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Japan - Toyota and Panasonic have announced the establishment of their joint venture Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, Inc. which will specialize in automotive prismatic batteries. The venture is planning to develop, manufacture and supply batteries not only for Toyota but for all customers. Hiroaki Koda, Toyota's current Managing Executive Officer will act as the venture's Representative Director and President. The venture will employ approximately 5,100 workers and its expected opening date is 1st of April 2020. Read more


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UK- British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, unveiled that the ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in his country will be brought forwards from 2040 to 2035. Once the ban comes into effect, consumers will not be able to buy a car or van which are not electric or hydrogen-fueled. The change is due to experts warning that "2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050," and that it would postpone the 'clean-up' of conventional cars by 2050. Johnson announced this at the United Nations climate summit in November. Read more


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Germany- Opel together with Saft and Groupe PSA have recently announced the founding of a joint venture, the Automotive Cell Company, which aims to become the largest battery cell production company for EVs in Germany. The plan is to build three plants, each with the capacity of 8GWh. Together, the plants will supply enough battery cells for nearly half a million cars per year. The total cost of this project is $2.22 billion. In addition, another project of two plants with a total capacity of 48 GWh will be built in Hauts de France region with an investment worth $5.55 billion. Read more


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U.S- Nikola, an American hybrid truck design company has updated the range of its Badger pickup to 600 miles using a combination of battery and hydrogen fuel cell energy. This is rivaling Tesla's Cybertruck and Rivian's R1T which are to provide 300 miles range. Nikola claim that their Badger will accelerate from 0 to 6o miles per hour in under 3 seconds. Public demonstrations of the car are planned for September. “Giving customers the option to order a fuel-cell or battery electric version will ensure we drive the cost down for everyone across our lineup,” said Nikola President Mark Russell. Read more


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