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Toyota Motor has terminated its business and capital partnership with U.S. electric car maker Tesla, The Nikkei learned on Saturday. Going forward, the leading Japanese automaker will try to speed up its development of electric cars by consolidating the technologies of affiliated parts makers at a unit launched late last year. Toyota is said to lag its rivals in electric vehicle development.

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Enevate, an advanced Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology developer, announced that it has developed the world’s first silicon-dominant Li-ion battery which has achieved key global safety and quality certifications—including UN 38.3, UL 1642, UL 2054, CTIA/IEEE 1725, IEC 62133, and IEC 61950—for smartphone and other consumer applications. Both its cell and battery pack have been certified and demonstrates safety and commercial readiness of Enevate’s HD-Energy® technology. These certifications to specifications from international bodies are to protect the consumer and public, and help ensure battery safety and quality.

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Start-up company TerraE based in Frankfurt am Main is planning a large-scale production for lithium-ion cells in Germany.

The founding partners are BMZ, Europe’s manufacturer of industrial battery modules, Dr Ulrich Ehmes, former CEO of Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché, and Holger Gritzka, so far a manager at engineering and system provider Thyssenkrupp System Engineering who will also take over the management.

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Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the U.S. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems.

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With a new facility featuring over 3,000 m2 of production halls and office space in Langen, as well as an additional 700 m2 of halls at the headquarters in Darmstadt, lithium-ion battery system pioneer AKASOL is launching two further production sites at once.

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Investment of €300 M to increase the production of NMC cathode materials. Umicore announced an investment programme of € 300 million between 2017 and 2019 to further increase its production of NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

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