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Dyson Buys Solid-State Battery Startup Sakti3 For $90 Million

Dyson Buys Solid-State Battery Startup Sakti3 For $90 Million

Dyson, the U.K. company famous for its bagless vacuum cleaners, has acquired solid-state battery company Sakti3 in a deal worth $90 million. The news comes just seven months after Dyson announced a $15 million investment in the company, a spin-out from the University of Michigan. Sakti3 represented... read more

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Computer-generated image of proposed Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Tesla Needs Cash? $6 Billion Required Through 2025, Says Goldman Sachs

Carmaking is very, very, very expensive. A conventional vehicle platform or architecture generally costs about $1 billion to design, engineer, test, certify, and put into... read more September 22, 2014 by

Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

Why Silicon Valley Venture Firm Kleiner Perkins Bet On Fisker, Not Tesla

Venture capitalists fund a lot of startup companies, and most of them don't pan out. So famed venture firm Kleiner Perkins' stake in Fisker Automotive--which is still trying... read more July 31, 2013 by 47

2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla To Issue More Stock, Pay Off Energy Dept With Proceeds

Since Tesla issued its first-quarter financials last week, its stock has been on a tear. Not only did the company have its first profitable quarter ever, but the many... read more May 15, 2013 by 10

Henrik Fisker

Is Fisker The Most Tragic VC-Backed Debacle In Recent History?

In January 2005, legendary car designer Henrik Fisker founded a company to bring innovative new thinking to the automobile industry. Between that date and today, Fisker... read more April 18, 2013 by 10

Fisker Atlantic Design Prototype  -  2012 New York Auto Show

Value Of Early Fisker Stake Drops By Two-Thirds After New Money

Investing in startup companies is a risky way to make money. And if the startups are carmakers, it may be even riskier yet--as the Illinois Student Assistance Commission... read more October 1, 2012 by 0

Fisker Atlantic concept unveiling before New York Auto Show, April 2012

Fisker Gets $100 Million More In Funding To Develop Atlantic

In April, Tom LaSorda--then CEO of Fisker Automotive--said the company was raising additional capital. Today, Fisker announced that it had closed a new round of financing... read more September 28, 2012 by 3

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Gets More Stock Options, Fisker Seeks More Cash

We’ve said it many times before, building an auto company from scratch is extremely hard, and expensive. That’s probably why only two major plug-in car startups... read more August 16, 2012 by 1

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Goodbye, Solar? Greentech Investors Shift To Electric Cars, Consumer Tech

The green technology investing boom has slowed. But if you ask investors, greentech isn’t disappearing, it’s just changing. Between 2006 and 2007, cleantech and... read more June 27, 2012 by 0

2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012

Irate Investor Sues Fisker: A Little Lesson In Venture Capital

This is the week when driving impressions of the 2012 Fisker Karma have started to appear, as Fisker invites in waves of automotive journalists for a half-day of driving in... read more February 16, 2012 by 4

Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

Will Tesla Succeed Like Apple, Or Vanish Like Altair?

Of every 10 companies started by entrepreneurs, half or more fail. Some are sold for the parts or the people, a couple of lucky ones may be bought by larger companies, and... read more September 29, 2011 by 11

2011 Coda Sedan electric car, at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

Coda Secures More Funding, Continues March Towards 2012 Sedan Production

Californian electric automaker Coda Automotive might have recently opened its first showroom and signed a deal to open a final assembly plant in Benicia, California where it... read more September 21, 2011 by 4

Ray Lane takes delivery of the first Fisker Karma

Fisker Automotive Raising $200 Million At $2.2 Billion Valuation

Electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive is in the process of raising a $200 million funding round that would value the company at $2.2 billion, according to a report by... read more August 22, 2011 by 4


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