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As electric motors improve, more things are being electrified(September 22, 2017)
HENRY FORD may have brought motoring to the masses in 1908 with the Model T, but his wife, Clara, preferred to drive an electric car. Combustion engines were noisy, dirty and in their early years required hand-cranking to start. Mrs Ford’s 1914 Detroit Electric, (more)

Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport(September 22, 2017)
Novel lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and electrolyte, provide a more uniform deposition of lithium when charging, (more)

Renault Symbioz concept shows how home and car become one(September 21, 2017)
Renault has used the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal what it believes transportation in the year 2030 might look like. Spoiler alert: the car isn't just a means of transportation, but an extension of the home. (more)

Molecular 'pulleys' improve battery performance (September 21, 2017)
Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times higher capacities compared with those using current graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries. A higher capacity means longer battery use per charge, (more)

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault to launch 12 new electric cars by 2022 (September 20, 2017)
Some car companies release their business plans and goals publicly, others don't. This morning, the Renault Nissan Alliance (now including Mitsubishi as well) released a new six-year plan laying out its business goal (more)

Recipe for safer lithium batteries -- Just add diamonds (September 20, 2017)
While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In (more)

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-July 2017 (September 19, 2017)
The data has been crunched and the latest round of sales figures has arrived for a look at European electric and plug-in hybrid sales through the month of July. (more)

Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology (September 19, 2017)
Silicon -- the second most abundant element in the earth's crust -- shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity. (more)

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2017 (September 18, 2017)
Another month has gone by, which means it's time for another round of superb deals for hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars. For September, many of last month's cars hold their place on the list, though incentives have gotten better for some of them. (more)

Supercharging silicon batteries(September 18, 2017)
As the world shifts towards renewable energy, moving on from fossil fuels, but at the same time relying on ever more energy-gobbling devices, there is a fast-growing need for larger (more)

India actually beat China to all-electric new-car pledge, targets 2030 (September 17, 2017)
China made headlines around the world on Sunday when state media reported that the country is developing a timetable to end production and sales of new vehicles with gasoline engines. (more)

Water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode now created(September 17, 2017)
Researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as (more)

Mini Electric Concept revealed in Frankfurt auto show debut (September 15, 2017)
We've known since last July that an all-electric Mini Cooper will go into production in 2019. Now, we can see the first renderings of the car that will make its official debut at the Frankfurt auto show in two weeks. (more)

Advanced material developed for ultra-stable, high capacity rechargeable batteries (September 15, 2017)
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully designed a novel organic material of superior electrical conductivity and energy retention capability for use in battery applications. This invention paves the way for the development (more)

Supervolcanoes could be the key to our battery-powered future(September 14, 2017)
Lithium needed for battery storage systems might one day be extracted from calderas surrounding dormant supervolcanoes In order to rely on renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, the world is going to have to find efficient ways to store (more)

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 (September 14, 2017)
But a stronger ambition for all new cars and vans to produce zero emissions by 2030 could reduce UK foreign oil imports by 51% in 2035 compared to current projections, as well as cut pollution and boost investment in UK infrastructure such as charging points. (more)

Futuristic battery is powered by nitrogen(September 13, 2017)
A group of Chinese researchers has found a way of using captured atmospheric nitrogen in a battery. Despite various breakthroughs in battery technology, we still rely on tried-and-tested Li-ion, mainly because it's cheap. In the hunt for ... (more)

HyPer 9 IS offers a plug-and-play powertrain for EV conversions(September 13, 2017)
Motor distributor NetGain Motors (NGM) has formed a strategic relationship with Italy-based motor controller manufacturer SME Group, to bring the newly developed HyPer 9 motor to market. (more)

Hyundai announces plans for 8 EVs and 3 fuel cell vehicles(September 12, 2017)
Hyundai has announced that it will place EVs at the center of its product strategy. Its plans include 8 battery EVs and 3 fuel... (more)

Energy storage system safety still needs to adapt for Li-Ion(September 12, 2017)
Regulations for the safe use of energy storage systems still need adaptation to “accommodate a broader use of energy storage with higher energy content like lithium-ion batteries in private (more)

Honda To Sell Electric Scooter In 2018(September 11, 2017)
The production version of the Honda EV-Cub electric scooter, shown as a concept two years ago, is slated for production next year. The announcement came from President and CEO Takahira Hachigo, reconfirming that the company plans to launch a battery- (more)

New Mexico’s utilities ordered to consider energy storage in their plans (September 11, 2017)
The growing commercial viability of energy storage has led regulators in the US state of New Mexico to add the technology to the suite of resources available to utilities in their forward-planning. (more)

Nissan LEAF Review (September 09, 2017)
The Nissan LEAF is by far the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United (more)

Federal govt offers $12m for SA battery (September 09, 2017)
Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will be in regional South Australia to announce up to $12 million of funding for a large-scale battery. (more)

McLaren working on all-electric supercar (September 08, 2017)
An inside source says that McLaren is embracing electric powertrains by developing an all-electric supercar that will arrive after the marque's F1 successor, the codenamed BP23. (more)

What’s the Best Battery? (September 08, 2017)
We often get puzzled by announcements of new batteries that are said to offer very high energy densities, deliver 1000 charge/discharge cycle and are paper-thin. Are they real? Perhaps — but not in one and the same battery. While one battery type may (more)

Volkswagen to build ID Buzz electric Microbus, cargo vans too, on sale in 2022(September 07, 2017)
The Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, an all-electric reinterpretation of the iconic VW Microbus, generated huge enthusiasm and public crowds when it debuted in January at the Detroit auto show. (more)

Electrochemically anodized porous silicon: Towards simple and affordable anode material for Li-ion batteries (September 07, 2017)
Lithium ion batteries are widely used in mobile electronics and are considered to be one of the best choices as a power source for electric vehicles because of their high energy density. Secondary batteries may also become one of the key factors in controlling (more)

Fisker EMotion electric luxury sedan to be shown at CES in January (September 06, 2017)
Henrik Fisker, legendary automotive designer and the man behind the now-defunct Fisker Automotive company, is getting ready for his grand return to the industry... (more)

MoS2@rGO Nanoflakes as High Performance Anode Materials in Sodium Ion Batteries (September 06, 2017)
Rechargeable sodium ion batteries (SIBs) are seen as promising options for large scale energy storage systems because of the natural abundance of sodium and lower production cost. Na and Li elements share many similar physical and chemical properties, which s... (more)

Electric cars now 5 percent of California new-car sales(September 05, 2017)
California continues to lead the country in adoption rates for cars that plug in, both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The state offers numerous local and statewide incentives, and many utility companies reward customers for choosing an electric car (more)

Carbon nanotube/Co3O4 nanocomposites selectively coated by polyaniline for high performance air electrodes (September 05, 2017)
Carbon nanotube/Co3O4 nanocomposites selectively coated by polyaniline for high performance air electrodes... (more)

Ford pairs with Chinese maker Zotye for electric-car expansion (September 04, 2017)
Ford was the first U.S. maker to build hybrid cars, starting in 2004, and it launched its Focus Electric hatchback in December 2011, just a year after the arrival of the Nissan Leaf. (more)

Copper ferrites@reduced graphene oxide anode materials for advanced lithium storage applications (September 04, 2017)
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with high energy density and power density have been widely used as energy storage devices. There is an increasing demand for LIBs with long-term stability, safety and low cost to meet future requirements for (more)

Detroit Electric To Build EV In Europe (September 03, 2017)
Detroit Electric stated it is back with an all-new, pure electric sportscar, a new production facility and a highly-experienced new team that will develop a range of high-performance pure EVs (more)

Li–air batteries: Decouple to stabilize(September 03, 2017)
The utilization of porous carbon cathodes in lithium–air batteries is hindered by their severe decomposition during battery cycling. Now, dual redox mediators are shown to decouple the complex electrochemical reactions at the cathode, avoiding cathode passivation (more)

How Soon Will US Plug-in Car Sales Surpass Hybrid Car Sales? (August 25, 2017)
Plug-in electrified vehicles are projected to begin outselling hybrids in the U.S. but it may not be as soon as some people think. Quantity of selection is not however the same as quality of sales. That is, the U.S. “take rate,” or market share percentage, is about (more)

Lithium-air batteries: Mystery about proposed battery material clarified (August 25, 2017)
Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today's leading technology, lithium-ion (more)

Europe EV Sales — BMW i3 Surges To #1 In August (August 24, 2017)
The European EV market had more than 13,000 registrations last month, up 19% over August 2015, with the market set to surpass the 200,000 units by year end. In a relatively stable market, one model stole the show. (more)

A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation (August 24, 2017)
Scientists working toward the elusive lithium-air battery discovered an unexpected approach to capturing and storing carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere. Using a design intended for a lithium-CO2 battery, researchers in Japan and China have developed a way (more)

Over 2 Months, BYD Wins Almost 100 Electric Bus Orders In London (August 23, 2017)
BYD and ADL haven’t been resting this summer, instead they have secured orders for nearly 100 electric buses in London – a huge result to be sure (more)

IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries (August 23, 2017)
Researchers in China have engineered bendable batteries that can run on body-inspired liquids such as normal IV saline solution and cell-culture medium. In their work, published August 10 in the journal Chem, the authors designed alternatives to lithium-ion batteries (more)

Mitsubishi Motors to take plug-in-hybrid SUV to Iran (August 22, 2017)
Mitsubishi Motors will introduce the plug-in-hybrid version of its Outlander sport utility vehicle to the Iranian market as early as fall, eager to capture burgeoning demand for environmentally friendly autos (more)

MXene Combines Supercapacitor Tech With Large Format EV Batteries(August 22, 2017)
Drexel researchers developed electrode designs using MXene that allow for much faster charging because they open up paths for ions to quickly travel within the material (more)

Next FIA Electric Series Could be Touring Cars (August 21, 2017)
FIA President Jean Todt told Motorsport at the Montreal Formula E race that the FIA has been looking at a second electric racing series to compliment the open wheel cars. (more)

MIT, Toyota team clarifies role of iodide in Li-air batteries (August 21, 2017)
Lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) batteries potentially could offer three times the gravimetric energy of current Li-ion batteries (3500 Wh/kg at the cell level); as such, they are looked to a potential solution for long-range EVs. However, tests of various approaches to (more)

Mini will preview electric car with 2017 Frankfurt auto show concept(August 19, 2017)
BMW Group’s Mini brand was an early pioneer of mainstream electric cars. Some readers will recall the brand leased the Hardtop-based Mini E electric car on a trial basis late last decade to help gather feedback from users. Called Formula E, the series pits battery-electric race cars from teams around the world in competition on circuits in the heart of some ... (more)

After electric cars, what more will it take for batteries to change the face of energy? (August 19, 2017)
About three-quarters of the way along one of the snaking production lines in Nissan’s Sunderland plant, a worker bolts fuel tanks into the chassis of countless Qashqais—the “urban crossover” SUVs which are the bulk of the factory’s output. But every so often (more)

Will Formula E racing boost electric-car sales by 77 million?(August 18, 2017)
Three years ago, an all-new motor racing series began. Called Formula E, the series pits battery-electric race cars from teams around the world in competition on circuits in the heart of some ... (more)

University of Sydney team advances rechargeable zinc-air batteries with bimetallic oxide–graphene hybrid electrocatalyst(August 18, 2017)
Researchers at the University of Sydney, with colleagues at Nanyang Technological University, have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks hindering the commercialization of rechargeable zinc-air batteries. (more)

Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover(August 17, 2017)
Most North Americans and Europeans will likely never have heard of Baojun, but it's one of many brands operated under General Motors' SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China. (more)

Route to sustainable lithium-sulfur batteries with high practical capacity through a fluorine free polysulfide catholyte and self-standing Carbon Nanofiber membranes(August 17, 2017)
We report on a new strategy to improve the capacity, reduce the manufacturing costs and increase the sustainability of Lithium-Sulfur (LiS) batteries. It is based on a semi-liquid cathode composed of a Li2S8 polysulphide catholyte and a binder-free carbon nanofiber (more)

Baojun E100: GM's tiny, two-seat electric car for China(August 16, 2017)
Most North Americans and Europeans will likely never have heard of Baojun, but it's one of many brands operated under General Motors' SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China. (more)

Reading through breakthroughs (August 16, 2017)
The development of rechargeable batteries looks hugely successful on paper, but moving in leaps takes fundamental breakthroughs, truly meaningful performance advances, and technological integration. (more)

Cutting the Chord: How & Why Wireless Charging is the Future (August 15, 2017)
By 2025, more than 37 million electric vehicles (EVs) will be on the road worldwide, Navigant Research predicts. That’s also the time frame when technological and industry trends will reach the point that EVs become cost competitive against conventional vehicles, (more)

Bifunctional hydrous RuO2 nanocluster electrocatalyst embedded in carbon matrix for efficient and durable operation of rechargeable zinc–air batteries (August 15, 2017)
Ruthenium oxide (RuO2) is the best oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalyst. Herein, we demonstrated that RuO2 can be also efficiently used as an oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalyst, thereby serving as a bifunctional material for rechargeable Zn (more)

Toyota and Mazda Jointly Building EVs In USA (August 14, 2017)
Toyota Motor Corp. will also be taking a 5 percent share of Japanese competitor Mazda Motor Corp. The U.S. location will be named later, but it will have the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles a year and employ about 4,000 (more)

Porphyrin used as an electrode material (August 14, 2017)
Chlorophyll, blood, and vitamin B12 are all based on the porphyrin molecule. But porphyrin can also be used as an electrode material where it speeds up the charging process of rechargeable batteries. In the "Angewandte Chemie International Edition" journal, (more)

Will Gas Cars Be Banned in Europe (and California) in About 20 Years? (August 12, 2017)
In a sign that world governments in about two decades will require all new cars to run purely on electricity, Britain announced on Wednesday that sales of new diesel and gas cars would end by 2040. This follows a similar pledge by France earlier this month; (more)

Creating lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments(August 12, 2017)
Lithium-ion batteries are popular power sources for cellphones and other electronics, but problematic in extreme heat or cold. A Rice University laboratory has suggested ways to extend their range (more)

All Maseratis to be electrified after 2019 (August 11, 2017)
Volvo seems to have set a precedent. The Swedish luxury marque announced plans for all of its future cars to feature some sort of electrification, whether it be a dedicated battery-electric or a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Now, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has (more)

Engineers produce long lasting, energy density battery(August 11, 2017)
A new generation of manganese dioxide-zinc batteries with unprecedented cycle life and energy density is the latest innovation at The City College of New York-based CUNY Energy Institute. The discovery has made the common household battery suitable for large grid (more)

As EV popularity increases, oil firms look to install chargers at gas stations (August 10, 2017)
Oil giant BP could be one of the first major gas station providers to court electric car owners. The British multinational, which recorded revenues of $183 billion in 2016, is in talks with automakers manufacturing electric cars ... (more)

Engineers Invent the First Bio-Compatible, Ion Current Battery (August 10, 2017)
Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is bio-compatible, because it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the body uses. In ordinary batteries the electrical energy, or current, delivered is in form of moving (more)

Decline of oil: Bloomberg suggests what it could look like (August 09, 2017)
Predictions on the future of global energy vary greatly, but many analysts largely believe that peak demand for the oil industry is coming relatively soon. The world's largest oil companies, however, see it differently: they say their business will only continue to . (more)

Gone in 60 Seconds: Five Ways Next-Generation Ultrafast-Charging EV Batteries are About to Change Everything (August 09, 2017)
Electric vehicles are the most revolutionary development in the auto industry since the internal combustion engine. Every day they get more advanced and more popular. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids are projected to account for an average of 8 percent of all cars (more)

RIP Mitsubishi i-MiEV: lowest-range, slowest electric car departs U.S. market(August 08, 2017)
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car deserves a place in history. It was arguably the first mass-produced modern electric car put on sale, well before the Nissan Leaf arrived in December 2010. (more)

A Better, Safer Battery Could Be Coming to a Laptop Near You(August 08, 2017)
A start-up company is trying to turbocharge a type of battery that has been a mainstay for simple devices like flashlights and toys, but until now has been ignored as an energy source for computers and electric cars. (more)

Plug-in electric car sales for July: Bolt EV, Prime, Volt, Teslas, Leaf lead (August 07, 2017)
In a U.S. car market that's coming off record numbers over the last couple of years, plug-in electric car sales continued strong last month. (more)

Business Secretary to establish UK as world leader in battery technology as part of modern Industrial Strategy (August 07, 2017)
Business Secretary Greg Clark announces the launch of the £246 million Faraday Challenge to boost expertise in battery technology. (more)

Next 2018 Nissan Leaf teaser sketch; electric car debuts Sept. 5 (August 05, 2017)
The global debut of the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car is just a month away, and now another teaser image has been released. This one's a design sketch showing a drawing of the car's side profile, suitably shaded to obscure some of the details. (more)

2022 Toyota electric car to use solid-state batteries: updated report (August 05, 2017)
Toyota has long claimed battery-electric cars are suitable only for limited uses, and promoted hydrogen fuel cells as the best zero-emission vehicle technology (more)

Europe Notes 54% Growth Of Plug-in Car Sales In June, ZOE Sells 4K (August 04, 2017)
It’s getting better and better in Europe for plug-in vehicles, as some 54% growth was noted in June, with total sales for the month reaching more than 28,000. (more)

Electric cars: China’s battle for the battery market(August 04, 2017)
The headquarters of CATL, China’s fastest growing battery maker, lie on the edge of the city of Ningde, a stone’s throw from ponds where farmers raise carp and a street of cheap noodle restaurants and vehicle repair (more)

Chinese maker BYD plans U.S. expansion into other electric industrial vehicles(August 03, 2017)
It's been several years since Chinese electric-car maker BYD retreated from plans to sell cars in the United States, but now it may be ready to get more serious about the market. (more)

Electric-car battery progress: incremental improvements, not revolutionary leaps (August 03, 2017)
The report that Toyota is planning an electric car with a solid-state battery for 2022 has led some fans and advocates to suggest huge new leaps in electric cars are imminent. (more)

One electric car owner's experiences in adding solar panels: why, what, and how(August 02, 2017)
The purchase of an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge its battery often gets drivers thinking about the source of their energy (more)

Beyond lithium: lesser-known vanadium batteries offer alternative path to energy storage revolution (August 02, 2017)
Technology with long lifespan and unlimited scalability poised to snap up a share of the booming battery market Liquid vanadium electrolyte seen in its four oxidation states. Vanadium batteries charge or discharge through a ... (more)

Will electric cars take over as quickly as cars displaced horses from 1900 to 1925? (August 01, 2017)
So here's a question for you: when was the last time you traveled by horse to ... well, to anywhere other than the stable you started from? (more)

Vanadium Batteries(August 01, 2017)
Australian Vanadium is an early mover into the rapidly growing energy storage market with a vertical integration strategy focused on Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (more)

With The Bolt EV, Chevrolet’s Plug-In Sales Exceed 2% In U.S. – graphs (July 31, 2017)
When we take a look at Chevrolet’s plug-in electric car sales since the Volt’s introduction way back in December 2010 (long term graphs FTW), it turns out that that the record peak market share of 2.2% for plug-ins inside (more)

Theoretical study of superionic phase transition in Li2S (July 31, 2017)
We have studied temperature-induced superionic phase transition in Li2S, which is one of the most promising Li-S battery cathode material. Concentration of ionic carriers at low and high temperature was evaluated from (more)

BMW i3 Hits 10,000 Sales In Germany, Renault ZOE Close Behind At 9,500(July 29, 2017)
BMW boasted its position as the most successful supplier of plug-in electric vehicles in Germany to date, as the company is first to cross the 10,000 sales mark with one plug-in model, the i3. We decided to go behind the ... (more)

Fast, cheap method to make supercapacitor electrodes (July 29, 2017)
Researchers have developed a fast, inexpensive method to make electrodes for supercapacitors, with applications in electric cars, wireless telecommunications and high-powered lasers. ... (more)

Consumer awareness of EVs in the UK has grown significantly over the past few years. (July 28, 2017)
A 2014 government survey found little interest in going electric: 56 percent of those questioned hadn’t thought about buying an EV... (more)

Molecular 'pulleys' improve battery performance (July 28, 2017)
Scientists have reported a molecular pulley binder for high-capacity silicon anodes of lithium ion batteries Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times... (more)

Why all electric-car owners should follow Formula E racing(July 27, 2017)
In North America and Europe, the old saying—"Win on Sunday, sell on Monday"—probably no longer applies. That is, winning races over the weekend probably does little if anything to boost sales of passenger cars and (more)

New route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries?(July 27, 2017)
Smooth surfaces may prevent harmful deposits from working their way into a solid electrolyte. Most of today's lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cars to phones, use a liquid as the electrolyte (more)

Lucid looking for savior, perhaps, after Ford declines to buy company(July 26, 2017)
The image of the electric car as the future of passenger vehicles has led to a wealth of start-up companies hoping to cash in on the newest type of automotive propulsion. (more)

Scanning the surface of lithium titanate(July 26, 2017)
Researchers have applied advanced scanning methods to visualize the previously unexplored surface of a superconductor: lithium titanate. (more)

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)