Finland’s oldest ferry goes all electric with Visedo

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The oldest operating ferry in Finland will on Saturday become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power. The DC/DC converters serve to increase the battery voltage to a level that is more suitable for the motor drives.

European Batteries Oy Launches Li-ion Battery Plant in Finland

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Finland-based European Batteries Oy held the grand opening of its new lithium-ion battery plant which manufactures large format prismatic 42 Ah, 3.2V M+W Group has developed a concept for planning and building lithium-ion battery plants, in which all the process stages are linked modularly under one roof. LiFePO 4 (LFP) cells, modules, packs and systems earlier this month. The annual production capacity is 100 MWh—enough for 3.000 full-electric cars, the company says.

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Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

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The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one additional gigafactory, presumably to meet demand for battery cells related to large-scale electric-car production outside the U.S. Europe Batteries lithium-ion Finland Tesla Motors plug-in cars gigafactory

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Th!nk Resumes Production at Valmet Automotive Facility in Finland

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Think has finally resumed production of their Think City EV at a new manufacturing facility in Finland. Ener1 supplies Think's battery packs, while Valmet Automotive assembles them at their manufacturing plant in Finland. Recently, both Ener1 and Valmet Automotive recapitalized Think to bring their vehicles back to the market. Think's backlog of

Ener1 to Take 31% Stake in EV Maker Think Global; Think City Production Moves to Valmet in Finland

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Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc. is the parent company of EnerDel, a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion automotive battery systems based in Indianapolis and an existing supplier to Think. Finland-based Valmet Automotive, which signed a letter of intent under which Valmet Automotive will be a production and engineering partner for the Think City electric vehicle, will also become a minor shareholder in Think.

Fortum boosts Li-ion battery recycling rate to more than 80%

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A new solution by Nordic clean energy company Fortum makes more than 80% of an electric vehicle (EV) battery recyclable, returns the scarce metals back into circulation and resolves the sustainability gap by reducing the need to mine cobalt, nickel, and other scarce metals. There are very few working, economically viable technologies for recycling the majority of materials in lithium-ion batteries. The current recycling rate for batteries is approximately 50%.

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BASF and Nornickel partner to supply cobalt and nickel battery materials

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BASF and Nornickel have established a strategic cooperation to meet the growing needs for battery materials in electric vehicles. BASF has selected Harjavalta, Finland, as the first location for battery materials production serving the European automotive market. This investment is part of BASF’s €400-million multi-step investment plan announced last year and builds upon initial battery materials production started in Harjavalta in 2018. Batteries Materials

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Terrafame to invest €240M in EV battery materials plant; nickel and cobalt sulfates; commercial production in 2021

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The Board of Directors of Terraframe—a Finnish multi-metal company producing nickel, zinc, cobalt and copper—has greenlighted the investment of €240 million in a battery materials plant. The plant, which will produce chemicals used in electric vehicle batteries (EVB), will be located at the company’s current industrial site in Sotkamo, Finland. Terraframe has signed a contract with Sweco for the detail engineering design of the battery chemicals plant.

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Stora Enso building €10M pilot plant to produce hard carbon from lignin; electrode materials

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Wood-based carbon can be utilized as a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems. The pilot plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Finland. This lignin will be converted into hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.

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Outokumpu and Fraunhofer Institute develop lightweight stainless steel battery pack for EVs; up to 20% weight reduction

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Finland-based stainless steel expert Outokumpu is working on lightweight stainless steel solutions for electric vehicles in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, in Germany. Batteries Materials Weight reduction

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BASF & Nornickel to cooperate on raw materials for Li-ion batteries in Europe; BASF to invest €400M in cathode materials plants

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BASF and Russia-based PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel ( Nornickel ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding and entered exclusive negotiations to cooperate on the supply of raw materials for future battery materials production for lithium-ion batteries in Europe. Through the prospective agreement, BASF would receive the raw materials from the Nornickel metal refinery in Harjavalta, Finland. Batteries

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Stanford’s Yi Cui receives CalTech Resonate award for battery work

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Stanford Professor Yi Cui has received one of this year’s five Resonate Awards from Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute for engineering enhanced batteries and other sustainable energy related devices through innovations in nanotechnology. Mika Järvinen (Aalto University, Finland): Resonate Award recipient for pioneering a CO 2 sequestration process that converts a low-value steel-manufacturing by-product into a valuable resource for industry.

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Porsche expanding Charging Service in Europe; more than 49,000 charging points

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Alongside Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, the charging service is now also available in Norway, France, Spain, Great Britain and Italy. Electric (Battery) Europe Infrastructure

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Ahlstrom acquires 49% stake in US Li-ion battery separator company Porous Power Technologies

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Finland-based Ahlstrom, a global high-performance materials company, has signed an agreement to invest in Porous Power Technologies, LLC, a US-based developer of highly porous, laminable separator membranes for Li-ion batteries. Battery separators, which keep the anode and cathode from touching each other and short-circuiting, are vitally important in the performance and safety of electric vehicles. Batteries

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Visedo introducing new SRPM motor design for buses; 10% increase in power, better cooling

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The high efficiency will increase battery life while shortening recharge cycles. The new design is also optimized for high volume manufacture using Visedo’s facilities in both Finland and Taiwan. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Motors

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Valmet Automotive accelerating fuel cell development

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To intensify its activities in e-mobility, Finland-based Valmet Automotive is increasingly focusing on the fuel cell. Since the beginning of 2017, the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has been Valmet’s minority shareholder, and a strong partner for the company on the way to e-mobility.

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Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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Diesel’s biggest declines took place in Norway (-32%), the UK (-30%), Slovenia (-28%), Finland (-20%) and Belgium (-20%). They accounted for 56% of the total market in Norway, 13% in Finland and 11% in Sweden. Diesel Electric (Battery) Europe Hybrids Sales

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Eltek Valere Awarded Battery Charger Contract for THINK City

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Norway-based Eltek Valere will deliver battery chargers to THINK City. The THINK City is being produced in Valmet, Finland, and now is ready for orders. The design can be adapted to different battery technologies and ensures fast charging while still maintaining optimal battery life. The contract is the first result of Eltek Valere’s growth initiative for electric vehicle technologies, and shows new areas of application for the company’s core competencies.

Study finds car dealerships pose significant barrier to EV adoption

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In 126 “mystery shopper” experiences at 82 car dealerships across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the team found that that dealers were dismissive of EVs; misinformed shoppers on vehicle specifications; omitted EVs from the sales conversation; and strongly oriented customers towards gasoline and diesel vehicle options. Behavior Electric (Battery) Europe Sales

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Mercedes-Benz Econic compresses refuse with electric tipper body

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The battery pack is charged overnight in the depot (plug-in). In Scandinavia the Econic with the electric body has found even wider acceptance: More than 150 units are in use in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC EV soaking up summer heat of up to 50?C in trials in Spain

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Particular attention is being given to aspects which are very demanding for electric cars—air conditioning and charging, as well as cooling the battery, drive system and control units in extreme heat. How does an almost fully charged battery respond to further charging?

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THINK and AeroVironment to Pursue Projects to Promote Fast-charging Infrastructure; THINK Picks Enerdel as Sole Battery Provider for US

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THINK also announced that it has chosen EnerDel, the Indiana-based lithium ion battery manufacturer, to be the exclusive battery supplier for THINK City electric vehicles sold in the US through 2012. EnerDel also will supply at least 60% of the batteries for THINK City electric vehicles sold in Europe. The new facility will be in addition to THINK’s current manufacturing capability in Finland, where it has contracted with Valmet to build the THINK City.

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IEA report draws lessons from rapid uptake of EVs in Nordic countries

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In proportion to its population, the Nordic region—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden—is strikingly ahead of the rest of the world in adopting electric cars. Electric (Battery) Market Background Policy

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Porsche reports ~60% of new Panamera models delivered in Europe are with plug-in hybrid drive; ramping up for Mission E

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In Norway, 90% of all Panamera customers order a hybrid model, while in Finland the figure is 85%. Preparations are underway in Zuffenhausen for the production of Porsche’s first purely battery-powered sports car, the Mission E. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins

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EEA: no improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars registered in 2017 in Europe

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Registrations increased in all EU Member States except Finland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicles (BEV) continued to increase—last year by 42%.

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Initial order from Sinotruk for UQM Powerphase DT drive systems for pilot trials; beginning of commercial partnership

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Since its founding in 1950, CNHTC has had a history of cooperation with international partners in developing new products and markets in China and elsewhere, including Steyr of Austria, MAN SE of Germany, and Cargotec of Finland. China Electric (Battery) Motors Transmissions

2017 78

Volvo’s Polestar 1 PHEV makes European debut; pre-orders open 13 March

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A triple battery pack layout provides 34 kWh of storage. An additional 12 new markets for Polestar 1 have been added and will open for pre-orders simultaneously, including Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, Finland, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Canada.

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THINK launches EV production in Indiana

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THINK’s plant in Elkhart is receiving partially assembled vehicles from contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive in Finland, which produces THINK vehicles for the European market. Workers in the US are completing production of the cars, including installing electric drive trains with advanced Lithium-ion batteries from manufacturer Ener1, Inc. THINK will replicate the current production line, tooling facilities and processes used in Finland.

EEA: average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans in Europe increased in 2018

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Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicles (BEV) continued to increase. Together with Estonia, Finland and Malta, these were the only countries where the average emissions of new cars decreased from 2017 to 2018. It also varied across countries: smaller vehicles were sold in Bulgaria and Cyprus ( 1 955 kg) in Slovakia, Finland and Czech Republic.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Kalmar to introduce industry first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers

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The machine has Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries which enable fast charging to be used. This technology makes the charging process smooth, as there is no need to take the machine out of operation for battery swapping.

2015 78

Williams Advanced Engineering collaborates with Wille on zero-emission multi-function machines

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A total of more than 6,000 Wille multi-function machines have been sold so far with its main markets in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and North America.

2016 78

THINK Completes $40M Equity Round; Ener1 Chairman and CEO Becomes Chairman of THINK

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the parent company of advanced battery manufacturer EnerDel. Headquartered in Norway, THINK has raised a total of US$87 million since last August, when it started a new phase of production with strategic partner Valmet Automotive of Finland, and has invested heavily in new product development in Europe and Asia. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery

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Northern Lights Energy and Reva Electric Car Company Sign Agreement to Develop the Electric Vehicle Market in Iceland

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We are working with a number of parties in Denmark and Finland to enable the conversion process of the current cars running in Iceland to support a swift development of the electric vehicle market. Tags: Electric (Battery The REVA NXR. Click to enlarge.

European Council endorses 40% GHG cut by 2030; requests ways to cut transport emissions via efficiency, electrification and renewable fuels

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Commenting on the presentation of the climate and energy package for 2030, Neste Oil, the Finland-based refining and marketing company that is also currently the leading global seller of renewable drop-in diesel (NExBTL), said that the Council’s agreement should open up new opportunities for bioeconomy-related investments that can generate jobs and secure the EU’s energy base. Electric (Battery) Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Plug-ins Policy

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Nissan Teams Up with LeasePlan to Bring Nissan LEAF to Europe

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The project will focus on driver behaviour and the operational side of running a fleet of zero-emission battery-powered cars. The thirteen countries involved in the agreement are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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New method for recovering lithium from natural salt pools with purity up to 99.9%

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Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, have developed new methods for the increasingly effective recovery of lithium from brine. The lithium and lithium carbonate used in batteries are primarily produced from salt lake deposits. The purity of the lithium solution increased from 95% to 99.9%—difficult —difficult and resource-intensive to accomplish using traditional methods.

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Galaxy Resources enters technology license agreement with Li-ion producer K2 Energy

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Australia-based Galaxy Resources Limited has signed a technology license agreement with US-based lithium-ion battery producer K2 Energy Solutions Inc. K2 Energy has developed a family of large format batteries and battery systems based upon lithium iron phosphate technology.

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CARB Approves THINK City as Type II ZEV

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The THINK City has a range of 100 miles, which meets CARB’s Type II ZEV Tier requirements, and uses an advanced lithium-ion battery developed by Ener1. The company also builds the THINK City in Finland for sale in Europe, where the car has been highway-certified since 1999. The California Air Resources Board has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV).

Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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The following governments participated in the Clean Energy Ministerial: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Tags: Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Policy

AMP delivers first converted electric ML350

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The AMP ML350 uses a lithium iron phosphate battery pack to power two rear-mounted permanent magnet AC motors (164 kW peak and 120 kW continuous). While the initial sales territory is specific for Iceland, the agreement anticipates expansion throughout the Nordic region to include Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. AMP Electric Vehicles, Inc.,

BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability

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For example, the vehicle doors can be locked or the battery’s charge status checked. In order to increase the run time of the devices in use, BMW Connected now also offers an additional mode which preserves battery life. BMW Connected was already offered in the USA, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg.

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Researchers developing solvent-based method for lithium recovery from brine with purity up to 99.9%

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Researchers in Finland are developing new methods for lithium recovery from natural brine with increasingly effective recovery of lithium and purity of the lithium solution increasing from 95% to 99.9%—difficult Lithium and lithium carbonate used in batteries are primarily produced from salt lake deposits.

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