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RECORDS 2nd QUARTER 2017

Electric Car Drivers Want Electric SUVs/CUVs, Midsized Cars, Much More Model (June 30, 2017)
Sharing another segment of our new 93-page electric car driver report, this article jumps into the various car classes EV drivers are interested in. ... (more)

New Aluminum Batteries Increase the Range of UUVs Tenfold (June 30, 2017)
New batteries that “drink” seawater could power long-range underwater vehicles, giving UUVs a tenfold increase in range over traditional lithium-ion batteries used for the same applications... (more)

China Electric Car Sales Report — Sales Jump 49% In May(June 29, 2017)
The Chinese market had more than 40,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month, a 49% increase in sales over the same month last year, with the EV market share now at 1.4%, close to last year’s record (1.45%). Expect improvement as the year progresses and . ... (more)

MIT Engineers Look Toward All-Solid Lithium Batteries (June 29, 2017)
For the first time, team of engineers from MIT has probed the mechanical properties of a sulfide-based solid electrolyte material to determine its mechanical performance when incorporated into batteries. (more)

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-April 2017 (June 28, 2017)
Electric vehicle sales are holding steady in Europe; the latest sales data shows popular battery electric vehicles remain popular. Plug-in hybrids continue to hold their own as well, according to data aggregated from numerous individual national markets. ... (more)

Engineers Reveal a ‘New Universe’ of Organic Molecules That Can Store Energy in Flow Batteries (June 28, 2017)
Engineers from Harvard University have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind power in large batteries. (more)

How California and China plan to push for millions of zero-emission vehicles(June 27, 2017)
As exploding batteries in mobile phones, computers and headphones continue to make headlines, researchers at Swinburne's Centre for Micro-Photonics are one step closer to producing commercially viable, chemical-free, long-lasting, safe batteries... (more)

Breakthrough technology makes batteries safe and sustainable(June 27, 2017)
As exploding batteries in mobile phones, computers and headphones continue to make headlines, researchers at Swinburne's Centre for Micro-Photonics are one step closer to producing commercially viable, chemical-free, long-lasting, safe batteries. (more)

Copper industry expects EVs to spur ninefold rise in demand for copper by 2027 (June 26, 2017)
Big Oil may not be too happy with what’s going on, but Big Copper is all for it. A new report commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) finds that the growing market for EVs will significantly increase ... (more)

Seaweed derivative could be just what lithium-sulfur batteries need(June 26, 2017)
Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading. Now scientists from the Department of (more)

Canadian Government Working On National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy(June 24, 2017)
The Canadian government is amidst plans to develop an upgraded zero-emissions strategy by 2018. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will solicit the combined help of territorial ... (more)

Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures(June 24, 2017)
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a breakthrough in electrolyte chemistry that enables lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in (more)

German Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Almost Triples In May To 3,843 Sales(June 23, 2017)
Germany has become one of the fastest growing plug-in vehicle markets this year, and continued that trend in May with 3,843 new registrations (that’s nearly s 1.2% market share). ... (more)

A Battery Revolution in Motion: Sodium-ion (June 23, 2017)
The first prototype of a sodium-ion battery has just been revealed by the RS2E, a French network bringing together researchers and industrial actors. This technology, inspired by the lithium-ion batteries already used in (more)

Mercedes to make electric cars at its China factory with BAIC(June 22, 2017)
It's not only electric cars: China is also now the world's largest market for luxury cars. Audi got an early foothold among party officials and high-ranking government officials, but the allure of global ... (more)

Optimization of High-Energy-Density Aqueous Zinc-Polyiodide Redox Flow Battery (June 22, 2017)
Unlike traditional batteries, flow-based electrochemical energy storage systems separate the energy storage and power generation by storing the electro-active species in externally flowing electrolytes (i.e., the anolyte and (more)

Hyundai Kona small SUV revealed, with electric version to come(June 21, 2017)
Hyundai has finally shown the world its subcompact crossover utility vehicle, the 2018 Hyundai Kona. The 2018 Kona marks the brand's first foray into the subcompact SUV segment and will likely arrive in the (more)

New battery made of molten metals may offer low-cost, long-lasting storage for the grid (June 21, 2017)
A novel rechargeable battery developed at MIT could one day play a critical role in the massive expansion of solar generation needed to mitigate climate change by midcentury. Designed to store energy on the electric (more)

Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV being built now; Europe launch this year, U.S. in 2018(June 20, 2017)
While Audi and Mercedes-Benz have trumpeted the electric crossover utility vehicles they will offer in 2018 and 2019, a smaller competitor is keeping pace with the German giants. (more)

Nanostructured anode materials for lithium ion batteries (June 20, 2017)
High-energy consumption in our day-to-day life can be balanced not only by harvesting pollution-free renewable energy sources, but also requires proper storage and distribution of energy. In this regard, lithium ion batteries (more)

VW too will launch electric-car joint venture in China with partner(June 19, 2017)
Volkswagen is following the lead of many other global automakers: it has signed a deal for a new electric-vehicle joint venture in China. (more)

River Water and Salty Ocean Water Used to Generate Electricity (June 19, 2017)
Researchers reported that they have developed a battery that takes advantage of the difference in salinity between freshwater and seawater to produce electricity. (more)

Too good to be true? Fast electric ‘flow battery’ cars(June 17, 2017)
They can be called cake-and-eat-it-too cars: hugely green, but also totally luxurious and blindingly fast. Most of the time they don’t make it into production, but the Tesla Model S proves that sometimes they do. An upstart (more)

Estuary Battery Employs Salinity Difference (June 17, 2017)
Estuary Battery Employs Salinity Difference
In coastal estuaries where fresh water rivers meet saltwater seas, the difference in salinity can represent about (more)

Audi Getting Ready For Formula E (June 16, 2017)
It was unquestionably a surprise when Audi announced last October that it would exit diesel-hybrid endurance racing to focus on the all-electric Formula E. It wasn’t a trick or a dodge. It was Audi’s vision for the future. (more)

Sodium-air battery offers rechargeable advantages compared to Li-air batteries(June 16, 2017)
Over the past few years, Li-air batteries (more precisely, Li-oxygen batteries) have become attractive due to their theoretical ability to store nearly as much energy per volume as gasoline. The key to this high energy (more)

GKN Driveline expands European production facility to meet growing demand(June 15, 2017)
Open your smartphone and you’ll probably find a lithium-ion battery inside. They’re rechargeable, which is great – but they’re difficult to dispose of, and the price of lithium is soaring. Nine scientists from Ulsan National (more)

Groundbreaking new seawater battery could replace expensive lithium batteries(June 15, 2017)
Open your smartphone and you’ll probably find a lithium-ion battery inside. They’re rechargeable, which is great – but they’re difficult to dispose of, and the price of lithium is soaring. Nine scientists from Ulsan National (more)

U.S. Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Up 44.5% In May, Now Above 1% Market Share(June 14, 2017)
The plug-in electric vehicle market in the U.S. continues to set new monthly records. For May, ~16,568 were sold, more than 5,000 higher than a year ago (11,467), good for a ~44.5% year-over-year gain. (more)

Chinese researchers develop new battery technology(June 14, 2017)
A Chinese research team has developed a novel, environmentally friendly, low-cost battery that overcomes many of the problems of lithium ion batteries (LIB). The new aluminum-graphite, dual-ion battery (AGDIB) (more)

Global Plug-in Vehicle Sales For Q1 of 2017(June 13, 2017)
Global plug-in vehicle sales in Q1 of 2017 were 191,700 units, 40 % higher than for the same period 2016. These include all global BEV and PHEV passenger cars sales, light trucks in USA/Canada and light commercial (more)

Self-heating lithium-ion battery could beat the winter woes(June 13, 2017)
A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter "range anxiety" for electric vehicle owners, according to a (more)

Electric car market statistics(June 12, 2017)
The last four years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK – new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 100,000 by the end of May 2017. There has also (more)

Feather-light metal cathodes for stable lithium-oxygen batteries(June 12, 2017)
Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must (more)

Strong EV sales see plug-in cars pass key milestone (June 10, 2017)
Electric car registrations dramatically increased in May - officially passing the 100,000 unit threshold - as diesel sales saw a significant slump. According to SMMT figures, with more than 3,000 plug-in car sales, the recent (more)

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY: WHAT IS AND HOW IT WORKS(June 10, 2017)
Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries. Compared to traditional not rechargeable lithium batteries, rechargeable lithium batteries use an interpolated lithium material rather than the metallic one. (more)

Honda reveals big electric plans(June 09, 2017)
Honda is set to offer a comprehensive range of electrified models in the next few years as the Japanese giant's ambitions look to offer two-thirds of its new cars will be alternatively fuelled by 2025. (more)

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells(June 09, 2017)
A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Technical University of Denmark show that it is possible to (more)

Nissan Leaf takes Driver Power Green Car title (June 08, 2017)
Nissan has revealed that the 20,000th Leaf has been sold in the UK, as the model claimed the Best Green Car title in the 2017 Driver Power Survey. (more)

Scientists discover a 2-D magnet(June 08, 2017)
Magnetic materials form the basis of technologies that play increasingly pivotal roles in our lives today, including sensing and hard-disk data storage. But as our innovative dreams conjure wishes for ever-smaller and faster (more)

Hyundai Kona Electric: will new small electric SUV come to North America? (June 07, 2017)
Hyundai has already taken its first step into the realm of electric cars with the Ioniq Electric. In fact, a plug-in hybrid and dedicated hybrid round out three alternative propulsion choices from Hyundai, but (more)

1000 km range for electric cars thanks to a new battery concept(June 07, 2017)
You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory (more)

Swiss Financial Giant UBS Tears Down Chevy Bolt For Analysis (June 06, 2017)
Another influential voice has joined the chorus predicting that electric vehicles (EVs) will soon disrupt the global auto industry. A team from financial giant UBS took apart a Chevy Bolt and published an in-depth cost analysis (more)

Continental Unveils Automated Wireless EV Charging System(June 06, 2017)
Qualcomm recently unveiled a system that can be embedded in road surfaces; now Continental has revealed one of its own system. (more)

Audi to launch three e-tron EV models by 2020(June 03, 2017)
Audi has revealed that three new electric models will be released in the next three years, joining two new Q models in the shape of the Q8 (above) and Q4. Five core model series will be renewed by the middle of next (more)

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells(June 03, 2017)
A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Technical University of Denmark show that it is possible to (more)

Chinese electric cars based on former Saab 9-3, 9-3X models (June 02, 2017)
Swedish auto brand Saab may never return, but the company NEVS has officially debuted its electric cars adapted from Saab assets it acquired following the brand's fall from grace. (more)

'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles(June 02, 2017)
A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an "instantly rechargeable" method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and (more)

Havelaar Bison all-electric utility truck announced by Canadian company (June 01, 2017)
The electric-vehicle market remains in infancy, but non-traditional automakers are beginning to explore and tap the potential market for multiple types of vehicles powered by batteries. ... (more)

New study finds V2G discharging harmful to EV batteries(June 01, 2017)
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is seen as a potentially valuable resource for balancing electrical grids and facilitating the use of renewable energy. However, a new study by a team at the University of Hawaii suggests (more)

Open source hardware platform lets anyone build an EV (May 31, 2017)
Thanks to the internet (for better or for worse), anyone can publish their own book or magazine. What if anyone could build their own car? That’s the idea behind OSVehicle’s TABBY EVO, a modular open-source... (more)

Leclanché’s new marine battery system earns international certification(May 31, 2017)
Swiss battery-maker Leclanché’s new Marine Rack System (MRS), a modular Li-ion battery system, has won approval by the international certification body DNV-GL. ... (more)

Mercedes expands EV factory options (May 30, 2017)
Mercedes Benz will build its EQ electric vehicles in at least three plants, after a new announcement confirmed that its factory in Rastatt will join Bremen and Sindelfingen as EV 'centres of competence'. ... (more)

Battery maker A123 quietly became a half-billion-dollar company(May 30, 2017)
Ten years ago, lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems was a hot startup and a much-publicized company. This author, in fact, profiled the company for IEEE Spectrum in the technology magazine's September 2007 ... (more)

Subaru to offer plug-in hybrid in 2018, full EV by 2021 (May 29, 2017)
Subaru could introduce a plug-in hybrid vehicle to market next year as well as an all-electric vehicle in 2021. The Japanese automaker will spend a record $1.2 billion in research and development, as it races to catch up with competitors and ... (more)

China's GSR Nears $1 Billion Deal for Nissan Battery Unit(May 29, 2017)
GSR Capital, a Chinese private equity firm with backing from the Hubei provincial government, is nearing a deal to acquire control of a Nissan Motor Co. rechargeable battery unit for about $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter. ... (more)

New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles (May 27, 2017)
Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. -... (more)

Argonne researchers make vanadium into a useful low-cost catalyst for hydrogenation (May 27, 2017)
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed an unusually active form of vanadium for hydrogenation reactions. Vanadium is an inexpensive common metal that could replace some of the precious metals currently found in ... (more)

UBS study predicts electric-car cost parity in Europe could arrive by 2018 (May 26, 2017)
With the prospect of multiple long-range electric cars hitting the market over the next few years, the prediction market is in full swing. Battery costs have fallen faster than predicted eight years ago, and virtually every carmaker plans to introduce at least one battery-... (more)

Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050: Repeating Germany’s Mistake?(May 26, 2017)
With the vote of May 21, the debate about new nuclear in Switzerland is closed for many years to come. Nevertheless, the ban on building new NPPs can be considered more of a “pro forma” law, because in any case, new nuclear plants were not planned in the ... (more)

Volvo Reiterates Big EV Plans, Starting in 2019 (May 24, 2017)
A year ago, Volvo unveiled the Volvo Concept 40.1—one of two sleek and sporty concept cars to introduce its new compact platform. The design accommodates electric and plug-in hybrid batteries... (more)

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries(May 24, 2017)
Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem... (more)

Next Nissan electric car likely to be SUV(May 23, 2017)
Nissan will unveil a redesigned Leaf later this year, but the compact hatch is just one of multiple electric cars the automaker is planning... (more)

Sodium, magnesium to replace lithium in batteries(May 23, 2017)
A project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) aims to find new materials which can be used in rechargeable batteries and eventually provide alternatives to the current lithium batteries. Lithium-based batteries have several drawbacks, such as ... (more)

World All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17) (May 22, 2017)
Nissan Leaf past the Quarter Million, on its way to 300k If Tesla and the Model S are spreading the EV word across the globe like no other, the Nissan Leaf is doing its work under the radar, .... (more)

How lithium batteries could enrich Bolivia (May 22, 2017)
A Panasonic Corp's lithium-ion battery, which is part of Tesla Motor Inc's Model S and Model X battery packs. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, however, that may not be for much longer because Bolivia has between 50-... (more)

GM goal: profitable, affordable electric cars built in big numbers (May 20, 2017)
Automotive innovation rolls out over many years, usually decades, and usually only a few companies lead. Others hang back, waiting to see if buyers will accept new features, new powertrains, and new types of vehicles.... (more)

Carbon/sulfur composite cathodes for flexible lithium/sulfur batteries: status and prospects(May 20, 2017)
Tremendous progress in carbon–sulfur composites has been achieved in recent years. Substantial attention has been paid to the morphology, chemistry and electrochemistry of carbon–sulfur composites. In the future the adsorption, intercalation, and ... (more)

Juniper: V2V to feature in >50% of cars sold by 2022 (May 19, 2017)
A new report from Juniper Research projects that by 2022, 50% of new vehicles will be shipped with V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) hardware, a technology that enables real-time short-range communication between vehicles... (more)

Development of ultra-high capacity lithium-air batteries using CNT sheet air electrodes(May 19, 2017)
A NIMS research team led by Yoshimi Kubo and Akihiro Nomura has developed lithium-air batteries with electric storage capacity 15 times greater than the capacity of conventional lithium-ion batteries using carbon nanotubes (CNT) as an air electrode material... (more)

Employers Adopt Cost-Effective Approaches to EV Workplace Charging(May 18, 2017)
As electric vehicle adoption continues to grow, carmakers and government agencies are increasing their support of public EV charging infrastructure. While much of the attention is focused on public charging—especially fast charging along highway corridors—the ... (more)

Better cathode materials for lithium-sulphur-batteries(May 18, 2017)
At present, lithium batteries are one of the best solutions for storing electrical power in a small space. Lithium ions in these batteries migrate from the anode to the opposite electrical pole, the cathode, during the discharge cycle. The anode and cathode generally ... (more)

Belgian Researches Develop Device That Gets Hydrogen From Polluted Air (May 17, 2017)
Researchers from the universities of Antwerp and Leuven in Belgium have developed a method to purify the air and generate power at the same time. The device only needs light to function... (more)

Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries(May 17, 2017)
The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Illinois, Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation and Nanjing University in China developed a method for... (more)

BMW reveals electric plans (May 16, 2017)
BMW has confirmed that its advanced iNext is on track to arrive in 2021, but before that model an all-electric Mini and BMW X3 will arrive in 2019 and 2020 respectively.... (more)

Researchers show simple addition of quartz powder to Li-S electrolyte slows capacity loss(May 16, 2017)
Materials researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have, in collaboration with the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), developed a simple method that can improve the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries by 25-30%. In a study published in (more)

DOE: 58% of BEV Sales in the U.S. Were Large Cars And SUVs Last Year(May 15, 2017)
While electrification is usually associated with small all-electric city cars, according to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, most BEV sales in the U.S. last year were bigger offerings... (more)

Permselective graphene oxide separator for very stable lithium-sulfur batteries(May 15, 2017)
The chemistry of widely used lithium-ion batteries limits how much energy they can store. Having been researched and developed intensely over the past decades, this mature technology has reached its theoretical limit. One promising alternative is the lithium-sulfur (more)

Mini To Launch Final Superhero Model By 2019, Confirms It Will Be Electric (May 13, 2017)
Don’t think Batman or a Marvel Comics character, but rather a vehicle that anchors Mini’s lineup. Mini boss Peter Schwartzenberg brought up this superhero idea awhile back. Basically, as he explained it, Mini would trim down its (more)

Fuel cells: Breath of fresh air(May 13, 2017)
On-chip air-breathing, membraneless micro fuel cells prove pumps are not required. The operation of devices such as on-chip micro-sensors necessitates miniature on-chip power sources. Tiny fuel cells show potential (more)

Mahindra Aims For 100,000 EV Sales By 2020. Is it possible ?(May 12, 2017)
Mahindra & Mahindra is now passing along some bold plans when it comes to its future electric vehicle sales. Despite the Indian company only selling about 7,000 EVs since the acquisition of Reva seven years ago (currently known as Mahindra (more)

Featured: Towards practical Li-air batteries(May 12, 2017)
Li-air batteries have been described as the "holy grail" of energy storage devices. By combining Li, nature's third lightest element, with oxygen from air, a lithium-oxygen couple is theoretically capable of matching the high specific energy of gasoline. The capacity of a (more)

Does the power grid have enough juice to keep up with EV sales? (May 11, 2017)
The rapid rise in demand for electric vehicles (EVs) throughout the world is a boon for the green economy and could play a significant role in helping to keep within the Paris Agreement's 2 degrees Celsius target — but the race is on to ensure the infrastructure is there (more)

Sony plans to boost battery performance 40 percent by 2020(May 11, 2017)
In 1991, Sony introduced the first commercial lithium-ion battery. While it took a few years for the invention to gather steam, lithium-ion technology is now the cornerstone of our entire battery industry. Now, the Japanese company wants to revolutionize the industry ... (more)

Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China (May 10, 2017)
In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to ... (more)

Electrical energy storage for transportation—approaching the limits of, and going beyond, lithium-ion batteries(May 10, 2017)
The escalating and unpredictable cost of oil, the concentration of major oil resources in the hands of a few politically sensitive nations, and the long-term impact of CO2 emissions on global climate constitute a major challenge for the 21st century. They also constitute a (more)

EV Sales Continue to Grow in Europe, U.S. (May 09, 2017)
The European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association put out a press release yesterday that shows strong growth in what it calls “alternative-fuel vehicles” for the first quarter of 2017... (more)

Zinc fuel cell maker readies portable power pack(May 09, 2017)
A California start-up says next year it will introduce a BlackBerry-size box that uses zinc as a fuel to charge electronic gadgets, a move that some people hope is a small step toward a broad zinc-based energy industry... (more)

General Motors China To Open Battery Factory In Shanghai (May 08, 2017)
GM China prepares for the introduction of more plug-in models. In fact, GM states that two-thirds of all new plug-in vehicle (BEVs, EREV and PHEVs) launches between 2017 and 2020 are to be dedicated models... (more)

A Rechargeable Li-Air Fuel Cell Battery Based on Garnet Solid Electrolytes(May 08, 2017)
Non-aqueous Li-air batteries have been intensively studied in the past few years for their theoretically super-high energy density. However, they cannot operate properly in real air because they contain highly unstable and volatile electrolytes. Here, we report the ... (more)

Plug-in Hybrids To See Growth In Market Presence This Year (May 06, 2017)
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could see their best year yet in 2017 with several new price-competitive models rolling out. (more)

A critical review on lithium–air battery electrolytes(May 06, 2017)
Metal–air batteries, utilizing the reduction of ambient oxygen, have the highest energy density because most of the cell volume (more)

Plug-in electric car sales to double in 2018: predictions(May 05, 2017)
Despite a slower-than-expected start, plug-in electric cars are gaining momentum on the North American market. Not only are sales rising, so is consumer interest: according to a survey by AAA, shoppers’ interest in electric and plug-in hybrid cars is ... (more)

Development of a New-type Lithium-Air Battery with Large Capacity(May 05, 2017)
Haoshen Zhou (Leader), the Energy Interface Technology Group, the Energy Technology Research Institute (Director: Yasuo Hasegawa) of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (President: Hiroyuki Yoshikawa) and (more)

EV Sales-Europe March 2017 (May 04, 2017)
The European EV market had 29.000 registrations last month, up 30% over the same month last year, being the third best month ever, only behind the incentive-inflated Decembers of 2015 (34k) and 2016 (30k). At this pace, the market is set to reach the 300.000 ... (more)

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer, bendable(May 04, 2017)
Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of (more)

Total Predicts Electric Cars Will Decrease Demand For Gasoline By 2030(May 03, 2017)
At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York on April 25, Joel Couse, chief economist for Total, predicted that sales of electric cars will surge from about 1% globally in today’s new car market to up to 30% of the market by 2030. If that happens, he ... (more)

Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell(May 03, 2017)
Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs. (more)

Fisker Will Unveil a New 400-Mile Luxury EV in August (May 02, 2017)
Famed auto designer Henrik Fisker will reveal a new luxury electric vehicle—dubbed the EMotion—on August 17. Fisker is known for his dynamic visual designs, most notably the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9. His company, Fisker Inc., describes the design of the ... (more)

New breakthrough in battery charging technology(May 02, 2017)
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has developed a single-unit, photo-rechargeable portable power source based on high-efficiency silicon solar cells and lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). ... (more)

Consumer Reports Downgrades Model S, X – Tesla To Respond With OTA Update (April 29, 2017)
When a standard safety features is still missing some six months after promised, a downgrade from Consumer Reports is to be expected.... (more)

Zinc sponge protects rechargeable battery(April 29, 2017)
The relatively low cost of zinc coupled with its wide availability and favorable electrochemical properties should give zinc-based batteries a competitive advantage over other battery chemistries. In particular, Zn batteries could be safer than lithium-ion batteries ... (more)

Even oil companies now acknowledge electric cars are coming (April 28, 2017)
Advocates have long suggested that electric vehicles will begin to take over daily driving duties, slowly but surely, from the internal-combustion engine.... (more)

Navy researchers boost performance of Ni-Zn cells commensurate with Li-ion; safer alternative(April 28, 2017)
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Chemistry Division have demonstrated that the use of zinc formed into three-dimensional sponges for use as an anode boosts the performance of nickel–zinc alkaline cells in three areas: (i) > 90% ... (more)

Mahindra mulls turning Pininfarina into premium EV brand(April 27, 2017)
Having acquired Pininfarina in late 2015, Indian auto giant Mahindra is now considering turning the Italian design firm into a premium electric car brand... (more)

Scientists Identify Chemical Causes Of Battery "Capacity Fade"(April 27, 2017)
Like you, me and everyone we know, batteries have a finite lifespan. When a battery enters “old age,” scientists refer to its diminished performance as “capacity fade,” in which the amount of charge a ... (more)

JBorgward confirms electric SUV, German plant(April 26, 2017)
Revived German car brand Borgward, backed by state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC, unveiled its first model in almost 50 years during the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. (more)

A high-power and fast charging Li-ion battery with outstanding cycle-life(April 26, 2017)
Energy conversion and storage are key enabling technologies that will pave the way in the XXI century to mass electro-mobility, smart-grids of continental-size and realistic reduction of CO2 emissions. Electrochemical energy storage devices based on Li-ion cells (more)

Jeep Yuntu Concept for Shanghai may have plug-in hybrid powertrain(April 25, 2017)
The Jeep Yunto Concept made its debut Wednesday at the Shanghai auto show, and it appears to be a plug-in hybrid. The automaker has been tight-lipped about the concept's drivetrain, but the vehicle on display in China clearly shows "PHEV" badges (more)

Paperlike battery electrode made with glass-ceramic(April 25, 2017)
A paper-like battery electrode developed by a Kansas State University engineer may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles. (more)

Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly (April 24, 2017)
While corporate average fuel-economy standards through 2021 remain in place in the U.S., automakers are preparing their case to argue for delays in further tightening. (more)

Electrochemical Performance Of Lithium-Ion Capacitors (April 24, 2017)
How do internal short circuit? Researcher Minho Kim has published his paper "A fast and efficient pre-doping approach to high energy density lithium-ion hybrid capacitors". (more)

Lynk & Co says its cars will have lifetime warranties(April 22, 2017)
Lynk & Co at its Wednesday press conference at the 2017 Shanghai auto show came out with the unusually bold promise of lifetime warranties for its cars (more)

High power all-solid-state batteries using sulphide superionic conductors(April 22, 2017)
Japanese scientists have synthesized two crystal materials that show great promise as solid electrolytes. All-solid-state batteries built using the solid electrolytes exhibit excellent properties, including high power and high energy densities, and could be used in long- (more)

Renault Formula 1 Concept Is Electric(April 21, 2017)
Renault has unveiled its vision of how an F1 car could look in 10 years’ time — with it adamant that the sport should have a greater focus on drivers. (more)

New prototype rechargeable lithium-nitrogen battery(April 21, 2017)
As the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen has been an attractive option as a source of renewable energy. But nitrogen gas—which consists of two nitrogen atoms held together by a strong, triple covalent bond—doesn’t break apart under normal (more)

Volkswagen’s I.D. Crozz Crossover EV Concept Revealed In Shanghai(April 20, 2017)
The German automaker released more details during Auto Shanghai 2017, VW is selling the I.D. Crozz as having the latest in EV technology combined with the interior space and convenience of a crossover (more)

New fluorinated sulfone electrolytes enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries(April 20, 2017)
In “Oxidatively Stable Fluorinated Sulfone Electrolytes for 5-V Lithium-ion Battery,” published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, Chi-Cheung Su and colleagues explain how they evaluated the physical and electrochemical properties of the ... (more)

EV Sales In China Grew By 35.6% In March, Over 30,000 Sold (April 19, 2017)
March plug-in vehicle sales (aka New Energy Vehicles regionally) in China shows a return to a strong growth trend, netting a 35.6% year-over-year gain, with 31,120 units sold (production in the same period increased by (more)

New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles(April 19, 2017)
High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are generally made with graphite or (more)

All-Tesla racing championship begins in Europe in November (April 18, 2017)
A new all-Tesla racing championship is scheduled to kick off this November at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The calendar will continue with a race every month or ... (more)

Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor(April 18, 2017)
Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more (more)

Zunum Aero Hybrid-Electric Airplane Aims To Fly Passengers In 2020(April 17, 2017)
Electric vehicles (EVs) are common these days in the news. Electric motorcycles have also popularized the concept of the electric drivetrain, and electric bicycles (e-bikes) are furiously changing the landscape. However, ... (more)

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed(April 17, 2017)
The latest, greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium redox battery, also known as the vanadium flow battery. (more)

MG E-Motion is a sporty electric concept debuting in Shanghai(April 15, 2017)
Remember MG? The British brand known for its spritely roadsters has long been out of the Brits' hands as it's been owned by Shanghai, China-based SAIC Motor since 2006. ... (more)

Scientists discover way to boost life of batteries (April 15, 2017)
Scientists in Cork have discovered a new way to make Lithium-ion batteries with near record-length life using material found in sunscreen. ... (more)

Qoros taps Koenigsegg again for electric sport sedan concept (April 14, 2017)
Chinese automaker Qoros will unveil an electric sport sedan concept at the upcoming 2017 Shanghai auto show. Teaser shots reveal a stubby, fastback design with four individual seats. ... (more)

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed(April 14, 2017)
New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, ... (more)

Tesla’s chief motor engineer discusses the potential of next-generation motor technologies (April 13, 2017)
Tesla spends a considerable amount of resources on basic research into EV systems – as well it should. EV technology is very young compared to that of ICE vehicles, so it’s safe to assume that, in a few short years, the ... (more)

Vanadium batteries become option for solar panel owners looking for lithium-ion alternatives(April 13, 2017)
A new use for the metal vanadium — better known for its steel-making qualities — is emerging as energy savvy consumers continue to look for better ways of storing solar power. ... (more)

Could the End of Federal Tax Credits Mean The Death of America’s EV Market? (April 12, 2017)
With a few automakers running out of federal tax incentives available to car buyers in the next year or more, there’s concern it could put a damper on plug-in electrified vehicle sales... (more)

Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep(April 12, 2017)
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new ... (more)

Nissan CEO On Next-Gen LEAF, 300-Mile Ranges By 2020. New EVs Within 2 Years(April 11, 2017)
After traveling the “virtual desert of news” on Nissan’s future electric vehicle program the last couple years, we have appeared to have made it to the other side, as Nissan’s new CEO Hiroto Saikawa (the first in 16 years... (more)

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage(April 11, 2017)
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, ... (more)

CUS Crosses 10 Billion “E-Miles” Driven - Facts and Graphs (April 10, 2017)
Plugless recently released an interesting report on the estimated cumulative miles driven for all plug-ins in the U.S.... (more)

A natural structure could boost the performance of all kinds of tech.(April 10, 2017)
There have been many, many discoveries that promise longer battery life, but one of the latest is rare in taking its inspiration from one of the most common structures in nature: the leaf vein. Scientists have crafted a porous ... (more)

China Expected To Ease Electric Car Quotas (April 08, 2017)
China’s torrid sales growth in the electric vehicle segment faced some hiccups in January and February thanks to some bureaucratic red tap that saw no plug-in eligible for subsidies for ~7 weeks while waiting on a new ... (more)

Doubling battery power of consumer electronics(April 08, 2017)
An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion batteries that power many of today’s consumer electronics ... (more)

Ford Reveals Ambitious China Electrification Strategy; Confirms Two New EVs For China (April 07, 2017)
The Mondeo Energi, to be launched in early 2018, will be the first plug-in hybrid to be manufactured by the Changan Ford JV. Ford also confirmed plans to bring an all-new fully electric small SUV to China within five ... (more)

$100-150 per kwh would displace combustion engine cars and also signal Energy Grid Storage Transformation(April 07, 2017)
Presentation of an original systematic review, analysing over 80 different estimates reported 2007–2014 to systematically trace the costs of Li-ion battery packs for BEV manufacturers. We show that industry-wide cost ... (more)

E-Berlingo Multispace joins Citroen's EV range (April 06, 2017)
Citroen has launched the E-Berlingo Multispace, an all-electric MPV that joins the C-Zero, E-Mehari, and Berlingo van in the French firm's plug-in line-up... (more)

Battery prelithiation shortens costly formation time(April 06, 2017)
Before a lithium-ion battery is installed in a vehicle, it must undergo a lengthy process called formation, in which it is charged and discharged to control the initial chemical reactions with lithium. Many of these reactions are ... (more)

March EV Sales 2nd Best Month Ever In US, Momentum Now Unstoppable (April 05, 2017)
Up against some particularly difficult sales comps a year ago, March 2017 was the one month that there might have been a hiccup in the surging US plug-vehicle market. ... (more)

Imaging the inner workings of a sodium-metal sulfide battery for first time(April 05, 2017)
Sometimes understanding how a problem arises in the first place is key to finding its solution.
For a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, taking this approach led ... (more)

Hyundai To Develop Dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture, Electric SUV Coming (April 04, 2017)
Hyundai will be developing its first dedicated electric vehicle architecture, with the aim being to keep up with the rapidly growing sector. The new dedicated architecture will be used as the basis of multiple, long-range ... (more)

Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries (April 04, 2017)
IBS scientists observe the real-time ultrafast bonding of lithium ions with the solvents, in the same process that happens during charging and discharging of lithium batteries, and conclude that a new theory is needed (more)

Mercedes-Benz electric cars to arrive sooner as urgency increases(April 03, 2017)
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is speeding up its shift towards electrification.
The auto-maker remains on track to bolster its portfolio with 10 electric vehicles, but they’ll arrive three full... (more)

Is Crude Oil Threatened By The Rise Of Electric Cars? (April 03, 2017)
Pacific Northwest Laboratory estimates that by 2030 the PHEV fleet would count 37m vehicles in comparison to our estimate of 28m, respectively. We assume a sales ratio of 1:1.5 between BEV and PHEV (more)

ConMet and Protean Electric develop in-wheel drive system for commercial vehicles (April 01, 2017)
Consolidated Metco (ConMet) and Protean Electric are working together to develop an electric in-wheel drive system for the medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets.... (more)

Charged Up: Where Do Electric Vehicles Go from Here? (April 01, 2017)
Infrastructure and legislation are helping the electric vehicle become the driving focus for automotive manufacturers ... (more)