Friday Five

16th Sept 2022

SVOLT has confirmed building another cell factory for the European battery industry in Germany. The new site at Lauchhammer, Brandenburg, is a former wind turbine plant owned by Vestas. The company aims to repurpose it fast, by early 2025.


Logistics company Rhenus and Amazon to start testing Mercedes-Benz electric trucks! The two companies have signed a letter of intent to test high-performance charging for trucks.


Mercedes-Benz Trucks revealed the eActros LongHaul prototypes this May. The 40-ton truck was designed for long-distance routes and differs from the eActros made for urban distribution with a 200-km range


Batteryloop is one of the many recyclers leading the way in the circular economy, by using recycled batteries from automotive manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz vehicles for stationary energy storage systems!

This is not only resource efficient and climate-smart, but it also helps to reduce waste. We will need more innovative solutions like this to reach our climate goals!


BMW will power its new class of electric vehicles to be released in 2025 with cylindrical battery cells made in six factories by partners including China’s CATL and EVE Energy as the carmaker looks to speed up charging and extend driving range.

CATL's partnership with BMW. (According to the agreement, CATL will deliver the new cylindrical battery cells to the BMW Group. They come with a standard diameter of 46 mm and will be produced at two of CATL's future battery plants in China and Europe, each with an annual capacity of up to 20 GWh dedicated to the BMW Group


Toyota's recent investment of $2.5 billion in a new North American facility, Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina (TBMNC), is part of the company's larger goal of electrification. Scheduled to begin production in 2025, the TBMNC facility will produce batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).