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VW and Northvolt join to build battery facility in Germany

Volkswagen and Swedish battery maker Northvolt have created a 50/50 joint venture to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter, Germany in 2020. The companies plan to start production by the end of 2023 and initially produce 16 GWh per year. VW has invested €900… Read more »

Freudenberg launches new conductive seals for electric powertrains

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is launching a new line of conductive seals that are designed to allow for durable connections between housings and shafts, while preventing bearing damage from electricity and electromagnetic radiation. The first functional models should be available within the next few months. Tim Leichner, Head of Strategic Product Advance Development at Freudenberg, said,… Read more »

NewMotion and Chargepoint networks sign UK roaming partnership

NewMotion, Shell’s charging network subsidiary, and ChargePoint have announced a roaming partnership that will enable EV drivers in the UK to access both charging networks without the need to create a new account. ChargePoint users will gain access to NewMotion’s public charging network both in the UK and across Europe. The agreement also includes the… Read more »

Eramet, BASF and SUEZ partner to develop closed-loop battery recycling process

EIT Raw Materials, a European Union consortium, has granted €4.7 million (about $5.2 million) to the Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle (ReLieVe) project to develop a closed-loop process for recycling Li-ion batteries and support the production of new Li-ion batteries in Europe. ReLieVe will carry out its development for two years beginning in January… Read more »

BMW launches local assembly plant in Thailand for PHEV batteries

In July of this year, BMW launched a high-voltage battery production plant in Thailand, in partnership with parts maker DRÄXLMAIER. The investment, worth a total of 500 million baht ($16 million), was supported with incentives from Thailand’s Board of Investment. The assembly lines, located at the DRÄXLMAIER plant in Chonburi assemble both battery modules and… Read more »

New report: 33% of buses will be electric by 2030

E-buses will make up nearly 33 percent of all buses worldwide by 2030, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. The Electric Buses report finds that China will continue to be the global leader in e-bus sales, maintaining 74 percent of the market share by 2030, while North America and Europe will make up… Read more »

Top-secret government facility orders third EV ARC solar charger

San Diego-based Envision Solar, which manufactures solar-powered EV chargers, has received a third order for its EV ARC product from a US government facility. The facility will use the EV ARC to charge fleet vehicles and provide an emergency source of electricity. This is the third order Envision has received from this facility, but it… Read more »

Ten charging operators form UK/Nordic roaming partnership

Ten charge point operators have agreed to form a roaming partnership that will allow EV drivers in the United Kingdom and Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) access to public charging stations with a single subscription by the end of 2019. The operators include Allego, EVBox, and NewMotion, which initiated the agreement, as well… Read more »

Wacker Chemie acquires stake in silicon anode specialist Nexeon

Munich-based chemical company Wacker Chemie has acquired a 25% stake in Nexeon, a UK company that develops, produces and sells silicon-based anode materials that can enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Wacker has conducted research in this area since 2010 and cooperated with Nexeon previously in 2013. The companies have agreed not to disclose the… Read more »

Unions fear electrification will vaporize their jobs

As the legacy automakers finally begin to get serious about electrification, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the accelerating transition will result in a major restructuring of the industry, which seems likely to include substantial job losses. As a recent Bloomberg article reports, fear of the electric future is an underlying reason for the United Auto… Read more »