Boeing 787 Battery Safety Updates: What Changes Were Made?

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 turned out to be an issue with the aircraft's lithium-ion batteries, used to power some secondary functions reducing load on... read more

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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

A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

Battery Cell Maker A123 Gets More Time To Use DoE Grant Funds

This is a tough time for lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems, but the company did get one little piece of good news yesterday. The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to... read more April 13, 2012 by  4

GM Battery Lab, Warren Technical Center

GM Battery Lab Explosion Attributed To Gases From A123 Cells

UPDATE, Thu, April 12, 11:15 am: The Detroit News quotes an unnamed source this morning as saying that the battery pack being tested that caused yesterday's explosion at GM's... read more April 12, 2012 by  19

2012 Coda Sedans on assembly line, Benicia, California, March 2012

Coda Abandons Plan To Build Its Battery Cells In U.S.

We breathed a sigh of relief when Coda announced it had started production of its electric Sedan earlier this month. Then, we positively jumped for joy when little over a... read more March 29, 2012 by  30

BMW logo

BMW To Develop Future Lithium-Ion Batteries With Toyota

Lithium-ion battery cells are expensive, challenging, and time-consuming to develop. And they can be hard to get right, as the current woes of A123 Systems show. Even the... read more March 27, 2012 by  9

A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

A123 Systems To Recall Electric-Car Battery Packs For Fisker, Others

Hundreds of recalls a year get announced for gasoline cars, the vast majority completely under the radar. The high visibility of the electric-car business makes any recalls... read more March 26, 2012 by  5

Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

How Much And How Fast Will Electric-Car Battery Costs Fall?

You hear both sides of the battery cost question a lot when you cover electric cars. One side says, "Electric-car batteries will be brutally expensive for many years to come... read more March 16, 2012 by  63


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