Batteries

 
Toshiba claims 6-minute recharge for new electric-car battery cell

Toshiba claims 6-minute recharge for new electric-car battery cell

Electric cars pale in comparison to gasoline or diesel-powered cars when it comes to the time presently required to add energy for more driving distance. Although automakers have begun to curb "range anxiety" with longer-distance electric cars, battery charging times on lengthy road trips remain a... read more

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Tesla Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada

China to build many gigafactories' worth of electric-car battery plants

While the United States federal government threatens to backslide on renewable energy, California and China continue to move at an aggressive pace to lead the world in... read more September 25, 2017 by


 
Flat lithium-ion battery back for next-generation Mercedes-Benz electric cars

Why better-battery startups fail in the US and how to fix it: report

Over the past decade, advances in battery technology have progressed steadily, but not quite as quickly as impatient electric-car advocates might like. With electric cars and... read more September 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S durability: cars with 250K and 300K miles still humming along happily

The latest reports on Tesla Model S durability and reliability should likely be considered a win for the Silicon Valley automaker. High-mileage cars aren't unusual, but we're... read more September 5, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz EQ electric car concept  [photo: Axel Harries]

Mercedes plant to make batteries, electric motors after 113 years of engines

The first vehicle in history considered to be an automobile was the Benz Motorwagen of 1885. It was also the first vehicle from an automaker that has been around for the... read more September 5, 2017 by


 
Renault Connected Energy charging station powered by second-life batteries

Used Renault electric-car batteries provide DC fast-charging on highway

Renault hasn't tackled the home-energy storage market to the degree its alliance partner Nissan has, but it has found another use for "second-life" batteries. The French... read more August 30, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

Nissan has sold electric-car battery unit AESC to Chinese investor GSR (updated)

With the global introduction of the second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car due next week, one open question concerns the source of its battery cells. To date, Automotive... read more August 28, 2017 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Better alkaline batteries, made rechargeable, to power electric cars?

Alkaline batteries have been a staple energy source for decades, but their potential has been capped by their chemical properties. Notably, alkaline batteries cannot be... read more August 10, 2017 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps

The report that Toyota is planning an electric car with a solid-state battery for 2022 has led some fans and advocates to suggest huge new leaps in electric cars are... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

2022 Toyota electric car to use solid-state batteries: updated report

Toyota has long claimed battery-electric cars are suitable only for limited uses, and promoted hydrogen fuel cells as the best zero-emission vehicle technology. Pushed by... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
Teaser for Fisker EMotion debuting on August 17, 2017

Fisker: about those graphene electric-car batteries? Never mind

Fisker's promise to bring advanced, solid-state graphene cells to the battery pack of its upcoming Emotion electric car is officially dead. Automotive-grade graphene... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
Tesla Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada

VW says it needs '40 gigafactories' for electric-car batteries by 2025

VW Group remains one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with Toyota and General Motors, but the German automaker foresees challenges ahead. Specifically... read more July 11, 2017 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf plugged in to recharge   [photo: John C. Briggs]

Electric cars will cost less to buy than regular cars by 2025: analysis

Studies have shown that electric vehicles have a number of strikes against them in the minds on consumers who don't know much about them. Range anxiety, the lack of electric... read more June 21, 2017 by


 
Teaser for Fisker EMotion debuting on August 17, 2017

Fisker EMotion won't launch with graphene battery; 400-mile range still promised

Henrik Fisker, the man behind the relaunch of the company that bears his name, has released some new details on the upcoming EMotion sedan. However, the news isn't... read more June 13, 2017 by


 
2017 Renault Zoe

Renault plans huge energy storage plant using old Zoe electric-car battery packs

With more plug-in electric vehicles on the road today than ever, automakers are working to solve an impending issue: what to do with used lithium-ion batteries. Once the... read more June 9, 2017 by


 
A123 Systems manufacturing facility, Livonia, Michigan

Battery maker A123 quietly became a half-billion-dollar company

Ten years ago, lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems was a hot startup and a much-publicized company. This author, in fact, profiled the company for IEEE Spectrum in the... read more May 30, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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