Batteries

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

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 solid-state tech, which would replace the polymer/gel electrolyte commonly used in lithium-ion cells with a solid one, is... read more

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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


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

Nissan Leaf refurbished batteries offered for older electric cars, in Japan

With more than 300,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars on the road, some more than six years old, battery degradation is becoming more and more of an issue. The different rates of... read more April 2, 2018 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf SL, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015

Nissan Leaf 30-kwh battery decline 3 times that of earlier electric cars: study

The Nissan Leaf, at least for the moment, remains the highest-volume electric car produced in history, with more than 300,000 sold. One of the measures that kept its cost... read more March 30, 2018 by


 
Nissan electric-car battery

Nissan, Sumitomo open electric-car battery recycling plant in Japan

The town of Namie, in eastern Japan, was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and has struggled to recover from the devastation of that day. Almost seven years... read more March 27, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW i3s

BMW: we won't mass-produce electric cars until 2020, with cheaper cells

BMW sold more than 100,000 cars with plugs last year, adding together its battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. That's roughly on a par with Tesla, and ahead of both... read more March 23, 2018 by


 
Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrain

Silicon anodes to boost lithium-ion battery capacity within a few years

The main impediment to mass electric-car adoption is price, and the driving force behind that is the cost of lithium-ion battery cells. The performance of those cells... read more March 21, 2018 by


 
Volkswagen ID electric car concept, 2016 Paris auto show

VW Group has nailed down $25 billion of batteries for electric cars, it said today

For a company that has only two battery-electric models in production, both several years old, VW Group spends a great deal of time talking about electric cars. The company... read more March 13, 2018 by


 
Professor John Kelly of Weber State University, Utah, shown before Chevy Bolt EV battery disassembly

Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: what's inside the battery? Teardown video shows all

The battery packs of most modern electric cars are far different than those in your mobile phone or other portable devices. In most cases, they include hundreds or thousands... read more February 28, 2018 by


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Model 3 choke point: automated battery line equipment still in Germany?

Sometimes it's the task of the Tesla communications department to explain, or provide context, or simply clean up the confusion after CEO Elon Musk says or tweets something... read more February 12, 2018 by


 
Traffic in China

China's largest electric-car battery maker, CATL, sets sights on U.S. market

Just a handful of companies today make the bulk of battery cells used in plug-in electric cars worldwide. Now the largest single maker of electric-vehicle cells in China has... read more February 9, 2018 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

Mainstream media on electric cars: more thoughtful on their growth

As with any innovation, coverage of plug-in electric cars by mainstream media has been, shall we say, variable. Seven years after the first Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt... read more January 5, 2018 by


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

Batteries in autonomous electric cars must be more durable: lithium-ion pioneer

We tend to take batteries for granted. Day after day, we recharge batteries and expect them to work without giving a thought to how they work or to their state of health. But... read more January 5, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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