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LG Chem Adds Chinese Great Wall Motors Plug-In Hybrids To Its Battery Clients

LG Chem Adds Chinese Great Wall Motors Plug-In Hybrids To Its Battery Clients

South Korean battery maker LG Chem continues to be on a roll, signing up automakers left and right that plan to use its lithium-ion cells in new electric cars. The latest to join the roster that includes Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Renault, Smart, Volkswagen, and Volvo is the Chinese... read more

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Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by... read more May 18, 2015 by 


 
Used Toyota Camry Hybrid battery packs installed at Lamar Buffalo Ranch, Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries Repurposed At Yellowstone National Park

Even after they're no longer suitable for their original purpose, the battery packs from hybrids and electric cars can still be useful. Battery energy-storage capacity... read more May 15, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i

Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

Modern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require... read more May 13, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla Energy: What We Learned About Powerwall Demand On Q1 Results Call

The quarterly earnings calls held by Tesla Motors are always a chance to hear CEO Elon Musk describe the Silicon Valley carmaker's operations and outlooks. But last week's... read more May 11, 2015 by 


 
NASA battery-powered airplane 'Greased Lightning'

New Battery And Energy Research And Technology: What We're Reading

Modern electric cars have been on sale for over four years, and in that time they've proven that battery power works in the real world. Now, they're being joined by the first... read more May 10, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla Didn't Invent Home Energy Storage, Has Many Competitors

Like almost everything else related to the company, its venture into energy storage is generating plenty of publicity for electric-car maker Tesla Motors. The new product... read more May 6, 2015 by 


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

Back in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit. The company--which specializes in... read more May 5, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla's New Powerwall Batteries: 7 Or 10 kWh For $3,000 Or $3,500

Last night, as promised, Tesla unveiled the new, non-automotive product line it had previously teased--confirming that the carmaker will enter the energy-storage business... read more May 1, 2015 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Tesla's Big Bet: Batteries For Energy Storage A 'Major New Product'

Tomorrow night, if its strong hints are accurate, Tesla Motors will announce that it plans to offer lithium-ion battery packs for home and business energy storage. Such... read more April 29, 2015 by 


 
Hybrid supercapacitor developed by UCLA

Hybrid Supercapacitor Gives Energy Density Of Lead-Acid Batteries (Video)

The need to increase electric-car ranges and decrease charging times has led to huge amounts of research into improved battery chemistries. But why stop at the stuff that... read more April 23, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems manufacturing facility, Livonia, Michigan

A123 Says Start-Stop Batteries A Better Business Than Electric Cars

Ten years ago, startup lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems was the darling of business media, poised to enter the big leagues of electric cars after successfully selling... read more April 15, 2015 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA

Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

The first wave of modern electric cars still remains fairly young, but as those vehicles rack up more miles, the performance of their gradually aging battery packs is a topic... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
Battery symbol

Patent Fight Erupts Over Next-Generation Electric-Car Battery Chemistry

Electric cars may still make up just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on world roads, but the batteries that power them are already a big business. As with most industries... read more April 6, 2015 by 


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Almost as soon as it announced plans to build its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," Tesla Motors began to hint that it could be the first of many. After beginning construction... read more March 30, 2015 by 


 

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