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More Reasons Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Aren’t The Future

Originally published on CleanTechnica. By Mike Barnard Compared to gas, diesel, or electric options, hydrogen distribution and fueling will be more expensive, lose a lot of hydrogen, be harder to use, be dangerous in a way people aren’t familiar with, and won’t deliver any environmental benefits to speak of. Yet major automotive vendors and some politicians […]

December 7th

RS2E Network Researchers Develop First Sodium-Ion Battery In 18650 Format

The first sodium-ion battery in an 18650 format was recently developed by researchers in the RS2E network (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie) in France, according to recent reports. The new sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery prototype possesses an energy density of 90 Wh/kilogram — putting it on roughly equal ground with early lithium-ion batteries. The […]

November 30th

Tidbits From Tesla Range Calculator

Originally published on CleanTechnica. We cover a lot of Tesla news here and that’s because Tesla is bringing disruptive change across the auto industry on a very regular basis. But while its innovation and cool tech may be the sexy parts of the company, it is leading the charge on an electric vehicle revolution that is one of the […]

November 12th

Research: Efficient, Long-Lasting Lithium-Ion Batteries Via Covalent Synergy In Silicon-Sulfur-Graphene

The potential use of silicon in lithium-ion batteries as a means of improving energy density has long been sitting in the open, but the relative lack of operational stability with silicon-based anodes has remained something of a stumbling block (though, some batteries do already incorporate limited amounts). New research from the University of Waterloo is […]

November 2nd

Bosch: Aim Is For 50 kWh Battery In A 190KG Pack

The German company Bosch is apparently aiming to, over the coming years, create a 50 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery for use in electric vehicles that only weighs 190 kilograms, based on recent comments made by a company researcher. Considering the amount of money that the company is currently pumping into related research — €400 million ($455 […]

October 15th

MIT Study: Carbon Pricing More Cost-Effective At Reducing Carbon Emissions Than Fuel-Economy Regulations

Carbon pricing is a more cost-effective means of reducing carbon emissions than fuel-economy regulation, but fuel-economy regulations are notably more effective at reducing overall fuel use, according to new research from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The new research was essentially just a comparison of various planned fuel-economy […]

October 14th

Tesla Investing $1 Million Into University Of Nevada Battery Research

All of the drama over the last few years concerning where Tesla would build its first Gigafactory carried with it a lot of potential implications for the states in question, hence the jockeying for position and the various meetings between Tesla officials and state officials. On that note, one of the perhaps lesser of these […]

October 9th

Sodium-Ion Battery Breakthrough — 50% There

Via CleanTechnica: By Tina Casey Earlier this year, we thought we caught hints that sodium-ion energy storage technology is ready for its closeup, and this makes it official. The University of Texas at Austin has just let out word that a research team guided by professor John Goodenough has come up with a new cathode […]

September 24th

Tesla CTO JB Straubel Responds To (Trolls?) Tesla Horsepower Critics

A hot issue of complaint with a number of Tesla P85D customers over the past several months or so has been what they deem to be an inflated horsepower figure. Part of this is that the horsepower figure of the P85D is much higher than some other Tesla vehicles (like the P85+ that many owners upgraded from) while […]

September 22nd

Mass Adoption Of Electric Transport Would = Substantial Reductions In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mass adoption of electric transportation (this includes off-road applications) would lead to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The new report — “Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio” — also notes that such a mass […]

September 21st

Gorilla Glass For Improving Fuel Economy (Via Reduced Vehicle Weight)?

A number of prominent auto manufacturers in the US are currently considering using “Gorilla Glass” as a means of cutting down total vehicle weight, thereby improving fuel economy, according to recent reports. The idea is that, since Gorilla Glass is stronger than conventional glass, less would be needed — perhaps reducing material weight by 25–30%, according […]

September 16th

Chinese Auto Manufacturer BAIC Opens EV R&D Center In Silicon Valley

In a very interesting move, the Chinese auto manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC) has apparently opened up a new electric vehicle (EV) research and development (R&D) center in Silicon Valley. As it stands now — during the “launch phase” — the research center is reportedly home to 20 employees, who are expected to […]

September 16th

BMW’s Lightweight Design Center Begins Construction

The cornerstone-laying ceremony for BMW’s new Lightweight Design Center under construction at the Landshut site was recently held by the company, bringing the research center one step closer to reality. Once completed, the center is expected to host around 160 engineers, who will be working on the creation of new “innovative materials and manufacturing processes,” […]

September 15th

Fraunhofer Workers Come Up With New Film-Based Panel Heater For EVs

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart researchers recently created a new film-based panel heater for electric vehicles (EV), according to recent reports. Worth noting up front, is that according to the researchers, the new panel heater is more effective than conventional electric heaters, especially on shorter trips. Since EVs don’t produce nearly […]

September 8th

“Safe” Levels Of Air Pollution Still Causes Heart Attacks

Here’s yet another reminder of why we are so interested in seeing the EV revolution advance. Even “safe” levels of particulate and nitric dioxide (NO2) air pollution are associated with a notably increased risk of severe heart attacks, according to new research presented by Dr Jean-Francois Argacha of UZ Brussel-Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. The […]

September 6th

Bosch Acquires Seeo (Big Battery Buy)

Earlier this year, when I completed my list of “43 battery storage companies to watch,” Bosch and Seeo were both on the list. I guess I need to update the list now, as Bosch has just acquired Seeo. In all honesty, I was much more excited about Seeo when making that list, since there had […]

August 28th