Tesla in talks with Samsung SDI for Model X batteries

Tesla in talks with Samsung SDI for Model X batteries

While they deal with some press hype about the recent battery fire in a Model-S, Tesla are also busily trying to find more suppliers for batteries – Samsung SDI and Tesla are in discussions about supplying batters for the upcoming Model X.

Tesla currently use batteries supplied by Panasonic in the Model S. In fact Tesla drives more of Panasonic’s battery revenues in the U.S. than the world’s largest automakers, despite the fact that Panasonic are the also the biggest supplier of batteries for Hybrid vehicles in the US.

As outlined in a recent article about Panasonic’s battery sales upturn: “Tesla’s battery demand now outweighs all other OEMs in the U.S., taking 49% of the market share for battery capacity shipped in the U.S. plug-in and hybrid market in Q2 2013. Others are taking notice of Tesla’s increased clout: Samsung SDI, BYD, and LG Chem have reportedly been in talks with the automaker, seeking to supplement or displace Panasonic. However, they may have to wait for Tesla’s next model, because Tesla could find it difficult to mix cells from different suppliers, due to battery management system considerations, and because the Panasonic-Tesla contract stipulates supplying 80,000 vehicles by 2015.”

Acording to Reuters (more…)

Tesla Battery Fire update

Tesla Battery Fire update

Latest update [8th October]: “Tesla Motors had regained most of the value it lost in the wake of the accident” after Jefferies analyst Elaine Kwei boosted her price target on the company’s stock to $210 after visiting Tesla and test driving a Model S.

Key points:

  • Tesla shares fall 6% 24 hours after the news broke
  • Drop is shares may also have been caused by an analyst downgrade
  • Incident report suggested the fire was started in the battery
  • Driver is said to have hit a large piece of metal debris that caused the crash
  • firefighters said to have struggled to contain the flames
  • [8th October]Tesla’s stock value recovers almost to the pre-fire value

Statement from Tesla:

“The vehicle performed as it was designed to do…

…On Tuesday, a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle, the car’s alert system signalled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did. No one was injured, and the sole occupant had sufficient time to exit the vehicle safely and call the authorities.

The fire occurred after one of the 12 batteries used to power the vehicle was ruptured, and ignited. Each of (more…)

Valeo acquires the Electric Vehicle charger business from Eltek

Eltek is a Norwegian power electronics company that services a number of markets and industries, and developed an onboard charge solutions business for electric vehicles.

Valeo is a specialist supplier for the automotive industry.

Statment from Eltek:

Eltek today announced that it has signed an agreement whereby it will sell its activities within chargers to electric vehicles to Valeo, a global supplier of components for the automotive industry.

“While we see potential in the automotive industry the automotive business is not in our core business. It is our opinion that this transaction is beneficial to Eltek since it allows us to focus on opportunities that are more closely related to our traditional market in the telecom industry, industrial applications and data centers. With Valeo’s experience and knowhow in the automotive industry, we believe they can offer the e-vehicle charger business much greater potential for growth,” said Morten Schøyen, chief marketing officer at Eltek.

Eltek and Valeo have co-operated within the automotive space prior to the announced transaction. Both companies believe that customers will be well served by the new arrangement. The responsibility for the 16 employees in Eltek E-Vehicles will be transferred to Valeo. A separate location has been identified close to the (more…)

ABB receives CE marking – a first for EV fast-charging multi-standard solutions
Charge station components

ABB receives CE marking – a first for EV fast-charging multi-standard solutions

The Terra 53 is the industry’s first CCS compatible DC fast charging station to pass independent European compliance testing.

ABB have announced that it has received CE marking approval for its 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 53 CCS DC fast charging station for electric vehicles. The certification demonstrates compliance with the relevant European Union directives for safety.

ABB is the first supplier of CCS DC fast charging solutions to pass CE testing by an independent notified conformity assessment body. ABB’s Terra 53 systems are fully compliant with the requirements of the electromagnetic compatibility and low voltage directives, which were designed to ensure safety of electrical equipment and its users. The Terra 53 will also be available in dual and triple outlet configurations, serving all electric vehicles present on the European roads, supporting CCS, CHAdeMO and AC Type 2, Mode 3.

“To support the rollout of nationwide charging networks in Estonia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and more to come, we’ve been relentlessly focused on adhering to industry-leading public standards of connectivity, quality and reliability. CE certification by an independent certification body is a clear recognition of our commitment to these principles and demonstrates the robustness and high level of safety of our new (more…)

ABB wins contract to build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations
Charge station components

ABB wins contract to build world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast-charging stations

ABB has won the contract for nationwide electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands bringing a charging station within 50 kms of all 16.7 million inhabitants.

The charge equipment manufacturer has been selected by Fastned to supply chargers to more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations in the Netherlands, bringing an EV fast charger within 50 kilometers of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants.

Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch highways will be equipped with several multi-standards fast chargers, such as the 50 kilowatt (kW) Terra 52 and Terra 53 models, capable of charging electric vehicles in 15-30 minutes. The first ABB Terra fast chargers are due to be delivered in September 2013. Construction of the Fastned stations, which will have solar canopies, is expected to be completed by 2015.

To date, the Netherlands is the most populous country to roll out a nationwide fast-charging network. Fast-chargers will be located a maximum of 50 kilometers apart along all highways, and because of ABB’s multi-standard design, the network will be capable of serving EVs offered by all major car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA. ABB’s open standards-based cloud connectivity solution allows Fastned to create a (more…)

Qualcomm Pushing for wireless charging standardisation

Qualcomm are pushing the case for standardization for electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicle charging.

The company developed an inductive charging for EVs called HALO, which has been trialled in the UK and is commercially available. The Qualcomm business model is built around licensing – investing up front in projects, such as Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging – and then licensing its technology to multiple companies.

It makes sense for a lot of the OEMs because it saves the upfront investment in the technology, however most OEMs don’t seem to have much of an issue investing in projects – building cars is a long-term business, and if the Qualcomm licensing isn’t deemed as cost effective as developing a new system, or the spec of the Halo system doesn’t suit the internal charge spec for the vehicle platform they are developing, then another standard will be born.

Qualcomm are well aware of this and are pushing for the standardisation and adoption as early as they can…

“We at Qualcomm believe that the electric vehicle industry needs to work towards a single open standard for wireless electric vehicle chargers…

…Standardization initiatives and industry associations in the EV industry are bringing together players from many different sectors such as energy generation, (more…)