The mobility revolution: Lithium battery triggers skyscraper fire in New York – pv magazine International | CarTailz

New York City authorities have determined that a lithium battery in an unspecified micro-mobility device recently sparked a high-rise fire that injured dozens in Manhattan. Saudi Arabia has launched its first brand of EV, while Indian researchers have developed a new anode material that can help recharge lithium-ion EV batteries in minutes.

The New York Fire Department (FDNY) said a lithium-ion battery — possibly in an e-bike or e-scooter — started a fire at a 37-story Manhattan apartment building, injuring more than three dozen people, according to the Associated Press. Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn reportedly said there were at least five bicycles in the home where the fire broke out. Citywide, nearly 200 fires and six fire-related deaths this year were attributed to micromobility device batteries, marking an “exponential increase” in such fires in recent years, Flynn said. The FDNY has urged users of such batteries to follow charging and storage instructions, among other safety precautions.

Saudi Arabia‘s Public Investment Fund has unveiled Ceer, the country’s first electric vehicle brand, as part of a joint venture with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn. Taipei-based Foxconn will develop the electrical architecture for a range of Ceer models, including SUVs and sedans, using licensed component technology from BMW. The vehicles are to be manufactured in Saudi Arabia and sold in the Middle East and North Africa region from 2025, according to a joint statement. The two sides claimed Ceer will attract more than US$150 million in FDI by 2034 and directly contribute US$8 billion to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product.

Indian Technological Institute Gandhinagar Researchers have collaborated with the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) to develop a new anode material that can recharge lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries in minutes. They developed the two-dimensional (2D) anode material using nanosheets of titanium diboride (TiB2), a material resembling a multi-stacked sandwich where metal atoms are present between layers of boron. In a publication in ACS Applied Nanomaterials, they reported a discharge capacity of 174 mA h/g obtained at a current rate of 1 A/g within 10 minutes. They also showed that the anode can withstand extremely high currents (15 to 20 A g1-), which provides ultra-fast charging in 9-14s and significant discharge capacity (50-60mA hg-1) with a capacity retention of over 80% after 10,000 cycles. “It is the presence of titanium and boron atoms arranged in a carpet-like interwoven porous structure within the nanosheets that contribute to efficient charge transport and storage,” said researcher Akash Varma.

panasonic has begun construction of a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in De Soto, California Kansas. The facility will focus on rapidly ramping up production of “2170” type cylindrical Li-ion batteries, with mass production expected to begin by March 2025. Panasonic already has a US battery manufacturing facility at Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. It is now developing new “4680” high-capacity lithium-ion batteries in Japan, with the first prototypes already being shipped to Tesla. Series production is scheduled to begin in the next fiscal year.

Britishvolt said it had secured short-term investments to avoid a financial meltdown. The troubled electric vehicle battery maker said its employees also agreed to a pay cut for November. The UK-based manufacturer had been hailed for its plans to build a £3.8bn (US$4.4bn) 38GWh facility in Blyth, England. Earlier this year it secured a £100m funding commitment from the UK government and said total investment in the factory had reached £3.8bn, mostly from private sources. In January, Britishvolt said the first phase of the plant would start production in the fourth quarter of 2023 or early 2024. But last summer it was suddenly revealed that she had only raised around £200m and her production schedule postponed due to “difficult external economic headwinds.”

North Star announced that it has received more than $1.6 billion in funding from major shareholders. “We have around 70,000 cars on the road today and are on track to meet our goal of delivering 50,000 cars to customers by 2022,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “We are making great progress on our ambitious plans to launch three more cars by 2026.” Volvo Cars has established Polestar as an EV-focused brand and is the company’s largest institutional shareholder with a 48.3% stake.

The Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) said electric vehicles now account for 11.9% of all car registrations in the EU, up from 9.8% in the third quarter of 2021. Hybrid electric vehicles have also gained market share, accounting for 22.6% of all sales. Despite losing market share, diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles still dominate the market, ACEA said.

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