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26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Exclusive: U.S. seeks to challenge China’s electric-vehicle supply chain dominance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space. While Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers…
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6th May 2019 0

France, Germany agree on first battery cell consortium, report says

France and Germany have earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support several company alliances looking to produce electric car battery cells to help reduce the dependence of European automakers on Asian suppliers such as China’s CATL, which plans to start operations at a cell factory like this one (shown) in Germany in 2022. BERLIN — France…
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3rd May 2019 0

Graphene aerogel sponge promises battery boost

Researchers in Sweden have used a graphene aerogel to develop lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery that retained 85 per cent capacity after 350 cycles. The highly porous quality of the graphene aerogel allows for high enough soaking of sulphur to make the catholyte concept worthwhile (Credit: Yen Strandqvist) Developed at the Chalmers University of Technology in…
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2nd May 2019 0

BYD to build 4th electric-car plant for $1.5bn

A new facility in Changzhou to roll out 400,000 vehicles a year GUANGZHOU — Leading Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD plans to spend 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to build its fourth plant for passenger cars. The automaker signed an agreement Thursday with the government of the eastern city of Changzhou to produce electric vehicles and key components there. The…
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1st May 2019 0

New ‘blue-green’ solution for recycling world’s batteries

Rice scientists show solvent leaches cobalt, lithium for reuse from spent batteries Materials scientists demonstrate an environmentally friendly solution to remove valuable cobalt and lithium metals from spent lithium-ion batteries. The metals and the eutectic solvent they use to extract them can then be recycled. A solution turns green as it pulls cobalt from a…
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30th April 2019 0

Build battery industry or risk missing out, experts warn

Industry experts have renewed calls for Australia to capture more of the growing battery supply chain or risk losing the opportunity to international peers. Australia’s chance to move from just a raw materials producer to a processor and manufacturer will not remain open indefinitely, Queensland University of Technology’s Peter Talbot said. Among those building a…
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29th April 2019 0

Solar-boosted Sono Sion electric car will be made in Sweden at former Saab plant

German automaker hopeful Sono Motors announced last week that it intends to assemble its solar-assisted electric car, the Sion, at the former home of Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, Sweden. The now defunct automaker Saab nearly always could be counted on to take the unconventional—if not downright eccentric—route in design, interface, and engineering. And so some…
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26th April 2019 0

What do consumers need to make the switch to an electric car?

Two studies were recently undertaken by What Car? in the UK into what it would take for more consumers to take up electric vehicles can be summarised by one word. And the word is, of course: Knowledge! The first of these was a 3-month survey of 9,000 consumers, where 8.4% of respondents said they were…
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25th April 2019 0

The world has never needed so many batteries

From your everyday smart device to energy storage facilities, lithium-ion batteries of all sizes are just about everywhere. But over the last few years, one market trend has been driving this sector like never before: the rise of the electric car. Sure, electric cars aren’t exactly crowding the streets, whereas smartphones are in the pockets…
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24th April 2019 0

Proterra Ready For Electric Bus Battery Leasing With $200-Million Credit Facility

Telling someone who’s interested in buying one of your products that you have a new deal that can save them $75,000 sure seems like a good way to encourage purchases. And that’s the effect of a new $200-million credit facility to support battery leasing for its buses that Proterra announced this week. Proterra opened the…
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23rd April 2019 0