General Motors Co working on technology to slash EV battery costs

In a statement General Motors Co’s President Mark Reuss said, the company is testing a variety of battery chemistry technologies and manufacturing processes aimed at slashing the cost of future electric vehicle batteries and reducing its dependence on such price-sensitive metals including cobalt. While speaking at an investor conference, Reuss said “GM is experimenting with…

Electric vehicle startup Fisker mulls prismatic cell battery manufacturing unit in partnership with major supplier in either US or Europe

In a statement Fisker Inc’s chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said, the electric vehicle startup is weighing options to set up a battery cell manufacturing facility with a major supplier in either Europe or the United States. The move is aimed at securing components in its supply chain. Earlier Fisker had struggled with the recall…

Oshkosh Defense wins 10-year contract agreement to build next-gen U.S. Postal delivery vehicle

In a significant development, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stated, it will award a multibillion-dollar, ten-year contract agreement to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles. Under the initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense, a unit of Oshkosh Corp, will finalize the production design, testing and vehicle tooling required prior to…

Hyundai Motor to launch dedicated Electric Global Modular Platform in major push towards electric vehicles

On Wednesday, in a statement South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group stated, early next year it will introduce an electric vehicle-only platform which will use its battery technology to cut production time and costs. The plan by Hyundai Motor Group, the world’s No.5 auto group, aims to become a major player in the global EV market,…

Panasonic’s Q1 profits at Tesla’s Gigafactory boost investor confidence in EV market

On Tuesday, following Panasonic Corp’s first quarter report, shares of Asian companies in Tesla Inc’s battery supply chain surged. Panasonic’s battery venture with Tesla has boosted investor confidence in the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker. Panasonic’s first quarterly profit from its $1.6 billion investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory is also another validation of Tesla founder Elon…

China’s biggest lead producer Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead eyeing battery production

In a strategic move Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead is studying plans on setting up a lead-acid battery production line as part of a downstream expansion. Company officials from Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead, China’s largest lead producer stated, the company plans on setting up a lead-acid battery production line as part of a downstream…