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Samsung starts EV Li-ion battery production in Austria

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton
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Work is set to begin at Samsung SDI Battery Systems (SDIBS) lithium-ion battery plant following the Korean firm’s official opening ceremony.

The company will begin operations to manufacturer EV batteries for the European, American and Chinese markets at the plant in Graz, Austria.

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LG Chem tightens grip on EV lithium-ion market with latest deal

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:24 -- Paul Crompton
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LG Chem tightens grip on EV lithium-ion market with latest deal
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German OEM Daimler has chosen LG Chem to supply the lithium-ion batteries for its new EV.

Korea’s advanced battery manufacturer will supply batteries to be installed into packs by Daimler for its Smart EV to be launched next year. 

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Exclusive deal allows Nissan EV owners to sell battery energy back to grid

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:18 -- Paul Crompton
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Nissan’s Leaf and e-NV200 will be the only vehicles able to re-sell energy from their 360V lithium-ion batteries.
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Motorists will be able to sell unused energy from their Electric Vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries back to the grid in an exclusive deal between vehicle OEM Nissan and Spanish electric utility company Endesa.

Nissan signed the agreement to bring to market Endesa’s, an Enel Group subsidiary, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system during the 85th Geneva International Motor Show.

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CTEK and WiTricity unite to revolutionise EV charging

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:52 -- Paul Crompton
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CTEK and WiTricity unite to revolutionise EV charging
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The revolution in Electric Vehicle charging is step closer this week after wireless power transfer company WiTricity signed a technology and patent license agreement with CTEK Corporation.

Under the terms of this licensing agreement, CTEK will develop and bring to market wireless charging based on WiTricity technology for automotive and recreational vehicle battery systems. 

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First HEV cabs hits London streets

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:30 -- Paul Crompton
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London has welcomed its first range extender electric vehicle cab after more than 10 years of development and a million engineering test kms.

UK based Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive made the Metrocab, which became the first zero-emission-capable taxi to be licensed by Transport for London to operate as a London Hackney Carriage.

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UK EV motorists use 13,000kWh a day

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:15 -- Laura Varriale
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UK electric vehicle (EV) motorists used around 9.5m kWh of electricity as they plugged into public and commercial charging points an average of 1,370 times a day in just two years.

Since September 2012 EV motorists have used the many charging points dotted across the country 1,000,000 times, according to figures released by charge provider Chargemaster.

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USABC awards Seeo for EV battery testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:54 -- Laura Varriale
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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has assigned California-based lithium polymer battery maker Seeo with a $298,700 contract to test the company’s battery cell technology for electric vehicle applications.

Under the nine-month assignment, Seeo will deliver its ‘DryLyte’ battery modules to the USABC. The modules use proprietary non-flammable polymer electrolyte and provide an energy density of 220Wh/kg. Each module provides 1.65kWh storage capacity.

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Daimler stops li-ion battery production

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:21 -- Laura Varriale
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German OEM Daimler’s subsidiary Li-Tec is to cease the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) at its plant in Kamenz, Germany, by the end of 2015.

According to the carmaker, the production of battery cells for electric and hybrid cars is not economical. "Our cells are very good, but at current production figures, far too expensive," Harald Kröger, head of EV research at Daimler, told German media outlet Der Spiegel. "We have realised that a car manufacturer does not have to produce the cells themselves," he added.

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Big bucks in battery graphite sales?

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:19 -- Gerry Woolf
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Australian Syrah Resources has announced that it has successfully produced uncoated battery grade spherical graphite, using natural flake graphite from its Balama Graphite & Vanadium Project in Mozambique.

The battery market currently represents approximately 23% of global flake graphite output and is expected to be a rapidly growing sector due to lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery demand.

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