Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
November 24 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 47
NAATBatt Member News

New Member

NAATBatt is pleased to welcome  National Research Council of Canada as NAATBatt's newest Public Benefit member. The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, and fulfilling government mandates. The NRC's Vehicle Propulsion Technologies (VPT) program assists Canadian automotive manufacturers to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines, powertrains and the use of electric and fuel cell propulsion. Through the development of high-performance materials and mass-production manufacturing processes, the VPT program helps Canadian companies to develop the technologies they need to become leaders in the growing vehicle propulsion supply chain. It further supports the development of more environmentally responsible vehicles by providing validation and safety testing services to ease the adoption of new electrification technologies. For more information about the National Research Council of Canada, please see: 

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 recently updated NAATBatt 2018 website for more information about NAATBatt 2018, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities and a preliminary agenda.  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 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 next month.  

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

American Manganese Inc.: PCT International Patent Application Submitted for Lithium Ion Batteries Recycling Process and Recovery of Cathode Materials
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    

Volkswagen Group ( VW) is planning to invest about €22.8 billion ($27.0 billion) throughout the world from 2018 to 2022 to support its emobility efforts. The primary focus will be on Germany, which will account for investments totaling €14 billion ($17 billion) with a key initiative being the transformation of the Zwickau plant into an emobility facility. In the first stage, VW will be concentrating on the series production of its future electric vehicles (EVs) based on its modular electric drive kit. In 2020, the I.D., the first vehicle in the next generation of EVs will be launched.  (Source: Volkswagen)
Daimler is planning to invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China, jointly with its BAIC Motor joint venture (JV) partner, for capacity to produce EVs and batteries. The JV aims to produce locally in China all-EVs under the ' EQ' brand by 2019. The first EQ vehicle expected to launch in China will be the ' EQC' battery-powered crossover sport utility vehicle.  (Source: Reuters)
Tesla has installed its Powerpacks and connected them to the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia -- ahead of its 100-day deadline. The battery will be energized shortly. The wind farm is located north of Jamestown and is operated by Neoen ( France-based).
(Source: CNBC)
Toyota Motor is planning to introduce EVs in China and India from 2020. The automaker will design its own EV for the Chinese market and is also considering selling vehicles developed by its local partners under its brand.  (Source: Bloomberg)
PPG announced it has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to commercialize high-energy anode materials for battery applications in EVs. The 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and demonstrate anode materials that will store more energy than conventional lithium-ion  battery materials.  (Source: PPG)
Volkswagen ( VW) has held discussions with producers and traders of cobalt at its headquarters. The purchase of the metal may not be as simple as initially perceived, as the automaker has since relaxed demands for offers at a discounted fixed price. VW is in "intensive talks" with producers of materials for EVs that also deal with transparency, compliance and sustainability in the commodities supply chain.  (Source: Bloomberg) 
BMW is talking to suppliers of cobalt and other battery materials given the potential that stocks will run short and push already inflated prices higher. The sourcing of cobalt and other materials is "the most important" question the automaker has to address before it decides whether to produce its own battery cells, as it currently assembles battery cells. 
(Source: Bloomberg)

At least four companies have publicly confirmed having placed preorders for Tesla's electric truck (etruck). J.B. Hunt Transportation ServicesWalmart, Meijer and Loblaw have each paid the $5,000-a-truck deposit price for the vehicles that will be available in 2019. Walmart preordered 15 of the Tesla Semis, with five for its U.S. operations and the other 10 for Canada. Loblaw has ordered 25 etrucks. Ryder Systems is also planning to place an order for the vehicles.  (Source: Fleet Owner)
Volvo Cars  has signed a framework agreement with Uber to sell up to 24,000 autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.  The base vehicles are developed on Volvo's modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture, which is currently used on its 90 series cars as well as on the XC60 midsize SUV. The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016
(Source: Volvo Cars)
Renault Samsung Motors unveiled its SM3 Z.E. in South Korea. The EV (which first appeared in 2013) has increased its range by 57% to 213 kilometres (132.3 miles) based on the Korean type approval cycle.  The battery power has also been enhanced to 36 kilowatt-hours with no added increase in weight. The vehicle is capable of running for about 5 days on a single charge based on the average daily trip in South Korea of about 40 kilometres (24.8 miles) according to a Korean Transportation Safety Authority report.  (Source: Renault Group)
Mahindra Electric has partnered with car rental firm Zoomcar, wherein the former's twenty e2oPlus vehicles will be deployed on the latter's platform. A larger financing arrangement between Zoomcar and Mahindra Finance will see the former obtain customised EV financing as well. Mahindra Electric is also offering fast charging services to Zoomcar's customers, with fast charging compatible vehicles.  (Source: Economic Times)
Rover Parking announced a partnership with ChargeHub that allows an option for EV charging availability on its mobile app. The partnership provides users on both Rover and ChargeHub renting parking spaces the ability to provide and monetize for electric plug access.
(Source: Rover Parking and ChargeHub)

Industry Indices

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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