The UK keeps pushing to grow a British battery supply chain. Now University of Warwick has been awarded twelve million pounds to boost EV batteries. Plans include creating a new R&D centre and "turbocharging" the scale-up of battery materials manufacturing, also by tying into existing initiatives.
In the NaNaBatt project, EAS Batteries, Ionic Liquids Technologies and three institutes at TU Braunschweig are developing production processes for sodium-ion cells that are primarily intended to be sustainable and cost-efficient. The results should contribute to the further development of German battery cell production.
The Chinese battery cell manufacturer and BMW partner Eve Energy has started construction of its first European battery cell factory in Hungary. It is set to have an annual capacity of 28 gigawatt hours and will go into operation in 2026.
Nio and Geely have announced they will now be cooperating on battery standards, battery swapping technology, battery swapping network expansion and operation, swappable model development, and battery asset management. Both companies are committed to making their models compatible with each other’s systems.
UK battery materials and recycling company Altilium Metals has secured over £700,000 in UK government innovation funding for two collaborative research projects focused on the recovery of copper and rare earth elements from mine waste.
The planned joint battery cell factory of the Chinese Volkswagen partner Gotion High-Tech and the Slovakian battery company InoBat in Central Europe will probably be built in Slovakia, specifically in Šurany in the south of the country.