Manufacturing

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

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 is closely involved in the construction of Tesla's Nevada battery "gigafactory," which will provide the economy of scale... read more

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Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept

Electric-car intender Faraday Future wants 2nd factory, in California this time

Chinese-backed startup Faraday Future still hasn't released details of its first production electric car, but it's already eyeing a second factory. Faraday is moving ahead... read more June 6, 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

Tesla hires Audi veteran as new vehicle-production VP; predecessor took leave of absence

Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, electric-car maker Tesla Motors has hired a manufacturing executive from German luxury maker Audi. The company... read more May 15, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

With no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions. Studies have found that even... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3

Tesla's huge warehouse lease seems to be Model 3 preparation

Tesla Model 3 production isn't expected to start until the end of 2017 at the earliest, but the company appears to be making preparations for high volumes already. Like the... read more May 4, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford F-150

Ford F-150 plants recycle enough aluminum for 30,000 trucks a month

With the aluminum-bodied F-150 full-size pickup truck, Ford took a material previous used only in low-volume sports cars and luxury sedans and applied it to the best-selling... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

What do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant? If you're the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site... read more April 8, 2016 by


 
Computer-generated image of proposed Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory tour: local Reno paper gets to go inside

Elon Musk likes his secrets. Tesla Motors isn't known for being particularly open to the media, especially when it comes to major projects like the lithium-ion battery cell... read more March 23, 2016 by


 
Faraday Future

Faraday puts up $75 million bond to reassure Nevada on factory

Following its successful bid for the Tesla lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory," Nevada landed a second electric-manufacturing project as well. it's the proposed Faraday Future... read more March 11, 2016 by


 
Nickel-metal-hydride hybrid battery pack in trunk of 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Yesterday's hybrid car is tomorrow's Energizer battery

That battery-powered alarm clock or flashlight in your house could very well contain a piece of an old hybrid car. Energizer now makes rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with... read more March 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla factory screencap from SF Bay Area CBS video

Inside Tesla's Fremont Electric-Car Plant: How Model S, Model X Are Built (Video)

While the lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" under construction in Nevada continues to get most of the attention, Tesla's existing assembly plant in Fremont, California... read more February 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Once Again: Electric Cars Have Lower Lifetime Carbon Emissions

Battery-electric cars produce no direct carbon emissions from driving, but those are not the only potential source of emissions related to these vehicles. The lifetime carbon... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

GM Willing To Sell Chevy Volt's Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain To Other Makers

The biggest challenge in introducing new technologies is getting to the volume production that permits economies of scale for expensive components. Toyota is now nearing 9... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

LG Chem's Large Battery Plant In China Took Less Than 2 Years

Korean firm LG Chem has made significant headway in the electric-car battery market by adding up contracts from a large contingent of automaker customers. While Panasonic and... read more February 9, 2016 by


 

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