09/17/2021 4:34 PM
Updated 9/17/2021 4:34 PM
that manufactures trucks and buses in Brazil announced an agreement with the world's largest producer of niobium, to develop a super-fast recharge battery with this material for the electric vehicles it produces in the country.
The agreement commits Volkswagen Camiones y Autobuses, a pioneer in the production of
in Latin America, and the Brazilian Metallurgy and Mining Company (CBMM), responsible for about 80% of world niobium production.
The miner has carried out research showing that
, a soft and not very abundant metal, allow lithium batteries for electric vehicles to be charged in less than 10 minutes.
Volkswagen Trucks partnered with a mining company for the development of this new battery.
According to a statement released by the manufacturer, the agreement between the two companies aims to promote electric mobility and the "development and application of super-fast recharge batteries for use in electric vehicles designed by the brand."
A new alternative
According to the manufacturer, despite promising, the use of niobium in batteries is still unprecedented in the global automotive industry.
Volkswagen Trucks will bet on niobium to build super fast charging batteries.
"Three years ago we accumulated experience in electrification and now we will apply that knowledge to make a new battery technology viable," said the president of Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, Roberto Cortes.
According to the vice president of the CBMM, Ricardo Lima, the technology that will be used in the batteries is the result of more than three years of research in association with the Japanese company Toshiba.
"For the first time we will implement this solution that, thanks to the use of niobium oxide in the battery anode, allows a
super fast recharge of less than 10 minutes
and a longer duration, useful life and safety for the batteries," said the executive.
Volkswagen Camiones y Autobuses, whose plant in the Brazilian city of Resende is the largest in Latin America to produce heavy vehicles, launched the
, the first electric truck fully developed and manufactured in Brazil, last July.
The company is a subsidiary of Traton, the commercial vehicle division of the Volkswagen group and which includes the manufacturers Scania and Man.
The CBMM, for its part, is a company controlled by the main shareholders of Itaú, Brazil's largest private bank, and which has Japanese and Chinese partners.
This mining company has the rights to exploit one of the two gigantic niobium mines discovered in Araxá, a municipality in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais
responsible for 80% of the Brazilian production of this mineral
Brazil accounts for about 90% of world reserves and 86% of niobium production.
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