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Ford: China will lead our electric-car effort, 300-mile electric SUV to be built in Mexico (December 30, 2017)
As we start to look toward the 2019 model year, it's worth noting that Ford hasn't introduced a single new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle since 2013 (more)

University of Waterloo Research Battery Could Lead to Triple-Range EVs(December 30, 2017)
Research into a battery with innovative lithium metal negative electrodes is being touted as having potential to triple the energy density of electric cars in coming years. (more)

Fisker Orbit Electric Autonomous Shuttle To Launch Next Year(December 29, 2017)
With backing from China’s Hakim Group, the new Orbit could be on the street soon.
Former Aston Martin designer and new Chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc., Henrik Fisker, has released a full image for upcoming his (more)

UCR researchers develop novel sulfur-silicon cell architecture for Li-ion batteries(December 29, 2017)
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a technique to create high performance lithium-ion batteries utilizing sulfur and silicon electrodes. (more)

Buyers still think used electric cars cost more than gas cars; they're wrong(December 28, 2017)
Some of us are perpetually on the hunt for a bargain, yet sometimes our preconceived notions get in the way of saving money on big purchases. Take car buying for instance. (more)

BMW partners with Solid Power to develop solid-state batteries(December 28, 2017)
Solid Power has grown rapidly since it was established in 2012 as a spin-out company from the University of Colorado. The battery developer recently moved into a new facility in Louisville, Colorado that will triple its footprint. (more)

Under Paris agreement, electric cars will hurt oil demand well before power supply: report (December 27, 2017)
Electric vehicles have the potential to upend energy markets as their adoption becomes more widespread. But how much of an effect will they have? And on which specific markets? (more)

Swiss researchers develop prototype solid-state sodium battery(December 27, 2017)
Researchers from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have built a prototype solid-state battery based on sodium as an alternative to lithium. The scientists described their research in the (more)

First Euro prices for Jaguar I-Pace electric car released; US $70K to $80K? (December 23, 2017)
While prices for the Jaguar I-Pace electric car that launches next year haven't been announced for the U.S., figures appearing across the pond provide a good starting point for some guesstimation. (more)

DOE researchers announce major advance toward a solid-state magnesium battery(December 23, 2017)
DOE scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) have discovered a new magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy- (more)

McLaren Confirms it’s Testing an All-Electric Supercar (December 22, 2017)
McLaren is exploring the possibility of offering an all-electric supercar, which might one day compete with the new Tesla Roadster. (more)

Now entering, lithium niobate valley(December 22, 2017)
If the epicenter of the electronics revolution is named after the material that made it possible -- silicon? -- then the birthplace of the photonics revolution may well be named after lithium niobate. While Lithium Niobate Valley (more)

This Electric Nissan Concept Car Sings to Save Lives (December 21, 2017)
This week at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the IMx, its newest electric (and autonomous) concept—and baby, it sings. And by "sing," we mean emit a noise like a demonic string quartet tuning its (more)

Fundamental interplay between anionic/cationic redox governing the kinetics and thermodynamics of lithium-rich cathodes(December 21, 2017)
Rechargeable batteries are enabling the widespread adoption of electrified transportation and renewable energy. System-level predictions reveal that Li-ion batteries powered by Li-rich layered-oxide cathodes, e.g., (more)

Morgan Teams With Frazer-Nash To Get Electric EV3 Into Production Next Year (December 20, 2017)
It’s coming! For real, this time. Fans of electrified automotive anachronisms rejoice, there is news of the Morgan EV3! If you are unaware of (more)

Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance(December 20, 2017)
Rechargeable batteries based on magnesium, rather than lithium, have the potential to extend electric vehicle range by packing more energy into smaller batteries. But unforeseen chemical roadblocks have slowed scientific (more)

NIO ES8 crossover revealed, with a 220-mile range and battery swapping (December 19, 2017)
After showing what was apparently a production-ready version of the ES8 at the Shanghai Auto Show this year, Chinese electric car company NIO has revealed key details of the new crossover. This is the second road-ready (more)

The Wet Road to Fast and Stable Batteries(December 19, 2017)
An international team of scientists, including several researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable (more)

October 2017 Europe Electric Car Sales (December 16, 2017)
The European passenger plug-in vehicle (PEV) market seems to have reached a turning point, with October growing 56% in comparison to the same period last year, to over 27,000 units. This is the 5th month in the last (more)

Battery management device reconfigures battery modules to extend EV range(December 16, 2017)
A pair of Vanderbilt University researchers have developed a battery management device that could increase the useful range of a battery pack by controlling each cell individually. (more)

50 new vehicles by 2025: Ford making big push in China (December 15, 2017)
SHANGHAI — Ford will launch 50 new vehicles in China by 2025, including 15 electrified vehicles, the U.S. firm said at an event in Shanghai on Tuesday, as it looks to rev up sales growth in the market and shift towards (more)

Toyota & Panasonic May Create Joint Venture For EV Battery Development(December 15, 2017)
Toyota and Panasonic may create a new joint venture focused on the development of battery technology for use in electric vehicles, company execs revealed at a press conference on Wednesday. (more)

New insight into battery charging supports development of improved electric vehicles(December 14, 2017)
NEVS, the Chinese-Swedish company that acquired the main assets of Saab in 2012, has launched production of its rebadged 9-3 all-electric sedan at its new factory Tianjin, China, calling it "an important milestone in (more)

New insight into battery charging supports development of improved electric vehicles(December 14, 2017)
A new technique developed by researchers at Technische Universität München, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and RWTH Aachen University, published in Elsevier's Materials Today, provides a unique insight into how the (more)

Ford Makes Unwise Move In Shifting 300-Mile Electric SUV Production To Mexico? (December 13, 2017)
Ford has announced that Michigan will no longer be the production site for its upcoming 300-mile electric SUV. A new site has been chosen. Mexico it is. (more)

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles(December 13, 2017)
New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles. (more)

4,000 Plug-In EVs Sold In November In UK – Record Market Share of 2.44% (December 12, 2017)
Records are meant to be broken, and we see that continuously happening with plug-in electric vehicles sales around the world. (more)

Scientists discover path to improving game-changing battery electrode(December 12, 2017)
If you add more lithium to the positive electrode of a lithium-ion battery -- overstuff it, in a sense -- it can store much more charge in the same amount of space, theoretically powering an electric car 30 to 50 percent farther (more)

Nordic EV sales reach new heights(December 11, 2017)
The Nordic countries continue to be the most plugged-in place on the planet. After yet another quarter of record sales, the region now has over 200,000 registered plug-in vehicles. (more)

Scientists create cheap and safe electro-catalysts for anion-exchange fuel cells(December 11, 2017)
Scientists from the University of Surrey and their colleagues have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation. (more)

Exxon isn't afraid of electric cars: only 6 percent of global vehicles by 2040, it says(December 09, 2017)
Despite a bit of typical oil-company bluster, Exxon may be a little bit worried about electric cars. Not a lot, perhaps, but if you read between the lines, then maybe a smidge. (more)

New approach to electric-car battery cooling: immerse cells in coolant(December 09, 2017)
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of (more)

This Swedish electric car comes with 5 years of free electricity(December 08, 2017)
Uniti is on a mission to create an intelligent, small electric car – and they just partnered with energy company E.ON to provide customers with five years of free solar energy. Uniti is just a couple days away from the (more)

Flipping the electron spin (December 08, 2017)
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of (more)

BMW is working on a flagship coupe (December 07, 2017)
BMW is working on a flagship coupe that will revive the 8-Series name, and we have fresh spy shots and video of prototypes. (more)

Hyundai is building a battery 50% larger than Tesla’s megabattery in South Australia (December 07, 2017)
Tesla’s South Australia battery system likely won’t hold the title of world’s largest for long. Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems is building a 150-megawatt lithium-ion battery storage system – 50 percent larger than Tesla’s (more)

(December 06, 2017)
The last time the ZR1 badge showed up on a Corvette was with the C6-generation car, but we've long expected it to return with the C7-generation Corvette as well. However, a new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 wasn't always in (more)

High-rate and long-life lithium-ion battery with improved low-temperature performance through a prelithiation strategy (December 06, 2017)
When it is cold in winter, cars tend to have starting problems. This is not much better with electric cars, which inevitably lose capacity of their rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at freezing temperatures. Now, Chinese (more)

(December 05, 2017)
If there was ever a reason to save $10,000—that’s the price premium Jaguar charges for a V-6 over a turbo-4 F-Type—this is it. For 2018, Jaguar has stuffed its new 2.0-liter turbo-4 under the F-Type’s long hood to create a new entry-level model, one that perhaps (more)

Graphene microsheet/sulfur cathodes for Li-S batteries deliver long-term cyclability and high coulombic efficiency (December 05, 2017)
A team in China has used graphene microsheets (GMs)—prepared from microcrystalline graphite minerals by an electrochemical & mechanical approach—as a special conductive support for sulfur for the cathode of a lithium-sulfur battery. The graphene microsheets (more)

November Sales Of Plug-In EVs Rise In US – For 26th Month In A Row, BMW Surprises(December 04, 2017)
GM’s Chevy Bolt EV (seen here flanked by “future” EVs) lead the charge of plug-in sales in November for the US
Sales of plug-in electric vehicles sang a familiar tune in November for the US…as in“up, up, up”. (more)

New report analyzes global market for recycled lithium and cobalt (December 04, 2017)
In a new analysis of the global end-of-life value chain for lithium-ion batteries, consultancy Creation Inn predicts that the total amount of recycled lithium could reach 5,800 tons (30,000 tons lithium carbonate equivalent) in 2025, 9 percent of the total lithium battery (more)

Arcimoto Flaunts Its First FUV At The LA Auto Show (December 02, 2017)
Last week, Arcimoto was popping bottles while also metaphorically smashing them across the bow of its first of ten “Signature Series” three-wheeled, all-electric vehicles, which it has christened the FUV (the “F” stands for fun. No really, it does). This week? It’s proudly (more)

Iron-Air Batteries Promise Higher Energy Density Than Lithium-Ion Batteries (December 02, 2017)
Iron-air batteries promise a considerably higher energy density than present-day lithium-ion batteries. In addition, their main constituent – iron – is an abundant and therefore cheap material. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich are among the driving (more)

Mini Could Become Standalone Plug-In Electric-Only Brand In U.S (December 01, 2017)
BMW is considering turning Mini into an a plug-in only electric brand for the U.S. market amid declining sales, according to a recent report (more)

'Holy grail' for batteries: Solid-state magnesium battery a big step closer (December 01, 2017)
A team of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense (more)

2019 BMW i8: larger battery, more range, and new Roadster (November 30, 2017)
BMW is breathing some fresh air into its three-year-old alternative flagship to improve performance, increase range, and add some style. (more)

Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy (November 30, 2017)
Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene that could be exploited to generate endless clean energy. While investigating graphene’s ability to ripple and shake, physicist Paul Thibado and a group of graduate students uncovered (more)

Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV to launch in US in 2020 (November 29, 2017)
A production vehicle based on the Volkswagen ID Crozz all-electric compact crossover will be launched in the U.S. market during 2020, VW said. (more)

The Big Family of Batteries (November 29, 2017)
Li-ion Batteries are the talk of town in the tech industry, but clarity on the subject is scarce, and very often the word "Battery" is used interchangeably to indicate those relying on the reversible shuttling of lithium ion (Li-ion batteries, or LIB), and many other different (more)

Renault Wins “Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Of The Year” Award At GreenFleet Awards 2017(November 28, 2017)
The Vespa is one of the most iconic symbols of Italian life, familiar from 1953’s Roman Holiday and a hundred other beloved movies. Never one to be left behind by new trends, the company recently announced an electric version. (more)

U.S. Postal Service urged to choose electric delivery trucks (November 28, 2017)
The current fleet of delivery trucks used by the United States Postal Service have stood the test of time, but their high maintenance costs mean it's time to retire the iconic boxy vehicles. (more)

Vespa electric scooter to arrive in 2018 – Italian streets will never be the same (November 27, 2017)
The Vespa is one of the most iconic symbols of Italian life, familiar from 1953’s Roman Holiday and a hundred other beloved movies. Never one to be left behind by new trends, the company recently announced an electric version. (more)

New batteries with better performance and improved safety (November 27, 2017)
New batteries with better performance and improved safetyPhones, laptops, electric cars - batteries are everywhere. And to meet the expectations of today's consumers, these batteries are increasingly light, more powerful and designed to last longer. Currently the (more)

Audi and Porsche to utilize common PPE from 2021 (November 25, 2017)
The German VW subsidies are jointly developing a Premium Platform Electric (PPE), an architecture for electric-powered high-class cars. According to Automobil Produktion first models based on the new platform shall hit the roads from 2021. (more)

Enel To Ramp Up Spending On EV Charging Stations, Smart Grids, & “Connected” Homes(November 25, 2017)
The Europe-based energy giant Enel will be ramping up spending on plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, fiber optic networks, smart grids, and tech to support connected/smart home appliances, a company spokesperson has revealed (more)

Electric mini Renault for Asia – and other world regions(November 24, 2017)
The French already have a prototype of the small and cheap electric car the alliance of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi plans to launch in China. CEO Carlos Ghosn mentioned test rides in an interview recently (more)

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart (November 24, 2017)
One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses.
A 2012 California study, for instance, showed roughly four out of 10 electric-car drivers either had or were considering solar panels to (more)

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group completes acquisition of Terrafugia Inc (November 23, 2017)
Mitsubishi’s new and ambitious “Drive for Growth” plan calls for the roll out of 11 models with a focus on SUVs. Six of them are going to be entirely new models, while the remaining five will be updates of existing vehicles. It seems one of the products currently in the (more)

Battery-switching device promises more road time (November 23, 2017)
Battery-switching device promises more road timeNissan Leafs, which go about 107 miles on a charge, sometimes end up relegated to commuter cars due to battery-life worries. The mass-market, standard Tesla Model 3 can go double that, but even that distance can (more)

Electric Version Planned For Next-Gen Mitsubishi Mirage, Based On Renault Clio (November 22, 2017)
Mitsubishi’s new and ambitious “Drive for Growth” plan calls for the roll out of 11 models with a focus on SUVs. Six of them are going to be entirely new models, while the remaining five will be updates of existing vehicles. It seems one of the products currently in the (more)

Why Batteries Must Pave the Road to Low-Carbon Future: QuickTake (November 22, 2017)
Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events (more)

October 2017 China Electric Car Sales (November 21, 2017)
The rise and rise of the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is unstoppable, with yet another record performance in October. With 66,000 new passenger PEVs registered last month, that’s almost double the result of October ‘16, while pulling the YTD count to (more)

China is winning electric cars 'arms race' (November 21, 2017)
China is outmaneuvering the U.S. and other countries in the global scramble for a vital element for electric cars.
As demand for the vehicles surges, Chinese companies have been doing deals around the world to secure supplies of lithium, a (more)

October 2017 US Electric Car Sales (November 20, 2017)
Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric cars take off.
The company then backtracked in June, saying the technology would not be ready. Instead, the EMotion will launch with conventional (more)

New lithium-ion battery design that’s 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster (November 20, 2017)
Naturally, Tesla Model 3 bottlenecks are a bummer, so my Model 3 estimate* is moderate. Meanwhile, estimates for the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X put these vehicles at #2 and #3. And the car that really stole the show in October was the Chevy Bolt. (more)

Metal recyclers prepare for electric car revolution (November 18, 2017)
Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric cars take off.
The company then backtracked in June, saying the technology would not be ready. Instead, the EMotion will launch with conventional (more)

Biggest lithium mining operations could be in Australia(November 18, 2017)
Managing Director of Pilbara Minerals, Ken Brinsden, says that the Pilbara mine in Western Australia will soon have the biggest lithium mining operations in the world and Pilbara Minerals will be to the commodity what Rio Tinto is to iron ore. Construction of the (more)

Fisker still aims at solid-state electric-car batteries, as patents attest (November 17, 2017)
At first, Fisker had promised its upcoming EMotion electric sedan would launch with revolutionary solid-state batteries.
The company then backtracked in June, saying the technology would not be ready. Instead, the EMotion will launch with conventional (more)

Will solid-state batteries power us all? (November 17, 2017)
BATTERIES have steadily been getting better, but progress is slow. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries still provide the best combination of compactness, power and efficiency for products ranging from drones to smartphones and cars. Research groups (more)

Volkswagen is developing an all-electric race car for Pikes Peak 2018 (November 15, 2017)
Volkswagen is developing an all-electric race car for the world’s most famous mountain race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA on 24 June 2018. The all-wheel-drive prototype’s goal is to set a new record for electric cars at the finish line, 14,000 (more)

Window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells (November 15, 2017)
Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries. (more)

How to recharge an electric car in the middle of nowhere: Amazon drone? (November 14, 2017)
Amazon, once a humble bookseller, now dips its toes into numerous technology realms. Its next potential act? Perhaps it will be drones that can charge electric cars on the fly. (more)

Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better(November 14, 2017)
An illustration shows the growth of a lithium-deficient phase (blue) at the expense of a Lithium-rich phase (red) in a lithium iron phosphate microrod. Rice University researchers led a study that found defects in a common cathode material for lithium-ion batteries (more)

By 2030 Electric Vehicles with a 200 mile range will be lower cost than the cheapest car sold in the US in 2015 (November 13, 2017)
Electric Vehicles, like virtually all other manufactured goods, are likely to have a learning curve, meaning that greater production will mean reduced price. Batteries, a large fraction of the cost of EVs, appear to have a learning rate of around 21%, meaning that every (more)

Physicists discover a tri-anion particle with colossal stability (November 13, 2017)
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have achieved a feat that is a first in the fields of physics and chemistry -- one that could have wide-ranging applications. (more)

Lamborghini and MIT Design One Fantastic Electric Hypercar Concept (November 11, 2017)
Lamborghini and MIT have teamed up to create a wild and futuristic electric hypercar concept.
Called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, the concept car is a glimpse into the Italian automaker’s future. Like everything else (more)

Analysis: Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use (November 11, 2017)
The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased (more)

Mercedes parent Daimler launches E-Fuso electric truck sub-brand (November 10, 2017)
Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, also owns the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation—which it used last week to preview major shifts coming to its Daimler Trucks business. (more)

Will this battery change everything?(November 10, 2017)
A Michigan startup backed by GM claims its technology will disrupt the electric car industry.
Imagine an electric car that could travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. A pipe dream? Yes, for now. But a Michigan startup (more)

BMW, Mercedes, Ford, VW, Audi launch Ionity high-power fast charging across Europe(November 09, 2017)
A group of automakers in Europe announced on Friday they will launch "Ionity," a network of high-power fast-charging stations to build out the continent's infrastructure for electric-car travel. (more)

Alternative strategy for a safe rechargeable battery(November 09, 2017)
The advent of a Li+ or Na+ glass electrolyte with a cation conductivity si > 10-2 S cm-1 at 25 °C and a motional enthalpy ?Hm = 0.06 eV that is wet by a metallic lithium or sodium anode is used to develop a new strategy for an all-solid-state, rechargeable, metal- (more)

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world(November 08, 2017)
When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? (more)

New battery technologies still years away(November 08, 2017)
Lithium-ion batteries are in everything -- smartphones, wearables, drones, electric vehicles, power system stabilizers, even jetliners. But safer, cheaper and higher-capacity power packs are poised to replace them. (more)

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept electric SUV for Tokyo Motor Show(November 07, 2017)
The Tokyo Motor Show is a chance for Japanese automakers to show off what they've been working on in secret labs and design studios. (more)

Li-ion battery materials: present and future(November 07, 2017)
The Li-ion battery has clear fundamental advantages and decades of research which have developed it into the high energy density, high cycle life, high efficiency battery that it is today. Yet research continues on new electrode materials to push the boundaries of (more)

Europe September 2017 (November 06, 2017)
The European passenger plug-in market returned from the holiday season with fully charged batteries, growing almost a third (+32%) regarding the same period last year, by registering some 33.700 units, just a whisker below the all-time record of December 2015 (more)

German Electricity Prices: an economic disaster (November 06, 2017)
While the discussion in the diary revolved around the electricity spot price, there were several other aspects left unexplored, due to the "politically correct way of thninking". For example, there is no explanation for the increase on the European industrial electricity (more)

Former EPA official: US automakers’ EV strategies are irrational(November 04, 2017)
These days, not a week goes by without an announcement of some major electrification initiative from a major carmaker: Nissan’s new LEAF is coming to the US soon, GM is actually advertising its Bolt EV, VW and Daimler have each announced a range of new EVs (more)

Here's How Investors Can Play Pervasive Trends in the Battery Space (November 04, 2017)
Global demand for batteries is forecasted to rise 7.7% per year to $120B by 2019, driven by the rapidly expanding production of hybrid/electric vehicles and investment in energy storage systems to provide backup power. With battery technologies on the cusp of (more)

Flying electric: Both startups and industry giants push ahead with electric airplanes (November 03, 2017)
In the popular imagination, aviation represents the last frontier for electrification. Considering the weight and limited range of batteries, an electric airplane might seem practically impossible. However, while electric long-haul airliners probably lie pretty far in the (more)

Lithium-carbon battery could be cost effective, safe and have five to eight times the energy density of lithium ion batteries (November 03, 2017)
The advantages of using carbon are that it is cost-effective and safe to use, and the energy output is five to eight times higher than lithium-ion batteries currently on the market. The new battery technology also performs better than two other future technologies: (more)

Microgrids (November 02, 2017)
Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. (more)

Posts Tagged ‘Battery Swapping’ (November 02, 2017)
Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. (more)

Amid EV Surge, Austin Eyes a New Way of Doing Business(November 01, 2017)
Improving battery life and safety standards place electric vehicles and self-driving cars closer than ever to the mainstream, and the City of Austin is laying plans to capitalize on the transition. (more)

the end of oil industry (November 01, 2017)
Electric Car Battery Costs Are Falling as Fast as Solar Panel Costs. Costs are plunging in the electric vehicles business as quickly as they did in the solar industry in the last decade. The price of lithium-ion batteries that power most electric cars has fallen 60% from (more)

Slow-to-Accelerate EV Charging Program Provides Lessons for Improvement (October 31, 2017)
Minnesota’s largest investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy, last month reported sparse participation in a program designed to deliver value to customers who charge their electric vehicles when it’s most convenient for the grid. But despite its benefits for the grid and cost (more)

Battling the high cost of EV batteries (October 31, 2017)
Today’s electrochemical battery is like a latter-day philosopher’s stone—just insert and inanimate objects spring to life. Nothing else in our technological arsenal can compare (more)

New report says electric cars will dramatically improve Britain's energy security (October 30, 2017)
Environmental campaigning groups including Greenpeace and WWF publish a joint report today calling on the UK Government to bring forward the proposed ban on petrol and electric cars to 2030. JOE WARE reports (more)

Millions of used electric car batteries will help store energy for the grid ... Maybe. (October 30, 2017)
Once or twice a year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) founder Michael Liebreich posts a magisterial summation of some trend or set of trends in the energy world. His latest report (co-authored with BNEF editor Angus McCrone) is about electric vehicles. It’s (more)

Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard (October 28, 2017)
Individual reports/recaps below of plug-in vehicles sales for the current month are available below charts. (more)

Harvard Researchers Hail Eco-Friendly Battery (October 28, 2017)
A team of researchers from Harvard have developed a breakthrough in battery technology that they say can store renewable energy in a non-toxic, non-flammable, safe, and low cost way. (more)

Barclays Report: Oil Demand Will Plummet by 2025 Due to Electric Cars (October 27, 2017)
This projection was made in a recent Barclays analyst forecast research note. The 3.5 million barrel figure nearly matches Iran’s daily output of 3.8 million barrels a day, a doomsday threat to the third-largest producer of oil in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting (more)

EV Batteries(October 27, 2017)
The uptake of today’s EVs has a lot to do with the advent of Lithium battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries are comparatively lightweight, energy dense and capable of being re-charged many times. They are at least three times lighter than equivalent lead acid (more)

The impact of electric cars on oil demand (October 26, 2017)
Rising prosperity will boost car ownership, especially in emerging markets. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency targets and lower battery costs are likely to spur electrification (more)

Speculative frenzy’ over electric cars and battery tech as investors mull lithium futures(October 26, 2017)
The future of electric vehicles has led several investors to view lithium as the hot new commodity.
Governments and car manufacturers alike have taken steps to electrify fleets and further phase out the combustion engine. In turn, a (more)

Electric Car Sales Are Surging, IEA Reports(October 25, 2017)
The number of electric vehicles on the road rocketed to 2 million in 2016 after being virtually non-existent just five years ago, according to the International Energy Agency. (more)

Despite the hype, batteries aren’t the cheapest way to store energy on the grid (October 25, 2017)
Storage is the word of the moment in the energy industry. Since Tesla unveiled its Powerwall, politicians, commentators and industry have hyped storage – and particularly batteries – as the solution for getting more renewable energy into electricity grids and reducing (more)

Range Rover's plug-in hybrid, Ford thinks green, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Tesla's Hawaiian solar-energy project (October 24, 2017)
Which plug-in hybrid compact crossover is finally coming to America, after so many delays? What does Ford plan to do in the next few years now that the Michigan automaker is diverting money from internal combustion engine development into electrification? This is (more)

Contact lens material could produce electric cars that recharge in minutes (October 24, 2017)
Running out of battery has become an all-too regular occurrence for most people with a smartphone. So imagine if you could recharge it in seconds. Or if you could recharge an electric car in the same time it takes to fill up a petrol vehicle. It would probably make (more)

The new MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEP(October 23, 2017)
Offering the public a glimpse of the future of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the new MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT takes the brand’s EV know-how and all-wheel drive SUV expertise to a new level with the addition of Artificial Intelligence (AI), (more)

Why artificial intelligence could be key to future-proofing the grid (October 23, 2017)
A recent Conversation piece pointed out that the British electricity mix in 2016 was the cleanest in 60 years, with record capacity from renewable energy, mainly from wind and solar power. But one problem with this great expansion in renewables is they are (more)

Volkswagen Golf GTE sales up by more than 300% year-on-year in UK (October 21, 2017)
Volkswagen’s recent ‘Push the Button’ advertising campaign in the UK has led to a surge in interest in the manufacturer’s updated Golf GTE model. The humorous television advert champions the responsible use of (more)

Wired-up roads will soon charge your electric car – while you’re driving (October 21, 2017)
It was Tesla Motors, more than any other company, that triggered the current interest in electric cars. The firm’s namesake, Nikola Tesla, a genius inventor and Thomas Edison’s arch rival, would no doubt be pleased. (more)

Cummins to Unveil All-electric and Range-extended Powertrain for Transit Bus at APTA (October 20, 2017)
Cummins will display a new powertrain, configurable for either a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a range extended electric vehicle (REEV) incorporating a compact engine-generator. Cummins electrified power systems (more)

To build better batteries, you need to catch them in the act(October 20, 2017)
Emerging industries, from large-scale energy storage to electric cars, will need longer lasting batteries. But to build them, we need to know a lot more about what is limiting battery life. (more)

Dealing with EMC filtering in today’s electric and hybrid vehicles (October 19, 2017)
Automobiles have changed significantly over the past 40 years from mechanical systems to computerized systems. As a result there is an increased need for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) filters in today’s electric (more)

How to make batteries that last (almost) forever (October 19, 2017)
When a battery runs low it usually needs to be manually recharged, but new approaches are being developed to help this energy source last indefinitely. (more)

Next Range Rover Evoque Will Be A Plug-In Hybrid (October 18, 2017)
Jaguar Land Rover electrification program is moving in fast foward now, as another model is queued up for the company’s plug-in hybrid power-train, as the Evoque will get the ‘PHEV treatment’ after the Range Rover and (more)

Politically charged: do you know where your batteries come from? (October 18, 2017)
People are excited about batteries, from electric cars to Tesla’s 129 megawatt-hour energy storage project in South Australia. But one important issue is often overlooked: the raw materials needed to build this technology (more)

GM turns up the voltage, plans 20 new EVs by 2023(October 17, 2017)
GM has recently shown a newfound interest in selling its EVs, running a major ad campaign for the Chevy Bolt EV in mainstream newspapers and magazines for the first time. Now the company has announced that it plans (more)

A guide to deconstructing the battery hype cycle (October 17, 2017)
“The storage battery is, in my opinion, a catchpenny, a sensation, a mechanism for swindling the public by stock companies.” - Thomas Edison, 1883 When American inventor Thomas Edison made this statement, he (more)

Norwegian Grid Struggling To Keep Up With Growing EV Fleet (October 16, 2017)
Norway recently crossed a landmark number of 100 thousand EV and PHEV in active use in the country. With a population in Norway of 5.2 million, we are talking about an insane amount of electric powered vehicles. Other . (more)

Britain’s £246m battery challenge won’t solve energy storage problem (October 16, 2017)
Renewable energy’s share of British electricity generation from wind and solar technologies reached record levels of 26% in the past year. This is excellent news for our national carbon emissions, but the grid is under (more)

Electric cars are some of fastest-selling used vehicles in the U.S.(October 14, 2017)
Not every car buyer can afford a brand-new vehicle, which often makes gently used vehicles an appealing alternative. (more)

Serial Battery Entrepreneur’s New Venture Tackles Clean Energy’s Biggest Problem(October 14, 2017)
MIT professor Yet-Ming Chiang has launched his latest storage bet, a flow battery startup designed to make renewable energy directly competitive with fossil fuels (see “24M’s Batteries Could Better Harness Wind and (more)

Electric-car incentives added in, remarkably, oil-rich Dubai (October 13, 2017)
Dubai, the second largest sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates, has introduced new incentives in an attempt to make electric cars more desirable. (more)

Carbon nanotube ‘twistron’ yarn generates electricity when stretched (October 13, 2017)
Everyone wants smart clothes, but no one wants to wear a battery pack. Truly a first-world problem. But that doesn’t mean a solution can’t be interesting. Researchers at the University of Texas, Dallas have created a (more)

World's 3rd largest battery firm may ally with VW for electric cars in China (October 12, 2017)
Many automakers have announced they will electrify entire vehicle portfolios in the years to come. With more electrified cars on the road, battery production will become increasingly more important. (more)

Ultralife Corp. Receives $49.8 Million IDIQ Award for CFx Military Batteries (October 12, 2017)
Ultralife Corp. has received a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for purchases not to exceed $49.8 million from the US Government’s Defense Logistic Agency (DLA) for its hybrid lithium (more)

New York, New Jersey get serious about electric cars (October 11, 2017)
While parts of the federal government focus on sustaining fossil-fuel energy, numerous states are enacting new policies and programs to boost electric cars. (more)

Fast-charging high-energy lithium-ion batteries via implantation of amorphous silicon nanolayer in edge-plane activated graphite anodes (October 11, 2017)
As fast-charging lithium-ion batteries turn into increasingly important components in forthcoming applications, various strategies have been devoted to the development of high-rate anodes. However, despite vigorous (more)

Will All New Vehicles Be Electric By 2030? One Expert Says Yes (October 10, 2017)
Is the U.S. on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that will fundamentally change how we live, work, and get around? (more)

Who needs new battery technology when wireless charging promises wire-free top-ups? (October 10, 2017)
Without a doubt, the most frustrating thing about owning a smartphone or mobile device in 2015 is how long it lasts on a single charge. While improved power management has led to some advances, these have been (more)

Get Charged Up About Drive Electric Week (October 09, 2017)
Electric vehicle sales are surging, and the trend shows no signs of stopping — particularly as the battery technology that powers them enables longer trips and comes at a lower cost. The first electric cars hit the (more)

Mega-battery plant to come online in Sheffield (October 09, 2017)
Facility run by E.ON, to be followed by many more, will help UK grid cope with fast-growing amount of renewable energy ... (more)

Electric trucks to grow fast from now through 2030: report (October 07, 2017)
In the coming years, the world's auto industry will continue to shift its product mix to electric and electrified vehicles to meet growing concerns over carbon emissions and stringent fuel-economy regulations across the (more)

Rice Lab Finds Asphalt-Nanoribbon Anode More Efficient, Resistant to Dendrites(October 07, 2017)
“The capacity of these batteries is enormous, but what is equally remarkable is that we can bring them from zero charge to full charge in five minutes, rather than the typical two hours or more needed with other (more)

Jaguar Embraces Its Electric Future by Resurrecting Its Past (October 06, 2017)
Apologies to Elon, but the world has a new ruler when it comes to combining electric propulsion with beauty. Because this week, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled the E-type Zero, a battery-powered revival of the classic 1960s (more)

Chakratec and DBT-CEV Announce a Cooperation in EV Charging Station With Kinetic Power Booster(October 06, 2017)
Chakratec, the Kinetic Energy Storage company, and DBT, a European EV Technology partner for AC and fast charging, has announced their cooperation to offer and deliver DBT’s Fast and Ultra-Fast EV charging stations (more)

Go Spend $35K on an Electric Off-Roader That Out-Torques Tanks (October 05, 2017)
If you love kicking up mud and bombing around off-road but feel guilty spewing all that carbon dioxide, Nikola Powersports has you covered—assuming you've got $35,000 to spend on an electric off-roader with more (more)

Flow batteries leading the way in lithium-free niches (October 05, 2017)
While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees (more)

Smart Envisions EQ Fortwo Concept as Ride-Sharing, Self-Driving EV (October 04, 2017)
Here’s the first advance look at cars to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in two weeks. This is the Smart Vision EQ fortwo. It’s autonomous and can be shared solo, or by a couple or two individuals going the same (more)

China Has 75% Of Electrolyte Solution Market & 75% Of Anode Materials Market (Key Lithium-Ion Battery Components) (October 04, 2017)
Chinese firms now control more than 75% of the electrolyte solution market, according to the Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute. Electrolyte solution is a key component in the manufacture of lithium-ion battery cells. (more)

At long last, Infiniti plans a production EV (October 03, 2017)
After years of false starts, it appears that Nissan's Infiniti division will finally launch a production electric car in 2019 and debut it as a concept in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (more)

Panasonic Expanding Automotive Lithium-Ion Battery Production In Japan(October 03, 2017)
The reason for the further production expansion shouldn’t be surprising: the company simply recognizes growing market demand for automotive lithium-ion batteries. (more)

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Top 10 electric cars (October 02, 2017)
The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is now in full swing, with a huge range of new green cars sitting on the stands from a large variety of manufacturers. Most are concepts, but importantly, most of those concepts are (more)

Lithium titanate hydrates with superfast and stable cycling in lithium ion batteries (October 02, 2017)
Fast-charging electronic devices have experienced dramatic development recently1. Compounds on the binary Li2O–TiO2 composition line, such as Li4Ti5O12 (2Li2O•5TiO2, LTO) and various TiO2 polymorphs (TO), are (more)