Faster Rivian charging, Tesla Autopilot chip, new Honda battery tech: Today's Car News

Faster Rivian charging, Tesla Autopilot chip, new Honda battery tech: Today's Car News

Samsung might be supplying Tesla's promised new Autopilot chips in the spring. Honda reveals a new battery that could have 10 times the range of today's lithium-ion cells. And the U.S. hit a milestone for electric car sales last month, reaching 1 million plug-ins across the country. All this and... read more

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VW Battery Packs

Panasonic says solid-state batteries are still 10 years off

While scientists and automakers around the world are racing to develop solid-state batteries for electric cars, Panasonic says don't hold your breath. In an interview... read more November 15, 2018 by

Herbert Diess

VW is planning to build 15 million electric vehicles

UPDATE: The very premise of this piece has been shaken when Volkswagen told the original source of this report, Automotive News, that its chief executive had misstated the... read more November 13, 2018 by

Icon's 1949 Mercury Derelict EV coupe

Jaguar I-Pace, Faraday Future workers, low-cobalt batteries: Today's Car News

We look at what makes the Jaguar I-Pace a contender for our Best Car To Buy 2019 competition—and what holds it back. Facing indefinite furlough after the company ran... read more November 7, 2018 by

Tour of Tesla battery gigafactory for invited owners, Reno, Nevada, July 2016

Battery entrepreneur releases new invention to reduce cobalt

As other battery scientists are working to develop the solid-state lithium batteries of tomorrow, technology entrepreneur Kenan Sahin is working to make the batteries of... read more November 7, 2018 by

Volkswagen MEB platform architecture

Commentary: Want faster electric-car charging? Pony up!

The future may be coming for electric cars, but it's not yet clear what it will look like. When modern electric cars first launched between 2011 and 2014, many shared similar... read more November 6, 2018 by

Carbon fiber structural battery

Could carbon-fiber electric-vehicle bodies double as ‘mass-less’ batteries?

Automakers seem to be in agreement that the ‘skateboard’ location for heavy battery packs—low and wide beneath the passenger floor—is the ideal layout... read more October 25, 2018 by

NantEnergy batteries with solar array

Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles

Until now, solid-state lithium-ion cells have been the likely path forward for battery technology, potentially finding their way into some production vehicles by 2025. But... read more October 22, 2018 by

Thomas Ulbrich

VW confirms it’s planning for solid-state batteries by 2025

Solid-state batteries sometimes sound a bit like the missing link that would punt electric vehicles soundly into mainstream acceptance. The list of potential virtues for... read more October 5, 2018 by

Renault utility storage network to deploy used electric car batteries in France and Germany

Renault plans Europe's largest battery storage network

European electric-carmaker Renault plans to build the continent's largest stationary battery storage network next year using old electric-car batteries. Renault announced on... read more September 26, 2018 by

2018 Nissan Leaf SL

(Reverse) Engineering Explained: What happens to old electric car batteries?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. It's the same philosophy for electric-car batteries as for plastic grocery bags—almost. Knowing what happens to lithium-ion batteries from... read more September 25, 2018 by

Adding oxygen and cobalt to the cathode prevents lithium from breaking chemical bonds

Iron trifluoride could make better electric-car batteries

Researchers at the University of Maryland, in conjunction with Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new battery cathode material that they say could triple the... read more July 10, 2018 by

Tesla Powerpacks

PG&E, Tesla team up to boost battery backups for power grid

Utilities are racing to expand battery storage on the electrical grid. The latest example is Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which submitted a request Friday to the California... read more July 2, 2018 by

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Renewables to generate half of worldwide electricity by 2050: report

Falling prices for lithium-ion batteries will enable half the world's electricity to come from renewable solar and wind by 2050. That still won't be enough to meet global... read more June 19, 2018 by

Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

Japanese automakers team up to solidify next-gen batteries

Facing competition from American scientists, Japanese automakers are teaming up to develop solid-state lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, according to a Nikkei report... read more May 9, 2018 by

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Some Chevrolet Bolt EVs get new battery pack for sudden loss of power: here's why

It's every electric car owner's nightmare: the car indicates that remaining range has suddenly plummeted to zero, the battery pack stops providing current, and the car won't... read more April 17, 2018 by



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