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RECORDS 3rd QUARTER 2017

VW intends to price its ID electric car five-door hatchback aggressively (July 25, 2017)
Volkswagen intends to take on the growing global electric-car market in an aggressive way, given the automaker's range of I.D. electric-vehicle concepts over the last couple of years. (more)

“Instantly Rechargeable” Batteries Almost Ready For Production (July 25, 2017)
Ask even the most die-hard EV enthusiasts about the biggest drawback to electric cars, and the answer will be batteries. The problem isn’t with operating range – after all, internal combustion engines have a limited range (more)

Honda Will Do Nearly Anything to Get You in a Hydrogen Car (July 24, 2017)
Honda gave its Clarity Fuel Cell crisp lines, sleek styling, and a spacious interior. The all-electric sedan comes with three years of fuel on the house, fancy features, and affordable lease rates. It accelerates with a jolt, even (more)

Argonne NL licenses continuous ALD technology to Forge Nano(July 24, 2017)
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a process that deposits a uniform, ultrathin encapsulating coating around any material. It can be used to upgrade materials such as powders utilized in lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells and (more)

Electric car market statistics (July 22, 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 around 105,000 by the end of June 2017. There has also been a (more)

Power Storage Options with Batteries: Tried, True & New (July 22, 2017)
We hear a lot today about power storage because of the increased use of solar and wind for generating electricity. The explanation for this is that solar and wind are intermittent – the sun is not always shining, and (more)

First half of 2017 sees record 22,480 plug-in cars registered in the UK (July 21, 2017)
More than 22,400 plug-in models were registered between January and June 2017, a rise of 14.3% on 2016 and 53.8% up on the same period in 2015 (more)

Fuel cells plagued by immature fuel choices (July 21, 2017)
According to Wendy Laursen, fuel availability will be a key factor in the success of fuel cells for ocean-going vessels. (more)

Wuzhoulong’s Chinese e-bus uses UQM drive system (July 20, 2017)
Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors has unveiled a 12-meter bus for the China market, powered by an electric drive system from UQM Technologies (NYSE MKT: UQM). (more)

Toyota and BMW Join Forces to Create Next-Generation Car Batteries That Run on Thin Air (July 20, 2017)
Toyota Motor Corp and BMW AG are joining forces to develop next-generation car batteries that are expected to be more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries used in most electric vehicles. The new lithium-air batteries will (more)

Polestar to become Volvo’s electrified performance brand (July 19, 2017)
Polestar, Volvo’s performance car subsidiary, is to be transformed into a new brand for electrified vehicles. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior VP of Design at Volvo, will assume the position of CEO at Polestar. (more)

New type of ‘flow battery’ can store 10 times the energy of the next best device (July 19, 2017)
Industrial-scale batteries, known as flow batteries, could one day usher in widespread use of renewable energy—but only if the devices can store large amounts of energy cheaply and feed it to the grid when the sun (more)

Peugeot premium brand DS accelerates EV development with help from Formula E (July 18, 2017)
Peugeot has announced that its premium brand, DS Automobiles, will accelerate the development of electrified cars. Starting with the new DS 7 Crossback, it plans to release a new hybrid or electric model every year. (more)

Degradation of lithium-ion batteries (July 18, 2017)
The success of electric vehicles (EVs) depends largely on their energy storage system. Among electrical energy storage devices, lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries currently feature the best properties to meet the wide range of (more)

VW says it needs '40 gigafactories' for electric-car batteries by 2025 (July 17, 2017)
VW Group remains one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with Toyota and General Motors, but the German automaker foresees challenges ahead. (more)

Elemental Technology for High-energy-density Lithium Ion Batteries that Doubles Electric Vehicle Driving Range (July 17, 2017)
Energy density of 335 Wh/kg achieved with high-capacity anode and cathode materials Hitachi, Ltd. announced the development of a battery technology that doubles the driving distance of electric vehicles. (more)

Electric Cars to Accelerate to 54% of New Car Sales by 2040(July 15, 2017)
Electric cars will outsell internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles within two decades as battery prices plunge, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by (more)

Deep frying graphene pom-poms could be key to better batteries (July 15, 2017)
It’s easy to forget that graphene was first discovered, and first intentionally manufactured, by sticking and unsticking scotch tape over and over. Literally, that was all that was needed to create short, single-atom sheets (more)

Audi Confirms VW Up-Sized Autonomous EV And New Efforts With Porsche (July 14, 2017)
In May, Audi recently solidified its previous announcement that it will release three new electric models by 2020. Now we can add a fourth shortly thereafter (albeit initially a Volkswagen), and likely some collaborations (more)

Engineer brings new twist to sodium-ion battery technology with discovery of flexible molybdenum disulfide electrodes (July 14, 2017)
Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his student researchers are the first to demonstrate that a composite paper—made of interleaved molybdenum disulfide and graphene (more)

BMW Confirms Formula E Manufacturer Status For Season 5 On (July 13, 2017)
The Bavarian manufacturer has been involved in the all-electric championship since the start of season two, when it entered into a technical alliance with the Andretti squad (more)

Full picture discovery for mixed-fluorine anion effects on high-voltage spinel lithium nickel manganese oxide cathodes(July 13, 2017)
Small amounts of fluorine substituting for oxygen deficiencies could reduce Mn dissolution, enhancing the cyclability in spinel-type lithium nickel manganese oxides (LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4). Fluorine anion incorporation (more)

ZF showcases mSTARS electric axle system for hybrids or EVs(July 12, 2017)
The entire propulsion system is housed in a space-saving modular rear axle system called mSTARS (modular Semi-Trailing Arm Rear Suspension). mSTARS is designed to make it easier to electrify existing production (more)

New material may help cut battery costs for electric cars, cellphones (July 12, 2017)
In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road. (more)

27% Increase In European Electric Car Sales(July 11, 2017)
The European passenger plug-in market had more than 21,000 registrations last month, up 48% over the same month last year. Year-t0-date, the market is up 27% this year, with the EV share standing at 1.4%. (more)

In the fast lane: Conductive electrodes are key to fast-charging batteries(July 11, 2017)
Drexel University researchers have developed two new electrode designs, using MXene material, that will allow batteries to charge much faster. The key is a microporous design that allows ions to quickly make their way to . (more)

In the Age of Trump, China Eyes Electric Car Dominance(July 10, 2017)
If you're charged up for a world of electric cars, consider booking a trip to China. This week, the world's automakers gathered at the Shanghai Auto Show to reveal their latest wares, pulling the cover of one electric . (more)

India fuel retailer announces a step into battery technology (July 10, 2017)
India’s largest fuel retailer, the Indian Oil Corporation, is planning to develop its own batteries, the company confirmed to BESB on June 20. (more)

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, June 2017: Prime time (July 08, 2017)
Toyota made a strong return to the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market in June, selling 144 Prius Prime plug-in hybrids. (more)

ESS, EVs could overtake consumer electronics for energy storage demand in 2018, Lux says (July 08, 2017)
As early as next year, demand for energy storage in consumer electronics could be overtaken by markets for electric mobility and stationary energy storage, Lux Research has forecast. To date, the market for energy (more)

Better electric motors can boost electric-car efficiency(July 06, 2017)
One of the greatest challenges faced by modern electric cars is the vehicle's range, which is largely proportional to the energy capacity of the battery... (more)

On the impact of Vertical Alignment of MoS2 for Efficient Lithium Storage (July 06, 2017)
Herein, we report energy storage devices, which are based on densely packed, vertically aligned MoS2 (VA-MoS2) or planar oriented MoS2 (PO-MoS2) and compare their electrochemical performances. The VA-MoS2 films have been processed by chemical vapor (more)

Volvo makes moves to become electric car brand (July 05, 2017)
Volvo aims to take an early lead among established automakers when it comes to vehicle electrification. The Swedish automaker on Wednesday made the bold statement that every car it launches from 2019 will be equipped with an (more)

Direct observation of a non-crystalline state of Li2S–P2S5 solid electrolytes (July 05, 2017)
There are two types of solid electrolytes which has been recently expected to be applied to all-solid-state batteries. One is the glasses characterized by an amorphous state. The other is the glass ceramics containing crystalline in an amorphous matrix. However, the (more)

Renault Kangoo ZE small electric van now on sale with longer range(July 04, 2017)
French automaker Renault has given its small light commercial electric vehicle a handful of upgrades, including a significantly longer battery range. (more)

Sodium vanadium titanium phosphate electrode for symmetric sodium-ion batteries with high power and long lifespan(July 04, 2017)
Sodium-ion batteries operating at ambient temperature hold great promise for use in grid energy storage owing to their significant cost advantages. However, challenges remain in the development of suitable electrode materials to enable long lifespan and high rate (more)

Panasonic Pushing For Solar Roof EVs, Could Add 6 Miles Of Range Per Day (July 03, 2017)
The concept of having a solar roof on an electric vehicle is pretty neat one (albeit not terribly practical), especially in an EV that, in theory ,could drive on its own. To that end, Panasonic is pushing to make that option a more compelling value proposition – no easy (more)

China Is About to Bury Elon Musk in Batteries (July 03, 2017)
As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021 (more)

Plug-In Vehicle Sales In France Grew By 20% In May. PHEVs Set A Record High (July 01, 2017)
With 3,177 new deliveries, France increased its year-over-year plug-in electric car sales in May by 20%. Interestingly, with the Renault ZOE having some issues bringing new stock to the people during the first half of the month, the growth ... (more)

Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life (July 01, 2017)
UH researchers have discovered a new material that has proven an effective anode for acid and alkaline batteries, including emerging aqueous metal-ion batteries, offering the promise of safe, long-lasting batteries that work across a range of temperatures... (more)