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Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

The division is pretty clear: nickel-metal-hydride batteries are for use only in hybrids--at least those from Toyota, which has used more of the batteries than any other maker by far. Lithium-ion cells, on the other hands, are the only ones with sufficient energy density to be used in the much... read more

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Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015  [photo: Bob Tregilus]

Tesla Gigafactory Spending: So Far, $50 Million-Plus--And Much More To Come

Just outside Reno, Nevada, work on Tesla Motors' massive lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory" continues. The plant meant to supply large quantities of battery cells for future... read more February 18, 2015 by 


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

Advances In Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Offer Promise For Electric Cars

Commercial uses of the element sulfur date back centuries, but it may be the key to a new generation of batteries with high theoretical energy density and relatively low... read more February 14, 2015 by 


 
Lampuga electric surfboard

Electric Surfboard: Lampuga Shows Electricity Works In Water Too

There are numerous electric vehicles with two or four wheels, but here's one with no wheels at all. The Lampuga is an electric surfboard that's billed as the fastest of its... read more February 1, 2015 by 


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt

Is The 2016 Chevy Volt GM's Future Hybrid System In Disguise?

At 50 miles, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt offers the longest range of any plug-in hybrid (though the range-extended BMW i3 electric car is rated at 72 miles). Announced this week... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Nissan To Have Longer-Range Electric Cars 'Relatively Quickly,' Exec Says

"Range anxiety" has always been one of the main concerns for buyers of affordable electric cars, and that issue is now receiving significant attention from automakers. This... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Johnson Controls 12-volt lithium titanate battery

12-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery For Advanced Start-Stop Coming In 2018

As fuel-economy rules get stricter, lithium-ion batteries may no longer be limited to electric cars. An increasing number of new cars are now being fitted with engine... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
FreeWire Mobi Charger mobile electric-car charging station

Mobile Battery Carts: The Answer To Blocked Charging Stations?

The number of public charging stations available to electric-car drivers is growing steadily, but that expansion brings a somewhat delicate problem. Charging stations are... read more December 18, 2014 by 


 
Toyota solid-state battery prototype

Samsung Leads Funding Round For Seeo Solid-State Battery Startup

A California-based startup company is looking to commercialize its solid-state battery chemistry, and now it's getting some help from a company you've likely heard of. Seeo... read more December 11, 2014 by 


 
Martin Winterkorn

Solid-State Batteries For Electric Cars: 'Great Potential,' VW CEO Says

To help electric cars go mainstream, new battery technology will be needed to escape the shackles of short ranges, long charging times, and relatively high cost. Among the... read more November 24, 2014 by 


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

Can New Titanium-Dioxide Battery Last 20 Years, Recharge In 5 Minutes?

Lithium-ion batteries help make modern electric cars possible, but they're also responsible for those vehicles' limitations. That's why so much attention is given to... read more October 22, 2014 by 


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

Panasonic To Invest Hundreds Of Millions In Tesla Gigafactory To Start

While Panasonic had already agreed to help Tesla construct and operate its huge Nevada "gigafactory" for electric-car batteries, the scope of that commitment is now becoming... read more October 7, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Ghosn: Nissan Not Tied To Its Own Electric-Car Batteries, Will Seek Other Suppliers Pragmatically

Batteries are the key component in building practical electric cars. And for its first all-electric Leaf in 2011, Nissan developed its own proprietary lithium-ion battery... read more October 7, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

In 10 Years, Electric Cars Make Home Solar Practical Without Subsidies: UBS

Electric cars and residential solar energy are intertwined. Not only are both compatible with a greener lifestyle, but advances in one seem to benefit the other. In a decade... read more September 2, 2014 by 


 

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