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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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. Additive manufacturing is already an integral part of our worldwide production system today, and established in our digitalisation strategy. Last year, the BMW Group produced about 300,000 parts by additive manufacturing.

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Ford to manufacture Mustang Mach-E in China; localized production of GT as well

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Ford announced that Mustang Mach-E, its first global pioneering SUV built on an all-new, all-electric platform, will be manufactured in China by Changan Ford for local customers. Ford is the first automobile manufacturer in China to offer cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in mass production vehicles and will deploy C-V2X in Mach-E to help drivers in China anticipate potential driving hazards and improve traffic safety and efficiency.

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. The Michigan Manufacturers Association has 1,700 companies across all industries, and many are looking for ways to help during this crisis,” said John Walsh, Michigan Manufacturers Association president and CEO. “GM’s

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ZF joins Open Manufacturing Platform

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG is joining the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP), which was announced in 2019 by the BMW Group and Microsoft. The aim of this initiative is to enable faster and more cost-effective innovations in the manufacturing industry. This means that manufacturers, suppliers, and their partner companies do not need to build new software from scratch but can build on existing components. Internet of Things Manufacturing

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Watt Electric Vehicle Co introduces PACES: EV platform for low-to-medium volume manufacturers; interlocking Al extrusions

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UK-based Watt Electric Vehicle Company has designed a state-of-the-art platform enabling low-to-medium volume manufacturers of cars and commercial vehicles to go electric without the cost burden of investing in their own specific chassis technology.

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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Airstream to offset carbon from manufacture, pursue electric travel trailers

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Airstream trailers are a popular way to experience the outdoors, and now the company is looking at carbon offsets and electrification as a way to preserve the wilderness its products are designed for.

DOE to award $89M for advanced manufacturing R&D, battery manufacturing a key focus

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects. This Funding Opportunity Announcement ( DE-FOA-0001980 ) addresses priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. The US manufacturing sector is growing; US manufacturers have created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone. Batteries Manufacturing

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Eaton’s Vehicle Group launches EV e-drive gearing design, development and manufacturing

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Leveraging its expertise in producing transmissions and contract manufactured gear-sets for passenger and commercial vehicles, the Vehicle Group aims to be a leader in the global design, development and supply of EV reduction gearing. Eaton can help manufacturers meet these challenges by applying its years of experience and in-house capability in design, validation and manufacturing of high-precision, high-quality gearing systems for transmissions and powertrains.

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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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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. Manufacturing Market Background

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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 ManufacturersThe SEAT Leon line at the Martorell, Spain, plant is producing automated ventilators to collaborate with the healthcare system in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

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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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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. As the first of our plants to get a battery assembly line, Ghent plays a pioneering role as we continue to prepare our manufacturing network for electrification. Ghent is one of two car manufacturing plants operated by Volvo Cars in Europe and has produced Volvos since 1965.

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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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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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NPP ITELMA introduces electric powertrain for e-bus manufacturers, upfitters; Moscow Transport unveils first e-bus for driver training

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Moscow-based NPP ITELMA , a leading developer and manufacturer of vehicle and transportation electronics, has presented a full powertrain system for electric bus manufacturers. Batteries Bus Conversions Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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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DOE partners with Youngstown State and ORNL to support battery manufacturing workforce

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering with Youngstown State University and DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance workforce development for the battery manufacturing industry. The training center would support the battery and EV manufacturing industry in the North-East region of Ohio—referred to as “Voltage Valley” due to the number of investments made in the area by the electric vehicle industry—by helping supply a capable workforce.

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

Airbus and LM Industries create mobility startup Neorizon; digital manufacturing

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Current transport infrastructure and existing mass manufacturing are too inflexible and capital intense to service evolving technology trends and changing consumer demands. Neorizon brings together the flexibility of professional digital manufacturing and the expertise of one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense companies. 3D printing Manufacturing Mobility Mobility services

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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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BMW Group and Microsoft launch Open Manufacturing Platform

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At Hannover Messe, Microsoft and the BMW Group announced a new community initiative to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing production and profitability can be hindered by complex, proprietary systems that create data silos and slow productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers through the creation of an open technology framework and cross-industry community.

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Audi first car manufacturer to be awarded the Chain of Custody - the certificate of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative

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This is an attestation by the Initiative that Audi sustainably manufactures and assembles the aluminum components of the battery housing for the Audi e-tron series according to the requirements of the ASI. Manufacturing Market Background Materials Sustainability

BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location. Within the BMW Group production network, the new Additive Manufacturing Campus will foster the latest technologies in this field in much the same way as a pilot plant and make them available for use within the network. 3D printing Manufacturing

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Snam invests €33M in electrolyzer manufacturer ITM Power

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Snam signed a partnership agreement with ITM Power Plc, the UK-based producer of electrolyzers.

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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. Batteries Brazil Li-Sulfur Manufacturing

Geely & Foxconn form JV to help automakers transition to new manufacturing processes and business models based on CASE

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The new joint venture will help automakers accelerate their transition to new innovative and efficient manufacturing processes and business models based on CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electrified) technologies. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background

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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DOE to award $89M for innovative manufacturing technologies

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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects ( DE-FOA-0001980 ). This Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tackles key priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. US manufacturers have created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone. The manufacturing sector also uses 25% of the nation’s energy.

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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. Daimler Greater China’s investment in the battery cell manufacturer is actively driving forward the development of a key technology for electric mobility and its industrialization.

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Siemens and EDAG intensify cooperation on additive manufacturing for automotive

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Siemens is intensifying its cooperation with the EDAG Group —a leading global independent engineering company for the automotive industry—further to promote industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) and to make engineering and production processes more efficient. intelligent modular system features a combination of bionically designed and additive-manufactured nodes and high-strength, energy-absorbing aluminum extrusion profiles.

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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. Linear Labs plans to secure a 500,000-square-foot facility for advanced, smart manufacturing to support thousands of new, skilled jobs over the next 10 years. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Motors

Truckmakers commit to 2040 diesel phaseout in Europe, CO2-neutral manufacturing in the US

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Seven manufacturers—Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO, and Ford—signed an agreement to transition to zero-emission vehicles under the auspices of the ACEA.

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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. Mass production of LIBs can result in environmental concerns during battery manufacturing and disposal. Conventional LIB electrodes, especially cathodes, are manufactured through a slurry processing method where N-methyl-2- pyrrolidone (NMP) is used as a solvent.

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XPeng enters into cooperation agreement for new smart EV manufacturing base in Guangzhou; $586M in financing

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According to the terms of the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment agrees to provide RMB 4 billion (US$586 million) in financing to help fuel XPeng’s growth as well as support the construction of a new smart EV manufacturing base for XPeng in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. billion (US$191 million) to construct the smart EV manufacturing base according to design requirements and specifications to be provided by Guangdong Xiaopeng.

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. High-throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing. The program will be jointly-funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office with matching funds from the private sector and investor community.

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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’s Manufacturing Institute to award $35M to support R&D in recycling, reuse and remanufacturing

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Manufacturing Institute announced approximately $35 million to support research and development (R&D) that will enable US manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics, metals, electronic waste, and fibers. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

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NIST: Blockchain provides security, traceability for smart manufacturing; digital thread

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According to a new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report, blockchain technology can not only provide tamper-proof transmission of manufacturing data, it also yields something just as valuable to its users—traceability of that data to all participants in the production process. Because blockchain gives us both capabilities, we can build trustworthiness into digital manufacturing networks. NIST Advanced Manufacturing Series 300-6 doi: 10.6028/NIST.AMS.300-6.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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Of these projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will fund seven selections totaling $8.5 million for technology innovations that improve energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness for US manufacturers. manufacturing industry. This technology is applicable for laundry detergents from plant-based sources that reduce manufacturing and washing machine energy use and avoid toxic byproducts. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

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Next phase of THEA’s connected vehicle pilot brings together auto manufacturers and road operators

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The next step in the Connected Vehicle space is to begin working with the auto industry manufacturers. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs) vehicles and hardware provide the next evolution of delivering safer transportation. Connected vehicles Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersSince September 2015, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has been working with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a Connected Vehicle Pilot site.

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