The foundation for the second ACCUMOTIVE (a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler) battery factory in Kamenz, Germany, has now been laid, according to new press release. The under-construction €500 million lithium-ion battery pack production facility has reportedly been designed to be CO2-neutral and will be relying on electricity from a power + heat production facility […]
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The largest single chunk of the cost of a Tesla is the battery, which also poses a single point of failure risk for Tesla owners. Buyers are typically not worried about an event-based failure, even though fires could certainly be a concern, but rather about the degradation of the battery over the life of the vehicle. With EV drivetrains expected to last much longer than their fossil fuel–fired counterparts, the life expectancy of the battery becomes a looming maintenance expense waiting to hit and has everyone asking, “How long will it last?”
An Israeli company claims it has a new battery that can go three hundred miles on a charge and then be replenished in only five minutes. If true, the electric car revolution just took a giant leap forward.
Originally published on Gas2. General Motors said this week it will construct a battery factory in China this year. China wants new cars to be electric as soon as possible. China says it wants all manufacturers to make “new energy vehicles” — defined as plug-in hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell or other alternative fuel vehicles — […]
In line with the fast-growing EV market, Panasonic is opening a new EV battery factory in China — the world’s #1 EV market. Panasonic is known for partnering with Tesla — they have been building Gigafactory 1 and improving lithium-ion battery cell chemistry together.
A report in Ward’s Auto dated February 7th says EV battery prices are falling faster than expected and could be lower than the magic $100 per kilowatt-hour mark by 2020.
No, not tunnels.
While it’s very likely to simply be a matter of the company looking to protect itself from potential lawsuits down the road, the Chevy Bolt EV owner’s manual section on battery degradation and range loss raises some interesting questions. The owner’s manual (page 322) states that the battery pack capacity could degrade by as much […]
In order to meet growing demand from the automotive industry, Ube Industries will be expanding its lithium-ion battery separator production capacity at its Sakai Factory (Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture), which supports the production of Toyota Prius batteries. The expansion project, which will take place after current production expansion construction finishes, is expected to be completed by […]
The lithium-ion battery developer and manufacturer A123 Systems has come to agreement with Argonne National Laboratory to collaborate on a new nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) cathode development program — one intended to result in the creation of a “safe class” of advanced materials for utilization in the transport sector — according to a new […]
Department of Energy Announces $37 Million In Funding For IONICS Energy Storage & Conversion Projects (16 Projects)
The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) will be providing $37 million in new funding to 16 projects focused on the development of energy storage and conversion technologies, as part of the Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS) program, according to a recent press release from the US government. To […]
The lithium-ion battery company Electrovaya, along with its wholly owned subsidiary Litarion, has introduced a new, higher-energy-density 44Ah lithium-ion battery cell, the LITACELL LC-44, according to a new press release from the company. The new LITACELL LC-44 builds on the earlier 40 Ah LITACELL LC-40, utilizing the same geometry. The new offering is now available […]
The electric vehicle battery market remained more or less recognizable during June 2016. The most recent figures from Jose Pontes show that Tesla/Panasonic has maintained a huge lead in the #1 spot, as one would expect; that BYD has maintained a comfortable 2nd place position; and that Nissan is holding on to 3rd place with a big margin. To […]
Reducing Propensity For Electrode Fragmentation In Silicon-Aluminum Anodes For Lithium-Ion Batteries
Researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario have discovered a new means of improving silicon anode durability (when in use with lithium-ion batteries) through the utilization of newly observed self-healing behavior of cracks in micron-sized silicon particles dispersed “in a ductile Al matrix cycled using a high lithiation rate of 15.6 C.” As some […]
Johnson Matthey & 3M Enter Into New NMC Patent License Agreement Concerning Lithium-Ion Automotive Batteries
A new patent license agreement concerning the use of Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in automotive lithium-ion batteries has been entered into by Johnson Matthey and 3M, according to recent reports. The new patent license agreement sees 3M grant Johnson Matthey licenses to a number of different US patents (US6964828, US7078128, US8241791, US8685565, and US6660432) and […]
As I just wrote, two Polish cities (Kraków and Wrocław, where I live) are each planning to launch 200-car electric carsharing programs. Furthermore, a startup is aiming to launch electric carsharing in Poznan, Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Tricity, and Łódź; and I’m working with a few top-notch gents to launch one as well. But that’s just part of Poland’s […]
BMW has continued its “semi-leadership” in electric vehicles this week. Despite a recent announcement that the company is shifting the BMW i program’s focus away from electric cars and into autonomous driving, it seems that it is holding up on its aim to electrify all of its models (announced as far back as 2013). If it […]
One of the more disheartening electric vehicle stories of the year was BMW pulling back on its plans to be an EV leader, rather than announcing a knockout, Tesla-Model-3-competing BMW i5 or other fully electric car. It was a bit of a shock since BMW made some exciting, gung-ho presentations about electric vehicles in the past few years […]