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Australia to co-fund Victorian battery

Artist's impression of the new battery site

The Australian government will help fund Victoria’s large-scale batteries. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will match the Victorian government’s A$25 million (US$19.2 million) contribution to build two grid-connected batteries as part of the state’s energy security initiative. The batteries will be able to store around 80 MWh of power. …

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Air Products to fuel the largest hydrogen station in China

air products

Air Products will use its proprietary SmartFuel hydrogen dispenser to build the station, headed for start-up in mid-2018 Air Products has signed an agreement with state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. Ltd. (New Energy), a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group Co., Ltd. (China Energy), to provide two …

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UK report demands expedited deadline for ending ICE sales

ICE exhaust

The UK House of Commons released a new report last week on the nation’s obligations to improve air quality, mooting that ICE car sales should be banned sooner rather than later The report is the result of a joint inquiry, launched in 2017 after concerns were raised regarding the government’s …

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Researchers find li-ion batteries are capable of 5x faster charging

CCS fast-charging system

A new testing technique has revealed Li-ion batteries can be safely charged much faster than current manufacturers’ recommendations A group of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK  have discovered that commercially available Lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than currently recommended. The group used commercially …

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Ford to spend $11b on hybrids and EVs

The 2018 Ford F-150 – Ford has said it will offer a hybrid version of its classic pickup in 2020.

Ford moots plans to up its spending on hybrid and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) alongside an intuitive product and infrastructure experience for its users Ford has announced further details to its recently re-vamped ‘Team Edison‘ plan after revealing changes to ex-CEO, Mark Fields’ 2017 presentation. Fields discussed a budget of US$4.5 billion (set …

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Daimler to build battery and EV factory in Thailand

Announcement of strategic investment in Thailand: (from left to right) Mr. Andreas Lettner, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing (Thailand) Limited, Mr. Michael Grewe, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Limited, Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry (Thailand), Mr. Markus Schaefer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, H.E. Peter Prügel, German Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Veerachai Chaochankij, Managing Director of Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant Company Limited.

Mercedes-Benz Cars to invest in battery production facility in Thailand, under a partnership with TAAP   Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Cars will spend 100 million euros (US$123 million) by 2020 on a lithium-ion battery factory in Thailand to better access the fast-growing Asia region. The German company is partnering with Automotive Assembly …

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GM confirms Cruise AV production in Michigan

The autonomous Cruise AV will feature no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019. Source: GM

GM to spend US$100m across Orion and Brownstown factories to upgrade facilities for Cruise AV production and roof module assembly Having shown off its fourth-gen Cruise autonomous vehicle (AV) in January, General Motors has now confirmed that the model will be produced at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. …

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