The JV will produce materials from 2025 to make cathodes, a component which accounts for roughly half the cost of a battery cell.
The Japanese automaker said that after a shut-down of more than six months, there was no sign it would be able to re-open.
Automakers crimp energy use and reluctantly turn to coal and oil but options may be more limited for component and material suppliers upstream.
The turbines with a combined output of more than 100 megawatts (MW) will be installed at the automaker’s Papenburg, northern Germany test track.
Škoda trials 5G communications to support production operations and development of the smart factory
BMW using digital twins to simulate production for new plants and upgrades for existing facilities
The battery producer will open a new production facility which it has acquired from wind turbine producer Vestas.
Developments in the new generation of cells include higher energy density, faster charging and lower CO2 in manufacture as well as lower cost.
The joint plant will offer cost savings to both automakers and speed start-up Rivian’s establishment of a presence beyond North America.
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The recovery of used parts suitable for re-sale builds on the company’s existing initiative to refurbish and modernise second-hand trucks to extend their life.
The reduction in energy use includes an even higher cut in the automaker’s consumption of currenlty-scarce natural gas.
The carmaker says it is working to increase the proportion of recycled materials in its car fleet to an average of 40% by 2030
JLR tackles data skills shortage through collaboration with tech start-up Multiverse
Mercedes-Benz will be the first to receive cells from CATL’s forthcoming Hungarian plant, placing the largest initial order.
Battery metals prices have become a significant threat to automotive’s pursuit of electrification with growing EV output calling for higher volumes of minerals production.
AMTE Power accelerates it plans towards high volume battery cell production with plans for a mega-factory near the city of Dundee
Battery experts say energy costs and the supply of renewable energy could mean it takes longer for Europe to reach zero-emission mobility targets.
Audi is making progress in production through virtual reality, AI and software prototype builds, modular assembly, quality control and energy conservation.
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