As it works toward an entry in the U.S. and works on a next generation of vehicles that may be sold here, China's NIO is thinking a lot about batteries getting hot—more specifically, how to avoid the issue altogether. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Thursday a number of new patent applications from NIO USA, Inc., the American arm of the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer. The patent applications all cover battery heat management in some form, showing just how important temperature control is in electric vehicles. They're examples of the kind of innovation that may help...
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