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Electric Vehicle Revolution & Tesla Shuttles Come To Germany & Poland

CleanTechnica’s next Cleantech Revolution Tour is approaching, and it is packed with EV and clean energy leaders from around Europe who are intent on easing the way into a brighter future. Starting in Berlin (Germany) on June 27 (special networking activities), continuing on June 28 in Berlin (panel discussions and presentations), offering shuttle rides from Berlin to […]

May 30th

2nd Daimler Battery Factory In Kamenz On Solid Ground Now

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 […]

May 24th

The Truth About Tesla Battery Lifespan: An Owner Data Analysis

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?”

May 22nd

GM Will Build An EV Battery Factory In China This Year

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 — […]

May 9th

Ube Industries Expanding Lithium-Ion Battery Separator Production Capacity

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 […]

October 6th

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 […]

September 27th

Electrovaya’s Litarion Introduces LC-44 — New Higher-Energy-Density 44Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Cell

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 […]

August 25th

Top Electric Car Companies By EV Battery Sales (H1 2015)

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 […]

August 20th

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 […]

August 17th

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 […]

August 13th

Poland May Aim To Become Electric Car Producer

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 […]

July 31st

BMW Launches 3 Plug-In Hybrid 7 Series Options

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 […]

July 17th