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

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? China, Japan, and South Korea currently have the largest manufacturing bases, but the U.S. could become a larger player as well... read more

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

Tesla Gigafactory To Host 'Hundreds' Of Panasonic Workers Starting This Fall

Tesla Motors has said that its Nevada lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory" will be the largest of its kind in the world. And a massive factory requires a massive number of workers... read more June 9, 2015 by 


 
Tesla gigafactory as photographed by drone, May 17, 2015 [screen capture from YouTube video]

Tesla Gigafactory Spurs Lithium Producers To Boost Output For Batteries

The Tesla Motors "Gigafactory" currently under construction outside Reno, Nevada, is billed as the largest lithium-ion cell and battery production factory plant in the world... read more June 8, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

Tesla Acquires Michigan Tool & Die Maker To Boost Electric-Car Production

As it seeks to expand its electric-car production, Tesla Motors may also be attempting to bring more of that process in-house. Carmakers are backed by a complex chain of... read more May 7, 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 


 
Gordon Murray

Shell Project M Concept City Car: Huge Efficiency Gains Possible, Designer Gordon Murray Says

Famed car designer Gordon Murray will team up with former Honda engine specialist Osamu Goto and oil company Shell to develop a concept for "an ultra-compact, efficient car... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
Georgia license plate

Insult To Injury? GA Kills Electric-Car Incentive, Adds Last-Minute Luxury-Car Tax Break

It hasn't been a particularly good year so far for electric-car purchase incentives. As feared by advocates, last week Georgia passed a highway-funding bill that killed its... read more April 6, 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 


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

BYD Doubles Down On Electric Car, Bus Investment For China

Despite several years of early disinterest from consumers, sales of both hybrids and plug-in electric cars in China are on the rise. Aggressive government incentives in some... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Electric Cars "Not Viable Markets" For Reborn A123 In U.S., Europe In Next 10 Years, CEO Says

The story of lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems seems to sprout more irony by the day. A123 was once enthusiastic about electric cars, supplying batteries for the 2012... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Low-Volume Assembly Line For Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

What do a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan and an exotic supercar have in common? In the case of the 2016 Toyota Mirai and the defunct Lexus LFA, the answer is: an assembly plant... read more February 25, 2015 by 


 
Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015  [photo: Bob Tregilus]

Tesla Gigafactory Spending: So Far, $50 Million-Plus--And Much More To Come

Just outside Reno, Nevada, work on Tesla Motors' massive lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory" continues. The plant meant to supply large quantities of battery cells for future... read more February 18, 2015 by 


 
China

Limits On Rare-Earth Metals To End After China Loses Global Trade Case

With smartphones now an inescapable part of modern life, rare-earth metals have become a vital commodity. They've also become important to the auto industry for use in the... read more January 7, 2015 by 


 
BMW i3 body shell

BMW i3 Electric Car Teardown: Profitable At 20,000 Units, Says Engineer (Video)

Underneath its radical styling, the BMW i3 electric car has some unusual features. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell and aluminum chassis are unlike... read more January 5, 2015 by 


 
2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive

Honda Generates Enough Wind Power In Brazil To Run Its Car Plant

As cars become more efficient, the manufacturing process is coming under increased scrutiny in order to further reduce the carbon footprint of each vehicle on the road... read more December 1, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S

Tesla Tries To Hire Aussie Auto Engineers As Local Industry Wanes

Could Australia's loss be Tesla Motors' gain? As Ford, General Motors' Holden division, and Toyota prepare to shut down their Australian factories, the Silicon Valley... read more November 2, 2014 by 


 

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