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    Study: Modern li-ion batteries have little effect on life cycle impact of electric cars

    By now we're all aware that the environmental impact of cars and trucks goes well beyond the emissions produced during operation. There is the energy used to produce and dispose of the vehicles and their components, for example, and the cost of getting the fuel for the vehicles out of the ground ...

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    Elon Musk rips into Nissan Leaf's "primitive" batteries

    If there's ever going to be a green car cage match, we can guarantee that one of the fighters will be Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who apparently can't pass up the chance to take on any competitor. His latest target? The lithium-ion battery pack in the Nissan Leaf, about which Musk had some ...

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    Nissan asking prospective Leaf owners how long battery warranty should be [w/Poll]

    Carmakers don't typically ask prospective customers how long the warranty should be on their new car. That decision is usually made based on how much the manufacturer thinks longer warranty coverage will cost and what its competitors might be doing. However, as we enter the era of electrification ...

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    More details on the construction and production of the Volt battery

    Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While we were at the General Motors battery plant in Brownstown, MI yesterday, we learned more about the Chevrolet Volt battery pack from newly promoted director of global battery systems engineering Bill Wallace. Over the ...

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    General Motors announces 8-year/100,000-mile warranty for Chevy Volt battery

    Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    During a media briefing at its Brownstown Township, MI battery plant this afternoon, General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens announced that the lithium ion battery pack for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt would be warranted ...

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    Executives online for live webchat at 4pm today to discuss Chevy Volt battery news

    Later today, General Motors will make some announcements* regarding the battery pack in the Chevrolet Volt. Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle and vehicle line director Tony Posawatz will be hitting the keyboards this afternoon to answer any questions from readers about the news. General ...

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    South Korea aims to become battery leader by investing additional $12.5B

    As several countries vie for the top spot in the automotive rechargeable battery market, a few front-runners have emerged. Notably, China's push to lead the world in advanced battery technology has propelled the nation towards the front. The efforts here in the States have kept the U.S. in the ...

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    Daily Mail columnist goes off (the deep end) criticizing electric cars

    Back in the early 2000s, when the first-generation modern electric vehicles (EVs) were available in limited quantities in places like California, most automakers were skeptical of their own technology and so took the EVs back after the leases ran out, crushing them and creating a lot of ill will in ...

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    Think launches production of lithium ion version of City electric vehicle

    Norwegian electric vehicle builder Think has finally launched production of the lithium-ion battery version of its City EV. The 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack is being supplied by Indiana-based Enerdel which owns an equity stake in Think. Enerdel is now in full volume production of the new battery ...

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    Univ. of California issues $992K grant to study in-home use of EV batteries

    A recurring question in the plug-in vehicle world goes something like this: When an electrical vehicle (EV) battery can no longer provide adequate power and range in its primary role of propulsion, then what? More specifically, what else are these partially spent batteries still capable of ...

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    Pentagon says Afghanistan might have world's largest lithium deposits *UPDATE

    The phrase "the Saudi Arabia of X" is not unheard of in the green car industry, with Shai Agassi telling Australia to become the Saudi Arabia of plug-in cars and Bolivia having the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of lithium. Bolivia might soon have some competition for that title with the ...

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    Is the advanced battery market already too crowded?

    Nissan Leaf battery pack - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It seems like not a day goes by that we don't hear about some battery company expanding its operation by opening more plants to produce hundreds of thousands of advanced batteries. In the last year alone, we heard reports like this ...

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    With new plants in China and Europe, EnerDel to triple li-ion production by end of 2011

    EnerDel Inc. announced plans to open li-ion battery plants in both China and Europe in an effort to triple its battery production by the end of 2011 and meet the expected demand of new partnerships. Though the company currently holds deals with just two automakers (Think and Volvo), it plans to ...

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    Magna International invests $400-600 million in battery production

    Ford Focus Electric battery packs – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Magna International has decided that it will invest between $400 million and $600 million in lithium ion battery production over the next three years. The Canadian auto parts supplier will build two production ...

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    Nissan CEO Ghosn breaks ground for lithium ion battery plant

    Nissan Leaf factory rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery
    This morning Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was in Smyrna, Tennessee to break ground for the company's first lithium ion battery plant outside of Japan. The factory, adjacent to Nissan's existing vehicle assembly complex there, ...

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    Honeywell gets $27.3 million grant to produce lithium hexafluorophosphate (it's needed in lithium batteries)

    Honeywell is better known in the automotive space for providing turbochargers for many of the latest-generation diesel and gasoline direct-injected engines. This week, however, one of the company's numerous divisions received a $27.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the ...

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    Researchers identify cause of li-ion battery fires, fast-charging an issue

    Safety is a common concern as the automotive industry moves towards electric vehicles. In particular, focusing on the potential risks involved with li-ion battery technology is crucial as automakers move away from NiMH packs and towards li-ion storage. Fire is a recurring problem with li-ion ...

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    Report: Toshiba working with automakers on lithium ion batteries

    Toshiba is no stranger to the consumer electronics battery business, but now, like so many other companies, it wants a piece of the burgeoning automotive market. Ryuichi Nakata, head of Toshiba's grid and battery unit, announced that the company is collaborating with several unidentified ...

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    Bake it, drown it, fire bullets at it - how batteries are tested in the real world

    We know that General Motors has the largest battery lab in the world, one that's capable of carrying out all kinds of scientific tests, but that's a little boring, if you ask us. If you want to test a battery's durability, do you really need fancy lab equipment and sophisticated computers? Or can ...

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    A123 Systems' struggles highlight how hard it is to go green in America

    Massachusetts-based A123 Systems has been one of the rising stars of the lithium battery field in the last several years. In spite of that, the company that was started by a team of MIT researchers has struggled to raise cash to manufacture automotive cells in the United States. Ultimately, the ...


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