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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Xiaomi EV plans to expand production of its electric sedan SU7
    Xiaomi EV, the EV division of Chinese consumer electronics giant Xiaomi, plans to expand the production of its recently launched electric sedan — the SU7 — as the company struggles to meet demand, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 15. Citing a local media outlet Cailian, the report mentioned that Xiaomi EV's Beijing-based car manufacturing plant is scheduled to add a second shift in June, increasing production operations from 8 hours to 16 hours a day. The report ...
    Porsche begins rolling out first electric Macan at its Leipzig factory in Germany
    Volkswagen-owned German luxury carmaker Porsche has officially commenced the production of its new electric Macan SUV at its upgraded Leipzig factory in Saxony, Germany, the company announced on May 14. Porsche has invested about €600 million in upgrading its Leipzig production site to ramp up the production of the electric Macan SUV, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The Macan EV is Porsche’s second all-electric model after the Taycan EV. New upgrades and additions to the facto...
    Kongsberg Automotive secures €13 million contract for supply of battery coolant pipes
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has secured a €13 million contract from an undisclosed vehicle manufacturer to supply battery coolant pipes, the company announced on May 16. The said battery coolant pipes will be used in the new generation battery packs used in electric trucks, the company said. The manifold, which distributes coolant within the battery clusters in the battery cells, is connected to the truck’s chassis cooling system and adheres to the IP67 standards, which ensure water and dus...
    Bart Sap appointed CEO of Umicore
    Umicore appointed Bart Sap its chief executive officer, effective May 16. Sap will be taking over from Mathias Miedreich, who has mutually agreed with the supervisory board to step down. Miedreich will continue to offer advice to Umicore in the coming months. Sap, who joined Umicore in 2004, has been executive vice president, Catalysis since March 2021. Sap's priority will be to evaluate the development plans for the Umicore Battery Materials business, considering the slower demand growth for...
    Honda outlines investment and development strategy for electrification
    In a press briefing May 16, Honda outlined its investment and technology development strategy for this decade. The automaker said the mid-2020s will be the transitional period, from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles, emphasizing its flexibility in responding to changes in demand, business environment and the need to ensure profitability. Honda confirmed its electrification target to make EVs and fuel-cell EVs represent 100% of its global vehicle sales by 2040. As of 2030, Ho...
    The European Commission may impose tariffs on made-in-China EVs soon
    The European Commission’s investigation into Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles is on track and the Commission may impose tariffs on the made-in-China electric cars in Europe, according to a news report published by Politico on May 2. The report cited Valdis Dombrovskis, a Latvian politician who is currently serving the European Commission as executive vice president and a trade commissioner. Dombrovskis told the media publication that the Commission could impose new tariffs on the ...
    NIO launches new sub-brand Onvo in mainland China
    Electric vehicle maker NIO has launched a new sub-brand called Onvo in mainland China to compete with entry level Tesla models. NIO has also laucnhed the first vehicle under the brand, Onvo L60. L60 sport utility vehicle (SUV) has been priced starting at 219,900 Chinese yuan. This is nearly 12% lower than similarly sized Tesla model, which is priced at 249,000 yuan. NIO has said that deliveries of Onvo L60 will start from September onward. The Onvo L60 is gets Nio's self-developed 900-volt fa...
    Mainland Chinese EV startup Aiways to go public via SPAC in the US
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle startup Aiways is set to go public via reverse merger with Hudson Acquisition I Corp. Hudson Acquisition I announced that it has signed a letter agreement with Aiways Automobile Europe GmbH (“Aiways Europe”) for a business combination. The shareholders of Aiways Europe will receive newly issued shares of HUDA common stock representing an equity valuation of approximately US$400 million. The de-SPAC (special purpose acquisition company)  is exp...
    BYD launches Shark plug-in hybrid pickup truck in Mexico
    China's largest electric-vehicle maker, BYD, has launched its plug-in hybrid pickup truck Shark in Mexico. The Shark plug-in hybrid pickup truck is available only in Mexico and marks the first time BYD has launched a new product outside of China. Shark will be a direct competition to models such as Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. The Shark boasts 62 miles of electric range and the equivalent of 31.4 mpg, according to specs from a BYD brochure. The starting price of the base Shark GL is $53,442...
    Battery recycling startup Cylib raises €55 million in series-A funding round
    Germany-based battery recycling startup Cylib has secured €55 million in a series-A funding round, the company announced on May 15. Co-led by the leading European climate tech VC World Fund and Porsche Ventures, the venture arm of sports car manufacturer Porsche AG, Cylib’s series-A funding round was joined by Bosch Ventures, DeepTech and Climate Fonds, NRW.Venture, along with the existing investors namely Vsquared Ventures, Speedinvest, 10x Founders, and other established business angels...
    Japanese automaker Suzuki invests in California-based Glydways
    Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based startup Glydways, Inc., the carmaker announced on May 15. Established in 2016, Glydways develops autonomous and battery-powered compact electric vehicles that are available on-demand for personal rapid transit. These EVs are of the size of a mini vehicle, and they travel on dedicated lanes. Glydways aims to revolutionize the urban mobility through their new traffic system that they claim is more...
    US raises tariffs on EV imports from China to 100% from 2024
    US president Joe Biden has announced new increased tariffs on a number of goods imported from mainland China, including electric cars, batteries, critical minerals, semiconductors, steel and aluminum, solar cells, medical products, among other product categories. The US administration has raised the tariff rate on electric vehicles (EVs) imported from mainland China under Section 301 from 25% to 100% in 2024, the White House said on May 14. “[We will impose] a 100% tariff on electric vehicl...
    Stellantis, Leapmotor joint venture to begin operations in Europe from September 2024
    Stellantis N.V. and Leapmotor have received all the required regulatory approvals to establish their joint venture company, Leapmotor International B.V., Stellantis announced on May 14. The joint venture company, in which Stellantis will hold a stake of 51% and the remaining will be held by mainland China-based smart electric carmaker Leapmotor, will be headquartered in Amsterdam. Leapmotor International B.V. will be led by CEO Tianshu Xin, who is a former Stellantis China executive, Stellant...
    Webasto plans to increase energy content in traction batteries to 40kWh
    Webasto is planning to increase the energy content of its traction batteries from 35 to 40 kilowatt hours (kWh) as part of its product update strategy, the company announced on May 14. The updated traction battery is called the new Standard Battery Pro 40. According to the company, up to 18 Pro 40 batteries with a total energy content of up to 720 kWh provide sufficient power to drive electric commercial vehicles in the voltage range of 400 or 800 volts. The updated battery is also well eq...
    Swiss battery startup 8inks raises €3 million in pre-seed round
    Swiss battery startup 8inks has raised €3 million in its pre-seed funding round, according to a news report published by StartupTicker on May 13. The startup, which has developed a multilayer coating technology for scalable lithium-ion battery production reducing production costs by upto 30%, plans to scale its patented production technology with the newly raised funds, the report said. According to 8inks, traditional single-layer manufacturing technology is reaching its limits with new ...
    How OEMs’ involvement in the battery value chain is evolving
    Owing to the geopolitical uncertainties prevalent in the battery supply chain, automakers are always looking to have more control on the sourcing of various battery components. There are three main components that make up a conventional electric vehicle lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery — the cell, the module and the pack. Automakers can, and generally have, different levels of control on the value chain of these components. A few automakers have complete vertical integration where all the three...
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki evaluates launching an electric hatchback
    Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL), India’s largest carmaker, is considering launching an electric hatchback in the subcontinent in the future, according to a news report published by the Business Standard newspaper on May 9. The report cited Maruti Suzuki Managing Director and CEO Hisashi Takeuchi, who spoke to the publication on the sidelines of the launch of Maruti’s upgraded new small car Swift. It said that the company estimates that annual sales of premium hatchbacks in India are ex...
    Chinese smart EV maker Xpeng Motor enters Australia
    Mainland China-based smart electric-car maker Xpeng Motors has forayed into the Australian electric vehicle market after it signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Australian company TrueEV, according to a news report published by online news portal CarNewsChina on May 13. Under the agreement, TrueEV will serve as Xpeng’s exclusive importer, distributor and retailer in Australia, providing brand showrooms and comprehensive customer support to its customers in the new market. The f...
    Mercedes-Benz to deploy BYD batteries in its new hybrid car
    German luxury-car maker Mercedes-Benz will be using BYD batteries for its new hybrid variant of its GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 13. The report cited mainland China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which released its latest catalog of models disclosing information on May 11 for public comments. According to the news report, the information shared by the regulatory document underlines how BYD batteries are ...
    BYD launches an improved battery-electric vehicle platform called e-Platform 3.0 Evo
    BYD, one of the largest electric car and battery-makers in mainland China, has launched an upgraded electric vehicle platform named e-Platform 3.0 Evo, along with the first model developed on the new platform — the BYD Sea Lion 07 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) — according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 10. BYD’s new e-Platform 3.0 Evo offers a higher level of integration, a stronger powertrain and improved charging performance, the report said, citing the company, w...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 May 2024
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    UK’s Altilium makes new advancements in recycling of LFP, NMC batteries
    UK-based battery-recycling company Altilium has made new advancements in its innovative EcoCathode hydrometallurgical recycling technology, with breakthroughs in the recovery of lithium from new battery chemistries and the production of cathode active materials (CAM) from a mixed feed of lithium scrap, the company announced May 10. With the growing demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, the company is developing a domestic, sustainable source of battery raw materials for the UK, redu...
    Ascend Elements, Call2Recycle sign agreement to launch battery management, recycling services
    Ascend Elements and Call2Recycle have signed an agreement to introduce customized electric vehicle battery management, logistics and recycling services to automotive dealerships, recyclers and repair facilities, Ascend Elements announced May 7. The program combines the EV battery-recycling infrastructure and advanced technologies of Ascend Elements with the collection, logistics and tracking capabilities of Call2Recycle. It aims to offer online access to GreenTraxEV, the all-in-one cloud...
    Geely’s premium EV arm Zeekr lists on NYSE
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, popularly known as Geely Holding, mainland China’s largest private-owned automotive group, announced May 10 that it has listed its premium electric-car unit Zeekr on the NYSE after completion of an IPO. Shares of the new publicly listed company will be traded under the ticker ZK, it said. Geely said that the funds raised from the IPO will be used to further develop new advanced technologies and products for Zeekr as well as support the expansion of its sales...
    Lyten begins shipping lithium-sulfur battery samples to major automotive and tech companies
    Lithium-sulfur battery technology provider Lyten has begun shipping lithium-sulfur A-sample cells to various automotive original equipment manufacturers, including Stellantis, and other leading US and EU auto OEMs, it said in a press release dated May 8. The company has also shipped samples to a major consumer electronics company and plans to deliver cells to the US Defense Department in May. Lyten's lithium-sulfur cells are manufactured on its semi-automated Pilot Line in San Jose, Calif., w...
    Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class
    The Mercedes Benz G-class is produced at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. Production of the car is expected to peak at 33521 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Mercedes-Benz  Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Coupling Flange Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria Steering Wheel Switch Kostal Low-voltage battery ...
    Nio plans to launch competitively priced mass-market electric car for Europe soon
    Shanghai-based premium electric-car maker Nio plans to unveil a new electric car under a mass-market brand by the end of May and a second smaller electric vehicle slated to be sold in Europe in 2025 for less than $30,000, a news report published by Reuters on May 6 said. The report cited a senior company executive, Nicolas Vincelot, the general manager for France at Nio. Quoting Vincelot, the report said, "Nio is currently working on the launch of new car brands, that would be less premium...
    Bramble Energy completes APC-funded project on optimized fuel-cell stack assembly
    UK-based hydrogen fuel-cell technology specialist Bramble Energy announced May 9 that it has successfully completed a government-funded project that is aimed at accelerating the electric vehicle transition in the country. The project, Bramble Energy said, was funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre's (APC’s) Scale-up Readiness Validation (SuRV) program. As a part of the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund, a program created to support large-scale industrialization, Bra...
    BYD, Huaihai Holding Group form JV for sodium-ion batteries in mainland China
    BYD's FinDreams has set up a sodium-ion battery joint venture with a local conglomerate Huaihai Holding Group as mainland China’s leading battery-maker aggressively pushes for production of these low-cost batteries, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 9. The new JV is called Huaihai FinDreams Sodium Battery Technology (Xuzhou) Co. Ltd. It was incorporated on April 30 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province in eastern China, the report said, citing data provider Tianyancha. In the...
    US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Lab licenses lithium recovery technologies to Element3
    A total of seven technologies for lithium recovery developed by scientists from the US Energy Department's (US DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been licensed to Element3, a Texas, US-based company focused on extracting lithium from wastewater produced by oil and gas production, ORNL announced May 7. These technologies were developed through the Critical Materials Innovation Hub, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames National Laboratory that is dedicated to accelerating scien...
    Ennovi introduces innovative cell-contacting system lamination approach
    Ennovi, a mobility electrification solutions partner, has unveiled an innovative cell contacting system (CCS) lamination approach that promises to enhance the manufacturing efficiency, reliability and environmental sustainability of electric vehicle batteries, the company said May 8. Ennovi said that it has qualified polyethylene terephthalate (PET) insulation foils and adhesives from multiple suppliers by testing them for their bond strength, durability and environmental impact. As a result ...
    AIC T-Hub launches cohort to support mobility startups
    Indian startup incubator AIC T-Hub has launched a mobility cohort of its program in collaboration with Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), Autocar reported May 8. The cohort aims to support startups focused on critical areas such as battery technology, battery management systems (BMS), electric vehicle development, shared mobility solutions and distribution networks. Eight startups have been selected for the three-month program, which will provide them with exclusive mentoring, group sessions,...
    Toyota plans to invest $13 billion on EVs, AI and supply chain
    Japan’s largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp. plans to invest ¥2 trillion (about $12.9 billion) on new technology development, including electric vehicles and hydrogen propulsion systems, as well as on strengthening its supply chain management in the financial year ending March 2025, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on May 8. The automaker reported a record net profit of ¥4.9 trillion for the financial year ended March 2024 on May 8. The results were helped by a wea...
    Nio, GAC sign agreement on EV charging and battery swapping in mainland China
    Shanghai-based electric-car maker Nio and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. (GAC Group) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on electric vehicle charging and battery swapping in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in mainland China, Nio announced May 8. The two companies plan to engage in comprehensive and in-depth strategic cooperation in areas related to EV charging and battery swapping, including battery standards; vehicle research and development, and customization; ba...
    Marquardt to showcase innovative technologies for batteries, charging at Battery Show Europe
    German supplier Marquardt plans to showcase its broad portfolio of components for battery and fuel-cell systems at the upcoming Battery Show Europe 2024, the company said May 8. The Battery Show Europe will be organized in Stuttgart, Germany, between June 18 and 20, 2024. Marquardt, a specialist in mechatronics, plans to showcase production-ready battery management systems (BMS), sensors for hydrogen fuel cells, and components for digital vehicle communication and positioning with Bluetoot...
    US government plans new funding for small, medium-sized auto component suppliers
    The US government plans more than $100 million in new funding for small and medium-sized automotive component manufacturers, aiding them in expanding and retooling their manufacturing facilities, the White House said in a press note issued on May 6. The announcement comes as US Vice President Kamala Harris is on a nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour to take stock of new investments in the US automotive industry. According to the press note, the new funding of over $100 million for small a...
    German Ministry rejects lithium producer Rock Tech’s funding application
    Lithium producer Rock Tech’s grant funding application has been rejected by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics, according to a news report published by the German newspaper Handlesblatt on May 7. The company was seeking federal funding under the ministry’s Resilience and Sustainability of the Battery Cell Production Ecosystem guidelines for its project in Guben, Brandenburg. Notably, these funding guidelines were launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2023 as part ...
    BorgWarner reports net sales of $3.59 billion in Q1 2024, up 6% YOY
    Michigan, US-based global auto component major BorgWarner has reported its first-quarter 2024 net sales at $3.59 billion, recording a growth of 6% over first-quarter 2023 net sales of $3.38 billion, the company said May 2. BorgWarner attributed this year-over-year growth to an increased demand for its products. However, the year-over-year growth was partially offset by the negative impact of foreign currencies, it added. The company’s net earnings for the March quarter stood at...
    CATL in talks with several carmakers on technology licensing partnerships
    Mainland China’s largest battery-maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) is in talks with about a dozen global carmakers on forging technology licensing partnerships, a news report published by CnEVPost said May 5. CATL is negotiating with about a dozen global original equipment manufacturers for a license royalty service (LRS) model of cooperation, a CATL spokesperson told the media publication in an interview. Under the LRS model, CATL will provide technology licensing as...
    BMW kicks off construction of high-voltage battery assembly plant in Mexico
    BMW has commenced the construction of its high-voltage battery assembly plant in Mexico, the German luxury-car maker announced May 3. The company said that its facility in Mexico, named BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí, is also expanding the body shop, assembly and logistics areas. The new battery plant will prepare the company to produce its Neue Klasse range of electric cars in Mexico from 2027. BMW said that the company is investing a total of €800 million on expanding capacities at its ...
    Panacol to showcase UV adhesives for e-mobility and automotive electronics
    Panacol will showcase its latest adhesives for various e-mobility and automotive electronics applications at 2024's Coil Winding, Insulation, & Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition (CWIEME) in Berlin, May 14–16. The company's ultraviolet (UV) adhesives in the Vitralit range are suitable for relieving stress on wires at the commutator, and can be cured in seconds using UV light. Panacol has also developed dual-curing (UV moisture) adhesives for bonding magnets in electric motors, which cu...
    Indian auto component supplier Happy Forgings gets new international order
    Happy Forgings (HFL) announced that it has received an order from a leading global manufacturer and supplier of automotive components to supply e-axle components for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US Passenger Vehicle segment, Business Standard reported May 3.  This contract exemplifies HFL's commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, showcasing the company's ability to cross-sell products to existing clients while maintaining the highest&...
    European Commission warns BYD, Geely, SAIC for lack of cooperation in probe
    The European Commission has reached out to three leading mainland Chinese electric carmakers — BYD, SAIC and Geely — alleging that the companies have not provided enough information as part of the ongoing subsidy probe to the commission, according to a news report published by Politico on May 2. The European Commission has issued letters, dated April 23, to the three electric-vehicle makers from mainland China, informing them that they have not provided enough information on the governmen...
    Varta initiates new project for next-generation sodium-ion batteries
    German battery-maker Varta AG has initiated a project in collaboration with a consortium of 15 members to develop sodium-ion battery technology that is scalable for applications in multiple industries, the company announced May 2. The Entise project, aimed at the development of sodium-ion technology for industrially scalable energy storage, is being driven forward by a consortium of 15 companies and universities, with Varta as the initiator and coordinator. The Entise project aims to develop ...
    US EV maker Rivian to receive $827 million in Illinois state funding to expand capacity
    Electric carmaker Rivian Automotive Inc. announced May 2 that it has received an incentive package of $827 million from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The state funding is expected to allow Rivian to expand operations at its plant in Normal, Ill. The funds from the incentive package will go toward expansion of the manufacturing plant, improvements in public infrastructure and job training programs for Rivian’s workforce, leading up to the co...
    InterBattery 2024: South Korean battery companies rush to commercialize solid-state batteries
    South Korean battery-makers are working overtime to put solid-state batteries into mass production, along with developing new innovative chemistries to achieve quick charging times. The InterBattery 2024, which was organized in Seoul, South Korea, between March 6–8, saw South Korean battery companies demonstrating the latest innovations in battery technologies, in addition to unveiling their business roadmaps through this decade. For the first time, Samsung SDI, one of the big-three South K...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 May 2024
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    Sepion develops new non-flammable liquid electrolyte for EV batteries
    Sepion Technologies has developed a non-flammable liquid electrolyte that can reduce the risk and severity of fires in electric vehicle batteries, it said in a press release dated April 30. The company's proprietary materials discovery platform, powered by AI, was used to identify the new electrolyte material, which demonstrated a flash point exceeding 70°C and a self-extinguishing time (SET) that is 25 times better than commercial lithium-ion battery electrolytes. Sepion's researchers used fla...
    ZSW opens pilot plant to produce battery cathode materials in Germany
    The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), one of the leading institutes for applied research in emerging topics such as energy transition, batteries, fuel cells and circular economy, among others, inaugurated a pilot plant at its Ulm, Germany-based facility on May 2. The new pilot facility, officially called Powder Up, will enable the production of critical battery materials, mainly novel cathode materials, and their precursors on a scale of up to 100 kilogra...
    BorgWarner supplies electric torque vectoring and disconnect systems to Polestar
    BorgWarner is first to market with its electric torque vectoring and disconnect (eTVD) system for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) as it plans to supply these components to Polestar and another undisclosed major European original equipment manufacturer, the company said May 2. The eTVD is part of BorgWarner’s electric torque management system (eTMS) solutions portfolio, which is designed to intelligently control wheel torque to increase stability, provide superior dynamic performance, and i...
    Sakuu’s dry-printed lithium metal batteries achieve 1,000-cycle milestone
    Sakuu, a leading provider of commercial-scale equipment and technologies to the battery manufacturing industry, has produced its high-energy, high-power lithium metal (Li-metal) Cypress battery cell using a fully dry manufacturing process, the company announced April 29. Sakuu said it has overcome the industry-known challenges of Li-metal anode chemistries in both wet and dry electrode manufacturing. According to the company, printing batteries on the Kavian platform with dry-process elect...
    Nissan partners UK’s Ecobat to establish circular economy for EV batteries
    Nissan and Ecobat Solutions UK Ltd. have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at establishing a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries in the UK, Ecobat said in a note on April 30. The two companies are working together to investigate how EV batteries from Nissan Leaf cars that are no longer on the road can be located within the UK salvage network and then be safely recovered, repaired, recycled or repurposed to create a sustainable circular energy economy. Having launc...
    Natron starts commercial-scale operations at its sodium-ion battery plant in Michigan, US
    Natron Energy Inc. has commenced commercial-scale operations at its sodium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich., the company announced April 29. The company organized an opening ceremony at its facility in Holland, and the event was attended by Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks; Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Evelyn Wang; and senior company executives, including Founder and Co-CEO Colin Wessells; and Co-CEO Wendell Brooks. The development marked ...
    Anson Resources signs binding offtake agreement with LG Energy Solution
    Anson Resources Ltd. announced May 1 that it has completed negotiations with South Korea’s largest battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) and has executed its first offtake term sheet for the supply of battery-grade lithium carbonate from its 100%-owned project within the Paradox Basin in Southern Utah, Utah. The move, which represents a significant development toward establishing a local supply chain for batteries in North America, will contribute toward the US reducing its...
    CATL, Beijing Hyundai sign strategic agreement for supply of EV batteries in mainland China
    CATL, the world’s largest battery maker, and Beijing Hyundai have signed a strategic partnership agreement on the supply of EV batteries, CATL announced April 25. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Beijing Auto Show 2024. Under the agreement, CATL will supply batteries for Beijing Hyundai's EV projects. As a joint venture with a deep presence in China for 21 years, Beijing Hyundai has sold over 12 million vehicles in mainland China. Notably, the automaker has been partnerin...
    Thailand accelerates toward EV powerhouse status in South Asia
    The year gone by was sort of a mixed back for electric vehicles in several countries around the world. While demand for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) went up significantly in some emerging EV markets, most leading countries witnessed a lower-than-expected demand in 2023, especially during the second half of the year. In fact, demand in leading markets like Germany and Norway fell in 2023, compared with 2022. Although the global demand for PEVs grew 36% year on year, it was lower than what was...
    Hyundai to produce hybrid cars at its upcoming EV-only plant in Georgia, US
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. plans to also produce hybrid cars at its upcoming electric vehicle-only and battery plant in Georgia, US, according to a news report published by The Korea Economic Daily on April 25. The news comes at a time when several automakers are evaluating continued production of hybrid vehicles along with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), as global EV sales continue to remain sluggish. Citing Hyundai Motor CFO Lee Seung Jo, the report said that Hyundai ...
    Toyota to pump $1.4 billion at its Indiana, US, plant to prepare for an all-new, three-row battery-electric vehicle
    Toyota plans to invest $1.4 billion at its Princeton facility in Indiana, US, to prepare the manufacturing plant to produce an all-new, three-row battery-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the US, the automaker announced April 25. The new investment plan will bring Toyota’s cumulative investments at the Indiana facility to $8 billion, the company said, adding that the move will also add up to 340 new, high-quality jobs with long-term stability at the site. The new announcement comes...
    LG Energy, Posco plan to cut down battery investments amid EV sales slowdown
    South Korean companies LG Energy Solution (LGES) and Pocso plan to cut down their battery investments to steer through the decelerating global demand for electric vehicles, according to a news report published by The Korea Times on April 26. The report cited statements by both the companies. The report said that LGES plans to lower its capital expenditure in 2024 in order to improve profitability. The move comes after South Korea’s largest battery-maker announced a 75% year-over-year dec...
    ABB signs MOU with Vulcan Energy to deliver engineering services for lithium project in Germany
    ABB and Vulcan Energy Resources have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly establish design, engineering, execution and operations plans for strategically important reserves of lithium in Europe, ABB announced April 24. Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium project in Germany’s Upper Rhine Valley region aims to access naturally heated lithium-rich brine from underground reservoirs while using geothermal heat to produce renewable energy for the process. The agreement between the ...
    Nio and Lotus sign strategic cooperation on EV charging and battery swapping
    Shanghai-based electric-vehicle maker Nio has signed an EV charging and battery-swapping strategic agreement with Wuhan Lotus Technology Co. Ltd., the company announced April 25 on the sidelines of the 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. According to the agreement, the two companies plan to carry out comprehensive and in-depth strategic cooperation in areas related to charging and swapping, including battery standards; charging and swapping technologies; battery asset manag...
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    Honda, Asahi Kasei to collaborate on Li-ion separator production in Canada
    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Asahi Kasei Corporation have reached a basic agreement on collaborating for the production of battery separators for automotive batteries in Canada. The two companies aim to establish a joint venture company by the end of 2024 through detailed discussions. Battery separators are crucial components of lithium-ion batteries, preventing electrical short circuits while allowing lithium ions to permeate. The collaboration is motivated by the importance of establishing a st...
    POSCO, Honda reach basic agreement on canadian battery cathode materials production
    POSCO Future M Co. Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. have reached a basic agreement on collaborating for the production of cathode materials for automotive batteries in Canada. The two companies will begin detailed discussions with the goal of signing a joint venture agreement before the end of 2024. The collaboration is part of their comprehensive partnership towards realizing carbon neutrality, which began in April 2023. The two companies will share their strengths in high-value-added materi...
    Toyota partners with Tencent to boost growth in Chinese market
    Toyota Motor has announced a strategic alliance with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings to collaborate in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and big data for electric vehicles (EVs) sold by the Japanese auto company in China. Toyota has been struggling in the Chinese market due to aggressive pricing and marketing from local competitors, and the partnership with Tencent aims to accelerate its growth in the sector. Tencent, which has a social networking service used by over 1 billio...
    Valeo's innovation and Patent filings in mobility sector recognized by European Patent Office
    Valeo, a French company, has been recognized for its innovation and patent filings in the mobility sector. According to a report by the European Patent Office (EPO), Valeo ranked first in France and 33rd overall in terms of patent filings in Europe in 2023, for the second year in a row. The company filed 564 patent applications in Europe in 2023, accounting for 40% of its priority patent applications filed worldwide. Additionally, Valeo was ranked as the number one French patent applicant wor...
    Honda, Posco Future M sign agreement on supply of cathode materials in Canada
    POSCO Future M Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have reached a basic agreement on collaboration for the production of cathode materials for automotive batteries in Canada, Honda said on April 25. The two companies plan to begin detailed discussions with the goal of signing a joint venture agreement before the end of 2024. Based on discussion of a comprehensive partnership, the two companies had been considering the possibility of cooperating in the procurement of key battery materials, ...
    Honda, Asahi Kasei to set up a JV company focused on production of battery separators in Canada
    Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has reached a basic agreement with Asahi Kasei Corporation on collaboration for the production of battery separators for automotive batteries in Canada, the two companies announced on April 25. The two companies plan to commence detailed discussions with the goal to establish a joint venture company before the end of 2024. Notably, a battery separator is a porous membrane with the function of preventing electrical short circuits by blocking contact ...
    Vitesco, Sanden International team up to develop integrated thermal management system for BEVs
    Vitesco Technologies and Sanden International have joined forces to develop an integrated thermal management system for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Vitesco announced on April 25. Both companies plan to contribute their expertise in the project, with Sanden developing the compact refrigerant unit with the natural refrigerant propane (R290), while Vitesco developing the heat energy distribution system realized by a coolant distribution unit with water/glycol. According to Vitesco, the ...
    Japan, Europe to share critical information on battery supply chain to counter mainland China
    Japan and Europe have agreed to cooperate in establishing a circular economy for critical materials that are used in producing batteries. According to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on April 22, Japan's Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with European counterparts on information sharing and mutual certification. The partnership between the two regions will focus on sharing ...
    Sila updates on its upcoming battery materials plant in Moses Lake, Wash.
    Sila Nanotechnologies, a next-generation battery materials company, announced on April 22 that the build-out of its manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington is on track and is expected to be completed as per the original target of Q1 2025. According to the company, the progress reinforces its ability to deliver qualified materials for customers beginning in Q4 2025. Meanwhile, Titan Silicon, Sila’s flagship nano-composite silicon, is gaining commercial traction. The battery anode ma...
    Samsung SDI to display innovative battery technologies at EVS37 in Seoul
    Samsung SDI is participating at the ongoing 37th Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition (EVS37), which kicked off in Seoul on April 23. In a press note issued on April 23, Samsung SDI said that it will highlight its innovative battery technologies at the event, which has a four-day run. Samsung SDI is demonstrating its super-gap battery technology, including its all-solid-state batteries (ASB), which is slated to go into mass production in 2027. The battery maker is also showcasing other...
    Tata Passenger Electric Mobility signs memorandum of understanding with Vertelo to accelerate electrification in fleets
    Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. (TPEM), the EV unit of Tata Motors, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vertelo, a Macquarie managed integrated fleet electrification platform, for the delivery of 2,000 XPRES-T EVs, Tata announced on April 24. The automaker said that this partnership aims to accelerate fleet electrification in India. The carmaker plans to begin delivering the compact electric sedans to Vertelo in a phased manner. Vertelo is a new platform p...
    Ford plans to expand India tech hub for EV software capabilities
    Ford Business Solutions India, a subsidiary of Ford, is set to add 3,000 more employees to its current workforce of 12,000 in Chennai. Ford has already invested $250 million in the Chennai hub and is likely to make further investments. The automaker is working on developing additional EV software capabilities at its Chennai technology hub, indicative of the software development potential it sees in India to cater to its global EV business program. Ford Business Solutions India is a strategic ...
    Hyundai Mobis begins construction of EV battery system plant in Spain
    Mobis has announced that it has begun the construction of a new electric-vehicle battery system assembly (BSA) plant in Spain, in a press release dated April 24. The new plant in Spain will serve as a dedicated facility supplying Volkswagen. Mobis plans to invest 170 billion South Korean won (about $128 million, excluding land and facility) by 2030 in the plant with mass production expected by 2026. Mobis currently operates battery system production facilities in South Korea, mainland China, ...
    Tozero ships first batch of recycled lithium from used batteries
    Tozero GmbH, a Munich-based battery material recycling startup, has shipped recycled lithium derived from battery waste using its proprietary hydrometallurgy process to its customers in Europe, the company announced on April 23. The development marks a significant breakthrough for the startup as the shipment is its first commercial delivery. Launched in July 2023, Tozero operates from a pilot plant based in Munich. The company claims that its cutting-edge hydrometallurgy process maximizes ...
    Hyundai Motor signs agreement with Toray Industries to drive innovation in advanced materials
    South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group has signed a strategic agreement with Toray Industries, Inc., a pioneer in carbon fiber and composite material technology, to advance material research and innovation as it prepares for developing vehicles that are not just zero emission but also connected and self-driven, the company announced on April 18. The agreement was signed in the presence of Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company; Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia; Ch...
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    Volvo Cars signs battery recycling partnership with CATL in mainland China
    Volvo Cars has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the world’s largest battery-maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) to focus on electric vehicle battery recycling, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 18. Citing the automaker, the report mentioned that the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and CATL aims to promote the recycling of battery materials and reduce the carbon footprint of EVs throughout their life cycle. It is known that b...
    Battery materials supplier Umicore secures €499 million in private debt placement
    Umicore announced April 19 that the company has successfully completed the issue of a fixed-rate, sustainability-linked US private placement notes for a total amount of €499 million, as per the exchange rate of end of March 2024. The private placement notes, placed with 17 institutional investors in Europe and North America, attracted strong interest both from investors who participated in Umicore’s previous placements, as well as new investors, the company said, adding that the transacti...
    GM Energy rolls out new product suite, offering vehicle-to-home bidirectional charging technology
    GM Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors focused on expanding a holistic energy ecosystem through new products, including software and services, announced April 18 that it has launched initial offerings for residential customers that will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM electric vehicle to a properly equipped home. The V2H charging technology is aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of weather-rel...
    Freyr Battery announces new appointments to its board of directors
    Norwegian battery-maker Freyr Battery has appointed Todd Kantor, Tore Ivar Slettemoen and David Manners to its board of directors with immediate effect, the company announced April 19. The new appointments are intended to fill vacancies created by the departures of Mimi Berdal and Jason Forcier, and to strengthen Freyr Battery’s board as the company continues to pursue its key growth and capital formation initiatives. Forcier and Berdal have each notified the board of their intentio...
    Nissan confirms launch of EVs with all-solid-state batteries by FY 2028
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corp. has confirmed its plan of rolling out electric vehicles powered with all-solid-state batteries by fiscal year 2028, which will start from April 2028 and end with March 2029. The confirmation came on the sidelines of a media tour that the company organized on April 16, 2024, to demonstrate the updates at its under-construction, all-solid-state battery pilot assembly line at its Yokohama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. “The pilot line is aimed to f...
    BMW receives permit to build a new battery assembly plant in Lower Bavaria, Germany
    The BMW Group has received the building permit for its new electric vehicle battery assembly plant in the communities of Irlbach and Straßkirchen, Lower Bavaria, Germany, the carmaker said April 18. The decision for the development plan was made on April 10, 2024, in the planning association of the two communities of Irlbach and Straßkirchen. It was only in September 2023 that a referendum in Straßkirchen cleared the way for the BMW Group to settle in Straßkirchen and Irlbach, the company...
    Piedmont Lithium gets mining permit for the Carolina Lithium Project in the US
    Piedmont Lithium has received the mining permit from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) to begin the construction, operation and reclamation of the proposed Carolina Lithium Project in Gaston County, NC, the company announced April 15. DEMLR provided the permit approval following a thorough review of the application submitted by Piedmont Lithium on Aug. 30, 2021, the company said, adding that the minin...
    BASF supports RML Group in developing immersion-cooling system for 800V EV battery
    BASF, a leading supplier of materials solutions, has supported RML Group in the development of an innovative, immersion-cooled battery system for a high-performance 800V battery that powers a hybrid hypercar that sets new performance and safety standards using next-generation plastic materials, the company announced April 17. The 800V battery features a capacity of 4.2 kWh and a discharge rate of over 100C, weighing in at less than 75 kg, it said, adding that the extremely high-power output, ...
    Cutthroat competition drives Honda to roll out an all-new EV brand in mainland China
    In a move to revive its electric vehicle portfolio and strengthen its market share in the world’s largest EV market, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. has introduced an all-new electric car brand — the Ye Series — for mainland China. On April 16 in Beijing, the company unveiled the first electric cars that will be launched under its Ye Series product lineup, namely the Ye P7, Ye S7 and a concept model called Ye GT Concept. Honda plans to launch a total of six EVs under its Ye Seri...
    Nio’s ET7 powered with 150-kWh battery achieves a real-world driving range of 1,070 km
    Shanghai-based electric vehicle-maker Nio’s ET7 electric sedan, powered with a 150-kWh semisolid-state battery pack, has achieved a real-world driving range of up to 1,070 km on a single charge, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 17. The report cited company data that was released by the company on Wednesday. Nio conducted a 150-kWh battery-pack range challenge with the ET7 sedan on April 16. The said driving range test was officially the first test of the ult...
    BTR New Material Group to invest in building cathode material plant in Morocco
    BTR New Material Group Co. Ltd., a leading battery material supplier from mainland China, has inked an investment agreement with the Moroccan government to set up a lithium battery ternary cathode material facility in the country, the company announced March 29. The battery material plant in Morocco is part of BTR’s global expansion strategy, which entails building several such facilities to cater to the surging demand for battery materials. Currently, the company is in the midst of bu...
    Sion Power partners Muhlbauer Group to set up production line for lithium metal cell
    Sion Power Corp., a leading technology developer of next-generation electric vehicle batteries, and MB Atech, a member of Muhlbauer Group — a German turnkey solution provider, have signed a strategic partnership to create an automated manufacturing line for Sion Power’s large-format lithium metal cell, Sion Power said April 16. The new fully automated manufacturing line will be capable of producing 75 MWh of 56 ampere-hour (Ah) lithium metal cells per annum. The battery technology...
    BASF commences operations at prototype metal refinery for battery recycling in Germany
    BASF, a leading supplier of battery materials, has commenced operations at its prototype metal refinery for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany, the company announced April 16. The state-of-the-art plant allows for the development of operational procedures and the optimization of innovative battery recycling technology, processing end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and battery production scrap, it said, adding that the plant will facilitate optimal recovery of critical metals such as li...
    Jaguar Land Rover partners Allye Energy to develop energy storage system with used batteries
    JLR has partnered with energy storage startup, Allye Energy, to develop an all-new battery energy storage system (BESS) aimed at providing zero-emissions power on the go, Jaguar Land Rover announced April 16. A single BESS unit, called Allye Max BESS, is made up of seven second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery packs slotted into customized racks, without unnecessary additional processing. Each BESS can store 270 kWh of energy at full cap...
    Suppliers to new BMW 5-Series
    The BMW 5-series is produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany . Production of the car is expected to peak at 37949 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : BMW (ICE version shown)  Suppliers to  BMW 5-Series COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Prop Shaft Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria HVAC Module Denso Low-voltage battery Clarios ...
    Log9 Materials partners with Zeta Energy to create next-gen batteries
    Log9 Materials has partnered with lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery-maker Zeta Energy Corp. to develop next-generation batteries and cells, according to a report by Autocar on April 12. The partnership offers benefits for both companies, with Zeta Energy's advanced Li-S materials potentially unlocking new possibilities for Log9 in improving cell performance. By incorporating these materials into their packs and modules, Log9 will create energy storage systems with enhanced range, stability and af...
    Green Li-ion launches commercial-scale battery material recycling plant in the US
    Green Li-ion, a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling technology company, has launched its first commercial-scale installation to produce sustainable, battery-grade materials, the first of its kind in North America, the company said April 11. The new plant, which is located within an existing recycling facility, is slated to produce valuable battery-grade cathode and anode materials from concentrated components of spent batteries using Green Li-ion’s patented multicathode-producing Green-h...
    US, UK prohibit import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel
    The US Treasury Department, in coordination with the UK, has issued two new prohibitions to disrupt the revenue that Russia earns from its export of aluminum, copper and nickel on April 12. The new action prohibits the import of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel into the US, and limits the use of Russian-origin aluminum, copper and nickel on global metal exchanges and in over-the-counter derivatives trading. This action solidifies the Treasury’s follow through on the G7 Leaders...
    Honda’s upcoming EV hub in Ohio, US, on track, to start EV production in 2025
    Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co. announced April 13 that it continues to make critical progress in the establishment of the Honda EV Hub in Ohio, US. The site is strategic for the company as it is slated to serve as a roadmap for production of electric vehicles in North America. The company, which plans to start EV production in late 2025 in the US, updated that retooling efforts are well underway, including preparation for vehicle production and in-house assembly of the Intelligent Pow...
    Euro 7: European Council adopts new emission rules for cars, vans and trucks
    On April 12, the European Council announced that it has adopted the Euro 7 regulation, which lays down rules on new emission restrictions for road vehicles and battery durability. The adoption of the mandate by the European Council is the last step in the decision-making procedure. The text adopted by the council covers passenger cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles in one single legal act and aims to further lower air pollutant emissions from exhaust fumes and brakes. The Euro 7 regulati...
    Volkswagen to put electric SUV developed with Xpeng Motors in production in 2026
    Volkswagen Group China plans to produce two electric cars, positioned under the VW brand, developed jointly with Xpeng Motors in Hefei, mainland China, as part of its in-China, for-China strategy. In a press note issued by the company on April 11, it said that the first of the two electric vehicle models it plans to jointly develop with Xpeng — a medium-sized electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) — is scheduled to go into production in 2026. As part of its in-China, for-China strategy, the...
    Graphjet Technology plans to build a commercial artificial graphite production plant in Nevada, US
    Graphjet Technology, a leading developer of patented technologies to produce graphite and graphene from agricultural waste, plans to build a commercial artificial graphite production facility in Nevada, US, the company announced April 8. Graphjet said that it plans to commission and begin production at the new facility in Nevada in 2026. The planned facility, which according to the company will be first-of-its-kind in the US, will be capable of recycling up to 30,000 metric tons of palm ke...
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