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Niobium Battery is coming...Ultra-fast charging.

The below article provide an update an interesting view for the future of Niobium battery.
Volkswagen and CBMM close partnership to transform Brazil into a hub for the development of ultra-fast niobium batteries
Valdemar Medeiros
byValdemar Medeiros

17-09-2021 11:10:09
in Industry and Construction
Companies want to show that Brazil can become a hub for the development of ultra-fast batteries (Volkswagen Trucks and Buses/Disclosure)
Seeking to be ahead of its competitors, Volkswagen has struck a new partnership with CBMM to produce the first car powered by niobium batteries.
In the automakers' race to make electric cars more viable for consumers, Volkswagen Trucks and Buses and CBMM have struck a deal to advance the race. The multinational automaker and the company famous for producing niobium-eat items in its composition have joined in the development of the first Brazilian niobium battery-powered vehicle. Thus, with the agreement, Volkswagen will be the first automaker in the world to test the batteries that are produced by CBMM in partnership with Toshiba.
Niobium batteries will enter the Brazilian market in 2023
The agreement provides that CBMM will provide Volkswagen with batteries to be manufactured with its vehicles at its Resende plant.
Once the prototype is evolved, the new vehicle with niobium batteries must be tested continuously, evolving in hours, until it reaches the 24-hour test of operation. With these tests, CBMM estimates to have a niobium battery fully prepared to be marketed in the automotive market by the beginning of 2023.
In total, CBMM expects the production of 5,000 cells, in agreement with Toshiba, to be delivered for testing later this year. In addition to the multinational, CBMM also predicts that the cells will be sent to 25 more automakers that work with the manufacture of electrics.
CBMM and Volkswagen executives speak
According to cbmm vice president Ricardo Lima, for the first time the company is installing this solution, which because of the use of Niobium oxide in the battery anode, will allow the vehicle an ultra-fast charging, which will be less than 10 minutes.
In addition, it has a longer durability, service life and safety. Not to mention the autonomy of vehicles that reach 350 km, very close to that of the combustion engine. To achieve all these benefits, Volkswagen will create and test fully adapted vehicles with the new batteries in its Development Center.
According to the president of VWCO in Brazil, CBMM enters with niobium batteries and Volkswagen will test and prove the efficiency of the product, in addition to operationalization and productivity in real uses. In this period, Volkswagen will monitor the data in real time, install the ultra-fast recharging infrastructure and prepare the entire chain with driver training.
Investment plan that can reach R$ 2 billion
The multinational Volkswagen did not disclose what would be the value of the investment of the partnership with CBMM, but says that the agreement composes an investment plan of R $ 2 billion, which will be applied in the next 5 years.
For the automaker, the main attribute of electric vehicles is in their efficiency. According to Roberto, the company has many routes being studied to improve sustainability, such as ethanol, fuel cell and CNG.
A study was also conducted that proves that the electric vehicle is the most productive among all alternatives. This is therefore due to the energy generated by sustainable sources such as solar and wind, until reaching the charger that will be used by cars, there is 75% efficiency, which in fuel cells, reach only 25%.

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