Sun.Jan 10, 2021

NIO launches autonomous driving model ET7; up to 621 miles range with solid-state 150 kWh battery

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At NIO Day, in Chengdu, NIO launched its first autonomous driving model, the smart electric flagship sedan NIO ET7. The ET7 has a pre-subsidy price starting from RMB 448,000 (US$69,000), or from RMB 378,000 (US$58,400) with BaaS (Battery as a Service).

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Lightning eMotors creates electric motor coaches at lower cost and CO2 impact

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A Colorado-based company is giving old diesel buses an all-electric upgrade. While companies like BYD and ProTerra specialize in new fully-electric buses, Lightning eMotors appears to be the first to widely market a kit that upfits existing buses with electric powertrains.

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Chile’s SQM signs long-term contract to supply LG with lithium

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SQM (Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A.) reached a long-term agreement to supply lithium products to LG Energy Solution (LGES). As pat of the agreement, which runs from 2021 to 2029, SQM will supply battery-grade lithium carbonmate and lithium hydroxide for the production of high-quality cathode materials for EV battery cells. The contract considers a total of approximately 55,000 MT of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE).

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Albemarle expands Nevada site to increase domestic production of lithium

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Albemarle Corporation will expand capacity at the company’s lithium production facility in Silver Peak, Nev., and begin a program to evaluate clays and other available Nevada resources for commercial production of lithium. As global demand for electric vehicles (EV) grows, North American automotive manufacturers are seeking to regionalize their supply chain for greater security and sustainability.

Researchers provide insight into OER electrocatalyst

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Researchers from Oregon State University College of Engineering, with colleagues from Cornell University and the Argonne National Laboratory, have used advanced experimental tools to provide a clearer understanding of an electrochemical catalytic process that’s cleaner and more sustainable than deriving hydrogen from natural gas. Their findings are published in an open-access paper in Science Advances.