GM and LG identify cause of battery fires in Bolts; new recall for MY2017-2019 vehicles

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Experts from GM and LG have identified the simultaneous presence of two manufacturing defects in the same battery cell as the root cause of battery fires in certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs. As a result, GM will be conducting a new recall for the previous population of Bolt EVs (2017-2019) to address the risk of battery fires in these vehicles. As part of this new recall, GM will replace defective battery modules in the recall population.

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Faraday Battery Challenge awards $14M to 17 battery projects

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UKRI announced a further investment of £10 million (US$14 million) from the Faraday Battery Challenge to support collaborative R&D projects co-funded by industry and managed by Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This latest round of Faraday Battery Challenge funding will be shared across 17 projects being undertaken by businesses and research institutions across the UK. Batteries Manufacturing

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ATLIS Motor Vehicles produces first AMV battery cell

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ATLIS is developing its own battery cells and packs to power 300, 400 and 500-mile range batteries for the ATLIS XP platform and XT pickup truck. ATLIS says batteries can be charged in less than 15 minutes. ATLIS plans to commercially launch its AMV battery cell in Q4 2021.

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Blackstone Battery production capacity to increase tenfold

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Blackstone Resources AG announced that its German subsidiary Blackstone Technology GmbH will increase its battery production capacity tenfold to 500 MWh per annum by 2022 for Li-ion batteries, which contain 3D-printed battery electrodes, at Blackstone’s Döbeln site in Saxony.

EV battery manufacturing expert network launched: Batteryline.com

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Batteryline.com introduces a new network website for experts in the manufacturing of EV batteries based on the need for more knowledge in the related automotive industry. In the drive to supply the world with high quality and cost-effective batteries there is a need to improve worldwide production. The fast-growing market already faces the challenges of the supply of raw materials, the supply chain towards the automotive industry and flexibility towards new innovative battery types.

Factorial Energy testing results for 40Ah solid-state battery: 97.3% capacity retention after 675 cycles

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In April, Factorial Energy, a start-up solid-state battery technology company, emerged from stealth mode with a 40Ah solid-state battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications. Solid-state batteries have struggled in the past to scale-up cell capacity.

POSCO introduces e Autopos’ battery pack

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Following its launch of the e Autopos brand, an EV body concept (PBC-EV) and new electrical steel for notors ( earlier post ), POSCO has introduced its battery pack and steel. In the event of a car accident, Giga Steel protects the battery.

NIO completes 2,000,000 battery swaps

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On 24 March 2021, China-based electric vehicle maker NIO completed its 2,000,000 th NIO Power Swap in Suzhou Delivery Center, China. NIO’s battery swap is enabled by more than 500 patented technologies. NIO also launched its 150 kWh battery on NIO Day.

BloombergNEF: battery metals rebounding; by 2030, annual Li-ion battery demand to pass 2TWh

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Battery metal prices have recovered strongly in the first half of the year, incentivizing new projects to come online. China controls the battery chemical industry, with the biggest market share for all of the five main battery materials: lithium, nickel, manganese, cobalt and graphite.

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New electrode material for solid-state batteries improves performance

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A research team from Japan has recently developed a novel electrode material for all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) by combining lithium sulfate and lithium ruthenate, which results in improved performance. However, they have never been applied to all-solid-state batteries.

Nearly 76 GWh of battery cell capacity was produced for US plug-in vehicle market from 2010 to 2020

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Nearly 76 GWh of battery cell capacity was produced for the US plug-in vehicle market from 2010 to 2020, according to a recent analysis of the Li-ion battery supply chain by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Plug-ins

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ICCT LCA study finds only battery and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs have potential to be very low-GHG passenger vehicle pathways

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The results show there is no realistic pathway to full decarbonization of internal combustion engine vehicles, and that only battery and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs have potential to be very low-GHG passenger vehicle pathways.

SK Innovation expects to produce 500 GWh of batteries in 2030

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At the “SK Innovation Story Day” briefing session in Seoul last week, Dong-Seob Jee, President of SK Innovation’s Battery Business, said from its current 40 GWh battery production level, the company expects to reach 85 GWh in 2023, 200 GWh in 2025 and more than 500 GWh in 2030.

ATLIS Motor Vehicles and Clemson University partner to advance development of EV batteries

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ATLIS Motor Vehicles, Inc. and Clemson University have partnered to advance development of electric-vehicle batteries that charge faster, last longer and can be scaled to fit a variety of vehicle classes. Batteries Electric (Battery

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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Volkswagen starts up second line for MEB batteries in Braunschweig

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The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig is significantly expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle generation. In addition to that, the plant will produce up to 100,000 battery systems for the e-up!,

Toyota extends battery warranty for self-charging hybrid electric vehicles

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Toyota extends battery warranty for self-charging hybrid electric vehicles. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said that it has increased the warranty on batteries for its self-charging hybrid electric vehicles (SHEVs) since August 1, 2021. Toyota extends battery warranty.

NIO and Sinopec enter strategic partnership; launch of inaugural Gen2 battery swap station

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This is NIO’s inaugural second-generation battery swap station and also the first under the NIO-Sinopec partnership, representing the rollout of NIO Power Swap Station 2.0. As a smart battery swap system enabled by software-defined cloud computing, NIO Power Swap Station 2.0

DOE providing $200M over 5 years for EV, battery and connected vehicle projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $200 million in funding over the next five years for electric vehicles, batteries, and connected vehicles projects at DOE national labs and new DOE partnerships to support electric vehicles innovation. The $200 million in funding to national labs, subject to appropriations, seeks to make electric vehicle innovations in order to decarbonize the transportation sector. Batteries Connected vehicles Electric (Battery

Toyota launches C+pod ultra-compact battery electric vehicle in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced a limited launch of the C+pod ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) to corporate users, local governments and other organizations that have been exploring new options to drive the popularization of BEVs. Electric (Battery) Japan

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Argonne study compares life cycle emissions of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide from brines and ores

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have conducted life cycle analyses (LCAs) for battery-grade lithium carbonate (Li 2 CO 3 ) and lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LiOH•H 2 O) produced from Chilean brines (Salar de Atacama) and Australian spodumene ores.

Ford launches new global battery center of excellence

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Ford announced a new global battery center of excellence—called Ford Ion Park—to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology, including future battery manufacturing. We’re already scaling production of all-electric vehicles around the world as more customers experience and crave the fun-to-drive benefits of electric vehicles with zero emissions. lab already have analyzed more than 150 types of battery cells.

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Nissan using second-life LEAF batteries in factory AGVs

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Nissan has begun using second-life battery modules from first-generation LEAF electric vehicles as the power supply for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in its plants. Nissan was exploring new ways to reuse its Nissan LEAF batteries, and hit upon the idea of using them in AGVs.

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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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Gentherm leads investment in electric battery cooling technology maker Carrar

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Carrar’s two-phase cooling technology has the potential to enable fast charging and discharging of a battery to overcome the challenges for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, on-board electronics, and charging infrastructures. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Audi testing second-life EV batteries in factory vehicles

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Audi is testing factory vehicles powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt. Because they still have a large proportion of their original charging capacity, an interdisciplinary project team is now investigating how batteries from Audi e-tron test vehicles, for example, or from hybrid models such as the Audi A3 e-tron and Audi Q7 e-tron, can continue to be used sensibly. They then install 24 modules in each new battery tray.

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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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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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BMW Group launches battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

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The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. High-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg from 2022. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Volta Trucks selects Proterra to supply vehicle battery for full-electric Volta Zero

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Volta Trucks, a full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, has selected Proterra as the battery supplier for the Volta Zero. The Volta Zero is the first purpose-built, full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner city freight distribution.

Porsche invests in high-performance battery JV Cellforce; Si anodes; BASF NCM cathode materials

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Porsche and joint venture partner Customcells, a spin-off from Fraunhofer, also announced the launch of production of high-performance battery cells at Porsche’s Weissach Development Center. Another feature of the Cellforce battery cell is its ability to withstand high temperatures.

GM to source US-based lithium for future EV batteries from CTR; closed-loop, direct-extraction process

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GM announced today that a “significant portion” of GM’s future battery-grade lithium hydroxide and carbonate could come from the Hell’s Kitchen development. Most lithium used in lithium-ion batteries is currently mined and processed outside of the US.

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GM’s future electric vehicles to debut first wireless battery management system; developed in collaboration with Analog Devices

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General Motors will be the first automaker to use an almost completely wireless battery management system (wBMS) for production electric vehicles. —Kent Helfrich, GM executive director of Global Electrification and Battery Systems. Batteries Electric (Battery

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OCTA ordering 10 more New Flyer battery-electric buses

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New Flyer of America has received a firm contract from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for 10 zero-emission battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE 40-foot transit buses. NFI has electric vehicles operating (or on order) in more than 80 cities in five countries. NFI offers the widest range of zero-emission battery and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches, and the company’s vehicles have completed more than 40 million EV service miles. Bus Electric (Battery

Octillion Power Systems enters US bus market to supply batteries for motorcoaches, city buses

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Octillion Power Systems, a global provider of advanced lithium-ion batteries, is providing battery packs for all-electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors. Batteries Bus Electric (Battery) Vehicle Systems

Rio Tinto achieves battery-grade lithium production at Boron plant

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Rio Tinto has commenced production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine site in California. The demonstration plant has a design capacity of 10 tonnes per year of battery-grade lithium. Batteries Materials Mining

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ARPA-E Battery/Storage Exposition 14 Jan

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The projects in the AMPED Program seek to develop advanced sensing, control, and power management technologies that redefine the way we think about battery management. BEEST (Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation). ARPA-E Batteries

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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Northvolt acquires US Li-metal battery company Cuberg; next-gen battery cells for electromobility

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European battery-maker Northvolt has acquired Cuberg , a US-based battery technology company delivering high-performance lithium-metal cells produced on existing lithium-ion manufacturing lines for electromobility solutions. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background

Toyota launches all-new Aqua (Prius C) hybrid in Japan; bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery

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km/L (84 mpg US) with the comfortable, high-quality ride of an electrified vehicle. Bipolar nickel-hydrogen batteries. The all-new Aqua is the first vehicle to use a high-output bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery as an electric drive battery. Batteries Hybrids

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Nissan and Sunwoda jointly to study battery development for e-POWER vehicles

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and Sunwoda Electric Vehicle Battery Co., will begin studying joint development of next-generation vehicle batteries for Nissan’s e-POWER vehicles. The e-POWER system includes a gasoline engine with a power generator, an inverter, a battery and an electric motor.

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Primobius entering N American battery recycling market with Stelco

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Australia, and SMS group to commercialize an environmentally friendly recycling solution for end-of-life and scrap lithium-ion battery (LiB) cells. rich electric vehicle and stationary storage battery chemistries (lithium?nickel-manganese?cobalt

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ABB-sponsored report suggests global plans for 80 new EV battery gigafactories insufficient

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The report notes that 2036 is the crossover year when all-electric passenger vehicles are predicted to overtake sales of ICE-equipped equivalents. That is because the kilowatt hour (KWh) battery capacity required per vehicle is likely to rise as well.

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