Merkel Cheers VW’s Electric Push Amid Growing Climate Critique

  • Chancellor under fire on emissions, VW touting battery model
  • Merkel marking ID.3 production start at revamped Zwickau site

Angela Merkel’s visit to a revamped Volkswagen AG electric-car plant in Zwickau on Monday is a stark reminder of what’s at stake both for the German chancellor and VW boss Herbert Diess.

Posted 4th November 2019.


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Bolivia walks away from lithium project with German company

Bolivia’s government has cancelled a joint venture project with Germany’s privately owned ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA), which was seeking to develop a massive lithium project in the country’s southern highlands.

Potosí authorities said the decision followed a decree emitted by President Evo Morales over the weekend in which he overturned a previous order permitting the $250 million lithium operation.

Posted 4th November 2019.
By Cecilia Jamasmie
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2019-11-05T13:14:38+08:00November 4th, 2019|Industry News|

Renewables surpass fossil fuels in ‘milestone moment’ for UK power sector

Renewables made up a larger percentage of electricity generation than fossil fuels did in the UK for the first time in Q3 this year.

According to new analysis by Carbon Brief, in the three month period running July to September this year the UK’s windfarms, solar panels, biomass facilities and hydro plants generated 29.5TWh of power, while coal, gas and oil generated just 29.1TWh. This is the first time renewables have been responsible for more generation than fossil fuels since the first public electricity generation station opened in 1882.

Posted 15th October 2019.
By Molly Lempriere
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2019-10-16T14:50:16+08:00October 15th, 2019|Industry News|

Batteries: New mobility demands see renewed emphasis on raw material sustainability in the EU

EIT Raw Materials held the Expert Forum on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility, Electrification and Lightweight Design in Turin, Italy in early October. At the event, Roskill presented its outlook for raw materials impacted by growing demand from EV applications. The forum discussed European strategy in highlighting and securing raw material supply chains, including announcements from the EU Commission regarding sustainability and life-cycle analysis for battery raw materials and funding totalling €10Bn (US$10.9Bn) for research during the Horizon 2021–2027 period.

Posted 14th October 2019 in General News.
By David Merriman
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2019-10-20T05:28:01+08:00October 15th, 2019|Industry News|

Tesla Warns of Lithium-ion Battery Mineral Shortage

Speaking at an industry conference in May, Tesla’s supply chain manager Sarah Maryssael called on the U.S. government to help ensure the ongoing availability of minerals needed to produce lithium-ion batteries, including lithium, nickel, and copper.

In the U.K., Professor Richard Herrington raised the concern about mineral shortages restricting the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market in a letter to the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, in which he wrote, “Over the next few decades, global supply of raw materials must drastically change to accommodate [the world’s] transformation to a low carbon economy.”

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2019-10-09T07:10:29+08:00October 9th, 2019|Industry News|

Volkswagen bets big on electric. Will consumers buy in?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market.

By DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer
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2019-09-10T16:23:20+08:00September 10th, 2019|Industry News|

One million EVs to be sold next year in Europe alone

  • The rise of affordable electric cars is driven by EU law and achievable based on carmakers’ latest production plans.
  • Carmakers have four tools at hand to comply with the law: EV boost; improvements to combustion engine; stop selling highest-emitting cars; and pooling with EV makers
  • Boosting EV sales is the most future-proof strategy and the one chosen by key European brands
  • The cost of the investments required to meet the climate targets for cars is estimated to be about half of that incurred by the penalties for failing to comply
  • Surge in SUVs from 7% in 2009 to 36% in 2018, and not the decline in diesel sales, is principally to blame for the recent rise in CO2 emissions from new cars
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2019-10-15T10:19:09+08:00September 9th, 2019|Industry News|

China’s Great Wall-linked battery maker plans to build 20 GWh factory in Europe

A Chinese battery maker carved out of the country’s biggest sport utility vehicle manufacturer, Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, on Tuesday said it is planning its first overseas manufacturing base in Europe. SVOLT Energy Technology Co Ltd general manager Yang Hongxin said, “We plan to have five production bases worldwide, including in the United States, but it will take time. The global plan is to reach a capacity of 100 GWh by 2025.”

The move comes as Asian battery makers deepen cooperation with automakers in Europe, where limited means of making the cells that power electric vehicles has raised concern of over-reliance on Asian manufacturers.

By Yilei Sun in Baoding, and Tom Daly and Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing
Editing by Christopher Cushing
2019-07-11T14:47:18+08:00July 9th, 2019|Industry News|

European car industry serious about capturing lithium battery value chain

There is huge opportunity for Europe to capture a significant share of the lithium battery value chain, and potentially position the European electric vehicle sector as a global leader.

Published 4 July 2019
2019-07-12T14:58:17+08:00July 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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