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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

Nemaska Lithium & Johnson Matthey Battery Materials Sign Final Agreements For Lithium Salts Supply From New Plant

Nemaska Lithium, along with its wholly owned subsidiaries, and Johnson Matthey Battery Materials of Candiac, Quebec — a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Matthey — have signed final agreements concerning the supply of lithium salts from the Nemaska Lithium Phase 1 Plant. The new agreements — first considered in a memorandum of understanding between the […]

May 18th

Nissan Motors & Nissan Arc Announce Joint Development Of New Atomic Analysis Methodology, Lithium-Ion Battery Performance Increases Likely

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A new atomic analysis methodology — one that will likely allow for the increasing of lithium-ion battery performance — has been developed by researchers at Nissan Motor Company and Nissan Arc, according to a new press release. The new methodology was the result of a collaborative research and development effort between […]

May 16th

Warwick University Manufacturing Professor: Dyson Could Follow Tesla’s Rapid-Growth EV Path

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The UK-based company Dyson could follow in Tesla’s footsteps with regard to rapid growth in the electric vehicle sector, according to a professor of energy storage at Warwick University’s manufacturing group. We’ve previously reported on the growing evidence Dyson is working on an electric vehicle (EV), and that the UK government […]

May 15th

Nissan Reveals Home Energy Storage Product Made From Recycled LEAF Batteries

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Nissan has revealed a new home energy storage product created from recycled batteries sourced from the company’s electric vehicle offerings, according to recent reports. The move means that Nissan has now joined Tesla and Daimler (Mercedes) in the offering of home energy storage systems in addition to electric vehicles (EVs). The […]

May 15th

Study: EV Battery Prices Not Likely To Be Significantly Impacted By Lithium Market Fluctuations

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Ongoing fluctuations in the global lithium market are unlikely to significantly impact electric vehicle battery prices — owing to a relatively limited effect on total cell costs — according to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering. So, despite the doubling of lithium market prices over the last […]

May 12th

Tesla Model 3 Battery Cells — What We Know So Far

Originally published on CleanTechnica. A recent post over at TMC kicked off a worthwhile discussion on the type of cells that will be used in the Model 3. Though it started with an incorrect assumption, it arrived at some fun conclusions. As the primer for the discussion, Elon had mentioned way back in 2012 on the […]

May 10th

Another Tesla Conference Call Summary (Fun One)

Originally published on TeslaMondo. Here’s a lean version of the Q1 conference call, without all the Hamburger Helper that clogs official transcripts. All quotes are verbatim. Everything else is TeslaMondo interpretation. Analyst: How can tiny Tesla make a profit on Model III under the shadow of big, bovine GM and its Bolt program? Seems impossible. Musk: “We’re highly confident […]

May 9th

BMW i5 — What It Should Be To Compete With Tesla Model 3

Originally published on The Electric BMW i3. By Tom Moloughney Editor’s note: After writing a superb take on Tesla, the Model 3, the Supercharging network, and the auto industry’s response to Tesla these past several years, EV thought leader and early BMW ActiveE and i3 driver Tom Moloughney has written another great article detailing what he […]

May 9th

Cleantech Talk #25: Tesla Model 3 Ramp, Tesla Financials, Design For Manufacturing, & Ford Electrification

Originally published on CleanTechnica. In episode #25 of Cleantech Talk, Matthew Klippenstein and I tackled the recent Tesla financials conference call, Tesla Model 3 ramp plans, Ford’s electrification plans, etc. You can listen to the show via the embedded player below, on iTunes, or on SoundCloud. Or you can download it. Below the embedded player, you can read Matthew’s helpful show notes. […]

May 9th

Leading Tesla Analyst Drops Wall Street, Investing In Tesla

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Andrea James has been one of the top Tesla analysts on Wall Street in the past several years. As she noted in a blog post yesterday, though, she was not going to be asking questions on the Tesla conference call last night for the first time in 21 quarters. “Wowza, what happened?!” […]

May 5th

Tesla Model S 75 & 75D Coming Next Week

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Tesla has apparently completed another small battery leap, as it is on the verge of rolling out Model S sedans with 75 kWh battery packs rather than 70 kWh battery packs (h/t Steve Hanley and “nkole“). If you don’t follow Tesla closely, it is tremendously focused on bringing down the cost of […]

May 4th

Li-Ion Batteries That Charge In Under 1 Second (Not Supercapacitors) Developed In Norway, But Not Ideal For Cars

Originally published on Gas2. Scientists and researchers around the world are working on improved battery technology that will facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels to electric vehicles. Their quest is for a battery that is lighter, cheaper, and smaller, with greater energy density. It is unlikely anyone will find a single solution that checks […]

May 4th

50% Range Boost For BMW i3 Is Confirmed

Originally published on CleanTechnica. It has long been assumed the BMW i3 would get a big range boost this year. Actually, the first strong sign of that for me was when a Nissan employee told me that the 2016 Nissan LEAF was getting 107 miles of range, the 2017 would get ~130 miles of range, and the […]

April 29th

Daimler Has Begun Deliveries Of Home Energy Storage Offerings

Daimler AG, in conjunction with its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, has begun deliveries of its first home energy storage systems, following months of successful commercial deliveries. The lithium-ion, battery-based home energy storage units — which are being manufactured by Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE — are based on the technologies developed for use in electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The new […]

April 28th

Nissan LEAF FAQ (My Answers)

Originally published on CleanTechnica As I slow to a stop at an EV charger, someone walking by the LEAF takes a long look at the EV and what I am doing. I see the quizzical bubbles of questions popping. The questions people ask about the Nissan LEAF at a charging station have me falling into […]

April 26th