Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
December 15 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 50
NAATBatt Member News

NAATBatt Programs and Announcements

NAATBatt 2 018 , the 9th annual meeting and conference of NAATBatt International, will be held on March 19-22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hill County Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The annual meeting is the most important NAATBatt program each year. NAATBatt annual meetings allow top battery executives in North America to network, socialize and hear about what is new in the industry. It is more than a trade show; it is where industry relationships get made and deals get done. Visit the updated NAATBatt 2018 website for more information about NAATBatt 2018, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities and a preliminary agenda.  Early registration ends December 31. Go to:   

Applications are now being accepted for designation as one of the Top Ten New Energy Storage Technologies of 2018 at NAATBatt 2018.  Each year as part of its annual meeting, NAATBatt hosts the Energy Storage Innovation Summit. At the Summit, ten jury-selected companies are given the opportunity to make short presentations about a new energy storage-related product that is market-ready and available for license, purchase or inbound investment. These ten "flash" presentations give the largest and most successful battery companies in the world a chance to see, at one place and time, the best of the new technologies coming onto the market. The Summit has an established history of producing licensing, acquisition and investment deals. The application period for the Summit is now open. Interested companies should submit a written application to present (3 pages max) to Jim Greenberger of NAATBatt by December 31, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by late January.  For details about the Summit and the solicitation, click here .

Zinc Battery Committee.  NAATBatt International is forming a Zinc Battery Committee that will focus on batteries utilizing zinc-based chemistry. 
The objective of the Zinc Committee is to raise the awareness and create collaborative alliances between zinc-based battery manufacturers and their supply chains. Zinc will play a critical role in the future growth of energy storage and NAATBatt's Zinc Committee will provide the leadership and platform to accelerate industry adoption. NAATBatt members and non-members interested in serving on the committee should contact  Jim Greenberger. An organizational call of the committee will be held on December 20.  

The NAATBatt Battery Industry Job Board will launch next week. As an additional service to its members, NAATBatt will soon permit its  member firms to advertise open positions on the "Resource Center" tab of the NAATBatt website. NAATBatt members should expect an e-mail next week with instructions on how to post jobs openings on the site.

NAATBatt Sponsored Conferences

NAATBatt Sponsored Conferences are industry shows at which NAATBatt member firms are welcome to display literature and information about their own products in NAATBatt's exhibit booth. For information about opportunities for NAATBatt member firms at Sponsored Conferences, contact Jim Greenberger

NAATBatt Member Press Releases and Events

EnerDel: EnerDel CEO, Michael Canada, elected to Indy Chamber 2018 Board of Directors
For press release, click here .

NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases about developments at their companies in this newsletter should send their releases by e-mail to  Vivian Yu  of NAATBatt by Thursday  of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News    

Toyota and Panasonic are exploring the development of prismatic cells and collaboration that will include solid-state batteries. The agreement builds on a joint venture the companies have had since 1996 called ' Primearth EV Energy', which makes lithium-ion (li-ion) and nickel-metal hydride batteries for other Toyota cars. Toyota controls 80.5% of the entity, with Panasonic owning the remainder.  (Source: Bloomberg)
Singapore has launched an electric vehicle (EV) sharing program, which will run for a decade by BlueSG (a subsidiary of the BollorĂ© Group). There are about 80 EVs and 32 charging stations already available for public use. BlueSG aims to roll out a fleet of 1,000 EVs and 2,000 charging points by 2020. Bollore operates similar EV sharing plans in other cities, including Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France, Indianapolis and Los Angeles in the United States and Torino in Italy.  The BlueSG EVs feature two-door hatchbacks that run on lithium-metal polymer batteries that drive up to 200 kilometers (124.27 miles) on a full charge.  (Source: BlueSG)
Ten 10 electric buses (ebuses) manufactured by BYD have started operating on the island of Okinawa. The K9 ebuses run a shuttle service to and from the Okinawa Naha Port
(Source: BYD)
Pepsi has reserved 100 Tesla electric semi trucks (etrucks) for use within its U.S. fleet of almost 10,000 big rigs. Tesla has also received an order for 50 vehicles from Sysco. The number of reservations for the etrucks is estimated at over 260 units.  (Source: Reuters and Sysco) 
Thyssenkrupp sees potential factory gear orders of more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) over the next decade due to an expected production boom of li-ion batteries for the EV sector. The company provides assembly lines for automated car battery production and generates about 25% of group sales from the auto industry.  (Source: Reuters)
Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Europe with the aim of providing energy storage solutions for the EV industry.  (Source: Skeleton Technologies)
WM Motor is planning to start producing an EV at a plant in Wenzhou in 2Q18.  The ' Weltmeister' is due to be priced below 300,000 yuan ($45,340) to buyers in 2H18. The automaker aims to sell 100,000 EVs a year with three models within 3-4 years of the planned 2018 launch.  (Source: Reuters)
Shenzhen Ebus Fleet vs 5 Largest N.A. Fleets
The city of Shenzhen plans to have an all-electric bus fleet by the end of the year. Shenzhen's fleet of ebuses is bigger than the five largest North American bus fleets combined (. The city's vehicles represent  only a small fraction of China's total ebus sales, which reached 116,000 last year.  (Source: WRI Ross Center and Metro Magazine)

EV vs China Ebus Battery Demand
China's demand for ebus batteries is almost equal to that of demand for all-EV batteries.
(Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
Mitsubishi Motors  has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government under which it will work to expand the use and availability of EVs in Indonesia. The government and Mitsubishi will work together to conduct a joint study to examine the efficient usage of EVs in Indonesia.  (Source: Mitsubishi Motors)
Ford Motor intends to assemble EVs in Mexico, not Michigan.  The company altered its plans for the Michigan plant, as it expects the market for self-driving cars for taxis and delivery fleets to grow rapidly after it rolls out its first model in 2021. Ford plans to begin assembling a small, battery-powered sport-utility vehicle in a plant in Cuautitlán, north of Mexico City, in 2020. The EV is expected to travel 300 miles before needing to recharge its battery.
(Source: NY Times)
TVS Motor has bought a 14.78% cent stake in Ultraviolette Automotive, a Bengaluru-based startup working on electric two-wheelers and energy infrastructure. The company has tested three prototypes but has not launched an electric two-wheeler yet.  (Source: NDTV)
The  Canadian Government will be issuing updates to address the "Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations" in response to China's banning the import of hazardous materials into the country at the end of this year.
(Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada)

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Executive Director's Notes

NAATBatt International recently held the first in what it hopes to be a series of educational courses, offering basic education on advanced battery technology to individuals new to the industry and other interested persons. Educating people about the basic principals of battery technology is key to building a workforce that can support their manufacture in North America. Read about the course in this week's blog, Advanced Battery Systems 101 Course is a Great Success, by clicking here .

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