium hydroxide plant in first phase of 100 ktpy plan

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Yibin Tianyi Lithium has a 5-year offtake agreement with Pilbara to take up to 75ktpy of spodumene concentrate, with an initial 60kt to be supplied in 2020. Batteries Manufacturing Materials Mining

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Next phase of THEA’s connected vehicle pilot brings together auto manufacturers and road operators

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The next step in the Connected Vehicle space is to begin working with the auto industry manufacturers. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) vehicles and hardware provide the next evolution of delivering safer transportation. In September 2020, phase 4 of the THEA CV Pilot kicked off to begin the planning for incorporating the OEMs into the pilot. Connected vehicles Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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INEOS Automotive acquires Hambach production site from Mercedes-Benz

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INEOS Automotive has acquired the manufacturing facility at Hambach from Mercedes-Benz and will start to build its Grenadier 4x4 there in late 2021. Manufacturing at Hambach ensures that INEOS remains on track to meet its plans to deliver the Grenadier to customers in early 2022.

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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. Mass production of LIBs can result in environmental concerns during battery manufacturing and disposal. Conventional LIB electrodes, especially cathodes, are manufactured through a slurry processing method where N-methyl-2- pyrrolidone (NMP) is used as a solvent.

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OXIS Energy to build Li-S manufacturing plant in Brazil

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OXIS Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company CODEMGE have signed a 15-year lease agreement with Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB) to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora in southeast Brazil to build a Li-sulfur battery manufacturing operation. In January 2020, OXIS Energy reported it had successfully tested its cell prototypes at 471 Wh/kg and that it is confident of achieving 500Wh/kg in the next 12 months.

Toyota shows e-Palette geared towards practical MaaS applications

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It will provide a loop-line bus transportation service for athletes and related staff in the Olympic and Paralympic villages at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 that were postponed until July next year. Autonomous driving Electric (Battery) Mobility services Vehicle Manufacturers

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