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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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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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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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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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. The individual cells are arranged together in an array and then inserted into a battery pack. While undergoing nail penetration tests, the Blade Battery emitted neither smoke nor fire after being penetrated, and its surface temperature only reached 30 to 60 °C.

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E-magy looking to scale nano-porous silicon production for next-generation Li-ion batteries

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E-magy , a Dutch cleantech scale-up, has developed a technology platform for nanoporous silicon that can significantly boost the performance of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). Batteries Materials Nanotech

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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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UH, Toyota researchers develop new cathode and electrolyte for high-power Mg battery rivaling Li-ion

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Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) report in Nature Energy that they have developed a new cathode and electrolyte—previously the limiting factors for a high-energy magnesium battery—to demonstrate a magnesium battery capable of operating at room temperature and delivering a power density comparable to that offered by lithium-ion batteries. Batteries Market Background Materials

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Celanese expands UHMW-PE production to meet EV battery demand

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GUR UHMW-PE microporous membranes have multiple applications as separators in lithium-ion batteries, ultracapacitors and fuel cells. GUR UHMW-PE can be gel processed for such applications as battery separators, synthetic paper or high-strength fiber applications.

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

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The world is in a race to dominate the electric vehicle market—the Europeans have made their Battery Alliance a priority and the Chinese are chomping at the bit. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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Corvus Energy to supply batteries for five new electric ferries

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With the new batteries from Corvus, we get are able to equip ships with bigger power demands which mean that we expand the number of hybrid vessels. Batteries Electric (Battery) Ports and Marine

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VW-backed solid-state battery firm QuantumScape is going public

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QuantumScape, the decade-old solid-state battery startup backed by Volkswagen, is going public. BatteriesThis will be accomplished through a reverse merger with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp., with an enterprise value of approximately $3.3

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Soteria BIG licenses ORNL Li-ion battery safety technology

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Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG) has exclusively licensed and optioned a technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to eliminate thermal runaway in lithium ion batteries due to mechanical damage. Batteries Manufacturing Safety

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Benchhmark report: cobalt’s price rises highlight shift to battery-driven pricing dynamics

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Cobalt metal prices (cobalt battery metal, min 99.8%, EXW Europe, USD/lb) have risen 15% from the July 2020 issue of Benchmark’s Cobalt Price Assessment to the most recent data published at the end of October 2020. Batteries Market Background Materials

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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. Power Swap is at the core of NIO’s “chargeable, swappable, upgradable” user experience, alongside a comprehensive battery and vehicle e-powertrain inspection. Nio’s battery swap is enabled by more than 500 patented technologies. As of 20 May 2020, 131 battery swap stations had been installed across 58 cities nationwide.

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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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S. Korean universities partner to develop next-generation Li-metal batteries

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South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), in collaboration with Pukyong National University and Chosun University, has embarked on a joint research project to develop the next-generation of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). The research team aims to develop lithium-metal batteries that can be mass-produced, thereby realizing large-scale EV batteries that have high energy density and are lightweight. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Li-Cycle commercial lithium-ion battery recycling plant now operational in Rochester, NY

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North America’s largest capacity lithium-ion battery recycling company, announced that its Spoke 2 facility at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York is now fully operational. The new Rochester facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tonnes of spent lithium-ion batteries per year, which brings Li-Cycle’s total recycling capacity to 10,000 tonnes/year through its two North American Spokes. Batteries Electric (Battery) RecyclingLi-Cycle Corp.,

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ArcelorMittal develops novel floor ring integrating battery and occupant protection for EVs

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The Product Development group at ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks (AMTB) has developed a novel floor ring which integrates battery and occupant protection in battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The floor ring concept integrates passenger and battery protection.

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Scania to invest $116M in battery assembly plant, $18.4M in new battery laboratory

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With the rapid expansion of Scania’s electrified range of trucks, buses and engines, the company plans to, over several years, invest more than 1 billion SEK (US$116 million) in a battery assembly plant in Södertälje, Sweden. million) in a new battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje. The assembled packs form battery systems tailored for Scania’s modular production. Batteries Heavy-duty Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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TU Graz launches Christian Doppler Laboratory for Solid-State Batteries; support from AVL

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The Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria has launched the Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratory for Solid-State Batteries. The focus of the new CD laboratory is the reduction of interface resistances within the solid-state battery. Batteries Electric (Battery) Solid-state

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Great Wall Motor battery offshoot SVOLT premieres Li-ion battery lineup, targeting EVs

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New battery company SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, whose precursor was the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd, introduced its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA). million) will be invested to build a 24GWh battery factory, a factory for cathode materials and a battery technology center. Batteries China Electric (Battery

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Bigger batteries vs. weight reduction: Neither way of boosting EV range is cheap, report shows

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Bigger battery packs cost more, but reducing weight may not be cost effective, according to the report, which established a threshold of less than $5. Batteries

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To supply EV production, another European battery company rises: Verkor

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As European automakers ramp up production of electric cars, a new company aims to supply them with batteries. Batteries

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Oxis Energy to supply Li-S batteries to luxury yacht project

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Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore has placed a commercial 10-year worldwide contract with OXIS Energy valued at $5 million to build the world’s first luxury boat to be powered by Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) battery cells and battery systems technology.

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Report: AI will dramatically speed up battery development—and thus, EV adoption

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Artificial intelligence (AI) could help speed up the development of electric-car batteries, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal. There is certainly no shortage of areas where engineers seek to improve on current lithium-ion batteries. Batteries

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Ford considers making its own batteries for EVs, as it builds up “digital ecosystem”

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Ford CEO Jim Farley on Friday said that the company is considering making its own electric vehicle batteries. “We are discussing (battery) cell manufacturing,” Farley said, according to Reuters, at a Reuters Automotive Summit virtual event. Batteries

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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. will be a primary driver of GM’s ability to ultimately power many different types of electric vehicles from a common set of battery components.

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Chevrolet to recall 68,667 MY 2017-2019 Bolt EVs worldwide over battery fire risk

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Chevrolet is voluntarily recalling 68,667 MY 2017-2019 Bolt EVs worldwide over the risk of battery fires; the majority of the cars affected—50,925—are in the US. Batteries Electric (Battery) Safety

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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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Ford reveals 2022 E-Transit battery-electric van

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With a usable battery capacity of 67 kWh, E-Transit will deliver an estimated range of 126 miles in the low-roof cargo van variant. The E-Transit battery is located underneath the vehicle body, providing up to 487.3 Electric (Battery) Fleets

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Nio offers 100-kwh battery pack, more range in subscription-based upgrade

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Chinese automaker Nio on Friday unveiled its first 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which will be offered as a subscription-based upgrade to existing vehicles, with "pre-orders" opening November 7. Batteries

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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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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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TWAICE, ViriCity partner to provide detailed e-bus battery insights

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Battery experts TWAICE and leading telematics company ViriCiti are partnering to deliver comprehensive battery analytics for electric bus fleets. The TWAICE predictive analytics software will be available as a Battery Health add-on module to approximately 3000 electric buses connected to ViriCiti’s platform. The software will generate insights into e-bus battery performance and capacity in the form of a battery health report. Batteries Bus Electric (Battery

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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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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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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. kWh battery pack which supports 400 km (249 miles) of range in the NEDC cycle, corresponding to more than 300 km (186 miles) target range in the WLTP cycle. For increased control and battery life, sensors monitor the voltage of each battery cell and block, as well as the battery cell temperature.

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BMW Brilliance Automotive doubles production capacity for high-voltage batteries in China

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And we are preparing for future growth: With this new Battery Center, we more than double the capacity of our local battery production in China. The high-voltage batteries it requires will be supplied by the nearby new battery center.

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Lux Research: battery electric vehicles will be less reliant on lightweighting by 2030

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Platform design: BEVs are increasingly being designed around shared rolling frames or platforms that contain the batteries, drive systems, and in some cases structural elements of the cars. Lux then compared the range of the vehicles to the ratio of total mass to battery pack size.

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Freudenberg Sealing Technologies starts series production of DIAvent pressure equalization element for batteries for BJEV EV

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In batteries for electric vehicles, a valve consisting of two nonwovens with different properties takes over pressure equalization during normal operation. The umbrella valve closes again at the end, making it easier to safely remove a damaged battery after emergency degassing.

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