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

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 possibilities is a solid-state battery--which replaces the liquid electrolyte of a conventional battery with solid material... read more

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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 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 claims it has battery chemistry that doubles the energy density of today's best lithium-ion batteries. Speaking to Scientific American... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
Chevrolet Volt drivetrain teardown

What's Inside Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack And Drivetrain? Video Teardown Shows All

There's a childish pleasure in seeing something disassembled to its component parts, whether it's a jigsaw puzzle, Lego set or an entire car. The Chevrolet Volt is new enough... read more August 6, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car

Researchers Create Pure Lithium Anode, 'Holy Grail' For Battery Cell

Existing lithium-ion batteries rely on the movement of lithium ions between the anode and cathode--and back--as the battery charges and discharges. It's one of the best... read more July 30, 2014 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt

Hard Realities Of Battery Research: Promising Electrode Hasn't Panned Out

News of new battery technologies breaks regularly, most researchers claiming to have devised a system promising greater range, better stability, lighter weight, lower... read more July 29, 2014 by 


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

New Lithium-Ion Battery Uses Peroxide To Boost Energy Density By 7 Times: Report

All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs. Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very... read more July 27, 2014 by 


 
First BMW i8s delivered to customers

BMW, Samsung To Share Electric-Car Battery Tech With Other Makers

BMW has announced that it's open to sharing the battery technology it uses in its i3 and i8 plug-in vehicles with other automakers. The company hopes that by sharing the... read more July 15, 2014 by 


 
China

Battery Maker Boston Power Gets $250 Million Investment From China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's announcement that the firm is planning to build a battery 'gigafactory' confirmed something we all knew would happen eventually--more electric cars... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade With Repeated Charging

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they... read more June 20, 2014 by 


 
Toyota solid-state battery prototype

Toyota Researches Solid-State Batteries As Mid-Term Option To Lithium-Air

Lithium-air batteries, with high energy density, low weight and useful stability, are a major candidate for future electric car batteries. However, commercialization may not... read more June 19, 2014 by 


 
Vanadinite crystals (Image: Flickr user Géry Parent, used under CC License)

Are Vanadium Flow Batteries The Solution To 'Too Much' Solar Power?

It's a statement of the obvious, but solar panels do their best work during the day, specifically noon and early afternoon when the sun is at its strongest. The trouble is... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
Ford and Samsung's dual battery system

Ford, Samsung's Twin Battery For Braking Regeneration, Stop-Start

Electrification is becoming an increasingly important factor in improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles. Cars like the Toyota Prius hybrid made it mainstream, but there are... read more June 10, 2014 by 


 
Johnson Controls 48-volt lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery

Will There Be Enough Batteries In The World For Electric Cars?

As demand for electric cars grows, supply of batteries must grow to meet it. That much is obvious. But just how much is battery demand expected to grow by over the coming... read more June 5, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery yarn (Image: Wei Weng)

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Soon, Woven From 'Yarn' That Carries Energy?

Could your car seats become large, comfortable batteries? If experiments by scientists at Fudan University in Shanghai, China become reality, perhaps they could--as the group... read more June 1, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla's Elon Musk Should Stop Making Electric Cars, Focus On Batteries, Bond Trader Says

Elon Musk has probably been given a lot of advice during his time at Tesla--some good, and some bad. Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach is the latest to offer his own take on the... read more May 16, 2014 by 


 
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