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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co. to supply Volkswagen with battery manufacturing equipment
    China’s Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Company Limited, one of the leading new energy equipment manufacturers, has bagged a contract from German automaker Volkswagen Group to supply it with battery cell manufacturing equipment, Wuxi Lead said in a media release on 21 June 2022. The company said t...
    28-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Stellantis invests USD34.9 million on setting up two global testing hubs
    Italian–American automaker Stellantis has invested EUR33 million (USD34.9 million) in setting up two global testing facilities to support the development of electric and autonomous vehicles, the company said on 20 June 2022. The company said that the investments are part of its global long-term...
    28-Jun-2022 News Investments
    HERE assists OEMs to comply with latest updates to NCAP in Europe and Australia
    HERE Technologies has announced a tailored set of location-based products to help global automakers get higher New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) scores, it said in a press release on 27 June. HERE will offer HERE Navigation Map, HERE Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) Map, HERE advanced driver assis...
    ŠKODA Auto, partners commit to construct EV charging infrastructure in Prague
    Czechia-based carmaker ŠKODA Auto has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Prague authorities and the energy company PRE, to jointly set up EV charging infrastructure in the capital, ŠKODA announced on 21 June 2022. Under the joint commitment, the three parties aim to build 100 high-performance...
    Britishvolt to develop 4690 battery cells for high performance EVs
    UK-based EV battery technology company Britishvolt plans to develop the next-generation, large-format, 4690 (diameter X height) lithium-ion advanced battery cells for high performance requirements, the company announced on 24 June 2022. It said that the prototype development of the 4690-format ba...
    27-Jun-2022 News New Products
    FEV, ProLogium Technology sign MoU to jointly develop solid-state batteries
    German automotive engineering services provider FEV and Taiwanese solid-state battery technology company ProLogium Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop solid-state battery systems, FEV announced on 23 June 2022. In its official note, FEV said that both the...
    Stellantis invests USD53 million in sustainable lithium hydroxide producer Vulcan Energy
    Australian energy company Vulcan Energy Resources announced via press release on 24 June that it had agreed to a USD53 million (AUD76 million/EUR50 million) investment from Italian-American automaker Stellantis. According to the press release, the new investment will make Stellantis Vulcan’s se...
    27-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen Group to invest USD2.42 billion on preparing plants in Germany for electrification
    Volkswagen Group announced on 16 June 2022 that the company’s components arm plans to invest EUR2.30 billion (USD2.42 billion) through 2026 in preparing its manufacturing plants in Germany for electrification. “It’s the next step in a transformation process initiated in 2015 that is convert...
    24-Jun-2022 News Investments
    ArcelorMittal, RWE to set up new wind farms, electrolyzers to decarbonize steel production in Germany
    Multinational steel company ArcelorMittal announced via press release on 22 June that it had signed an MoU with German energy company RWE to invest in new infrastructures required to produce low-emissions steel at the steel company’s production sites in Bremen, Hamburg, Eisenhüttenstadt, and Duis...
    Renault, Minth to manufacture aluminum battery casings for EVs in Ruitz, France
    French automaker Renault announced via press release on 20 June that it will be forming a joint venture (JV) with Chinese automotive parts manufacturer Minth to manufacture aluminum battery casings for its electric vehicles (EVs) in France. According to the press release, the new JV will manufact...
    Saarstahl and Dillinger to produce green steel in Saarland, Germany from 2027
    German steel group Staarstahl announced via press release on 9 June that it would start manufacturing green steel at its Dillinger and Völklingen steel plants from 2027. According to the press release, the company plans to add an electric arc furnace (EAF) at the Völklingen plant and an EAF and...
    23-Jun-2022 News Investments
    ABB E-mobility opens production plant for DC fast chargers in Italy
    ABB E-mobility has opened its largest DC fast charger production plant to date in Valdarno, in the Tuscany region in Italy, the company said on 21 June 2022. Named the ABB E-mobility Centre of Excellence, the expanded facility has more than doubled its production capacity over the las...
    23-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Ford Motor plans to assemble new generation EVs in Valencia, Spain for Europe
    US carmaker Ford Motor has selected its plant located in Valencia, Spain as the suitable facility to assemble vehicles based on its next generation electric vehicle (EV) architecture for Europe, the company announced on 22 June 2022. “Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce b...
    23-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Basquevolt to begin production of solid-state batteries by 2027
    Basquevolt, a Spanish battery technology company founded by the Basque Government, Iberdrola, CIE Automotive, Enagás, EIT InnoEnergy, and CIC energiGUNE, plans to begin production of solid-state battery cells in 2027 with the aim of producing up to 10 GWh of batteries, EIT InnoEnergy announced on 1...
    17-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Tesla’s Supercharger pilot program to be available for non-Tesla drivers across Europe
    Tesla has expanded its Supercharger pilot program for non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, Electrek reported on 16 June. Tesla claimed its Supercharger network became the “largest public 150 kW+ fast-charging network” in Europe followi...
    TotalEnergies, Hubject, alpitronic pilot test ‘Plug&Charge’ solution in France
    Oil and gas company TotalEnergies and its partners Hubject and alpitronic have reported a successful pilot run of their ‘Plug&Charge’ solution at the St Mathurin service station in France, TotalEnergies said on 13 June 2022. The pilot run, which was conducted on 8 June, deployed a unique tec...
    17-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Saietta develops tailor-made electric drive solutions for light-duty vehicles
    The United Kingdom’s SAIETTA Group plc, one of the leading suppliers of advanced e-mobility propulsion solutions, has enhanced and expanded its Axial Flux Technology (AFT)–based electric motor range with integrated power electronics, a modular gearbox, and a bespoke axle architecture to suit the...
    17-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Alcoa invests USD51 million to increase Mosjøen, Norway smelter capacity by 14,000 TPY
    American aluminum company Alcoa announced via press release on 15 June a USD51 million project to increase the production capacity at its Mosjøen smelter in Norway by 14,000 metric tons per year (TPY). According to the press release, the investment will increase capacity at the site to 214,000 T...
    17-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Vietnamese EV maker VinFast eyes European markets, plans to open over 50 stores
    Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast plans to open more than 50 stores across Germany, France, and the Netherlands, the company said on 14 June 2022 on the sidelines of the ongoing EVS35 electric vehicle event in Oslo, Norway. VinFast is showcasing its VF 8 and VF 9 smart EVs at the e...
    Senior Material, Changzhou Senior New Energy Materials to supply battery materials to FREYR
    Nordic battery company Freyr Battery announced via press release on 15 June that it had entered into a reservation agreement with materials companies Changzhou Senior New Energy Materials Co., Ltd. and Senior Material (Europe) AB to supply battery separator materials. According to the press relea...
    Viridian to set up new 25,000 TPY lithium hydroxide plant in Eastern France by 2025
    French industrial company Viridium Lithium announced via press release on 7 June that it will be building a battery grade lithium hydroxide production plant in Alsace, France with a planned initial capacity of 25,000 tons per year. According to the press release, the company has selected the indu...
    15-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Voestalpine to produce green steel at Linz and Donawitz plants from 2027
    Austrian steel company Voestalpine announced via its full year 2021/22 financial results press release on 8 June that it planned to produce low-emission ‘greentec’ steel at its Linz and Donawitz sites from 2027. According to the press release, the company plans to switch its coal-based blast ...
    Volkswagen adds all-wheel drive version to its ID.4 EV portfolio
    German carmaker Volkswagen has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio by launching a new all-wheel drive variant of its ID.4 sports utility vehicle (SUV), the company announced on 9 June 2022. VW said that it has already started accepting initial bookings for the EV, which has a price tag of E...
    14-Jun-2022 News New Products
    European Parliament supports ban on sale of ICE cars and vans by 2035
    The European Parliament announced on 9 June 2022 that the members have voted in favour of European Commission’s revised proposal on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. In a plenary vote, the members of European Parliament (MEPs) ad...
    Thermal technology company Technotrans to unveil 850V DC EV battery cooling system
    Germany-headquartered thermal technology company Technotrans SE plans to unveil its innovative 850V DC battery cooling system for the first time at the upcoming ‘Battery Show 2022’, which is scheduled to be organized in Stuttgart on 28 to 30 June 2022, the company said on 2 June 2022. The s...
    10-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Hyundai Motor’s luxury car brand Genesis partners Shell Recharge Solutions in Europe
    Hyundai Motor Company’s luxury car brand Genesis has partnered Shell Recharge Solutions in Europe, providing its customers access to more than 300,000 Shell-owned public charging points across 35 European countries, Genesis announced on 9 June 2022. Besides public electric vehicle (EV) charging po...
    Audi to open EV charging hub pilot site in Zurich, Switzerland
    Volkswagen’s luxury car unit Audi plans to open Audi charging hub pilot site in downtown Zurich, Switzerland later in 2022, its second such charging hub site after Nuremberg, Germany, the company said on 8 June 2022. Audi said that the Zurich charging hub pilot site will be followed by more such h...
    09-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen, research partners launch closed-loop recycling project for battery materials
    A Volkswagen-led research consortium has launched a closed-loop raw material project with a goal of achieving permanent recovery of critical materials to increase sustainability and security of supply, VW said in a statement on 8 June 2022. The automaker said that partners from the industrial and sc...
    AMTE Power signs MoU with Viritech to develop hydrogen FCEVs
    Lithium and sodium ion battery cell technology company AMTE Power Plc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with advanced powertrain developer Viritech Ltd to support the development of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), AMTE Power announced on 7 June 2022. The company said th...
    Green Lithium to supply InoBat with low-carbon lithium hydroxide
    Slovakian battery company InoBat announced via press release on 7 June that it had formed a partnership with British lithium processing company Green Lithium for the future supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide. According to the press release, the two companies will also work together to deve...
    Symbio, Schaeffler establish an equal JV to produce fuel cell bipolar plates
    Symbio, a Faurecia and Michelin joint venture (JV) company, and Schaeffler have signed an agreement for establishing an equal JV company to produce fuel cell bipolar plates (BPP) for global mobility and energy solutions, Schaeffler announced on 7 June 2022. The new JV company, which will be located ...
    Schaeffler to invest over USD85 million to set up a central laboratory in Germany
    German automotive component supplier Schaeffler AG plans to invest EUR 80 million (over USD85 million) to set up a state-of-the-art central laboratory at its Herzogenaurach campus in Germany, the company announced on 2 June 2022. It said that it has laid the foundation stone for its cross-divisional...
    08-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Battery Industrialisation Centre underpins U.K. push for manufacturing and technology leadership
    UKBIC is a national battery manufacturing development facility, commissioned to aid and accelerate battery manufacturing in the UK, as well as educating and upskilling the battery sector workforce in preparation for mass production. UKBIC is a publicly funded, open access facility, funded by the Far...
    Jaguar Land Rover plans to assemble electric cars in Slovakia
    Tata Motors owned British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is in talks with battery makers such as Northvolt and SVOLT Energy Technology to supply batteries for a range of electric cars that the carmaker may build in Slovakia, a report published by Automotive News Europe on 27 May 2022 said, ...
    Rusal sues Rio Tinto over access to Queensland alumina refinery
    News agency Reuters reported on 6 June that Russian aluminum producer Rusal had filed a lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto over access to the alumina refinery located in Queensland that is jointly held between the two companies. Rio Tinto reportedly took sole control (100% ...
    Spanish government to help fund ArcelorMittal’s USD1.1 billion Gijón green steel plant
    Steel manufacturing company ArcelorMittal announced via press release on 1 June that the government of Spain had pledged to financially support its plans to decarbonize its sites in the country. According to the press release, the funding, part of the government’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, ...
    07-Jun-2022 News Investments
    China’s Envision Group plans to set up EV battery gigafactory in Spain
    China-based Envision Group has formed a consortium with 11 companies to lead the development of an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Extremadura region in Spain, according to a report published by Renewables Now on 6 June 2022. The consortium plans to invest EUR1 billion (USD1.07 billi...
    NIO plans to set up production plant for battery-swapping and charging stations in Hungary
    Mainland Chinese EV maker NIO is planning to build a manufacturing plant for battery-swapping and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Hungary to support its expansion plans in Europe, a news report published by Pandaily on 2 June 2022, citing Cailian Press. The report said that the EV make...
    K-Charging plans to add 100 new EV charging locations in Finland in 2022
    The Finnish retail group Kesko-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging network K-Charging plans to add 100 new locations, taking the total network to about 200 stations across Finland by end 2022, the company said on 31 May 2022. Kesko’s K-Charging network is owned and operated by its subsidiary K-Au...
    Bühler to supply tier-1 supplier Handtmann with Carat 610 megacasting equipment
    Swiss industrial machinery manufacturing company Bühler announced via press release on 2 June that German tier-1 supplier Handtmann had purchased its Carat 610 extended die-casting (megacasting) solution for production in Biberach an der Riss, Germany. According to the press release, Handtmann i...
    EIT InnoEnergy invests an undisclosed amount in Pure Battery Technologies
    Australia-based cathode material producer for EV batteries Pure Battery Technologies (PBT) announced on 2 June 2022 that EIT InnoEnergy, one of Europe’s leading cleantech investors, is investing an undisclosed amount in PBT, helping the latter ramp up commercial production operations in Germany. ...
    Benteler starts plant expansion project at Schwandorf, Germany
    Supplier of chassis, engine, and exhaust components Benteler plans to expand its Schwandorf-based production facility in Germany, the company announced on the sidelines of a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on 2 June 2022. It said that as part of the capacity expansion, an area of around 11,500 squa...
    Bühler supplies megacasting cells to Volvo’s Torslanda plant
    Swiss industrial machinery manufacturing company Bühler announced via a press release on 19 May that Swedish automaker Volvo had purchased two of its Carat 840 high-pressure die-casting (HPDC, or megacasting) cells for its factory in Torslanda, Sweden. The cell solutions being delivered wil...
    Birla Carbon to expand global carbon black production capacity by 200 KMT
    Indian carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon announced via press release on 31 May that it will expanding its global carbon black manufacturing capacity by 200 kilo metric tons (KMT) in response to increased demands for the material from the rubber and specialty applications markets. According t...
    03-Jun-2022 News Investments
    BMW lays foundation stone for a new EV manufacturing plant in Hungary
    German luxury carmaker BMW has laid the foundation stone for its new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Debrecen, Hungary, it announced on 1 June 2022. BMW said that the company is planning to invest EUR1 billion (USD1.07 billion) in setting up the EV plant, which is slated to produce the ...
    03-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Mercedes-Benz lays foundation for advanced battery R&D center at Stuttgart plant
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced on 31 May 2022 that it has laid the symbolic foundation for a new center of competence for the EV battery cell research and development (R&D) at its main plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The planned new battery R&D facility, which will focus o...
    02-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Managem to supply Renault with 5000 TPY of cobalt sulphate from 2025 to 2031
    French automaker Renault announced via press release on 1 June that it had signed an agreement with Moroccan mining company Managem for the supply of low-carbon cobalt sulphate needed for its vehicle electrification targets. According to the press release, Managem will supply Renault with 5,000 t...
    Fiat to sell only electrified cars in the UK from July 2022
    Italian carmaker Fiat announced on 30 May 2022 that it plans to sell only electrified vehicles in the UK from 1 July 2022, removing all the non-electrified vehicles from sale in the country. The company said that its entire range for the UK will be in electrified form, ranging from hybrids to fully ...
    01-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Britishvolt to build a battery cell development center in West Midlands, UK
    Britishvolt plans to build a battery development and scale up facility in the West Midlands and has earmarked investments of more than GBP200 million (over USD252 million), the company announced on 31 May 2022. The battery technology company said it will partner logistics and real estate operator Pr...
    01-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Stellantis to manufacture large vans for Toyota in Italy, Poland factories
    Expanding their existing partnership in Europe, Stellantis N.V. and Toyota Motor Europe N.V. announced on 30 May 2022 that the Italian-American carmaker will manufacture large commercial vans including a battery electric version for the Japanese automaker. While these vans will be produced by Stella...
    31-May-2022 News New Products
    ElringKlinger to supply batteries for grid-autonomous ultra-fast charging station prototypes
    German auto parts maker ElringKlinger AG will supply modular packs for prototypes of a grid-autonomous ultra-fast charging station developed by power equipment company Schäfer Elektronik GmbH, ElringKlinger announced on 30 May 2022. ElringKlinger said that the battery packs engineered by the compan...
    31-May-2022 News New Products
    Gateway Resources to supply Wastefront’s Sunderland recycling plant with 10 million EOL tires annually
    Norwegian tire manufacturing company Wastefront AS announced via press release on 27 May that it had signed an agreement with Dubai-based tire company Gateway Resources for the complete supply of 10 million end-of-life (EOL) tires for its Port of Sunderland plant in England. According to the pres...
    German court bans sales and production of connected Ford vehicles
    A court in Germany has banned the sales and production of Ford connected cars, Reuters reported on 21 May. The decision is part of a lawsuit over the violation of wireless technology patents. While the verdict by the Munich regional court is not legally binding and can be appealed, an EUR227...
    Alcoa to restart San Ciprián aluminum smelter using renewable energy in 2024
    American aluminum company Alcoa announced via press release on 19 May that it had signed a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement with Galician green energy company Greenalia to support the planned 2024 restart of its San Ciprian aluminum smelting facility in Spain. The company had shut do...
    Volkswagen begins production of all-electric ID.4 at Emden factory in Germany
    Volkswagen (VW) has started producing the all-electric ID.4 electric vehicle (EV) at its Emden-based manufacturing unit in Germany, the company said on 20 May 2022. The Emden site now becomes VW’s second factory to produce EVs in Germany following the Zwickau plant. Notably, VW’s Emden fact...
    27-May-2022 News New Products
    FREYR Battery signs long-term energy supply agreement with Europe’s Statkraft
    Norwegian battery company FREYR Battery has signed a binding agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, with an aim to secure long-term supply of renewable power under globally competitive terms, the company said on 25 May 2022. It added that the terms of the agreemen...
    Germany allocates over USD310 million to support hydrogen-based mobility solutions
    The German Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, BMDV, plans to invest up to EUR290 million (USD310 million) to set up an Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen (ITZ), which will support the companies developing hydrogen-based mobility solutions, the ministry announced on 25 May 202...
    Vital Metals’ Canadian mine starts shipping rare earth minerals to Norway’s REEtec
    CTV News reported on 22 May that Canadian subsidiary of Vital Metals, Cheetah Resources, had started shipping rare earth minerals from the Nechalacho mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The company had reportedly started mining operations at the site in June of last year. Vice Pr...
    Austrian supplier Miba acquires majority stake in battery maker Voltlabor
    Austrian supplier Miba has acquired a majority stake in the Mühlviertel-based battery specialist Voltlabor, the company said on 23 May 2022. The newly acquired company will be known as Miba Battery Systems, it added. Voltlabor is known for developing and producing battery systems for a wide rang...
    Lancia reveals 10-year electrification roadmap, plans to launch only EVs from 2026
    Italian carmaker and a subsidiary of Stellantis, Lancia has revealed its 10-year electrification roadmap, which entails the brand to launch only electric cars from 2026, followed by selling only 100% electric models from 2028, the company announced on 20 May 2022. Lancia said that the brand’s d...
    24-May-2022 News New Products
    Hydro to invest USD33 million to upgrade Karmøy low-carbon aluminum plant
    Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company Hydro announced via press release on 19 May that it will investing NOK320 million (USD33 million) to upgrade its Karmøy aluminum smelter that runs on hydropower. According to the press release, the move will allow the company to strengthen the plan...
    24-May-2022 News Investments
    BMW to open Cell Manufacturing Competence Center near Munich later in 2022
    The BMW Group plans to open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CMCC) in Parsdorf, outside of Munich later this year, the company announced on 23 May 2022. “With the emission control approval procedure now completed, the necessary conditions are in place for commissioning of near-standard pr...
    24-May-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen announces top leadership for its EV battery business
    The Volkswagen Group has appointed a six-member executive board to manage the newly established independent European company, Société Européenne, to overlook electric vehicle (EV) battery production and ecosystem, the carmaker announced on 20 May 2022. With an aim to quickly and comprehensivel...
    ElringKlinger signs agreement with Piëch Automotive to develop battery system for Piëch GT
    Zurich-based sports car startup Piëch Automotive AG has signed a cooperation agreement with ElringKlinger, German supplier of electric mobility, thermal and lightweight components, to develop and produce the battery system for the carmaker’s upcoming electric sports car Piëch GT, it said on 10 M...
    19-May-2022 News New Products
    ABB E-mobility, Shell to launch nationwide fast charging network in Germany
    ABB E-mobility, ABB’s electric mobility division, has teamed up with London-based energy company Shell to launch the first nationwide network of fast chargers across Germany, the Zurich-based power equipment manufacturer said on 16 May 2022. The said fast EV charging network will be set up with ov...
    ŠKODA begins production of battery systems for MEB-based EVs at Mladá Boleslav
    Czech carmaker ŠKODA Auto has begun manufacturing battery systems for all-electric vehicles based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB) at its Mladá Boleslav–based facility, the company announced on 17 May 2022. The MEB battery systems produced at the said plant ...
    18-May-2022 News New Products
    European Parliament votes to ban combustion engine-powered cars, vans from 2035
    The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted in favor of the European Commission’s proposed ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered cars and vans from 2035 in Europe, according to a press announcement made by the E...
    Green Lithium, Trafigura to set up new lithium refinery in the UK
    Singapore-based commodities trading company Trafigura announced via press release on 9 May that it had signed an agreement with lithium processing company Green Lithium to develop a centralized commercial lithium refinery in the north of England, UK. According to the press release, Trafigura will...
    13-May-2022 News Investments
    Shell aims to set up 100,000 public EV charge points across UK by 2030
    Revising its 2030 target, Shell UK said on 11 May 2022 that the company plans to set up a network of 100,000 public EV charge points across the country by the end of the decade. About 11,000 EV charge points from the aforementioned number will be rapid chargers at locations including charging hubs, ...
    Suppliers to the 2022 Honda Civic
      The 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is assembled at the Greensburg Assembly plant in United States .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 93,700  units in 2023. 
    Altris, Sandvik Materials Tech partner to manufacture sodium-ion battery cathode materials
    Swedish sodium-ion battery materials expert Altris announced via a press release on 3 May that it had signed an agreement with materials manufacturer Sandvik Materials to develop a new facility in Sadviken, Sweden, to manufacture cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries. According to the press ...
    Schaeffler opens new tool technology center in Germany
    Global component supplier to automotive and industrial sectors Schaeffler AG has opened a state-of-the-art ‘Tool Technology Center’ at its facility in Höchstadt an der Aisch in Germany, the company said on 3 May 2022. The company said it plans to manufacture precision tools for its global produ...
    Tritium to supply rapid EV chargers to UK’s Osprey Charging Network
    Australia-based manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment Tritium DCFC Limited plans to supply more than 250 rapid chargers to UK-based EV charging network provider Osprey Charging Network, the company said on 3 May 2022. The company said that the Tritium-supplied EV chargers are e...
    Magna begins production of mild hybrid transmission systems for BMW Group
    Canadian automotive supplier Magna International has started the production of its mild hybrid transmission systems for BMW Group, the company announced on 2 May 2022. The company said that its all-new 7-speed, mild hybrid dual-clutch transmission will be the latest to be featured exclusively on BMW...
    03-May-2022 News New Products
    Stellantis signs USD200 million deal with Serbia to produce electric cars
    Vehicle manufacturer Stellantis plans to produce new electric cars at its plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, according to a report filed by Automotive News Europe on 28 April 2022. The report further said that the announcement from Stellantis came after the company’s CEO Carlos Tavares and Serbia Presid...
    02-May-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen Group Components to make Kassel factory hub for electric drivetrains
    Volkswagen Group Components plans to transform its facility in Kassel, Germany to become a global hub for research, development and production of electric drivetrains, the company said in an official statement on 29 April 2022. The company said that the Kassel plant will accelerate the transforma...
    02-May-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen, bp sign strategic partnership on EV fast charging infrastructure in Europe
    German carmaker Volkswagen and British oil and gas company bp have signed a partnership aimed at boosting the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe by working together to build fast charging network across key markets, Volkswagen said on 28 April 2022. VW plans to supply its innovative F...
    Blink Charging acquires UK’s EB Charging, consolidates global footprint
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider Blink Charging Company announced on 26 April 2022 that its wholly owned subsidiary in Europe, Blink Holdings BV, has acquired UK’s Electric Blue Ltd. (also known as EB Charging). EB Charging is a provider of integrated EV charging and sus...
    How will ECHA’s proposal on the use of lead affect Europe’s net zero ambitions?
    The proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to include lead as one of the eight new substances of very high concern (SVHC) in the REACH Authorisation List can hurt the growth potential of manufacturers using lead metal, reduce the competitiveness of an existing supply chain and negatively i...
    Germany launches ‘Battery Pass’ project to create digital identities of batteries
    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has formally announced its ‘Battery Pass’ project along with the names of the eleven consortium members, Circulor said in an official note on 25 April 2022. UK-based Circulor, which is a leading sustainable supply chain trac...
    Volkswagen launches quality offensive in EV charging and energy management
    German carmaker Volkswagen has launched a major quality offensive in electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management by offering simple tariffs for public charging to the customers of its volume brands including Volkswagen, Seat and ŠKODA, the company said on 25 April 2022. VW’s public EV ch...
    26-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Italvolt signs MoU with regional authorities in Italy for 45-GWh gigafactory
    Electric vehicle battery maker Italvolt S.p.A. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the local authorities at Piedmont Region headquarters in Italy last week and is now a step closer to building its 45-GWh Gigafactory, the company said on 21 April 2022. Italvolt’s proposed 45-GWh ...
    Switch Mobility to invest USD385 million in India and UK to develop EVs
    Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland’s subsidiary company Switch Mobility plans to invest of over GBP300 million (USD385 million) on the development of electric vehicles (EVs) including light commercial vehicles across India and the UK, the company said on 21 April 2022. The announ...
    25-Apr-2022 News Investments
    INTERVIEW: Dr Steve Binks, Director, Regulatory Affairs, International Lead Association (ILA)
    Lead battery production in the European Union represents about 90% of EU use of the lead metal, according to a position paper released by the International Lead Association (ILA) recently. In an interview with IHS Markit, Dr Steve Binks, Director, Regulatory Affairs, ILA, explained how ECH...
    Battery maker Northvolt, Galp to set up lithium conversion plant in Portugal
    Swedish battery maker Northvolt and Lisbon-based energy company Galp Energia, under a joint venture named Aurora, plan to set up a lithium conversion plant in the port city of Setúbal, Portugal, Northvolt announced on 13 April 2022. It said that the planned facility, which is expected to be one of ...
    14-Apr-2022 News Investments
    Italy to invest over USD700 million per year in promoting BEVs, PHEVs
    Italy plans to invest EUR650 million (more than USD700 million) per year over a period of three years from 2022 to 2024 to provide incentives on the purchase of electric, hybrid, and low-emission vehicles, an official note published by the Italian government’s Ministry of Economic Development...
    Porsche conducts pilot test of vehicle-to-grid applications on Taycan models
    Volkswagen-owned high-performance sports car manufacturer Porsche has conducted a pilot test of vehicle-to-grid applications on its electric Taycan models to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of bidirectional charging in EVs, the company said on 8 April 2022. Porsche said it conducted the pi...
    12-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Norsk Hydro and Altor invest in battery materials manufacturer Vianode
    Norwegian EV battery anode material (synthetic graphite) manufacturer Vianode announced via press release on 6 April that aluminum company Norsk Hydro and private equity fund Altor Fund V had entered into a transaction with its parent company Elkem to acquire 30% ownership of the company each. Ac...
    07-Apr-2022 News Investments
    CATL to commence battery production in Germany by end-2022
    Chinese EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) plans to commence battery cell production at its manufacturing plant in Germany by the end 2022, the company said on 5 April 2022 through a press statement released on PR Newswire. CATL’s German subsidiary, Contemporar...
    Saietta acquires former ZF Automotive production facility in Sunderland, UK
    Saietta Group plc, a leading player in advanced e-mobility powertrain systems, has acquired a former ZF Automotive UK Ltd production plant in Sunderland, UK, to produce electric motors ahead of its 2024 target, the company announced on 4 April 2022. In its official note, Saietta said that the c...
    Jeep to stop sale of ICE cars in France from June 2022
    Stellantis-owned US sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand Jeep plans to stop sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) driven cars in France from June 2022, the company announced on 4 April 2022. Consequently, the company will stop selling its ICE-powered Renegade and Compass SUV range in France. ...
    06-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Savannah partners with ABB to set up new lithium mining project in Portugal
    Swiss automation technologies company ABB announced via press release on 30 March that it had formed an MoU with UK-based mining company Savannah Resources to work together to explore electrification, automation, and digital solutions for company’s Barroso Lithium Project in Portugal. According...
    Vodafone launches new platform to improve road safety in the UK
    Vodafone has launched a new system called Safer Transport for Europe Platform (STEP) to help improve road safety in the United Kingdom, the telecoms company said in a press release on 30 March. The platform will enable public authorities deliver safety and traffic information like lane closures, spe...
    31-Mar-2022 News New Products
    Anodox Energy to invest USD55.68 million in setting up two EV battery plants in Latvia
    Swedish battery maker Anodox Energy Systems plans to invest EUR50 million (USD55.68 million) in setting up two electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plants in Latvia, an official note released by the Ministry of Economics, Latvia said on 25 March 2022. Anodox first factory will come up in the ...
    31-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Critical Metals, Neometals JV to set up new vanadium recovery facility in Finland
    Industry consortium EIT RawMaterials, part of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), an EU agency, announced via press release on 24 March that Australian project development companies Critical Metals Ltd and Neometals Ltd will be forming a joint venture (JV) to set up a new va...
    31-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Plastic Omnium to acquire ACTIA Power, invests USD22 million in battery startup Verkor
    French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium announced on 29 March 2022 that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with ACTIA Group to acquire its ACTIA Power division, which specializes in the design and production of batteries, power electronics and electrification systems for electric vehicles ...
    Shell, BYD partner on EV charging network across Europe and China
    London-based oil and gas company Shell plc and Chinese automaker BYD have signed a strategic cooperation agreement that focuses on accelerating the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles in Europe and China, Shell announced on 24 March 2022. The two companies will collaborate on a number of area...
    Mercedes-Benz bags contract for road monitoring by the Netherlands Government
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for road monitoring through vehicle data, a company press release dated 29 March. The project will extend over a two-year period covering winter management, asset man...
    UK government aims for 300,000 EV public charging points by 2030
    Unveiling its ‘Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy’ on 25 March, the UK government said that it aims to ensure 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) public charging points across the country by 2030. The UK’s 2030 EV charging infrastructure ambition is equivalent to almost 5 times the number of f...
    Freudenberg invests USD11 million to increase production capacity at Catalonia plant
    The Government of Catalonia announced via press release on 17 March that German manufacturer of auto parts Freudenberg will invest USD11 million to build a new parts manufacturing plant in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain. According to the press release, the new plant, built over an area of 6...
    29-Mar-2022 News Investments
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