Several battery suppliers are working on Tesla’s 4680 cells

Tesla says its new 4680 battery cell, unveiled at the 2020 Battery Day event, represents a “massive breakthrough” that could enable a new generation of cheaper EVs. However, some industry experts have predicted that mass-producing the new cells will not be easy.

Concurrently with developing the new cells, Tesla has been broadening its battery supply chain, bringing new cell suppliers into the mix. Will competition among cell manufacturers help to overcome the challenges of scaling up to mass production? Both Panasonic and LG have been working on the 4680 cells, and now the Korea Herald reports that Samsung SDI wants to get in on the action.

An anonymous industry official told the Herald that both Samsung and LG have developed sample 4680 cells, and are currently conducting tests to verify structural integrity.

In March, Samsung SDI CEO Jun Young-hyun told the Korea Herald that his company was developing a cylindrical cell larger than its existing 2170 model, but offered no details. In April, we learned that Samsung is working with Hyundai to develop a new-format cell—larger than 2170, but smaller than 4680—specifically for hybrid vehicles.

The 4680 cell, with its higher energy density, is believed to be an essential enabling technology for some of Tesla’s upcoming vehicles. Elon Musk has said that it will be critical for producing the Tesla Semi.

BASF to build battery prototype recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF will build a prototype battery recycling plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, at the site of its existing cathode active materials plant. The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to extract lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries as well as off-spec material from cell producers and battery material producers.

The new plant is expected to open in early 2023. “With this investment in battery recycling, plus leading process technology for manufacturing of cathode active materials, we aim to ‘close the loop’ while reducing the CO2 footprint of our cathode active materials by up to 60 percent in total compared to industry standards,” said BASF Senior VP Dr. Matthias Dohrn. 

Rheinland Air Service orders five Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800s

Rheinland Air Service (RAS), a European provider of aircraft maintenance and repair services, has ordered five all-electric eFlyer 800 aircraft from Bye Aerospace. RAS will provide service to eFlyer800 aircraft in Central Europe through its service and support facilities in Germany, and will be a designated reseller of the eFlyer800 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Denver-based Bye Aerospace unveiled its eFlyer 800, an 8-seat all-electric twin turboprop-class airplane aimed at the air taxi, air cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets, in April. The company has orders on the books from operators in North America and Europe, and is targeting an FAA certification date in 2025.

George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said RAS is an important partner for many reasons. “We have known Johannes and his company for 20 years, and recognize the significant role RAS has supporting business aviation for this important part of Europe.”

“The eFlyer 800, with its remarkable economy and flight performance, will support the European market while balancing the amount of carbon emissions,” said Johannes Schaesberg, CEO of RAS.

Mercedes-Benz teases super-efficient electric car with over 1,000 km (620 miles) of range

Mercedes-Benz is teasing its upcoming new super-efficient electric car that the automaker claims will have over 1,000 km (620 miles) of range.

It’s actually a shorter range than previously announced.


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Mercedes-Benz announces plan to go all-electric by 2030

Mercedes-Benz today announced a new electrification plan that sets them up to “go all-electric by the end of the decade.”


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EGEB: New building energy codes will save Americans $138B over 3 decades

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US Department of Energy announces new energy-efficient building codes to save consumers money and fight climate change.
  • Bloomington, Indiana, launches its Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program.
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