NantEnergy, une société californienne détenue par le milliardaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, vient de présenter une batterie zinc-air rechargeable dont le coût devrait être trois fois moins élevé qu'une batterie classique lithium-ion.

>> 03-Oct-2018 "La batterie zinc-air rechargeable moins coûteuse que la lithium-ion" Matthieu Legouge, www.clubic.com

In September 2018 Patrick Soon-Shiong was interviewed on CNBC and declared "I think zinc is the new lithium."  Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles based billionaire and CEO of the Nant group of companies (which includes the Los Angeles Times), had recently purchased Fluidic Energy.  Before it was acquired, Arizona-based Fluidic raised north of $150M and spent over a decade developing zinc-air stationary storage batteries. Fluidic was one of a very small number of players in the zinc-air space, and the company is now known as NantEnergy. Click here to watch the CNBC interview with Patrick Soon-Shiong. At AZA, we love that Patrick Soon-Shiong is an advocate for and invested in zinc-air technology. 

 
 
 

>> 12-Feb-2018  http://www.forbesindia.com/article/road-to-electric/chetan-maini-back-in-the-electric-mobility-business/49411/1 
By Anshul Dhamija, Forbes India

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In 2001, Maini, then founder and MD of Reva Electric Vehicle Company, launched Reva, India’s first mass-produced electric car.

Taipei-based Gogoro, which has raised close to $500 million in venture capital, manufactures electric scooters and has set up over 500 battery swapping stations around the city since 2015.

In India, the adoption of a third-party electric technology for three-wheelers would be a lot easier because the “three-wheeler OEMs have very rudimentary technology”, believes Sanjay Krishnan, founder, Lithium Urban Technologies, an EV cab aggregator for corporates in Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR.

The priority for Maini now [...] is getting the idea of battery swapping kickstarted and proving that it could work. While the Niti Aayog has mooted for a battery swapping policy, Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport and highways, thinks the concept is “not appropriate” for the country.

In October 2018 Bloomberg published this story on the popularity and growth of e-rickshaws in India.  There are currently 1.5 million which have replaced fossil-fuel powered tuk tuks and eleven thousand are added each month. These e-ricks currently run primarily on on lead acid batteries and represent a great opportunity for the AZA Battery which is cheaper, greener and safer than other options.  India is also home to the largest zinc mine on earth...which certainly could help tilt things in favor of zinc.  If you don't feel like reading the article you can check out Bloomberg's one minute video here.

15-Oct-2018 "EU to offer billions of funding for electric battery plants" Rochelle Toplensky, FinancialTimes Brussels

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Individual EU countries will be allowed to fund 100 per cent of research, as long as they involve some cross-border projects.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 research fund has set aside €200m for battery projects; €800m is available to finance building demonstration facilities; regions looking to promote the industry can apply for the €22bn regional funds available; and the European Fund for Strategic Investment is available from the European Investment Bank to co-fund the billions of euros needed to build an EU equivalent of Tesla’s “gigafactory” in the Nevada desert.

Ghislain Lescuyer, the Saft chief executive, said the EU’s battery alliance “boosted the momentum” in the sector and “one year later it is well on track”.