In June, Evonik, which incorporates the former Degussa AG, doubled its stake in Li-Tec Battery GmbH to 40%. Li-Tec uses Evonik’s Separion flexible ceramic separator and Litarion electrodes (developed in partnership with Enax) to manufacture lithium-ion cells. (Earlier post.) Litarion cathodes are based on the new generation of lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) materials. High-energy type anodes contain graphite as the active material; the high-power type is based on hard carbon.
Evonik and Li-Tec are members of the Lithium Ionen Batterie LIB 2015 (Lithium-Ion Battery LIB 2015) consortium which also includes Bosch, BASF, and VW. The consortium will invest €360 million (US$556 million) for research and development of lithium-ion batteries. This will be supplemented by €60 million (US$93 million) in funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) over the next three years.
In addition to its electric smart cars, Daimler plans to equip a current Mercedes model with a battery-electric drive. The German federal government recently announced measures to support the development of electric and hybrid vehicles in the next ten years, with the goal of putting one million electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles onto Germany’s roads by 2020. (Earlier post.)