Brazilian buses to aid drive down price of lithium-sulfur batteries

May 13, 2020 06:42 PM ET
  • British supplier Oxis Energy has actually introduced strategies to aid Brazil to an all-electric bus fleet by 2045.
Brazilian buses to aid drive down price of lithium-sulfur batteries
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British lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery supplier Oxis Energy has actually exposed just how Brazil's public bus fleet will certainly aid it drive down the price of its items.

Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of the Oxford-based firm, informed pv magazine in February the business was intending to increase manufacturing of its Li-S battery cells in intended manufacturing facilities in Brazil and also Wales as it remained to chase after an objective, revealed in 2015, of a $250/kWh rate ceiling by this year.

The firm the other day introduced it had actually bargained a 15-year lease with Mercedes Benz Brazil to make use of an idled manufacturing website coming from the German carmaker in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil.

The production prepares described by Oxis, while extra enthusiastic than those gone over 3 months earlier, show up to have actually been pushed back 2 years. In February, Oxis specified the Brazilian center would certainly be functional following year as well as generating 1.2 million Li-S battery cells per year with an alternative of broadening outcome to 5 million, relying on need. The other day's upgrade specified the 5 million number would certainly be a beginning factor-- from 2023-- with the business having the alternative of increasing the 20,000 m ² manufacturing website and also result.


An Oxis news release specified the manufacturing facility would certainly create the firm's e-mobility cells as well as battery packs for usage in airplane, electrical vehicles as well as aquatic applications-- as well as with a certain concentrate on e-buses.

" Our purpose is to help the Brazilian federal government to remove all ICE (interior burning engine) buses over a duration of 25 years, relating to the manufacturing of over 4 billion cells," claimed Hampson Jones in journalism declaration. "Brazil has the 3rd biggest bus market on the planet, with 700,000 ICE buses presently in circulation."

The business, which asserted to be in talks with "blue chip" Brazilian producers concerning use its items in airplane along with vehicles and also buses, stated it got on the hunt for cooperation projects with Brazilian colleges.

Oxis claimed it worked out the manufacturing facility lease with the help of Minas Gerais advancement company Codemge as well as exposed Brazilian business Nordika Pharmaceutical will certainly do style and also design at the manufacturing facility website.

A speaker for Oxis Energy was incapable to validate whether strategies to open up a 500,000-cell production center at Kenfig Hill, near Port Talbot in Wales in 2022 continued to be on the right track.

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