January 6, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 1
NAATBatt Member News
The next NAATBatt sponsored conference event will be the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 on January 16-18, 2017, in Tampa, Florida. NAATBatt members may use the NAATBatt booth at Electric & Hybrid Marine show to highlight and display their own literature, samples and information. Contact Jim Greenberger if your company has an interest in using the NAATBatt booth or receiving the “hot leads” report generated by NAATBatt at the conference. Materials must arrive in Tampa by Saturday, January 14. Contact Jim Greenberger for details and instructions.
Register soon for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will run from March 14-16, 2017 outside Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting will kick off with the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament on Monday, March 13. Register soon to attend the leading thought leadership and networking event in the advanced battery industry. Please note: Early Bird registration ends January 31. The meeting will feature market reports on multiple segments of the battery market, the new Federal Battery Technology Licensing Form, the Energy Storage Innovation Summit, a discussion trends in the capital markets and materials market that will impact battery companies, a special segment on extreme fast charging for xEV’s, and a new Workshop for Battery IP targeting lawyers and IP professionals working in the battery industry. For a description of the program and to register, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/.
Alabama Graphite Corp. : Alabama Graphite Corp. Appoints Randy A. Moore, former President of leading U.S. Department of Defense Battery Manufacturer EaglePicher Technologies, as a Strategic Advisor. For more details, click the following link: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/alabama-graphite-corp-appoints-randy-a-moore-former-president-leading-us-department-tsx-venture-cspg-2186007.htm
NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases or news items about developments at their companies in this section of the newsletter should send their releases or items by e-mail to Vivian Yu of NAATBatt before Friday of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News
Ford has provided plans for seven of the 13 global EVs it plans to introduce in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and Mustang in the U.S., a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Europe and a full electric SUV with an expected range of at least 300 miles for customers globally. The company also announced plans to invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan into a factory that will build autonomous and EVs along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. These actions are part of a $4.5 billion investment in EVs by 2020. (Source: Ford Motor)
The Chinese government has announced a list of 493 eco-friendly car models eligible for subsidies, but excluded five models that are using lithium ion (li-ion) batteries from Samsung SDI and LG Chem. The eligible vehicles include Shaanxi Automobile’s electric truck (etruck), Dongfeng Motor’s etruck, Shanghai GM’s Cadillac hybrid vehicle and SAIC Motor’s hybrid cars. The list includes about 50 models using Chinese batteries, which have not yet been certified by the government. (Source: The Korea Herald)
Proterra is planning to accelerate production capacity on both coasts, while continuing to develop its next generation of heavy-duty EV products. The company is planning to increase production in its East Coast facility, located in Greenville, South Carolina, by 300% and initiate production in its City of Industry facility in Los Angeles County. The growth effort is fueled by the company’s recent capital raise ($140 million). (Source: Proterra)
China has imposed stricter standards for new-energy vehicle manufacturers and reduced the subsidies on EVs by 20%. The government has raised the technology threshold for EV makers by setting standards on energy consumption and driving range per charge. A cap has also been placed on the subsidies at local-government level at 50% of that offered by the central government. The subsidies from the central government for EVs are limited to 44,000 yuan ($6,333) for those with a driving range of at least 250 kilometers (or 155 miles). The central government has also limited subsidies for electric buses (ebuses) at 300,000 yuan (~$43,600) compared with the maximum 500,000 yuan (~$72,650) offered earlier. (Source: China Daily)
Tesla Motors is producing lithium-ion (li-ion) battery cells at its Gigafactory in Nevada. The company began making cells in December and production has also started for cells used in its Powerwall energy-storage products. Tesla plans to start making batteries for its Model 3 EVs later this year. The factory should be in full operation in 2018. (Source: The West Australian)
500 ebuses have been rolled out in the city of Tianjin (China). The Tianjin Bus Group and BYD teamed up on the project. A fleet of 3,220 clean energy buses is already in operation in the city, of which 1,346 are electrically powered. The group also opened a charging station that is capable of serving 80 ebuses at once and 448 ebuses per day. (Source: ECNS)
ChargePoint announced its ‘ChargePoint Express Plus’, a DC fast charging solution for EVs. The product can charge EVs such as the Chevy Bolt EV, at its maximum rate. The offering is a modular platform that can deliver up to 400 kilowatts (kW) to an EV. Express Plus will be available in July 2017. (Source: ChargePoint)
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport (South Korea) announced that a self-driving electric shuttle bus will be put into service late this year in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province. The ebus is scheduled to carry up to 12 passengers along a 2.5 kilometer (1.6 mile) route between Pangyo Station and Pangyo Creative Economy Valley. The vehicle is to be imported from abroad with the devices and technology used in it to be supplied by local firms. (Source: Business Korea)
Faraday Future has unveiled its FF91 EV that can accelerate from zero to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.39 seconds and can be charged using various electrical standards. The driving range is 482 miles (775km) when driven at 55mph and uses a 130 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack. The company plans to release the EV in 2018. (Source: BBC)
Galaxy Resources made the first shipment from Esperance Port bound for Lianyungang Port in China
of about 10,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate mined from its recommissioned Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe. The first shipment was valued at $6 million, with Galaxy planning production of 160,000 tonnes this year. Mt Cattlin operated from 2009 to 2012 and the restart was made by the General Mining Corporation, which, was acquired by Galaxy in a $217 million takeover last year. (Source: Galaxy Resources)
Volta Power Systems has secured a facility to manufacture its lithium ion (li-ion) power systems. The 7,800-square-foot manufacturing space is located at 11253 James Street in Holland, Michigan. The company manufactures li-ion energy storage systems for recreational vehicles, marine applications, and specialty commercial vehicles such as bucket trucks. (Source: Volta Power Systems)
Executive Director’s Notes
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