Batteries

 
Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Tesla urges Japanese Battery Suppliers To Take Gigafactory Risk

Almost as soon as it announced plans to build its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," Tesla Motors began to hint that it could be the first of many. After beginning construction at its first site near Reno, Nevada, the company is now showing interest in an additional gigafactory--this one located... read more

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A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Electric Cars "Not Viable Markets" For Reborn A123 In U.S., Europe In Next 10 Years, CEO Says

The story of lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems seems to sprout more irony by the day. A123 was once enthusiastic about electric cars, supplying batteries for the 2012... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
Dyson DC31

Dyson Invests In Solid-State Battery Startup Sakti3 To Bring Cells To Market

Advanced battery technology startup Sakti3 has received a further round of investment capital to help bring its solid-state cells to market. A new investor, British... read more March 17, 2015 by 


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

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... read more March 2, 2015 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 REx owned by Tom Moloughney

Samsung Buys Battery Business From Magna To Boost Electric-Car Capabilities

Samsung is making bigger moves into the electric vehicle (EV) realm with news that its “materials and energy” subsidiary Samsung SDI has acquired the battery pack... read more February 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla battery gigafactory site, Reno, Nevada, Feb 25, 2015  [photo: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Bob Tregilus]

Tesla Gigafactory: New Photos Show Progress On Battery Plant In Nevada

To be able to build and sell its planned $35,000 Tesla Model 3 electric sedan, Tesla Motors must first build its lithium-ion cell "gigafactory" in Nevada and then test and... read more February 26, 2015 by 


 
Toyota Camry Hybrid battery pack repair by Imgur user scoodidabop

Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery: Electrician Spent $10, Not $4,000, To Fix

Who said modern cars are too complicated to work on at home? Some hybrid cars have been on the road for more than a decade now, but every vehicle needs some kind of... read more February 26, 2015 by 


 
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 


 

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