lithium-ion

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

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 charging times accorded by current lithium-ion cells still limit the appeal of electric cars in the minds of many new-car buyers... read more

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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


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Now Toyota can make electric cars: it's tamed lithium-ion batteries, it says

Toyota is one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on... read more October 31, 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


 
Tesla Model S P100D

Why new Tesla 100D battery may be crucial for the Tesla Model 3

Last month, when Tesla Motors announced new, even larger battery packs for its Model S sedan and Model X crossover utility vehicle, reaction was less than ecstatic. While... read more September 12, 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


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Nissan seeks to sell AESC electric-car battery venture: report

Nissan, alone among high-volume electric car makers, owns half of the company that makes the battery cells for its cars. Tesla Motors doesn't own any of Panasonic, which has... read more August 6, 2016 by


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

Tesla battery gigafactory opens as pace ramps up to ludicrous

If it's built out to the full size in the original plans, the Tesla gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, will cover 10 million square feet. That's the equivalent of more than... read more July 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Tesla battery partner Panasonic expects cell sales to double in three years

As the primary battery supplier to Tesla Motors, Panasonic has a secure position as one of the top players in automotive lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics company... read more July 18, 2016 by


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

Electric-car battery costs not too sensitive to lithium prices

Relatively low lithium-ion battery-cell prices are crucial to keeping the prices of electric cars reasonable. But how much does the volatility of the price of lithium itself... read more June 3, 2016 by


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

Tesla gigafactory grand opening event to be held July 29

Tesla will open the doors to its massive battery "gigafactory" to the general public July 29. The company will host a grand opening event attended by, among others, owners... read more May 29, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Tesla talks to LG, Samsung about Model 3 battery cell supplies

Since the start of Tesla Model S electric-car production in 2012, the company's lithium-ion cells have been supplied by its Japanese partner Panasonic. That applies to the... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the... read more May 12, 2016 by


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

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... read more April 28, 2016 by


 

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