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Why A Gigafactory? Tesla Used 1/3 Of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

Why A Gigafactory? Tesla Used 1/3 Of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

The 210,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold around the world last year used a lot of lithium-ion batteries. But if startup automaker Tesla Motors has its way, it will soon need as many lithium-ion cells (of the 18650 format it uses) as are now built worldwide. That's why the company plans to release... read more

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Envia Battery Technology

Envia's High-Energy Battery Cell Mired In Dispute, GM Cancels Deal

Researchers and development firms regularly reveal battery-technology breakthroughs. Now, Envia Systems--one company that gained much public attention by promising such a... read more December 5, 2013 by


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Likely To Get 'Hot Weather' Battery In Next Year

Nissan is readying a new lithium-ion chemistry for its Leaf electric car, aimed at better range performance in hot-weather climates. And it's likely bound for all Leaf models... read more November 26, 2013 by


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on red carpet

Tesla's Elon Musk Expects NHTSA To Clear Model S In Fires

It's been a bumpy few months for electric car maker, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. While enjoying the highs of high customer satisfaction and continued praise for the Model S... read more November 26, 2013 by


 
Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_

Tesla Fires: NHTSA Will Probe, Warranty To Cover Fire Damage, Ride-Height Tweak

It's been quite a month for Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk. In the wake of three fires in Model S electric luxury sedans, a tsunami of media coverage about those fires... read more November 19, 2013 by


 
Tesla Model S battery pack, from U.S. patent 8286743 for Vehicle Battery Pack Ballistic Shield

How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

Unless your name is Brinks, you rarely hear the words "armor" and "car" mentioned in the same sentence. But two recent widely-publicized fires in the Tesla Model S electric... read more November 13, 2013 by


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

What's Next For Chinese-Owned Battery Maker A123?

When battery maker A123 Systems went bankrupt, it seemed to be just one in a long line of failed energy startups--albeit one with some high-profile customers. Stalled battery... read more November 12, 2013 by


 
Tesla Model S

Tesla Earnings Call: Lithium-Ion Cell 'Giga-Plant' Needed For Future Production

Tesla held its third-quarter earnings call yesterday evening, and CEO Elon Musk stayed pretty much on message. He reiterated that Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] continues to... read more November 6, 2013 by


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford To Partner With University Of Michigan On Electric-Car Battery Lab

To launch its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, General Motors chose to build and expand its very own battery lab. Crosstown rival Ford is taking a different route... read more October 14, 2013 by


 
Tesla Model S in flames near Kent, Washington [frame from YouTube video]

First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris

It had to happen sooner or later: a fire in a Tesla Model S. And indeed, as first covered by Jalopnik, Tuesday's fire in one example of the luxury electric sedan outside... read more October 3, 2013 by


 
Nissan Leaf being charged

Mentioning Moore's Law For Electric Cars: Sign Of Ignorance

You see and hear it all the time, sometimes from people who really ought to know better. It's the notion that electric cars are going to improve incredibly, amazingly... read more September 20, 2013 by


 
2012 Tesla Model S

Will Tesla Alone Double Global Demand For Its Battery Cells?

Tesla is on a roll right now, with 14,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sedan on the road and its stock at record highs. If it achieves its planned production... read more September 3, 2013 by


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

Are Smaller, Better Sensors The Key To Cutting Electric-Car Battery Cost?

Electronic sensors don't occupy a huge amount of space in electric car battery packs, but conversely, making sensors smaller could make the packs themselves much more... read more August 30, 2013 by


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Tests New Heat-Resistant Battery For Leaf Electric Car

Nissan is testing a revised lithium-ion cell chemistry for its Leaf electric car that the company says appears to be as durable in sustained extreme heat as its current... read more August 26, 2013 by


 
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid owned by Bayer Protective Services, Sacramento, CA

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: 500K Miles, Still In Patrol Service

If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here's a case study to set your mind at ease. A white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just... read more July 16, 2013 by 7


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by 24


 

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