EV batteries – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:49:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Toyota and Panasonic to Set up Joint Venture for EV Batteries https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/toyota-and-panasonic-to-set-up-joint-venture-for-ev-batteries/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/toyota-and-panasonic-to-set-up-joint-venture-for-ev-batteries/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 14:02:06 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26824 Toyota and Panasonic have confirmed that they are planning to set up a new joint venture that will deal with the production of batteries for electric cars. As part of the deal, the two companies will transfer as many as 3500 employees and Panasonic will be relocating its factories in China and Japan. The new […]

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Toyota and Panasonic have confirmed that they are planning to set up a new joint venture that will deal with the production of batteries for electric cars. As part of the deal, the two companies will transfer as many as 3500 employees and Panasonic will be relocating its factories in China and Japan. The new facility is expected to become operational by the end of 2020 and the batteries made at the plant will be sold to multiple car manufacturers.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but it was revealed that Toyota will have a 51 percent stake in the new entity.

The relationship between Panasonic and Toyota dates back to 1953, and in 2017 the two companies had initially talked about teaming up to make lithium-ion batteries. Panasonic is one of the key players in the battery segment and supplies battery cells on an exclusive basis to Tesla. Its batteries are used by many leading OEMs, including Toyota, which uses them in various hybrid models.

One of the main concerns pertaining to the battery business is ensuring a stable supply as the raw materials needed for the batteries including cobalt are available in limited quantities and their prices can be volatile.

Commenting on the partnership, Toyota Executive Vice-President Shigeki Terashi said that Toyota wants to work with Panasonic to enhance its competitiveness in batteries, as it is one of the core technologies of electrified vehicles.

Terashi added, “By contributing to the popularization of Toyota’s and other auto makers’ electrified vehicles, we want to help find solutions to issues such as global warming and environment and energy-related challenges.”

The announcement of the joint venture comes after the two companies had previously agreed to explore the feasibility of teaming up on the production of prismatic batteries for the automotive industry. They will also collaborate on the further development of next-generation solid-state batteries as the technology becomes more viable. Solid-state batteries are said to offer higher capacity and thus the electric vehicles using them would be able to offer longer range.

“Panasonic is a leading company in the area of automotive batteries. I think it was fate for us to come together to work for this collaboration. We would like to offer opportunities to work together with other companies with the collaboration for the realization of automotive prismatic batteries,” said Toyota boss Akio Toyoda.

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Volkswagen to Build Better EV Batteries Using Quantum Computers https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volkswagen-to-build-better-ev-batteries-using-quantum-computers/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volkswagen-to-build-better-ev-batteries-using-quantum-computers/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 08:06:44 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23646 Electric vehicles are the vehicles of the future. One main concern with electric vehicles is their range and the space needed for the batteries that power them. The development of batteries which perform well is not a simple task. The engineering team at Volkswagen have come up with a pioneering technique to make the design […]

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Electric vehicles are the vehicles of the future. One main concern with electric vehicles is their range and the space needed for the batteries that power them. The development of batteries which perform well is not a simple task.

The engineering team at Volkswagen have come up with a pioneering technique to make the design of batteries easier. They have started using a quantum computer as part of the design process. The powerful computer simulates chemical structures like lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains much faster. They hope that, down the line, they would be able to use quantum computers to develop a kind of blueprint that can be used for the development of tailor-made batteries which can be modified based on the features that customers require, like power density, weight reduction, or power cell assembly.

Volkswagen’s scientist, Florian Neukart said in a statement that the company is working hard to develop the potential of quantum computers for Volkswagen and the simulation of electrochemical materials will play a key role in this context. He claimed that the company was performing genuinely pioneering work in this field. He went on to state that the use of commercially available quantum computers would open up opportunities that were not previously available. Right now, Volkswagen’s engineers are engaged in acquiring the specialist knowledge that is needed to take the process further.

As part of the project, Volkswagen has teamed up with D-Wave and Google who are providing Volkswagen with the quantum systems that can be used to speed up the development of algorithms. Volkswagen’s teams in Munich and San Francisco are hard at work on the project, but this is a project that will take considerable time as they are still at the initial stage.

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India to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Locally https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/india-to-make-lithium-ion-batteries-locally/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/india-to-make-lithium-ion-batteries-locally/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:17:32 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23654 India has announced plans to make lithium-ion batteries locally. The country currently sources lithium-ion batteries from countries like China, South Korea and Japan. In fact, India is one of the largest importers of lithium-ion batteries in the world. In 2017 alone, the country imported lithium-ion batteries worth USD 150 million. This is now set to […]

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India has announced plans to make lithium-ion batteries locally. The country currently sources lithium-ion batteries from countries like China, South Korea and Japan. In fact, India is one of the largest importers of lithium-ion batteries in the world. In 2017 alone, the country imported lithium-ion batteries worth USD 150 million.

This is now set to change. The Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) signed a memorandum of agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery project with Raasi Solar Power on June 9.

The agreement was signed between Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, director, CECRI and C Narasimhan, chairman and managing director of Raasi Group at a function that was attended by the country’s minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan.

A group of scientists at CSIR-CECRI led by Dr Gopu Kumar worked closely with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad for developing an indigenous technology of lithium-ion cells.

CSIR-CECRI has already setup a demo facility in Chennai for manufacturing the prototype lithium-ion cells, and have secured global intellectual property rights. They say their technology can reduce costs and when this is used with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology, the product becomes viable for mass production.

“Today’s development is a validation of the capabilities of CSIR and its laboratories to meet technology in critical areas to support our industry, besides other sectors,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan. “It will give tremendous boost to two flagship programs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – increasing the share of clean energy in the energy basket by generating 175 Giga Watts by 2022, of which 100 Giga Watts will be solar and the second, National Electric Mobility Mission, to switch completely to electric vehicles by 2030.”

Based on the agreement, the Raasi Group will set up a factory in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu close to Bangalore. Narasimhan said the company’s goal is to reduce the cost of cell manufacturing to below Rs 15,000 per KW to replace lead acid battery. The company also has plans to make lithium-ion battery for solar roof top which would have a life span of 25 years. This would make it affordable enough to drive the Photo Voltaic segment.

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Nissan Unveils Streetlights Powered by Old EV Batteries https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nissan-unveils-streetlights-powered-by-old-ev-batteries/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/nissan-unveils-streetlights-powered-by-old-ev-batteries/#respond Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:07:42 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23035 With electric vehicles becoming more and more popular, automotive manufacturers have to deal with the issue of disposal of spent batteries. China is likely to implement laws that will make automotive companies responsible for the recycling or disposal of used batteries. Nissan is one company that has come up with an innovative solution to this […]

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With electric vehicles becoming more and more popular, automotive manufacturers have to deal with the issue of disposal of spent batteries. China is likely to implement laws that will make automotive companies responsible for the recycling or disposal of used batteries. Nissan is one company that has come up with an innovative solution to this problem. The Japanese auto manufacturer worked with its affiliate, 4R Energy Corporation and town of Namie, Japan, to create standalone streetlights that use spent batteries from Nissan Leaf cars as a power source. Namie experienced a power outage after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, and was looking for alternative streetlights which were not dependent on the main grid.

The streetlights Nissan designed integrate old Leaf battery cells in the base of the light and has solar modules on the top to charge the batteries during the day.

The project which is named “The Reborn Light” is not just a design project but is all set to be deployed on a large scale at some point in 2018.

Nissan will be testing a prototype on March 26 at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie.

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Umicor Says Cobalt Essential for EV Batteries https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/umicor-says-cobalt-essential-ev-batteries/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/umicor-says-cobalt-essential-ev-batteries/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:39:25 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=22777 Demand for electric vehicles is zooming in the wake of the concern consumers are having about the emissions internal combustion powered vehicles emit and the amount of fossil fuel they consume. Electric vehicles do need batteries however, batteries which use nickel, cobalt and manganese. While nickel and manganese are relatively more abundant, cobalt is scarce […]

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Demand for electric vehicles is zooming in the wake of the concern consumers are having about the emissions internal combustion powered vehicles emit and the amount of fossil fuel they consume. Electric vehicles do need batteries however, batteries which use nickel, cobalt and manganese. While nickel and manganese are relatively more abundant, cobalt is scarce and expensive. However, materials technology company Umicore said that cobalt is still needed in EV batteries in order to make their composition more stable.
Conventional electric car batteries contain nickel, manganese and cobalt in equal proportions. Many manufacturers are trying out different combinations and are reducing the amount of cobalt used to cut costs while increasing the composition of nickel to boost the energy density. LG Chem and South Korea’s SK Innovation have said they would be making NCM 811 batteries which contain 80 percent nickel, 10 percent cobalt and 10 percent manganese in 2018.
Umicore Chief Executive Marc Grynberg told the media that while technological innovations were being made all the time that made it possible to increase the nickel content, at this point it was not possible to eliminate cobalt completely in the case of EV batteries.
Grynberg said that increasing the nickel in the battery would affect the stability of the battery thus adversely affecting its cycle life, and the ability to charge it fast as cobalt balances nickel’s lack of stability.
He said, “There isn’t a better element than nickel to increase energy density, and there isn’t a better element than cobalt to make the stuff stable. So (while) you hear about designing out cobalt, this is not going to happen in the next three decades. It simply doesn’t work.”
Umicore, based in Belgium is one of the leading suppliers of materials for electric vehicle batteries, including cobalt. The company is expanding at a fast pace in the wake of the growing demand for EV batteries and has raised 892 million euros (USD1.1 billion) in an equity placement to invest further in its rechargeable battery materials business.
Cobalt prices have increased by more than three times in the last two years in view of the growing demand for electric cars and greater consumption of the metals needed for their batteries.
Over half of the cobalt used in the industry is sourced from war torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the longer term, over the next seven to nine years, it is expected that recycled supply of cobalt and other metals used in EV batteries will reach significant supply to cater to the demand.

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