March 31, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 13

NAATBatt Member News

Bill Torre

          Bill Torre

NAATBatt International is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Torre of the University of California, San Diego as NAATBatt’s new Chief Technology Officer. Bill replaces Ralph Brodd, who recently stepped down having served as Chief Technology Officer of NAATBatt since its founding in 2008. Bill is the Program Director for Energy Storage Systems at UCSD where he oversees research on developing energy storage and integration of renewable generation. Prior to joining UCSD, Bill  served as Manager of Research and Development at San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E). As NAATBatt’s Chief Technology Officer, Bill will help guide its programming and field inquiries that NAATBatt receives from time to time from members of the press and the public about advanced electrochemical energy storage systems and technology. Welcome Bill!

Next week University of California, San Diego will hostEnergy Storage: The Synergies with Electric Vehicle Transportation and PV Solar Generation” in conjunction with NAATBatt member JCESR and Argonne National Laboratory. The program will run April 5-6, 2017.  For more information and to register,  click:

Repurposing Workshop banner logoNAATBatt will host a Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017 at the Michigan Union on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Repurposing xEV batteries, both new and used, for non-vehicle applications is a growing practice and may eventually account for a significant percentage of ESS deployments. Learn about the economics and engineering driving this trend. The legal and regulatory challenges of repurposing and and reusing xEV battery packs will also be examined. Click here for more information about the program.

NAATBatt has renewed it relationship with Solar Promotions and will include both Intersolar/ees Europe and Intersolar/ees North America in NAATBatt’s 2017 Sponsored Conference Program. At Sponsored Conferences, NAATBatt members can use the NAATBatt booth to distribute literature and printed information about members’ own products and services. This is a free benefit offered to all member firms. Members also have the opportunity to co-sponsor the NAATBatt booth for an additional charge. Co-sponsoring members can help man the booth and display signs and exhibits. It’s a great way to “try out” a trade show and determine its return on investment.

eesEU_LogoIntersolar/ees Europe runs May 31 – June 2 in Munich, Germany. The show features some of the leading solar equipment and energy storage equipment providers in Europe. Information about the Intersolar/ees Europe show can be seen by clicking here.

Joint logo ees Intersolar NAIntersolar/ees North America runs July 11-13 in the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, California. Co-located with Semicon, the show is the largest trade show each year in San Francisco. This year will mark NAATBatt’s fourth year supporting the show. Information about Intersolar/ees North America can be seen by clicking here. Speaking opportunities for NAATBatt member firms at the North American show are still available. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.

NAATBatt will have a booth at both Intersolar/ees shows. Co-exhibitor opportunities are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.

DNV.GLDNV GL:  DNV GL’s Energy Executive Forum — May 16-19, 2017 —  Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.   At the Energy Executive Forum 2017, DNV GL will lead a conversation to explore the dynamics of winning business models and the major factors that will drive success in this converging market. This is about inclusion, not disruption.   For more information and to register, click:          Also see Ad in the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter

nuvation1Nuvation Engineering:  Nuvation Engineering Launches Nuvation Energy  – a new brand providing electronic hardware and software solutions for large-scale battery energy storage. The company brings over 20 years of power engineering design experience to the industry as well as a field-deployed 4th generation battery management system that can manage up to 48 1250VDC battery stacks in parallel. Learn more at

UET logo_selection 5d_15%UET: UET and Snohomish County PUD dedicate the world’s largest capacity containerized flow battery at a celebration at UET’s manufacturing and engineering facility near Seattle. The event was held yesterday, Tuesday March 28, 2017.  A video of the SnoPUD dedication ceremony and celebration with comments from all project partners can be found online:   For more information, click:

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

Mercedes-Benz is accelerating the rollout of its electric vehicles (EVs) three years earlier than initially planned. The 10 billion-euro ($10.8 billion) project now has the automaker planning to release 10 new EVs by 2022 (instead of 2025). Daimler is also continuing to develop plug-in hybrids. Mercedes already has eight such models for sale, with upcoming versions set to include a hybrid S-Class sedan with an extended battery range of about 50 kilometers (31 miles).  (Source: Bloomberg)

Syrah Resources announced it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BTR New Energy Materials, in China, regarding sales and supply chain cooperation. BTR New Energy Materials is a manufacturer of battery anode materials for lithium ion (li-ion) batteries. Syrah Resources is advancing its Balama graphite project in Mozambique to production to support this effort.  (Source: Syrah Resources)

Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. The companies will start using all-EVs in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg in early 2018. By the end of 2020, Hermes intends to deploy 1500 Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter electric vans (e-vans) in urban areas across Germany. (Source: Daimler)

The Regional Municipality of York is participating in the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial. The municipality will purchase six electric buses (ebuses); four from New Flyer Industries and two from Nova Bus. As part of the trial, overhead-charging stations will be designed and manufactured by Siemens and ABB Group. Both manufacturers will produce the pole mounted pantograph system that uses an open protocol known as the OppCharge.  (Source: The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium)


               The Streetscooter

Deutsche Post AG could soon begin selling its e-van ‘StreetScooters’ to show the potential for disruption in the changing auto market. The company is planning to produce 10,000 of these e-vans annually starting this year. Deutsche Post has capacity for up to 15,000 e-vans annually.  (Source: Bloomberg)

Japan Post and Honda Motor have signed an MOU for the development and establishment of social infrastructure through postal deliveries using electric motorcycles to replace gasoline-powered delivery motorcycles. The companies will jointly conduct demonstration testing of the EVs for postal delivery operation and charging stations at post offices.  (Source: Honda)

Hyundai Motors is developing its first dedicated architecture for EVs. Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors plan to roll out small electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) based on an existing underpinning next year. The EV platform would allow the automaker to install a battery pack in vehicle floors to accommodate more battery capacity and maximize cabin space.  (Source: Reuters)

Labor leaders at Audi have asked management to assign production of an all-electric model to the carmaker’s main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany over concerns they could lose out as EVs gain in importance. Audi will start building (in 2018) its first mainstream EV, the e-tron quattro SUV, at a plant in Brussels along with batteries that will also be used in other Volkswagen Group EVs. The Ingolstadt plant employs about 43,000 people.  (Source: Reuters)

Goldstone Infratech (China-based) has presented a BYD K-series ebus to Telangana State Road Transport for trial runs as part of a proposed pilot project. The 36-seater ebus has four batteries and has a range of 250 kilomteres (or 155 miles). The vehicle will be operated between Jubilee Bus Station and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad.  (Source: Telegan Today)

General Motors will be introducing new energy vehicles in China. Two-thirds of new vehicles launched (from 2017 through 2020) by the company in the country will be dedicated new energy vehicles. Besides EREVs, GM will also introduce plug-in and battery EVs. To support this effort, the company will open a battery assembly plant in Shanghai later this year.  (Source: General Motors)

Mahindra Group is planning to enter the U.S. and China markets with high-end EVs to be made by Pininfarina SpA, Mahindra Group acquired the Italian auto-design specialist in 2015 in a EUR25.5 million ($28.1 million) deal to boost its automotive credentials globally. Best known for a historical relationship with Ferrari NV, Pininfarina’s designs have long been copied by other global auto makers.  (Source: Marketwatch)

Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD) has installed a vanadium flow battery energy storage system, the Uni.System, from UniEnergy Technologies (UET) at a SnoPUD substation in Everett, Washington. The capacity of the containerized system is 2 megawatt/8 megawatt-hour system and is housed in 20 shipping containers, each 20 feet in length, packed with tanks of a liquid electrolyte solution.  (Source: UET & Snohomish County PUD)

General Motors’ Buick brand will launch its extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), the Velite 5, in China. The EREV has a liquid-cooled li-ion battery pack that can provide an electric-only driving range of about 100 kilometers (62 miles). In extended-range mode with the engine, the Velite 5 has a driving range of more than 750 kilometers or 466 miles.  (Source: Detroit News)

AeroVironment and eMotorWerks are collaborating to provide increased charging capabilities and electric demand load aggregation for utilities. AeroVironment’s charging solutions with integrated eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet will provide benefits that include smartphone, web and Amazon Alexa voice control over charging, real time and historic energy usage for cars. For electric utilities, the JuiceNet integration, makes it possible to aggregate fleets of charging EVs that would allow utilities to modulate energy demand on the grid, and to shift and spread out charging loads to times when renewable resources are more abundant or energy rates are lower.  (Source: AeroVironment)

The Bangkok Board of Investment has approved promotional privileges for EVs, including tax holidays of 5-8 years. The privileges will focus on production of three types of EVs: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery.  (Source: Bangkok Post)

Tencent has acquired a 5% stake in Tesla for $1.78 billion. The company is an investor in NextEV (since rebranded as Nio). Tencent has funded at least two other Chinese EV startups, including Future Mobility in Shenzhen.  (Source: Reuters)

Moke Motors

                    The Moke

The Moke will soon be available for purchase in the United States. The vehicle is popular in the south of France and St. Barts. The eMOKE will sell for $15,975. The low speed vehicle travels up to 35 miles per hour.  (Source: Fox News)

Faraday Future has ended talks with Vallejo about building an auto factory on the former 157-acre Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The company will instead focus on completing its first factory in North Las Vegas.  (Source: SF Gate)


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Vehicle Electrification is Charging Ahead Again, in the NAATBatt blog. 

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