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It’s official: 2017 was a fantastic year for electric cars(January 24, 2018)
Generous subsidies and cheaper batteries are to thank for one of the best years for electric cars, new findings have revealed. (more)

New lithium-rich battery could last much longer (January 24, 2018)
Teaming up with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Wolverton's group at Northwestern University developed a rechargeable lithium-iron-oxide battery that can cycle more lithium ions than its common lithium-cobalt-oxide counterpart. (more)

Québec issues final regulations for ZEV mandate(January 23, 2018)
Québec Minister of Sustainable Development Isabelle Melançon has issued the final regulations in support of Bill 104, a new law designed to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles in the province. (more)

Coupling Experiments to Theory to Build a Better Battery(January 23, 2018)
Lithium-sulfur batteries are promising candidates for replacing common lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles since they are cheaper, weigh less, and can store nearly double the energy for the same mass. However, (more)

Electric cars are 'historic opportunity' for US carmakers: Autonation CEO(January 21, 2018)
Unlike many auto dealers and dealership groups that see selling electric vehicles as a necessary burden, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson believes electric vehicles offer a "historic opportunity" for the industry (more)

Battery power in marine applications(January 21, 2018)
Experts discuss the special concerns when designing battery technology for marine environments.
There is growing worldwide demand for electric-powered vessels and for broader electrification in maritime (more)

China plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2017: almost four times those in the U.S(January 19, 2018)
Compared to previous years, overall car-sales growth in the U.S. has all but plateaued at around 17.5 million.
China is doing little better, with growth reaching just 3 percent for 2017. But the Chinese new-vehicle market is (more)

ZincNyx Plans Flow Battery Mass Production Within a Year (January 19, 2018)
MGX Minerals, the company looking to get lithium from oil, is also planning to mass produce a zinc-based flow battery “within the year.” (more)

Infiniti EV coming in 2021(January 18, 2018)
Infiniti announced that it will offer new electrified vehicles starting in 2021. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said that its luxury brand will build its first all-electric car in 2021, as well as new "e-Power" vehicles – series hybrids with (more)

Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries
Approach avoids lithium dendrite growth
(January 18, 2018)
Lithium metal-based batteries have the potential to turn the battery industry upside down. With the theoretically ultra-high capacity of lithium metal used by itself, this new type of battery could power everything from (more)

VW Group to invest $3.3B in North America by 2020(January 17, 2018)
Volkswagen Group will invest more than $3.3 billion (2.8 billion euros) in North America over the next three years to give a boost to its core brand as the automaker seeks to become a key volume supplier in the region. (more)

A water-based, rechargeable battery(January 17, 2018)
In the quest to find safe, low-cost batteries for the future, eventually we have to ask ourselves a question: Why not simply use water as an electrolyte? Water is cheap, in abundant supply, doesn't burn and can conduct ions. (more)

The world's first self-driving store (January 13, 2018)
Designed, developed and produced in the USA, the Genovation GXE employs state-of-the-art batteries, inverters and electric twin-motors, producing more than 800 horsepower and more than 700 lb.-ft. of torque. The GXE offers two transmission alternatives (more)

Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries (January 13, 2018)
A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries--the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a (more)

The world's first self-driving store (January 12, 2018)
Groceries are soon to be a $1 trillion business worldwide, and perishables like fresh produce make up around 60% of all groceries sold, however according to Kantar Worldpanel just a tiny fraction of that - less than 5% - has moved online. This is because having (more)

Harnessing the power of algae: new, greener fuel cells move closer(January 12, 2018)
A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. (more)

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to Invest $1 Billion in New E-Mobility Venture Capital Fund (January 10, 2018)
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has signaled one of its strongest nods to e-mobility yet, pledging to spend up to $1 billion over the next five years on mobility technologies. (more)

Solid State Battery Technology Set to Dominate Lithium-Ion(January 10, 2018)
When lithium-ion battery technology replaced nickel cadmium and metal hydride, we really felt like we arrived in power tool industry. In reality, we did. Cordless tools are finally able to replace corded models with enough power and runtime to use all day. But all that (more)

Fisker EMotion unveiled at CES with 400-mile range (January 09, 2018)
Fisker unveiled its highly anticipated EMotion luxury electric sedan on Tuesday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Fisker EMotion disrupts convention in the most sensually radical way. The luxury electric EMotion delivers an exterior design language (more)

Solid-State Batteries Make Strides in the Charge toward the Future of EVs(January 09, 2018)
The electric car’s role in the future is assured by today’s race among General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan, Tesla, and others to advance range and affordability. With a rising number of startup challengers, these automakers agree that winning depends on making the (more)

BYTON Spills Details With Us At CES (January 08, 2018)
BYTON made their world debut yesterday at CES in Las Vegas, formally introducing the concept of their first car, due to launch in China in late 2019, followed by the U.S. and Europe in 2020. (more)

A Better Battery? A Survey of What Might Come after Lithium-Ion(January 08, 2018)
How we store energy will be critical to the future of the electric car. While lithium-ion batteries are likely to remain the standard for at least the next decade, academic researchers and startup companies are racing to discover, design, and manufacture alternatives that (more)

Electric car UK market statistics (January 06, 2018)
The last four years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK – new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 130,000 by the end of December 2017. There has also been a huge increase in the (more)

Design Of Experiments- Synthesizing A Graphene-Based Battery Electrode(January 06, 2018)
The conversion of graphene and metal-based inorganic compounds into usable graphene composites for electrodes can be done by many methods. As this new field is advancing, new methods are frequently being invented and subsequently published. To date they (more)

Mitsubishi Electric to exhibit EMIRAI4 smart-mobility concept car at CES 2018 (January 05, 2018)
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will exhibit cutting-edge technologies and products, including its EMIRAI 4 driving-assistance concept car for safer and more convenient transportation in the smart mobility era under the concept of “Make the move to mobility,” at CES (more)

How to make Graphene Batteries(January 05, 2018)
Want to learn how to make Graphene Batteries? Our Graphene Battery User’s Guide, which has been created for scientists and non-scientists alike, details how graphene batteries work, their benefits, and provides immediate, actionable steps that you can take to (more)

Base Porsche Mission E to offer 402 horsepower, 300-mile range(January 03, 2018)
It’s been two years since Porsche made the announcement it will put its Mission E electric sedan concept into production. In that time we’ve managed to glean very little information from Porsche, mostly because of the rapid pace at which electric car technology is (more)

Samsung: Graphene Balls Boost Battery Charging Speed by 500 Percent(January 03, 2018)
Mobile devices have long been hamstrung by lithium-ion batteries, which have been advancing much more slowly than other pieces of the hardware puzzle. Every few months we hear about a new battery design that might be able to replace the li-ion cells in our (more)

Number Of Plug-In EVs On Roads Worldwide Now Exceeds 3 Million (January 02, 2018)
Through the end of November 2017, we are certain that the world’s fleet of plug-in electric vehicles have exceeded a level of 3 million. This year;s plug-in sales alone already exceed one million, which means that with expected sales of well over 1.7-2.0 million in 2018, (more)

NGK Spark Plug to Vie for Solid-State Battery Production (January 02, 2018)
NGK Spark Plug, the world’s largest manufacturer of spark plugs, is now increasing its focus towards the solid-state battery market.
The move appears to be pre-emptive against the predicted decline of internal combustion engines, and a bid to modernize its product ... (more)