lithium-ion

 
Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor in making those cars affordable for the mass market. GM made waves last fall when product chief Mark Reuss said the company... read more

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Daimler to spend $500 million on electric-car battery factory

As global automakers gear up to produce higher volumes of plug-in electric cars, their battery strategies vary. Some buy in both lithium-ion cells and complete battery packs... read more March 9, 2016 by


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

Fueled By Battery Boom: A Lithium Rush For Australia's Outback?

If electric-car sales continue to rise, then demand for battery cells will rise along with them. That, in turn, will lead to increase demand for the raw materials that make... read more February 21, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

LG Chem's Large Battery Plant In China Took Less Than 2 Years

Korean firm LG Chem has made significant headway in the electric-car battery market by adding up contracts from a large contingent of automaker customers. While Panasonic and... read more February 9, 2016 by


 
Penn State EC Power "all-climate battery" self-heating lithium-ion cell

Self-Heating Lithium-Ion Battery Could Cut Winter Range Woes

For some electric-car drivers--and potential buyers--range loss in cold winter weather is a significant concern. "Range anxiety" is already an issue for many consumers, and... read more February 1, 2016 by


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

Panasonic Commits $1.6 Billion For Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Throughout its project to build a massive battery "Gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, Tesla has had assistance from its current battery supplier, Panasonic. The Japanese... read more January 15, 2016 by


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Expect A 500-Mile Electric Car By 2025, Says Tesla's Elon Musk

It was a relatively brief projection of the future from a man who's juggling a lot of balls in the present, but even Elon Musk's quick hits can be newsworthy. The CEO of... read more November 11, 2015 by


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

LG Chem Adds Tesla To Customer List, Will Supply Cells For Roadster Upgrade

Of the three largest lithium-ion cell suppliers for electric cars, only one can count almost a dozen automakers among its customers. Now that company, LG Chem, has added... read more October 29, 2015 by


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

LG Chem To Become World's Biggest Electric-Car Battery Supplier? Could Be, Report Says

Three major companies compete today to supply the lithium-ion cells that make up the bulk of today's electric-car battery market. Panasonic sells primarily to Tesla Motors... read more August 27, 2015 by


 
Audi publicity image for Q6 all-electric SUV, which is to use cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI

Audi Electric SUV To Target Tesla With LG Chem, Samsung Cells

This much we know: a concept for the future Audi Q6 "coupe" SUV will be shown at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. We also know an all-electric Q6 e-tron version... read more August 13, 2015 by


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

Tesla Adds Nevada Land; Will Gigafactory Be Planet's Biggest Building?

Tesla claims that its lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory"--currently under construction just outside Reno, Nevada--will be the largest of its kind in the world. But could the... read more July 15, 2015 by


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

U.S. Electric-Car Battery Industry Could Grow If Supply Base Matures

Increasing production of electric cars is expected to increase the market for lithium-ion battery cells substantially, but where will the majority of those cells be made?... read more July 6, 2015 by


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

Tesla Battery Gigafactory 'Slightly Ahead Of Schedule': State Officials

Tesla is currently juggling several major projects, leading to speculation about when each will be completed. It plans to launch its much-delayed Model X electric SUV later... read more June 29, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Is Next Battery Advance Not In Chemistry But Fabrication?

Electric cars today are hampered by relatively short ranges, long charging times, and higher costs than comparable internal-combustion models--all problems that stem from... read more June 26, 2015 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Do Tesla, Panasonic Differ Dramatically On Growth Of Electric Car Batteries?

The rate of sales growth for electric cars may be the greatest unknown in the auto industry as companies prepare to spend billions of dollars on new products. Electric-car... read more June 22, 2015 by


 
Hover H7 by Great Wall

LG Chem Adds Chinese Great Wall Motors Plug-In Hybrids To Its Battery Clients

South Korean battery maker LG Chem continues to be on a roll, signing up automakers left and right that plan to use its lithium-ion cells in new electric cars. The latest to... read more May 26, 2015 by


 

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