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China EV tariff fallout; possible Europe-China trade war; Gotion's woes in Michigan; Canada's coming Asahi Kasei plant; consumer-electronics battery management; and more are in the news.

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The battery industry moves at a fast pace: The articles Battery Technology publishes represent only a fraction of what’s happening in this quickly evolving industry. That’s the idea behind this curated and regularly updated digest of links to breaking news related to the battery and energy storage industry. Some of these stories may become the subject of analysis by our own team—but we’re sharing them here, unfiltered, so that you can get them on your radar right away.

To keep the stream fresh, we will update this digest regularly—so please check back often!

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Let’s start with China and some fallout from the new US tariffs that were announced this week. CNN has an explainer on how the US tariffs may force the European Union to impose its own tariffs—and how that could backfire, igniting a Europe-China trade war. (CNN)

Industry analysts are warning that the US tariffs won’t be enough to stop Chinese automakers bringing their EVs to the US market. “They’re going to be here. It’s inevitable. It’s just a matter of time,” an AlixPartners analyst tells CNBC. (CNBC)

Meanwhile, anti-China sentiment is behind the tense situation in Green Township, MI, where despite the jobs the facility would bring to the area residents are pushing back against Gotion’s plans to build a factory for EV battery components. We’ve covered this before, but The Guardian has a solid update on the ongoing acrimony. (The Guardian)

In Canada, Japanese company Asahi Kasei has announced plans to build a $1.6 billion lithium-ion separator plant in the Niagara region of Ontario. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the plant will “meet this moment” of global competition. (Global News)

Some good consumer electronics news for consumers this week: PCWorld reports that Dell tests of its own laptops show that ones using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X architecture had nearly double the battery life of those using Intel architecture. (PCWorld)

And The Verge reports that Google’s upcoming Wear OS 5 smartwatch will have greatly improved battery life. “Running a marathon, for example, will purportedly consume 20% less battery than on Wear OS 4.” (The Verge)

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Ford Motor Co. lost more than $100,000 on every EV it sold in the first quarter of 2024, insiders have told Bloomberg. The company expects its EV business to lose up to $5.5 billion this year. Even as it works on a new entry-level EV to be priced as low as $25k, it is cutting orders from battery suppliers to stem the financial hemorrhaging. (Bloomberg)

The Biden Administration is reportedly getting ready to announce new China tariff rates as soon as this week: The tariff rate on EVs is expected to quadruple—from 25% to 100%, according to the Wall Street Journal. The US will impose new, elevated tariffs that focus on key industries including electric vehicles, batteries and solar cells. (Wall Street Journal) 5/14/24 UPDATE: The official tariff announcement was made this morning: Here's our coverage.

GM announced that its transition to EVs will have a casualty: The company will end its production of the ICE-powered Chevrolet Malibu later this year. Resources are expected to go to the Kansas assembly plant, where the next-generation Chevy Bolt EV will be made. (Reuters)

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Legislation about e-bikes is in the news and in both cases, it’s good news for a change for that industry segment. First, China’s newly drafted e-bike battery standards—part of a national brake on battery-industry overexpansion—bodes well for an industry beset by consumer fears related to battery fires. The strict new standards should have the effect of removing the cheapest battery providers—the ones whose shoddy products have caused most of those blazes—from the US market. (electrek)

And in Michigan, the Democratic majority in the state’s House of Representatives are championing a budget proposal that includes almost $3million to incentivize low-income commuters to switch from ICE cars to e-bikes. The incentive could cover up to 90% of an eBike’s purchase price. (Bridge Michigan)

About the Author(s)

Michael C. Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, Battery Technology, Informa Markets - Engineering

Battery Technology Editor-in-Chief Michael C. Anderson has been covering manufacturing and transportation technology developments for more than a quarter-century, with editor roles at Manufacturing Engineering, Cutting Tool Engineering, Automotive Design & Production, and Smart Manufacturing. Before all of that, he taught English and literature at colleges in Japan and Michigan.

Maria Guerra

Senior Editor-Battery Technology, Informa

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