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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
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2018
14 Nov

Alliance Ventures invests in Enevate

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has announced that it has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion battery technology company based in Irvine, California.
18 Oct

A report from Solar & Storage Live 2018

Solar & Storage Live is one of the UK renewable energy industry's premier annual events and is attended by a range of technology developers and policy makers with an interest in the solar & storage market, both in the UK and internationally.
2 Oct

Gyrotricity

Gyrotricity is a UK based energy storage start-up that has been spun out of City University London in partnership with Dynamic Boosting Systems Ltd. IDTechEx spoke to Gyrotricity founder and Chief Technology Officer Professor Keith Pullen in 2018, to learn more about the company's current and future activities.
28 Sep

Will battery second life have an impact on recycling?

2018 is regarded as the beginning year for battery recycling as the first batch of batteries are gradually coming out of electric vehicles. Umicore has recently announced their investment plan in ramping up battery recycling capacity in preparation for the boom of spent EV batteries. By 2018, we will already have around 33,000 retired electric vehicle battery packs (including electric passenger cars and buses) which amounts to around 1GWh storage capacity.
26 Sep

Will second-life batteries need to compete with new batteries?

Hyundai Motor Group has recently announced a commercial partnership with energy company Wärtsilä to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for stationary energy storage at both commercial and utility scales. This is not the first piece of news that automotive companies are trying to give a second life to their retired EV batteries as major EV manufactures including Nissan, Renault, BMW, Daimler, BYD etc. have announced various battery second use projects around the world.
25 Sep

All EV batteries born after August 2018 in China will have unique IDs

The end-of-life issue of electric vehicle batteries is a key topic in the sustainability of EVs. By 2029, there will be 3 million used battery packs coming out of EVs per year which amounts to around 108GWh available storage capacity (see the IDTechEx's latest report on Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries). What will happen to this huge amount of retired car batteries?
11 Sep

Nuvve

Nuvve is a San Diegan company that provides the tools that facilitate 'vehicle to grid' (or 'v2g') services for electric vehicles, with a focus on the software aggregation platform rather than the hardware (bi-directional chargers). The company is global and has received major investment from utilities like EDF Renewables.
31 Aug

Dongfeng Nissan begins production of Sylphy Zero Emission electric car

The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission, the first Nissan electric car made for China, has begun rolling off the production line.
28 Aug

What can we do with 100GWh of retired electric vehicle batteries?

More and more companies are exploring how to extract value by repurposing a second-life for those retired but still capable car batteries in less-demanding applications such as stationary energy storage.
16 Aug

Dongfeng Motor Green Plan includes 20 electrified models by 2022

Dongfeng Motor Company Limited announced that it will accelerate the "Green 2022 Plan" rollout with a focus on green products, production and materials reuse.
13 Aug

Ionic Materials

Ionic Materials (IM) is a US-based start-up developing a solid polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. Founded in 2011 by Mike Zimmerman, serial entrepreneur and professor at Tufts University, in 2018 the company raised $65M in a Series C funding round that included Hyundai, Renault-Nissan, A123 Systems, Total, and Hitachi Chemical, among other investors.
6 Aug

Nissan to sell electric battery business to Envision Group

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Envision Group for the sale of Nissan's electric battery operations and production facilities to Envision.
27 Jul

Japan aims to have all new passenger cars electric by 2050

The Japanese government has aims to have all new cars sold in Japan be electric or hybrid vehicles by 2050.
19 Jun

Ultra-low emission vehicles rise by 27% in the United Kingdom

It has been announced, Birmingham is to host the world's first zero emission vehicle summit as exemplar of the government's Industrial Strategy. Due to be held in September 2018, the summit will focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
11 Jun

Nissan scores with Pitch-R robot

Nissan has unveiled an autonomous robot, which can draw football pitches wherever there is space.
5 Jun

New Nissan Leaf sold every 10 mins, total Europe sales reach 100,000

Nissan is celebrating the 100,000th delivery of the LEAF car this month in Europe, in a move hailed as a victory for electric mobility. Globally, over 320,000 Nissan LEAF have been sold, making it the most sold EV in the world.
25 Apr

Nissan to launch three new EVs and five new e-POWER models in Japan

Nissan plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-POWER models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022, the company announced.
16 Apr

Fastned wins another tender in the UK

Fastned will build and operate fast charging stations in Newcastle and Sunderland.
11 Apr

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE explore electric car batteries

Hitachi Europe Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE have demonstrated a pioneering project to explore the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building.
6 Apr

48V Mild Hybrid Vehicles 2018-2028

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