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UK to open National Battery Manufacturing Facility

UK Houses of Parliament

The BEIS is to provide GBP80 million for the development of a battery R&D and production facility in Coventry and Warwickshire The UK government is to fund a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) as part of its flagship innovation programme, the Faraday Battery Challenge. Backed with GBP80 million, …

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DoE lab investigates solid-state Mg battery

Magnesium alloy engine blocks - By CSIRO, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35482531

Magnesium-based electrolyte proven to be a viable conductive material, but a functional solid-state battery remains some way off As researchers search for alternatives to lithium-ion battery architectures, magnesium has proved a potentially intriguing technological avenue. However, while previous attempts have focused on using liquid electrolytes, a new study from scientists …

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BMW to put €200 million into Battery Cell Competence Centre

BMW Group Board of Management at the BCCC Ceremony in Munich
Source: BMW

BMW Group has announced details of its upcoming electric drivetrain and will invest €200 million in a new Battery Cell Competence Centre. BMW Group has announced some of its spending plans on electrification technologies over the next four years. Specifically, the interdisciplinary Battery Cell Competence Centre, opening early in 2019 …

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Mercedes-Benz confirms first Citaro electric bus order

The all-electric Citaro E-CELL

Daimler signs MoU with Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr for first run of Citaro electric buses Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr will be the first customer for the fully-electric city bus from Mercedes-Benz. Representatives of Daimler subsidiary EvoBus and Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr have signed a corresponding memorandum of understanding (MoU). The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of …

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“Expensive” battery EVs not a fit for Toyota, says chairman

Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada in 2015. Source: Toyota

Current battery technology and expense means EVs are not ready for mass production, Toyota’s chairman said in an interview Electric cars are not yet ready for the mainstream, the chairman of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp told Der Spiegel. “Battery-powered cars with a long range are very expensive and it takes …

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Alternet seeks partners for lithium technologies

Source: Alternet

Alternet Systems intends to leverage military technology expertise to establish itself in the li-ion battery market Alternet holds ten lithium technology patents secured from the acquisition of Lithium IP Holdings earlier this year. Detailed information on each is available on the United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) website. The Alternet lithium …

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