Honda and Panasonic to start testing swappable rechargeable batteries
Honda has teamed up with Panasonic to start testing the swappable rechargeable batteries it debuted at CES this year. The partners are bringing Honda's Mobile Power Packs to Indonesia, where they'll be used to power electric mobility products, particularly electric bikes. Indonesia is the third largest motorcycle market in the world after India and China, and its government has been thinking of ways to reduce traffic and pollution brought by the rise of the two-wheeled vehicles. One of the solutions it came up with is to encourage the adoption of electric-powered vehicles, making the country one of the best places to test the batteries.
What we learned at the 10th Lithium Supply and Markets Conference
Lithium producers agree that shortage of lithium battery-grade compounds is here to stay. The world's largest lithium producers agree that the shortage of lithium battery-grade compounds will endure both in 2018 and in the years to come. Despite additional lithium units from Australian hard rock and expansions in brine production, supply has been overestimated and demand underestimated over the past 10 years. Most of the new production is struggling to meet the battery-grade specifications for cathode and battery makers, lithium producers said, making talk of a supply surplus a misleading concept. Still, change may be coming: The likes of Panasonic and other lithium converters are looking to assist producers in their attempts to provide battery-grade quality material.
Neometals Ltd: Aim to Create the Most Sustainable Highest-Margin Lithium Business, Interview with Mike Tamlin, COO
According to Mr. Tamlin, Mt Marion mine has reached maximum production capacity, at a time when the lithium prices are at an all-time high. From the third quarter of this year, Mt Marion Mine is planning to start paying the mine JV shareholders their share of profits. Revenues are very strong and looking to go stronger when the concentrator production is upgraded, later in 2018. The Kalgoorlie Lithium Refinery, which will produce 10,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide equivalent per annum, is in the middle of its front-end engineering and design phase. The site is well-located and well-serviced.
Chinese firms scour for world's ores in pursuit of nation's electric dream
"Over the past couple of years, we have seen evidence in the automotive industry where Chinese companies have been acquiring foreign assets across both original equipment manufacturing (OEM), components as well as mining," said JPMorgan Chase & Co's analyst Nick Lai, in the bank's 2025 EV Outlook report. "Our view is that vertical integration in the auto industry is not unusual. Many global OEMs have investments or equity stakes in key components.". The Chinese government is anxious for the core technology of electric batteries - as well as the most crucial parts of the supply chain - to be in Chinese hands, driven in equal parts by technological nationalism and a pragmatic concern to keep dependence on foreign suppliers to the minimum. China and Chile in particular had been cooperating on projects, including the manufacturing of batteries based on lithium and cobalt, the Xinhua News Agency reported at the start of the year, citing comments by the former Chilean president Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, during a meeting between the Chinese foreign minister and his counterparts from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. "We saw during Chile Week in 2017 that China is very interested in developing this type of technology for electric cars and that Chile has the advantage of being one of the largest producers of lithium in the world," the Chilean senator said, according to Xinhua's report.
A Lithium Valley in Western Australia could power the world
The report - Lithium Valley: Establishing the case for energy metals and battery manufacturing in Western Australia - says WA is home to the world's most accessible abundance of energy metals, including lithium, cobalt, vanadium, tin, tantalum, nickel, manganese, magnesium and rare earths - essential components in batteries and other renewable tech. Not only should Australia be mining the ingredients needed for electric batteries, it needs to be adding value by doing the refining and manufacture of the end products, the new report argues.
South Australia government hails success of trials of first phase of Tesla virtual power plant
The prospects for Tesla's proposed 250MW "virtual power plant" in South Australia look significantly brighter after the success of its first trial and an enthusiastic response from the South Australia government. In a statement on Sunday, the state government hailed Tesla's first VPP trials for "delivering cheaper energy to South Australians who need it most", and increasing the reliability of the state's energy network.
Waymo Gets The First All-Electric I-Pace From Jaguar
Waymo's plan with its self-driving car hardware and software is to build a ride-sharing company, and having an all-electric car is necessary, as it won't need to worry about getting someone to pump gas, it just needs to go somewhere and charge (perhaps overnight).
German electric cars will catch up with Tesla in coming years, study says
Electric-car pioneer Tesla Inc. no longer has the road to itself. German carmakers Daimler AG, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG are closing in and may pass their American rival by 2021, based on a consultancy's ranking of electric automakers that factors strategy, battery technology, culture, supplier networks, partnerships and financial performance into an overall score.
Lithium Valley: Establishing the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in Western Australia
Speaking at the launch of the report Lithium Valley: Building the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing for Western Australia, Professor Newman said, "Suddenly WA has become critical to security of supply for battery metals as we are the only place in the world that has them all."
The report provides the background and a series of recommendations to unlock the potential for ensuring security of supply for a world based on renewable energy, batteries and electric vehicles. It also shows how WA can become a centre for processing the minerals, making the batteries, using them and recycling them.
"Not only do we have the resources but we also have the technological capability and skilled workforce to service this emerging industry," Professor Newman said. "The world needs us and we can create 'Lithium Valley' to service this need."
Formula E Race Showcases Electric Batteries of the Future
The FIA Formula E racing series, pitting electricity-powered cars against each other, will end its season in Brooklyn this weekend. The race will also serve as a retirement party for the initial generation of E-racing vehicles. Starting next season, drivers will use sleek open-cockpit cars powered by much stronger batteries. The new vehicles, which bear a mild resemblance to the Batmobile, are capable of delivering a maximum power of 250 kilowatts (equivalent to roughly 335 HP) and reaching speeds of 174 miles per hour (280 km/h). The improved battery means drivers will no longer have to swap cars midrace.