BASF to provide 'cathode active materials' for Porsche EV batteries


BASF has been selected by Cellforce Group (CFG), a joint venture between Porsche and Customcells, as the exclusive cell development partner for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. 

As part of the collaboration, BASF will contribute cathode active materials for high-performance battery cells, which aim to have fast charging and high-energy density.

As for Cellforce Group, based in Tübingen, Germany, it will produce the high-performing battery. Its battery production plant is expected to start in 2024, with an initial capacity of at least 100MWh per year, which will power 1,000 motorsport and high-performance vehicles, Porsche said. 

To close the production loop, production waste from the future Cellforce Group battery plant will be recycled at BASF’s prototype plant for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany. Lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese will be recycled, and re-introduced into BASF’s production process for cathode active materials.

"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,” said Porsche Executive Board Member for Research and Development Michael Steiner. 

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