Batteries

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

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 recharged, which means their application is often limited to single uses in small devices such as flashlights and remote controls... read more

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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


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

Nissan to sell electric-car battery unit AESC to Chinese company: report

With the second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car due to break cover sometime in the next few months, one open question concerns the source of its battery cells. To date... read more June 1, 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


 
2017 BMW i3

Car Dealer 101: electric cars that aren't charged won't sell

Electric-car owners and advocates have a tenuous relationship with the franchised independent car dealers who are the only legal way to buy a new vehicle in the U.S. Tesla... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz Energy Battery

Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units. Now, a Daimler company will go up against... read more May 19, 2017 by


 
Prototype EVgo 350-kw fast-charging station Fremont, CA

Could water be the secret to faster electric-car battery technology?

Electric vehicles aren't always associated with speed and performance, but researchers at North Carolina State University may have discovered a breakthrough to change those... read more May 3, 2017 by


 
Zunum range-extended electric regional jet - concept design

Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air travel a reality... read more April 17, 2017 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Northvolt: $4 billion electric-car battery plant planned for Sweden by former Tesla execs

Tesla is currently ramping up lithium-ion battery cell production at its U.S. "Gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada. But the automaker has discussed plans for at least one... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
John Goodenough, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery

Battery legend Goodenough not done yet: new solid-state chemistry introduced

Lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry is currently dominant in electric cars, not to mention consumer electronics and other fields. But what seems to be an army of researchers... read more March 3, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model 3

Will Tesla Model 3 be most 'made in America' car, beating Toyota Camry?

For some buyers, where a car is made can be as important as the qualities of the car itself. "Made in America" can be a powerful selling point, especially after a... read more February 24, 2017 by


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

When it comes to Tesla and electric-car batteries, the eyes of most analysts are currently on the automaker's "Gigafactory," which began battery-cell production earlier this... read more February 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2017 Hyundai Ioniq to have lifetime battery-failure warranty

Hyundai is extending the lifetime battery warranty offered on previous electrified models to the 2017 Ioniq lineup as well. The warranty applies to all versions of Hyundai's... read more February 13, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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