September 2, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 36

NAATBatt Member News

Battery-Innovation-CenterBattery Innovation Center (BIC) together with Lightening Motorcycles have issued an RFP for high energy lithium-ion batteries.  Lightening Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike and is looking to produce a motorcycle that can make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge. For information about the RFP and to respond, see the details in the “Members Advertising and Announcement” section at the end of this newsletter below.  Responses are due on September 23.

The NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Policy Committee will hold its organizational meeting in the Amethyst Room of the Suburban Battery recycling imageCollection Showcase in Novi, Michigan on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (during The Battery Show). The mission of the Committee is to coordinate an industry response to calls for the recycling of high voltage lithium-ion batteries in the United States.  The meeting will discuss what is driving calls for recycling and how producers and users of high voltage lithium-ion batteries should respond.  Lithium-ion batteries used in automotive, ESS and industrial applications will be covered. All concerned stakeholders are invited to join the discussion. Click here for more details and to register.

SAE logoCatarc logoNAATBatt International and the Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council are continuing their work on surveying existing standards and promulgating new standards and best practices for electric and hybrid-electric bus batteries.  NAATBatt and SAE are working with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) on this project. The committee held its second meeting last week and a new SAE Technical Information Report, J3125, has been opened and is under development.  NAATBatt members interested in electric and hybrid electric bus technology are strongly encouraged to join the committee and get involved in its work. Please see the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter to read the call for membership and for information about how to join. A joint meeting of the NAATBatt and SAE Bus Battery Committee will be held during The Battery Show, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 7:00-8:15 a.m. EDT. The meeting will be located in the Amethyst Room of the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, MI.

2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The2017 annual program will include many of the features that have made past programs so popular: surveys of the advanced battery market, theadvanced battery innovation summit, analysis of M&A, venture and IP activity related toadvanced batteries, member update presentations, the golf and tennis tournament, and the best networking in the industry. Members and non-members are welcome. More details about the program will be available soon.

DOE-OE_PeerReview_Logo-whtNAATBatt International has been selected to facilitate iStorage, the 2016 Peer Review Meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Electricity’s energy storage program. iStorage will be held on September 25-28, 2016, at The Renaissance Hotel, DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. More than 100 recipients of DOE funding will make presentations at the meeting. Information about iStorage can be found by clicking here. Make your reservations at the Renaissance Hotel by clicking here. Hotel rooms may be limited; make your reservations now. 

NAATBatt International will be a supporting organization of The Battery Show on September Battery Show 2016 logo13-16, 2016, in Novi, Michigan. Several NAATBatt members will be speaking during the program and at least three NAATBatt committee meetings (electric bus safety, advanced battery recycling and board of directors) will take place in conjunction with the show. Gold and Platinum level NAATBatt members may use the NAATBatt booth during the show to exhibit displays and literature without charge. E-mail Jim Greenberger to reserve space in the booth. For more information about The Battery Show, click here.

Lead acid battery recyclingNAATBatt International will host a one-day Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The workshop will examine the recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and ESS applications. Speakers will discuss how China and the EU have chosen to regulate the disposition of high voltage advanced batteries at the end of their useful lives and the factors that might drive the implementation of a mandatory recycling regime in the United States. The economics and technologies for recycling advanced batteries will be discussed. More information about the workshop will be available soon under “Events” on the NAATBatt website at

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

Samsung SDI has announced an investment plan for battery plant construction in Hungary. The facility will enable the company to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China. The company is planning to build production lines with annual capacity of batteries for 50,000 pure electric vehicles (EVs), investing around 400 billion won (~$359 million) with commercial production to start in 2H18. (Source: Samsung SDI)

China is imposing stricter technology standards on EV manufacturers and is considering restricting the number of startup EV makers to a maximum of 10. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology listed 17 technologies that companies must possess in order to ensure “healthy” development of the industry. They include a control system that determines the performance and stability of the NEV, an information system that tracks the sources and conditions of key parts, and a process for recycling or reusing batteries. So far, only two ventures have obtained approval to build EVs, based on a review of National Development and Reform Commission documents. (Source: Bloomberg)

BYD has partnered with the Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group (BESEG) to launch a series of pure electric sanitation trucks (etrucks) – featuring a total of 26 different models. BESEG is planning to replace 45% of its current diesel fleet with the EVs before the end of this year and to be completely electric-powered within 2017. The etrucks have load capacities ranging from 1 ton to 32 tons. (Source: NGT News)

Uber has rolled out all-EVs in London as part of a three-month study. The company is offering the Nissan Leaf and BYD 6 EVs to Uber drivers. Uber has partnered with The Energy Saving Trust to observe the program over the next three months. (Source: Business Insider)

Sydney Airport has unveiled an electric airport bus (ebus). The Electric Blu ebus is a ‘Toro’ model vehicle, created by Carbridge in a joint venture with BYD. The Electric Blu bus is the first of a fleet of six ebuses to be operational by the end of this year, replacing the airport’s existing diesel bus fleet servicing the shuttle route between the T2/T3 terminal precinct and the Blu Emu Car Park. (Source: Airport World)

The City of Hamburg and Volkswagen Group announced plans to collaborate over the next three years to jointly develop solutions to making urban mobility more environmentally-friendly. Hamburg-Holstein and Hamburger Hochbahn have agreement in place with the MAN (Volkswagen subsidiary) on an intensive exchange in the field of ebus development. The memorandum of understanding signed is the outcome of a dialog between the Senate and the Volkswagen Group, which began a year ago, and the German government’s February auto summit on e-mobility. (Source: Volkswagen)

UQM Technologies has secured customers for its PowerPhase®DT drivetrain solution. They include Hybrid Kinetic Group, Wuzhoulong Motors and ITL for a Yangtse full-size bus in China and ADOMANI in the U.S. The PowerPhase®DT will be delivered this fall for pilot program deployment. (Source: UQM Technologies)

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                The Chery EQ

Baidu is using a Chery EQ (as shown in Exhibit 1) modified with its driverless tech for testing in China. The company is planning to use its autonomous vehicles for a public, shared shuttle service by 2018. Baidu is also testing its autonomous vehicles in the U.S. and has employees working on the project in Sunnyvale, California(Source: Business Insider)

The City of Shreveport received a $3.9 million federal grant to bring six Proterra ebuses into SporTran’s fleet by summer of 2017. The vehicles will replaces six diesel buses within the Shreveport Area Transit System, which has between 40 and 50 active diesel buses in its fleet. The cost to operate one of the diesel buses costs the city about $40,000 per year (compared to a cost of $10,000 to charge an ebus per year). (Source: The Times)

Sunverge announced the Hartley Nature Center has installed its Solar Integration System (SIS) to provide backup electric power to meet operational needs during power outages. The intelligent energy storage system automatically switches from the electric grid to stored renewable power at peak demand times. The project is the result of a set of partnerships and community support. Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, the Clean Energy Group, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the City of Duluth. (Source: Sunverge)

Texas Instruments has introduced a reference design that adds Wi-Fi connectivity to a charging station. EV owners are able to remotely monitor and control the charging of vehicles with Wi-Fi. The company’s SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi wireless microcontroller (MCU) technology allows design engineers to create stations that intelligently charge at non-peak times or detect and communicate when a charging station is available. TI plans to introduce a Level 3 EV direct-current charger reference design scalable to 600V and 400A that cuts charging time down to only 20-30 minutes later this year. (Source: Texas Instruments)

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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  

Member Advertising and Announcements

Nuvation Engineering Company Snapshot

NuvationSince joining NAAT Batt last year, Nuvation has been collaborating with several battery manufacturers around integrating Nuvation BMS into their utility-scale energy storage systems. Something less well known in energy storage circles is that Nuvation Engineering is also an electronic design company that has completed over 800 projects over the past 19 years. Their customers include companies like Toyota, Siemens, AeroVironment, General Dynamics, and others.

We invite you to take a closer look at this very interesting company and the diverse projects their talented engineering teams work on year over year: Nuvation Engineering Projects Snapshot.


Request for Proposal:  Ultra-high Energy Density Battery for Performance Applications

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Lightning Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike. It also happens to be allelectric. Lightning has consistently set new standards for performance in the all‐electric motorcycle segment. After setting the land speed record for all‐electric bikes at 218 mph, Lightning set records by beating all gas (+21 sec) and electric powered bikes (+2 min) at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013. As the next challenge, Lightning will be the first all‐electric motorcycle to make a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge.

To make the trip, Lightning is partnering with the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) to issue this industry‐wide RFP for batteries with the highest energy density in development today. Lightning has selected BIC because of the BIC’s reputation as one of the key places in the world where advanced battery technologies are being developed and vetted by various startup and mature companies alike. BIC is a non‐profit labratory and consulting resource to the industry that has helped catalyze development of battery technology for companies across the U.S., such as Austin,Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Chicago, and Boulder.

The key parameters needed to support the solution are:

  1. Energy density rating at the raw cell level above 300 Wh/kg.
  2. Supply of at least enough raw material to support two 12 kWh packs*.
    ‐ the packs will meet the following: 400 V max, 30‐75 A nominal (600 A pulse <15sec.)

Together, Lightning and BIC want to push the envelope of what is technically feasible to drive higher energy density solutions in the market by challenging limits in currently available solutions. Interested companies will submit their proposals according to this RFP, and the selected company will (1) supply their cell material to BIC; (2) have cells manufactured in a controlled cell manufacturing environment at BIC; (3) have Lightning and BIC work with them to integrate the cells into a module and pack solution; and (4) enjoy the benefit of the association with a record‐setting event publicized through the Lightning and BIC networks.

*consideration will be given to suppliers of material for 1 pack if two viable candidates are identified.

Scope and Timeline:
Lightning and BIC want to move as quickly as possible to identify the right partner for this project, and will rapidly work to manufacture the cells, integrate the modules, and execute the ride.

Proposal response deadline: September 23, 2016
Award announced: October 7, 2016
Raw material delivery to BIC: October 28, 2016
Cell manufacturing & testing concludes: November 30, 2016
Integration into bike complete: December 31, 2016
The Ride: February 28, 2017

Project Deliverables:

  1. Awardee will supply raw material or manufactured cells to BIC.
  2. BIC will perform cell manufacturing at‐cost and cell testing at no cost to Awardee.
  3. BIC will supply cell manufacturing parameters with Awardee at no cost to Awardee.
  4. Lightning will procure the cells from BIC to populate at least 1 bike, possibly 2 bikes.
  5. Lightning will perform integration of the cells into the final pack, including BMS.
  6. Lightning and BIC will supply all PR resources and other logistics for the ride.

Cost Share:
The Awardee will be expected to supply raw materials that can be converted into cells as their in‐kind contribution.

BIC will perform any necessary cell manufacturing and testing at‐cost, paid for by Lightning.  Any cost of integration and logistics will be covered by Lightning.

Evaluation Criteria:
The most important criteria for this program is the availability of the Awardee’s material that meets the technical parameters articulated above in sufficient quantities in the timeframe needed.

The broader technical parameters of multiple compliant proposals will be considered.


Call for Experts by the Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Councilproterra

The Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council is conducting a membership drive.  The purpose of the Committee is to promulgate standards and best practices with respect to electric and hybrid electric bus drivetrains that can be used by transit agencies, bus manufacturers and regulators to ensure public safety and the cost-effective operation of electrified buses.  SAE International encourages all relevant stakeholders and experts to participate in this important process.  The Committee’s work is likely to affect significantly the design and procurement of electrified buses over the next decade.  For information, please contact Pat Ebejer of SAE International.

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