EV, Battery & Charging News: Canoo, Aptera, GreenPower, Lion Electric’s, CATL, VinFast, ZOOZ, Ricardo, InoBat, Ford, Lightning eMotors, Mobility House & Monarch Tractor

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Canoo EV Battery Mods Will be Made in Pryor OK

Canoo (NASDAQ: GOEV), a leading high-tech advanced mobility company has announced an EV Battery Module Manufacturing Facility at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, OK. The new facility will expand Canoo’s manufacturing and employment footprint in the region. Once ramped, the facility will be capable of approximately 3200 MWhs of battery module manufacturing capacity.

Canoo previously announced Panasonic as its battery cell provider. The company will begin renovations on its 100,000 sq.ft building located on a 10-acre campus in Q4, 2022 in preparation for delivery of secured manufacturing equipment in Q1, 2023. This location will produce proprietary battery modules on high-capacity assembly lines with state-of-the-art automated machinery. Canoo has refined and validated its battery module manufacturing over recent months and is awaiting delivery of machinery at the new facility. The battery campus will be powered by hydroelectricity from Grand River Dam Authority.

Canoo’s battery campus will implement workforce training programs in partnership with the Cherokee Nation, MidAmerica and other local training partners with a goal to provide high paying light blue collar jobs to the local community.

Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd., a Panasonic Group company, began construction on a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in De Soto, KS, following the approval by Panasonic Holdings Corporation Board of Directors. The project will drive significant economic activity and opportunities for the local Kansas economy making the state a key player in the domestic electric vehicle (EV) industry.

Facility construction is focused on rapidly ramping up manufacture of “2170” cylindrical Li-ion batteries to meet surging domestic EV battery demand. Panasonic Energy plans to begin mass production in Kansas by March 2025. Upon completion of the facility, it will maintain annual total production capacity of approximately 30 GWh to supply EV manufacturers across the United States.

Solar Aptera EV Body in Carbon to be Made by CPC

Solar electric vehicle manufacturer Aptera has signed an agreement with the C.P.C. Group to produce its specialized composite bodies in Modena, Italy in the heart of the Italian Motor Valley, where legendary supercars and motorcycles have been manufactured with passion for decades.

C.P.C. will be supplying materials and structures for Aptera’s BINC, which stands for Body in Carbon. In keeping with Aptera’s ethos of simplicity, safety and sustainability, the BINC is composed of only six main parts. It can be recycled up to five times, giving it an ultra-low CO2 lifecycle. The majority of the BINC is made of Carbon Fiber Sheet Molding Compound (CF-SMC), combined with Glass Sheet Molding Compound (SMC).

GreenPower Deploys First EV Type A ADA School Bus in Clay County

GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (NASDAQ: GP) (TSXV: GPV) (“GreenPower”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered, medium and heavy-duty vehicles,  announced the deployment of the first purpose-built Type A, all-electric, zero-emission, ADA-compliant school bus in Clay County, making this a first in the United States. The Nano BEAST will make its first school run on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 am.

Lion Electric’s First E-Bus Made In Joliet. Ill.

The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) (“Lion” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, announced that the company has produced its first zero-emission LionC school bus in its U.S. factory located in Joliet, Ill.

CATL Partners with VinFast

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (“CATL”) and VinFast Trading & Manufacturing Joint Stock Company (“VinFast”) announced an MOU for Global Strategic Cooperation to expand collaboration in areas including CIIC (CATL integrated intelligent chassis) skateboard chassis products.

The MOU signing ceremony is witnessed by Dr. Robin Zeng, founder and Chairman of CATL, and Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup and VinFast. According to the agreement, CATL and VinFast intend to explore various forms of cooperation on CIIC skateboard chassis on top of the current cooperation on CTP (cell-to-pack) battery supply between the two companies, which will provide VinFast rapid access to the global market.

ZOOZ to Built EV Charging for Car Rental Co.

ZOOZ Power (formerly Chakratec), (TASE: ZOOZ) announces it has signed a binding memorandum of understanding for collaboration with a worldwide leading car rental services provider, which is operating thousands of car rental sites in over 100 countries. The purpose of the collaboration is to build and operate a joint pilot of EV ultra-fast charging infrastructure which will demonstrate ZOOZ Power’s solution based on the ZOOZTER-100 and its ability to enable and support ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles in sites where the electric grid is power-constrained. The site that was chosen for this special project is at LaGuardia Airport in New York CityUSA.

Ricardo Partners with InoBat

-As part of its mission to support the decarbonisation of the global transport and energy sectors, Ricardo, a global strategic environmental and engineering consultancy company with specialisms in niche manufacturing and industrial engineering, has signed a memorandum of understanding with InoBat, a pioneer of premium electric vehicle battery R&D, engineering, production and recycling, to jointly supply battery cells, modules and packs to high performance automotive manufacturers for their electrification programmes.

Ricardo and InoBat will co-operate on the assembly, production and testing of cells, modules and full battery packs for a number of high performance automotive applications. Drawing on its expertise in proprietary battery cell R&D and large-scale battery cell production, InoBat will manufacture, test and supply cells. As a globally trusted engineering and manufacturing services partner for clean, efficient, integrated propulsion and energy systems, Ricardo will design, assemble and test the battery packs and will supply them to customers principally in the high performance automotive market, but also in other sectors such as aerospace and defence, seeking to accelerate their product decarbonisation.

Ford Li-Ion Helps with Power Surges

The same lithium-ion battery technology propelling electric vehicles is being used to cost-effectively power a portion of the Ford Motor Company’s (Ford) Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario during peak power consumption periods. Convergent Energy and Power (Convergent), a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America, was chosen to help support Ford’s power needs at the plant with a 4 MW / 8MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), which is currently in operation.

Historically, industrial electricity costs in Ontario have been higher than in any other Canadian province. Because energy is often most expensive—and most carbon-intensive—when it is in the greatest demand, businesses are incentivized to reduce their energy usage during peak times. At the Essex Engine Plant, Convergent’s AI-powered energy storage system strategically reduces the facility’s electricity consumption, reducing its costs and carbon footprint while supporting the long-term sustainability of the grid.

“The battery storage system provided by Convergent Energy and Power is a strong example of how batteries can support the auto industry at the plant level while also supporting the electric grid serving Ford and the surrounding community,” said Thomas Reeber, Plant Manager at the Ford Essex Plant.

“With our friends at Ford’s Essex Engine Plant, we’ve proven that our battery energy storage systems can lower commercial and industrial facilities’ utility bills,” said Johannes Rittershausen, CEO of Convergent Energy and Power. “Convergent has over a decade of expertise developing and operating energy storage solutions that are a win for our customers and the clean energy transition.”

Convergent’s battery energy storage system at the Essex Engine Plant is one of the first for Ford Motor Co..

Lightning eMotors’ Pre-Clearance from Transport Canada

Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of zero-emissions, medium-duty commercial vehicles and electric vehicle technology for fleets, announced that Transport Canada has registered Lightning eMotors in its pre-clearance program. Transport Canada is a federal institution responsible for transportation policies and programs that promote safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation. This registration will enable Lightning to significantly expand its activity in the country.

Transport Canada registration adds Lightning’s full range of Class 3 to Class 7 electric commercial vehicles to a list of vehicles eligible for additional Canadian funding programs, making it easier for Canada’s fleet operators to choose Lightning eMotors for their fleet vehicle electrification needs. Lightning made its first delivery of zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) to Canada in 2021 and currently has about a dozen customers and partners across Canada, such as Canada Post, GoBolt, Crestline Coach Ltd., Frigid, Annex Distribution, Transmeda, Direct Bore, Cubex, 7Gen, and others, including a major Canadian grocery store chain.

Today, there are nearly 50 Lightning eMotors zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads, including the flagship ZEV3 and ZEV4 models in passenger, cargo and refrigerated configurations. More than 100 of these Class 3 and Class 4 vehicles are currently in the company’s backlog of orders for Canada, and an additional 1,000 vehicles are in the pipeline. Furthermore, several partners including Toronto-based GoBolt have fleets across the U.S. and Canada, opening the doors for additional international partners.

Mobility House Financed

BELMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Mobility House has successfully completed an internal round of financing led by Mercuria and co-led by Ventura Capital and Green Gateway Fund. Further strategic investors of the company include Mercedes-Benz, Alliance Venture, Mitsui and SP Group. The $50 million Series C financing will be used to expand the company’s leading market position in the field of electric vehicle smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration across Europe, North America and Asia. The Mobility House’s ChargePilot technology, EV aggregation and flexibility trading platform will transform mobile and stationary batteries of electric vehicles into “buffer storage” or flexibility potential for the global energy transition.

The Mobility House continues to drive critical integration of the mobility and electricity markets by intelligently controlling charging and energy management for electric vehicles to stabilize the electric grid and temporarily store renewable energy. The company’s recently announced trading on the European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT SE further signals its leadership in shaping the energy and mobility future.

Jean François Steels, Vice President Energy Transition at Mercuria and lead investor, commented, “As we embark on our energy transition journey, we see this investment as a smart way to link electric mobility with renewable energy, two fast-growing sectors. This solution is increasing the flexibility of energy markets, which need to accommodate the growing new and intermittent renewable sources of power supply.”

Green Gateway Fund Founder Jochen Wermuth and co-lead investor said, “We see The Mobility House as the leading global software platform monetizing electric vehicle batteries, providing grid stability and storage services to a 100% renewable energy and transport system, with the potential to save over 5% of global CO2 emissions.”

Mo El Husseiny, founder of investment co-lead of Ventura Capital, noted: “The Mobility House is a visionary company constantly innovating the next infrastructure steps required to power the clean energy transition forward alongside their strategic partners and we are proud to continue to support this journey as one of them.”

Monarch Tractor Receives $3Million Gran from CEC

-Monarch Tractor, maker of the industry’s smartest, fully electric autonomous tractor, and its Farm Electrification Consortium partners have received a $3 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to accelerate electrification of agricultural equipment and demonstrate the ability of batteries in on-farm equipment to keep critical electrical loads running during power outages that are initiated with greater frequency due to wildfires. The consortium is comprised of Monarch Tractor, Gridtractor, Rhombus Energy Solutions, Current Ways, and Polaris Energy Services.