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12 Tesla Model 3 Reservation Holders Get Golden Tickets To Gigafactory Opening

Among the ~400,000 Tesla Model 3 reservation holders, Tesla decided to have some fun and randomly select 12 to attend the Gigafactory Grand Opening on July 29 in Reno, Nevada. Extending the fun Tesla loves to have with its workers, owners, and even robots, Tesla has named these 12 lucky winners “Golden Ticket Winners” — yep, that’s […]

June 29th

Tesla Model 3 Will Destroy The Auto Industry — Here’s Why

I think we could call Julian Cox’s main presentation (he gave a couple) during our Berlin Cleantech Revolution Tour conference the keynote presentation of the conference. It was an eye-opening presentation (even for me) on why the Tesla Model 3 could be the key electric car that upends the global auto industry — and, no, this […]

June 28th

Are Some Tesla Model Xs Already Outfitted With 100 kWh Battery Packs?

Recent tests performed by Drag Times have revealed that the Tesla Model X P90DL, despite being less aerodynamic (the pregnant-hippo shape) and ~600 lbs heavier, comes close to outperforming the Tesla Model S P90DL in some circumstances. During testing at the Palm Beach International Raceway, the Model X P90DL even managed to do a 116 […]

June 24th

Chevy Bolt = LG Bolt?

Originally published on CleanTechnica. While we’ve alluded to the fact that the Korean firm LG is actually the force behind much of the Chevy Bolt in the past, we’ve never really gone into detail on the matter. It seems worth doing so…. It’s not an uncommon strategy amongst auto manufacturers these days to outsource much […]

June 23rd

Kokam Company Reveals Lithium-Ion NANO Battery Technology Ballistic Tests, No Thermal Runaway Even When Shot

Kokam Company has conducted ballistic tests on lithium-ion battery cells utilizing the company’s NANO battery technology and found that even when the cells in question are shot, they do not undergo thermal runaway. The company’s NANO battery technology also allows lithium-ion batteries to withstand temperatures between -40° and 60° Celsius, and to function in a […]

June 18th

Electrovaya & Subsidiary Litarion Sign Deals For Lithium-Ion Cells For Electric Buses & Residential Energy Storage

The lithium-ion battery technology firm Electrovaya has signed a letter of intent with a top residential energy storage firm for the delivery of up to €199 million in battery modules over a 3 year period, according to a new press release. A separate press release also revealed that Electrovaya’s subsidiary Litarion recently signed a memorandum […]

June 17th

Electric Vehicle Highlights From Cleantech Revolution Tour Conference

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference that we held in Berlin was a lot of fun, and the presentations were packed with interesting facts, figures, charts, and jokes. We had a blast, and there’s no way to share all of the conversations, connections, and laughs (which is why I encourage you to […]

June 14th

Samsung SDI Closes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Division, Focus Now On EV Batteries

In an announcement that should surprise nobody who has truly been paying attention, Samsung SDI has apparently decided to close its hydrogen fuel cell division and focus new development resources on electric vehicle batteries. The writing’s been on the wall for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for some time now — arguably, since they were invented. […]

June 8th

Daimler Creates “Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH” To Manage Stationary Energy Storage Business

With Daimler AG’s stationary lithium-ion battery energy storage business now getting its feet, the company has gone ahead and established a new body — Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH — to handle the development and global sale of Mercedes-branded energy storage products, according to a new press release from the company. Production of these Mercedes-Benz energy storage […]

June 5th

Analyst: Tesla Gigafactory Worth $50 Billion

An analyst at Global Equities Research by the name of Trip Chowdhry has publicly commented that he considers the market value of the Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory to be $50 billion, according to recent reports. Considering that the projected development costs of the Gigafactory total “only” $5 billion, and also that Tesla’s current market capitalization is around […]

June 5th

EV Obsession Launches EV Forums!

I was never much of a forums dude. But I slowly got more and more into them while covering electric vehicles. I think I first stumbled across the GM-Volt.com forum, and then the Tesla Motors Club forum. As you’ve probably noticed, I also stalk the official BMW i forum now. There’s a lot of great stuff […]

June 4th

DOE Researchers Report Advance In Understanding Of Lithium-Rich Cathode Use

A “major” advance in the understanding of how exactly oxidation leads to the creation of extra capacity in lithium-rich cathodes has been reported by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The advance will reportedly open “the door to batteries with far higher energy density,” according to a recent press release on […]

June 3rd

Report: China’s Lithium-Ion Industry Is Booming Thanks To Government Support, Domestic Output Tripled In 2015

Originally published on CleanTechnica. China’s lithium-ion battery market is booming thanks to government support for electric vehicles, according to a new report from CCM (a major market analysis firm for the country’s chemicals, agriculture, food, and life sciences, markets). The report revealed that in May 2016 alone, around RMB2.6 billion (~$400 million) was put into […]

May 24th

Hanyang University & BMW Develop Lithium-Ion Battery With High Energy Density Using Carbon Nanotube Silicon Composite Anode

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A new, fully functional lithium-ion battery design featuring high energy density and a good cycle life has been created by researchers at Hanyang University and BMW Group, according to recent news from the company and university. The new work has been detailed in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy […]

May 23rd

Tesla Talks Batteries With Samsung, LG, & SK Innovation

Editor’s Note: There have been rumors of Tesla consider LG Chem & Samsung SDI battery cells for years. They seem to come and go with the season. Tesla may well have considered using them several times, and may be doing so now, or it could simply be keeping some price pressure and negotiating power on Panasonic. […]

May 19th