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Ford Halewood

Ford to build first EV components in Europe at revamped Halewood site

2021-10-18T13:14:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motors will begin building its first electric vehicle parts in Europe at its Halewood plant on Merseyside, as part of a £230m ($315m) investment project. 

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Wolfspeed ahead for GM’s Ultium Drive supply

2021-10-05T08:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

GM has signed supplier agreement with US electronic subcomponents supplier Wolfspeed (formerly Cree) to secure the supply of silicon carbide devices that the carmaker said will enable it to install more efficient propulsion systems for its electric vehicles (EVs). 

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Ford to build battery and assembly plants in Kentucky and Tennessee amid massive acceleration of EV output

2021-09-28T12:13:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Together with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation (SKI), Ford is investing $11.4 billion on new plants, which aim to significantly increase regional battery cell production capacity in the US.

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Mercedes-Benz partners with Stellantis and Total to expand European battery cell capacity

2021-09-28T11:03:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Mercedes-Benz has joined Stellantis and Total in taking shares in Automotive Cells Company, with plans to expand battery cell production in Europe, as part of a strategy to increase and diversify supply.

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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

Farasis Gigafactory

Farasis Energy to build carbon neutral gigafactory in China as domestic recovery becomes priority

2021-09-23T11:26:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lithium-ion battery provider Farasis Energy has confirmed that it will add 24 gigawatt hour (GWh) per year production capacity to manufacture electric vehicle battery cells, modules and packs in China.

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Lightweighting of the future: Lotus reveals blueprints underpinning new EV sports range

2021-09-23T09:07:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lotus Cars has unveiled its full range of EV performance cars demonstrating innovations in lightweight chassis technology for the production of its electric sports vehicles. According to the company, they will be essential in both performances of electric vehicles, as well as in maintaining efficiency in manufacturing.

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CATL partners with BASF for EV battery material recycling to support European supply chain

2021-09-20T11:29:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Battery maker CATL has announced a strategic partnership with German chemicals firm BASF in battery materials solutions that will support recycling of batteries, and CATL’s plans for the production of battery cells in Europe.

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Valmet Automotive opens battery plant in Finland as it expands EV production capabilities

2021-09-17T12:48:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Valmet Automotive has officially opened its Uusikaupunki, Finland battery plant, marking the start of production of high-voltage automotive battery modules and battery packs, part of a significant expansion of its electric vehicle battery-related manufacturing.  

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Porsche building first plant for carbon-neutral fuel in Chile

2021-09-16T15:04:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The Haru Oni project is a collaborative effort by multiple enterprises in an effort to reach carbon neutrality. It utilises wind energy in order to generate nearly carbon-neutral fuel using low-cost green wind power. 

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VW Components opens new lab for EV battery cell research in Salzgitter

2021-09-14T10:15:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

As global demand for electric vehicles ramps up, OEMs are increasingly looking to develop their own battery chip-making capacity. Through partnerships and in-house development, carmakers are also seeking to be less reliant on complex supply chains and produce essential equipment closer to their customers.

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Italvolt signs land purchase to build southern Europe’s largest gigafactory as EV battery cell plant race heats up

2021-09-13T12:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The Italian startup takes over the site of a former Olivette factory in the Piedmont region, where it plans to build a battery factory to help meet rising demand and production for electric vehicles.

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Volta Trucks partners with Steyr Automotive to build first electric Volta Zero units in Austria

2021-09-10T10:05:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Beginning in 2019, Volta Trucks is a newcomer in the EV truck market but has seen rapid growth in recent years. Since its inception, the OEM has constructed offices across Europe.

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Toyota to produce hydrogen fuel cell modules for trucks in Kentucky from 2023

2021-08-27T11:54:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky will become a production centre for the company’s dual fuel cell development, serving commercial vehicles.

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Ford gambles with supply chains as OEM reportedly doubles production targets for electric F-150 Lightning trucks

2021-08-27T09:57:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Demand for electric vehicles has skyrocketed in recent years amid broader strategy by global institutions towards carbon-neutrality. However, supply chain disruptions relating to semiconductor shortages, the coronavirus pandemic, and material access may prove problematic for attempts to ramp up EV battery production.

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Electrifying Europe: new EU ‘Fit for 55’ legislation effectively bans petrol and diesel engines by 2035

2021-08-16T17:47:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The EU’s latest salvo against the automotive industry to mitigate against climate change will eliminate ICEs and transform automotive manufacturing

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Nissan and Envision AESC to build new EV battery plant in Japan - reports

2021-08-10T11:42:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan Motor will reportedly build a lithium-ion battery plant in Japan to support EV production as part of a joint investment project with battery manufacturer Envision AESC.

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EV battery supply chains on the move

2021-06-08T13:34:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet, Daniel Harrison

As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database

2021-06-03T18:10:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.

OEM battery cell supplier database

OEM and lithium-ion battery cell supplier database

2021-06-03T18:09:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Keep up with changing supplier relationships between electric vehicle manufacturers and battery cell suppliers in this database.