Panasonic Commits $1.6 Billion For Tesla Battery Gigafactory

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 electronics company has agreed to help fund the project, and will use its technical resources to help set up and run the factory... read more

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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

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

Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by... read more May 18, 2015 by

A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by

A123 Systems manufacturing facility, Livonia, Michigan

A123 Says Start-Stop Batteries A Better Business Than Electric Cars

Ten years ago, startup lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems was the darling of business media, poised to enter the big leagues of electric cars after successfully selling... read more April 15, 2015 by

2011 Nissan Leaf - battery pack cutaway

Electric-Car Battery Costs Fell 8 Percent A Year For Market Leaders: Study

Five years into the era of modern electric cars, the biggest cost remains the battery pack. Now there's data to confirm that not only are the costs of the battery cells... read more April 14, 2015 by

Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Electric-Car Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Predictions: Study

It's widely assumed that electric cars will never emerge into the mass market if buying them requires paying a significant premium over comparable internal-combustion models... read more March 26, 2015 by

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition

VW To Decide On QuantumScape Solid-State Battery Technology By Summer

Volkswagen will soon decide whether to pursue an entirely new type of battery technology for its future electric cars. The German carmaker has acquired a small stake in... read more March 25, 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


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