Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
December 8 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 49
NAATBatt Member News

New Member

NAATBatt International welcomes this week Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as NAATBatt's newest Public Benefit member.  For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of the United States of America and the world. Its mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. As one of the leading centers of advanced battery technology expertise within the U.S. national laboratory system, PNNL is working on the Energy Storage Technology Roadmap for the United States and manages the Battery500 Consortium for the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. To learn more about PNNL and its programs, go to: https://www.pnnl.gov/ 

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:  http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2018/   

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.  

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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 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    

Peugeot PSA has set up a joint venture (JV) with Nidec ( Japan-based) to develop and produce electric traction motors. Peugeot and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding plan to establish the JV in France in 1Q18 with each expected to hold a 50% stake in the new company. The JV agreement includes investments of 220 million euros ($262 million) and both companies will cooperate on developing motors for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids.  (Source: Marketwatch)
 
Ford announced an expansion of its EV plans in China with 15 new models. The EVs under the Ford and Lincoln brands are separate from the EVs the company will launch through its JV with Anhui Zoyte Automobile that was formed earlier this year.  The EV push will start in 2019 with the company already announcing an all-electric SUV that will be available globally - including in China.  (Source: Ford Motor) 
 
China is planning to extend a tax rebate on the purchase of 'new energy' vehicles. The government will continue to exempt the 10% purchase tax on new-energy vehicles at least through 2020, as the current tax rebate policy is due to expire at end of this year. 
(Source: Bloomberg)
 
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ( NYSERDA) and Verizon announced that Verizon has replaced 234 of its existing gas-powered vans with hybrid-electric vans from XL Hybrids for use in New York City. The Verizon vans are Chevy Express 2500 models.  (Source: NYSERDA)
 
Tata Motors has rolled out its first batch of Tigor EVs from its Sanand factory in Gujarat. The company won the tender of 10,000 EVs floated by Energy Efficiency Services (EESL). For phase 1, The automaker is required to deliver the 250 EVs, for which it has received a letter of acceptance (LOA). For an additional 100 cars, the LOA is expected to be issued shortly by EESL.  (Source: Economic Times)
 
UQM Technologies  announced it has signed a JV agreement with China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (CNHTC) and Sinotruk Global Village Investment, a Hong Kong based limited liability company owned by CNHTC. Under the JV, UQM will acquire a 25% ownership share of the JV with CNHTC and its affiliate collectively acquiring a 75% share. The JV, Sinotruk Qingdao Zhongqi New Energy Automobile, will be headquartered in the city of Qingdao, China and is anticipated to commence commercial operations in 2019.
(Source: UQM Technologies)
 
Proterra announced that Yosemite National Park will add two Proterra Catalyst┬« electric buses (ebuses) to its fleet. Yosemite represents the first U.S. National Park to permanently add zero-emission buses to its shuttle fleet.  (Source: Proterra)

Volt Resources has completed meetings with Tanzanian government officials and local communities that should enable the company to move forward with its Stage 1 development of the Banyu Graphite project.  This will enable the company to move forward on its cooperative agreement with Aoyu Graphite which can produce spheronised graphite.  (Source: Volt Resources)
 
Kibaran Resources announced plans to establish a pilot plant in Germany for the production of battery-grade graphite which will be expanded to commercial scale product. The strategy is to establish the pilot plant in early 2018 with construction of a full scale commercial operation in 2019 that will eventually ramp up to a production rate of 20,000 tons per annum.
(Source: Kibaran Resources)   
 
Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla electric trucks (etrucks). The U.S. subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev will use the Tesla fleet for shipments within 200 miles of its brewery locations. The etrucks will be only a portion of the 750-truck fleets operated by Anheuser-Busch.  (Source: Belleville-News Democrat)
 
MOIA, the mobility startup from Volkswagen Group, has introduced a ride pooling concept. The MOIA concept provides mobility options that will reduce traffic in major cities. The self-designed MOIA car, that is fully electric and optimized for ride pooling services, will make its debut in Berlin, Germany(Source: MOIA)
 
GreenPower Motor has received a purchase order and initial deposit for its Synapse 72 all-electric school bus for the Los Angeles Unified School DistrictL.A. Unified Transportation operates a fleet of approximately 1,300 school buses.  (Source: GreenPower Motor) 

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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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