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How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

Making a battery for an electric car is more like assembling microelectronics than the kind of auto-plant scenes we think of, involving huge steel stamping presses and battalions of automated welding robots. Last month, in addition to driving a 2013 Nissan Leaf through the Tennessee countryside, we... read more

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2014 Cadillac ELR revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas. But this turns... read more April 22, 2013 by  9


 
Historical Prices & Specific Energy Trends for Li-Ion Batteries (Duke University, 2009)

Cheaper Electric-Car Batteries: Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Did your parents ever tell you, "Slow and steady wins the race"? It can be annoying to hear as a child, but often it's true--and in the case of electric car batteries, it's... read more April 5, 2013 by  30


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Battery Safety Updates: What Changes Were Made?

People take air safety pretty seriously, so when smoke filled the cabin of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft a few months back, the entire fleet was quickly grounded. It... read more March 20, 2013 by  10


 
John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Reports Own Battery-Cell Failure Via Carwings

Wouldn't it be nice if your car could tell you not just that something was wrong, but that something might be about to go wrong? A Nissan Leaf in Washington state did just... read more March 12, 2013 by  13


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Musk: Boeing 787 Batteries 'Inherently Unsafe'

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is hardly shy and retiring. He tweets out random financial results, states as fact things that haven't quite happened yet, and regularly speaks his... read more January 30, 2013 by  25


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Batteries Same As Those In Electric Cars? Umm, NO

Gird yourself: It's possible we're about to see a new wave of attacks on electric cars that ignore battery science. This time the culprit is the troubled Boeing 787... read more January 17, 2013 by  49


 
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

Battery Tech Limitation Discovered, Improvements On The Way?

There are three main paths to improving batteries for future electric vehicles. One is the development of entirely new technology replacing today's batteries entirely with... read more December 17, 2012 by  2


 
2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots

Nissan Builds First Lithium-Ion Cells For 2013 Leaf Electric Car (Video)

Just two years after the first Nissan Leaf was sold in the U.S., Nissan said today it has opened a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, to fabricate lithium-ion cells for electric-car... read more December 12, 2012 by  7


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

Ford Cuts Rare-Earth Metal Use In Hybrid Batteries, But ...

With plug-in cars now on the market, rare-earth metals are a hot commodity. They're needed in one type of electric motor and various electronic components, and volume... read more September 14, 2012 by  13


 
2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Headlight

2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car To Use New, Cheaper Battery Cells: UPDATED

As it enters its third model year, the Nissan Leaf electric car is expected to get a number of updates and improvements for 2013. Now, it appears one of them is a change in... read more August 27, 2012 by  20


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

Battery Startup A123 Rescue Plan: Chinese Firm To Own 80%

It's been a very, very tough 18 months for lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems. In late May, the company said there was "substantial doubt" about its ability to remain in... read more August 9, 2012 by  9


 
A123 Systems Employees Perform Quality Check on a Lithium-Ion Battery Pack  [source: A123 Systems]

Are Electric-Car Batteries Already at $250 Per kWh? Analyst Says Yes

How expensive are electric car battery packs? It’s a topic of much discussion among electric car fans, and a closely guarded secret within the auto industry, but now an... read more June 20, 2012 by  17


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

Battery Maker A123 Systems Says It’s Not The Next ‘Solyndra’

Despite unveiling what it says will be a revolutionary new vehicle battery last week, Massachusetts-based firm A123 Systems is fighting skepticism that it will become the... read more June 19, 2012 by  4


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

A123: New Li-Ion Cell Performs Fine In High, Low Temperatures

It's been a rough year for lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems, but the Massachusetts company is forging ahead. This morning, it introduced a new battery technology it... read more June 12, 2012 by  10


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt

2013 Chevy Volt Gets 38-Mile Electric Range, Higher 98-MPGe Rating

It may be hard to imagine, but the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car is about to enter its third model year. The new 2013 Chevrolet Volt will offer a slightly higher... read more June 7, 2012 by  33


 
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