Report: Panasonic pumps brakes on Tesla Gigafactory expansion plans

Report: Panasonic pumps brakes on Tesla Gigafactory expansion plans

Battery-giant Panasonic put a damper its planned investment of hundreds of millions of dollars to expand Tesla's Gigafactory site in Nevada, raising concerns that slowing investment could slow the pace of progress for EVs. Media reports indicated that Panasonic was reportedly considering... read more

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Toyota and Panasonic to jointly make electric-car batteries, explore solid-state tech (Updated)

Update: Toyota and Panasonic held a joint press conference in Japan on Tuesday to confirm details of the new joint venture. The two companies will contribute a total of 3,500... read more January 22, 2019 by

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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... read more December 21, 2018 by

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German automakers commit to massive battery purchases, sidestep some hard realities

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, last week revealed that it will be buying $23 billion in battery cells by 2030. What it didn’t fully reveal—its... read more December 17, 2018 by

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric price tag meets Chevy Bolt EV, beats it come April

If you happen to be in California, rejoice; the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will arrive at dealerships in January, at just $37,495. That brings the effective total to $29,995... read more December 17, 2018 by

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Electric cars cheaper than gas ones by 2020, says Chinese battery supplier

Envision Energy, a Chinese company that bought Nissan's former AESC battery business, says it will be able to make battery packs for less than $100 per kilowatt-hour in the... read more December 6, 2018 by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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



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