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.

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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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GM boosting face mask production; sharing mask manufacturing plans

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In addition, the company has shared its manufacturing plans with GM suppliers along with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association ( MMA ) to help other manufacturers ramp up their own production efforts.

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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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ArcelorMittal Europe to produce “green steel” starting in 2020

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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. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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HyperSolar working with Suzhou GH New Energy to accelerate manufacturing of renewable solar hydrogen panels

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a division of GCL Poly, in China to make the final modifications to the solar cells required to manufacture the Gen 1 hydrogen production panels to be used in demonstration pilot plants. HyperSolar, Inc.,

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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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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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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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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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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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ABB, Hydrogène de France jointly to manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels

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ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydrogène de France to manufacture jointly megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels (OGVs). The company is on track to reach 60% of revenues by the end of 2020.

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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.

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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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GM Defense awarded $214.3M contract to produce Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle; based on 2020 Colorado with 2.8L diesel

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GM Defense’s solution to the Army’s next-generation transportation needs is based off the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90% commercial off-the-shelf parts. Diesel Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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2020 Audi A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid carries starting price of $94,000

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Audi is pricing its 2020 A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with a MSRP of $94,000 in the US. By comparison, the starting MSRP for a 2020 Audi A8 55 TFSI quattro with automatic transmission is $85,200.

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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 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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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DOE selects 11 manufacturing and materials projects to receive $3.3M for high performance computing research

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The projects will use high performance computing to address key technical challenges in US manufacturing and materials development. Through DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, selected teams will work with the Department’s National Laboratories to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis for projects that improve manufacturing productivity and explore materials that can withstand extreme conditions.

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DOE announces $3M to improve manufacturing processes through high performance computing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million for high-performance computing, modeling, and simulation projects to improve manufacturing processes. The new special solicitation is open to Manufacturing USA Institutes and EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office consortia, and their member companies, with an emphasis on partnering with HBCUs and/or organizations located within federal Opportunity Zones. Concept papers are due on Tuesday, 21 April 2020.

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Mullen Technologies executes LOI for $135M in funding to acquire an existing EV manufacturing plant in the US

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a Southern California-based licensed electric vehicle manufacturer, executed an LOI with Axiom Financial for $135 million in funding to acquire and build out an electric vehicle manufacturing plant. The parties amended the originally announced Letter of Intent (LOI) to reflect an extended exclusivity period of 30 days, until 10 August 2020. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersMullen Technologies Inc.,

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