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    Study: Will the Tesla Gigafactory be too big?
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    With pro football season about to begin, we thought it appropriate to use a gridiron metaphor: one research firm is estimating that Tesla Motors will outkick its coverage when it comes to the Gigafactory it's planning for the western US, likely Reno, NV. The electric-vehicle maker has said needs ...

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    Study: Battery-pack production for plug-ins, hybrids, triples in three years
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    Panasonic's standing in the plug-in and hybrid battery production industry has zoomed ahead like a Tesla Model S taking off from a standstill. That's appropriate because the Japanese company's relationship with the California-based automaker has been the primary reason for its growth, which looks ...

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    Read This: Have battery researchers been using the wrong formula for 80 years?
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    There's a near endless list of things in automotive drivetrain technology that have changed since 1930. Oddly, the way scientists think about at how lithium-ion movement affects the performance of batteries is not one of them. Of course, not a lot of people were thinking about battery-electric ...

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    Read This: Sakti3's 'disruptive' solid state lithium battery tech inches closer
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    It's been quite a while since we've heard anything from Sakti3, the Ann Arbor-based battery company that has been working on next-generation solid state lithium batteries for many years. Heck, even the company's website doesn't have any news that isn't a year old. Thankfully, our friend Jim ...

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    EVTV offers deal of the decade on used Better Place battery packs
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    While the dark cloud that was the Better Place bankruptcy may have had a silver lining for some in Israel, in the US that cumulonimbus is wrapped with lithium. Or, more precisely, lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4) with a sprinkling of lithium nickel oxide (LiNiO2). That's because a boat load of ...

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    Official: How microscopes are improving EV batteries at PNNA
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    The construction of one small battery is helping scientists make a big breakthrough when it comes to studying the effects of repeated recharging of a rechargeable battery. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNA), working with US Department of Energy's Environmental Molecular Sciences ...

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    Official: These safer batteries could lead to cheaper EVs that go 240 miles per charge
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    The US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e) agency is shooting for some sort of electric-vehicle battery nirvana with a plan/wish/dream to develop safer, cheaper batteries that not only offer a longer single-charge range but that can also double as crumple zones. What's next, peace ...

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    Report: New CEO for A123 Systems as battery company turns more to China
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    A123 Systems, the lithium-ion battery maker that was acquired out of bankruptcy in January, has promoted Jason Forcier to chief executive officer and said it would attempt to build up its business by attracting more China-based customers, Reuters reports. The company also said its executives ...

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    Report: Li-ion vehicle batteries pose problems when being shipped
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    Delivery companies like FedEx and UPS espouse the virtues of lithium ion batteries, but only when the packs are inside hybrid or electric vehicles. Delivering li-ion batteries is another story. Li-ion batteries pose safety threats and additional challenges when the are being shipped because of ...

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    Report: Toyota upping lithium-ion battery production 6x for introduction to Prius family
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    There are already lithium-ion batteries in some Toyota vehicles (the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the RAV4 EV and the European Prius+, for example), but the company's standard bearer – the non-plug Prius hybrid – still relies on nickel metal hydride (NiMH) cells. But, the future belongs to ...

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    Official: University of Illinois recharges li-ion battery a thousand times faster
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    Imagine recharging a Nissan Leaf from a standard 110-volt outlet in, say, oh, about a minute. Far-fetched, sure, but at least one research facility thinks it has a lead on making lithium-ion batteries that can recharge 1,000 times faster than current ones. Researchers at the University of ...

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    Official: Electrovaya's new li-ion batteries are safer, less prone to fire risk
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    Electrovaya, the Canadian lithium-ion battery maker, is ready to go full speed ahead on battery production after cutting its output and improving its technology. The company, which is launching its SuperPolymer 2.0, specifically says the new battery is less prone to fire risk because of, among ...

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    Report: Fisker says A123 is discounting its debt levels
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    Fisker Automotive is accusing battery maker and former vendor A123 Systems of funny math after the latter company filed documents of its debt levels with the US Bankruptcy Court, Reuters says. The California-based maker of the extended-range plug-in Karma says A123 owes it more than $212 ...

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    Report: Toyota: solid-state batteries coming in 2020, 3-4 times better than li-ion
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    Toyota has never been a big fan of lithium ion batteries, and has a plan in place to replace them with solid-state batteries that are three-to-four times more powerful. Toyota will commercialize solid-state batteries around 2020 and lithium air batteries – which offer a fivefold increase ...

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    Study: Global lithium-ion battery sales will jump sixfold by 2019
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    Add UK-based Frost & Sullivan as the latest research firm to forecast a big jump in lithium-ion battery sales, implying that a jump in plug-in vehicle sales is in the making. Frost & Sullivan says global li-on battery sales will jump sixfold to $12.84 billion in 2019, up from $2.13 ...

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    Report: Tesla's Musk calls Boeing 787 Dreamliner batteries 'fundamentally unsafe'
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    After offering to help Boeing with its lithium-ion battery problems, Elon Musk is somewhat raising the stakes. Musk, who heads both Tesla Motors and space exploration company SpaceX, has now called the batteries in the Boeing 787 "inherently unsafe" in an e-mail to trade publication ...

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    Report: A123 loses $116 million US grant remainder due to Wanxiang acquisition
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    Bankrupt lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems may have gained a new owner, but will lose a lot of money in the pending sale to China-based Wanxiang Group, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified US Energy Department official. Specifically, A123, which filed for bankruptcy in October, will ...

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    Report: Fisker to delay Karma production because of A123 battery shortage
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    Fisker Automotive will postpone production of its Karma extended-range plug-in vehicle until the future of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems is resolved, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with the automaker's CEO. During an interview at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Tony Posawatz ...

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    Replacing batteries in standard hybrids not all that expensive
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    If you've got an older car in your driveway, which experts say is getting to be more typical lately, what happens when the battery poops out? You'll be paying $100 to $200 to pick one up at a retail parts store. But what about hybrid electric vehicles? The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have ...

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    Study: R&D funding for better EVs more valuable than purchase incentives
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    Thomas Edison famously said that genius was one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. To get to the heart of what's holding back broader adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), though, it's even better to paraphrase one-time Bill Clinton advisor James Carville: "It's the battery, ...

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