Auto and Batteries merge with Toyota – Panasonic Electric Vehicle JV

Auto and Batteries merge with Toyota – Panasonic Electric Vehicle JV 

Jan 20, 2019

  • According to news reports in Japan, Toyota and Panasonic will this week announce a joint venture to produce batteries for EVs for Toyota and its subsidiaries and partners in EV technology, including Mazda. Panasonic’s five non-Tesla automotive battery production facilities in Japan and China will be rolled into the new company
  • This is very big news for a number of reasons, firstly because it represents a significant upstream battery investment by a major OEM – Toyota is set to own 51% of the new company, with Panasonic holding the remaining shares – and its success, or otherwise, will set a template for other similar mergers that are almost certain to follow
  • Secondly, and maybe more crucially for the immediate development of the EV market, is that it outlines Toyota’s commitment to EVs, having for years talked up its fuel cell technology as the future of zero emissions vehicles. This is doubly true given reports that the new entity will have a significant R&D function, with a remit to develop a generation of larger batteries, signaling a move towards more and larger full battery electric vehicles from the OEM in the coming years

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Rho Rising: Key trends in EV battery pack size & design – our presentation at the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence press briefing

Rho Rising: Key trends in EV battery pack size & design – our presentation at BMI press briefing

Dec 4, 2018

We were delighted to be invited to present at the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence press briefing on the 3rd December, where we spoke to industry press about key trends in EV battery pack size and design. Looking at how increases in cell density are being driven through improved battery chemistry and design. Get started below to receive the presentation.

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BYD still leading the EV market in China after a strong September

BYD still leading the EV market in China after a strong September

Oct 23, 2018

BYD remains the dominant force in the market after another strong month for EV sales in China. Domestic sales of all its battery (BEV) and plug-in (PHEV) electric vehicles reached nearly 140,000 units in the year to September, following sales in the month of roughly 25,000 units, according to the latest data from the China Association of Automotive Manufacturers (CAAM). This represents sales growth of 25% so far in 2018 compared to the whole of 2017. BAIC’s EC-series remains the highest selling model however, with just over 47,000 sales so far in 2018.

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Israel cutting out gasoline and diesel by 2030

Israel cutting out gasoline and diesel by 2030
Oct 17, 2018

The Israeli Energy Ministry announced plans on October 16th to end the sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2030, with these being replaced by natural gas, for heavy duty vehicles, and electric vehicles, for passenger cars and light duty vehicles. The government is committed to funding over 2,000 new charging stations and will reduce taxation on EVs to almost zero.

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Mazda outlines electrification plans

Mazda outlines electrification plans

Oct 6, 2018

Despite being something of an EV rejectionist, Mazda has now stated that it will introduce electrification in some form in all its production vehicles by 2030, full electric vehicles will only comprise 5% of the total, however. Hybridisation and increased ICE efficiency are Mazda’s preferred strategies for improving emissions and fuel consumption to meet its 90% reduction for corporate average well-to-wheel COemissions by 2050.

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BYD charging ahead with capacity investments at home and abroad

BYD charging ahead with capacity investments at home and abroad
Sep 26, 2018
BYD has announced ambitious plans to extend its battery manufacturing capacity by a further 30 Gwh with a new facility in Xi’an, Shanxi Province. The investment is likely to cost around USD 1.74bn. This comes on the back of an announcement in August that the company will invest in a 20 Gwh factory in Chongqing City at a cost of USD 1.4bn.

The company has also announced it will be making a further investments in the US, albeit on a more modest scale, spending USD5m on a warehousing facility to assist with the manufacture of its electric buses.

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