Batteries

 
Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

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 year. The Gigafactory is expected to build cells in massive numbers, but using a variation of the same lithium-ion chemistry... read more

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Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an, China

Samsung lithium-ion cell to recharge to 80 percent in 20 minutes

The limitations of current lithium-ion battery-cell technology pose a hindrance to more widespread adoption of plug-in electric cars. Relatively short ranges and long... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

How much have electric-car battery costs fallen? This much!

High costs of lithium-ion battery cells have been one of the main hindrances to large-scale electric-car adoption, as they typically lead to higher purchase prices for... read more January 8, 2017 by


 
Tesla gigafactory, March 2016, shown in drone footage posted to YouTube by Above Reno

Tesla starts cell production at Gigafactory, shows it off to investors

Slightly less than three years after it was first announced, Tesla is now producing lithium-ion battery cells at its massive "Gigafactory." Billed as the largest factory of... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
contact lens (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Supercapacitor energy density could soar using contact-lens polymer

Engineers are nothing if not creative. Significant research is going into improved ways of storing electricity, including alternatives to the currently dominant lithium-ion... read more December 8, 2016 by


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

Used electric-car batteries should be recycled, not reused: report

Even after they have degraded too much for continued automotive use, the lithium-ion battery packs in electric cars still have significant useful storage capacity. That's led... read more December 8, 2016 by


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

Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one... read more December 6, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Toyota battery R&D will allow all-electric car in 'a few years,' likely 2020

The signals are now unmistakable: Toyota will offer a battery-electric car for sale in 2020. After a decade of condemning electric cars as suitable only for the smallest... read more November 27, 2016 by


 
Scrap metal (Photo by Daniel Bubois/Vanderbilt University)

Batteries from junkyard scrap metal and household chemicals?

The increasing importance of batteries for electric cars, renewable energy, and consumer electronics has researchers looking for alternatives to the currently-dominant... read more November 13, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Electric cars pose 'resoundingly negative' threat to oil companies: analyst Fitch

It goes without saying that mass adoption of electric cars would lead to a massive decrease in oil consumption over time. So far, though, the oil industry hasn't seemed to... read more October 26, 2016 by


 
Concorde (photo by Eduard Marmet, via Wikimedia Commons)

So how about all-electric supersonic aircraft, then?

Supersonic airliners haven't flown since 2003, when the last Concorde was retired. But could supersonic planes carrying large number of passengers make a comeback—and... read more October 23, 2016 by


 
NanoFlowcell Quantino concept

Nano Flowcell liquid-battery car briefly driven by outsider

Nano Flowcell Holdings hasn't been shy about promoting its flow-cell battery technology. It's displayed flashy concept cars at multiple auto shows, offering bold performance... read more October 19, 2016 by


 
Apple store

Why lithium-ion cells with hollow cores matter (Apple Car or not)

One of the biggest news stories in the automotive industry has been a car that still isn't officially confirmed to exist. It's "Project Titan," Apple's much-discussed project... read more October 11, 2016 by


 
wireframe of possible Faraday Future production vehicle, from company promotional video at CES 2016

LG Chem logs another electric-car win: Faraday Future to buy batteries

South Korean firm LG Chem is one of the largest suppliers of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars. It already counts 25 separate auto brands among its clients, and... read more October 5, 2016 by


 
Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an, China

Samsung wants to be major battery player, just like LG Chem

The market for lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars is currently dominated by a handful of companies. Korean electronics giant Samsung hopes to become one of those... read more September 8, 2016 by


 
BMW i8 Protonic Red Special Edition, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Samsung Hungarian battery plant to open in 2018, perhaps for BMW electric cars?

Anticipated increases in electric-car production in 2018 and later now have battery suppliers scrambling to add manufacturing capacity. One of the major players is Korean... read more September 2, 2016 by


 

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