Porsche & BASF partner to develop new high-performance EV batteries

Time for some EV news… 

BASF (a German multinational chemical company) has been selected by Cellforce Group (JV between Porsche and Customcells) to provide high-energy density (HED) NCM cathode active materials for Porsche’s next-gen high performance batteries.

The new tech will contribute to high-performance battery cells for fast charging and high energy density.

Cellforce Group & its new battery factory

Porsche and Customcells - Michael Steiner, Boris Palmer, Torge Thönnessen, Winfried Kretschmann and Oliver Blume (f.l.t.r.)

The battery will be produced by Cellforce Group, a JV* between Porsche (83.75%) and Customcells. Cellforce Group is based in Tübingen and its initial workforce of 13 is expected to grow up to 80 by 2025.

*The contracts between Porsche and Customcells were signed on 21 May 2021

Torge Thönnessen, CEO of Customcells

In an earlier announcement by Porsche, Tübingen has been shortlisted as a location for Cellforce Group’s new battery factory.

The battery production plant is expected to start operations in 2024 with an initial capacity of at least 100 MWh per year, powering 1,000 motorsport and high-performance vehicles.

The Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg are funding the project with around 60 million euros.

Porsche, on the other hand, is investing a high double-digit million amount in Cellforce Group GmbH.


BASF Facilities

BASF has:

- a production plant for precursor cathode active materials in Harjavalta, Finland,

&

- a production plant for cathode active materials in Schwarzheide, Germany

The construction work of BASF’s battery materials plant in Harjavalta, Finland, is on plan for a start-up in 2022

With these facilities, BASF will be able to provide battery materials with an outstanding sustainability record for both responsible and reliable sourcing of raw materials aiming for the lowest carbon footprint along the supply chain as of 2022.

To close the loop, production waste from the future Cellforce Group battery plant will be recycled at BASF’s prototype plant for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany.

What can be recycled?

Lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese will be recycled in a hydrometallurgical process and re-introduced into BASF’s production process for cathode active materials.

Quotes


“We look forward to collaborating with Porsche and the Cellforce Group to develop future high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and work together towards our common goal of sustainable mobility,” says Dr. Markus Kamieth, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.

Dr. Kamieth adds, “BASF’s cathode active materials will be tailored to Porsche’s specific needs leveraging our strong R&D capabilities. Furthermore, they will have an industry leading low CO₂ impact thanks to our efficient manufacturing process, the high share of renewable energy, the upstream integration into the key raw materials as well as the short transportation route along the value chain. With battery recycling we can ensure that valuable materials are kept in the production loop and further reduce the CO2 footprint of our cathode materials by an expected total of up to 60 percent.”

Michael Steiner

"As an automotive manufacturer, Porsche aims to be CO2-neutral in its overall balance sheet by 2030. In this respect, a low CO2 footprint, closed-loop recycling and sustainability are increasingly in the foreground,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG.

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