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Panasonic To Invest Hundreds Of Millions In Tesla Gigafactory To Start

Panasonic To Invest Hundreds Of Millions In Tesla Gigafactory To Start

While Panasonic had already agreed to help Tesla construct and operate its huge Nevada "gigafactory" for electric-car batteries, the scope of that commitment is now becoming apparent. The company's CEO now says it will invest tens of billions of yen--10 billion yen is equal to about $92 million--in... read more

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2015 Nissan Leaf

Rapid Charging Electric-Car Batteries: Less Damaging Than We Thought?

DC fast charging makes electric cars considerably more practical, allowing drivers to recharge a car's battery to 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less. But quick... read more September 23, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Tesla Battery Cost: New Report Suggests Model 3 To Cost $50K Or More

It's likely the biggest question for the future of electric cars: How low can battery cost go, and how fast? Tesla Motors is thought to have the lowest cost-per-kilowatt-hour... read more September 17, 2014 by 


 
Nissan lithium-ion cell fabrication & battery pack assembly at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

Nissan's Electric-Car Battery Future: Will It Be With LG Chem?

Nissan is set to close electric-car battery plants in England and the U.S. and turn to Korean maker LG Chem for some batteries. Or perhaps not. A startling and exclusive... read more September 16, 2014 by 


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

Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory: Elon Musk, Brothel Owner, State Work Toward Deal

As expected, Tesla Motors announced yesterday afternoon that it would build its first battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada. The electric-car maker released platitudinous... read more September 5, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Electric-Car Battery Use: Already Higher Than Hybrids' Total?

You see a lot in the press these days about the low sales of plug-in electric cars. While deliveries have risen every year--and have outpaced hybrid sales at the same point... read more September 4, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla Gigafactory Going To Nevada, Apparently (First One, Anyhow)

A press conference to be held this afternoon may answer one of the major questions for the future of electric-car maker Tesla Motors: Where will it locate its gigafactory?... read more September 4, 2014 by 


 
Chevy Volt and Spark EV with Sen. Debbie Stabenow as GM expands Global Battery Systems Lab, Sep 2013

Battery Maker LG Chem: Biggest Electric-Car Winner Of All?

Let's say your company builds a crucial, high-volume component for advanced-technology vehicles. Suppose it emerged this week that you've now got contracts to supply two of... read more August 21, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf electric car with eVgo quick charging station. [courtesy eVgo]

You're Better Off Buying 100-Mile Electric Cars, Report Says; Shoppers May Disagree

Sometimes mathematical logic is simply swept aside by the more primal emotions: fear, anxiety, and insecurity. Which is why so many car buyers make choices that cost them... read more August 19, 2014 by 


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Roadster To Get Replacement Battery, 400-Mile Range: Musk

Retrofitting new powertrains to used cars isn't something that automakers have done, historically--but electric cars may change that rule. Now, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla Gigafactory: CA Could Waive Environmental Rules To Get It: Report

When Tesla Motors announced the short list of possible locations for its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory," California wasn't on it. The Silicon Valley electric-car maker is... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Electric-Car Batteries: What Happens To Them After Coming Out Of The Car?

It's one of the recurring questions asked by electric-car skeptics: Yeah, but what about all those battery packs? Won't they just end up in landfills? We know already that... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla And Panasonic Reach Agreement On Gigafactory Project: Report

Tesla Motors and its normally outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, haven't had much to say about its plans to build a battery "gigafactory" lately. Now, a new report claims Tesla has... read more July 29, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf $5,500 Battery Replacement Loses Money, Company Admits

Last month, electric-car owners finally learned the price of a replacement battery pack for the Nissan Leaf: a surprisingly low $5,500 after the old pack is traded in. Many... read more July 24, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Volt

2015 Chevrolet Volt: Bigger Battery, But 38-Mile Electric Range Remains

With widespread expectations that we'll see a redesigned second-generation model unveiled early next year, the 2015 Chevy Volt was expected to be a carryover model with few... read more July 16, 2014 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf prototype

Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500 For Replacement With Heat-Resistant Chemistry

Three and a half years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale, Nissan has announced the cost of a replacement lithium-ion battery pack for its electric car. It's a... read more June 28, 2014 by 


 
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