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Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

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, Sakti3's co-founder and CEO Ann Marie Sastry says the firm's prototype solid-state lithium cells have reached 1,143... read more

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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 


 
Power Japan Plus - battery laboratory [frame from promotional video]

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of... read more May 13, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-air battery chemistries (Image: Lu et al, ACS Chemical Reviews)

How Hard Is Lithium-Air Battery Research? Pretty Tough, Actually

It's hard to keep track of all the future battery technology candidates, but lithium-air battery technology is among the most widely-researched. Its biggest draw is the... read more May 8, 2014 by 


 
Jumpr lithium-ion jump-starting pack

Lithium-Ion Batteries For Lighter, Compact Jump-Starting Pack

Lithium-ion batteries are the hearts of modern electric cars, but could this battery chemistry have other automotive uses? Juno Power has applied lithium-ion technology to a... read more April 26, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Tesla Gigafactory Seeks North American Raw Materials To Cut Pollution

There is no such thing as a truly green car. All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to... read more April 20, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Electric-Car Batteries, Graphite, And Pollution In China

The modern car is just about unrecognizable against its counterpart of a few decades ago. Not in terms of shape or performance, but emissions. The whole industry, pushed hard... read more March 25, 2014 by 


 
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