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    Official: A123 says goodbye to grid storage batteries, focuses again on electric vehicles

    Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems is officially unplugging from the grid. The company, which was acquired by Wanxiang Group last year, is selling its grid-storage business to Japan-based NEC Corp. The company's Massachusetts and Missouri facilities are going along with it. A123, whose ...

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    Report: Nissan testing new, heat-resistant batteries for Leaf

    As Nissan Leaf sales continue to heat up, the maker of the electric vehicle wants to cool concerns over hot-climate battery issues by making chemical adjustments to battery packs, Green Car Reports says. Nissan executives met with about 10 Leaf owners in Phoenix last week and said the company is ...

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    Report: Battery costs will fall to $250/kilowatt hour by 2015

    Our most burning question – aside from how many licks it takes to get to the center of at Tootsie Pop – is, how much does a battery-electric vehicle's battery really cost? One analyst says that the price tag will be at about $250 per kilowatt hour by 2015, which spells good news for ...

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    Report: Hydro-Quebec developing five-minute electric vehicle recharge technology

    Oh, Canada! Hydro-Quebec, a utility company that serves about 8 million residents of America's neighbor to the north, is working on an electric-vehicle charging system that can fully recharge a typical EV in about five minutes, the Canadian blog Wheels reports. The company, whose research ...

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    Official: New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV

    Kia has unveiled the automaker's very first production electric vehicle. The Kia Ray EV will offer buyers a range of around 86 miles depending on driving conditions and will include a fast-charge option that should top off the cells in around 25 minutes. Otherwise, expect the 16.4-kWh lithium-ion ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt battery catches fire at NHTSA [UPDATE]

    As a tipster put it: "Crap." Even though there is plenty of evidence that the Chevrolet Volt is a safe car (one just protected its occupants in a recent crash with a bus), there are now new and seemingly legitimate worries about the safety of the 16-kWh battery pack after a crash. Bloomberg ...

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    General Motors inks electric vehicle battery contract with A123 Systems

    General Motors has signed a contract calling for lithium-ion batteries to be supplied by A123 Systems for use in the automaker's future electric vehicles. GM says A123's advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries will power "future GM electric vehicles to be sold in select global markets." ...

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    Renault delays opening of battery facility in France until "early 2014"

    At least one part of Renault's grand plug-in vehicle scheme has been delayed. Initially, the automaker was to open the doors to its lithium-ion battery production facility outside of Paris, France in late 2012. Unfortunately, undisclosed issues have forced Renault to delay construction of the ...

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    Technical glitches delay construction of Renault's battery plant in France

    Part of Renault's grand plug-in vehicle scheme calls for the automaker to construct a lithium-ion battery production facility outside of Paris, France. The idea is simple: the site will supply Renault with battery packs for its forthcoming electric vehicles. Unfortunately, technical glitches ...

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    VW exec says current li-ion tech allows for "a halfway decent car"

    During a keynote address at the 4th Symposium on Energy Storage: Beyond Lithium Ion, Jürgen Leohold, head of Volkswagen research, stated that although the automotive industry is leaning towards electric mobility, little progress has been made in the 111 years since Ferdinand Porsche ...

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    Video: WaveJet is personal water propulsion powered by batteries

    Some call it a powered surfboard, we call it an innovative water propulsion system. Technically, WaveJet is a patented Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) engine designed for use in a range of watercraft, including surfboards, kayaks, kiteboards and light boats. Powered by an integrated ...

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    Report: Panasonic to increase li-ion battery production in China

    According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Panasonic will ramp up its lithium-ion battery production in China in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs by approximately 30 percent. Panasonic wants to retain its position among the world's top lithium-ion battery manufacturers through cost ...

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    Ener1 fires EnerDel president Rick Stanley

    Battery maker Ener1 has reportedly fired its chief operating officer and EnerDel president, Richard Stanley. Stanley's April 8th termination was apparently disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made by Ener1 last Wednesday. Stanley's departure came shortly after Ener1 announced ...

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    USABC awards A123 Systems $8m contract to develop nanophosphate li-ion batteries

    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, has awarded A123 Systems an $8 million, 24-month contract, which the firm will use to continue its quest to develop its patented Nanophosphate lithium-ion ...

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    Ener1 names Christopher Cowger as CEO of EnerDel, company lays off 3% of its workers

    Ener1, Inc. has named Christopher Cowger, former corporate vice president and general manager for semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as chief executive officer of its lithium-ion battery subsidiary EnerDel. Cowger was also appointed as president of Ener1. The positions of president ...

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    U.S. scientists working on lithium-ion battery that heals itself

    Electron microscope image of self-healing polymers
    Scientists at the University of Illinois (U of I) believe they've stumbled upon a breakthrough that could eventually lead to the development of a lithium-ion battery that, much like some parts of the human body, actually heals itself. The ...

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    Electrovaya delivers li-ion batteries to undisclosed U.S. automaker for PHEV

    For more than a year, Canada-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya has worked with Dodge on its prototype plug-in hybrid Ram truck project. The plug-in pickup, which uses Electrovaya's 12-kWh lithium-ion "SuperPolymer" battery, is expected to hit fleets by the end of summer ...

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    Nissan breaks ground on lithium-ion battery plant in Portugal

    Nissan has officially broken ground on the construction of a lithium-ion battery plant in Cacia, Portugal. The facility, which will be erected on a 30,450-square-meter plot of land owned by partner Renault, should be fully operational by December of 2012. Construction of the Cacia plant requires a ...

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    Advanced electrolyte could improve thermal stability of li-ion batteries

    A research team at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China is studying the use of an advanced electrolyte material (LiFNFSI) to enhance the thermal stability of lithium-ion batteries. The team has conducted several tests of the material, replacing the more conventional LiPF6 ...

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    Hitachi, Ube Industries to establish lithium-ion battery JV

    The Nikkei, a Japanese news outlet, reports that Hitachi Ltd. and Ube Industries Ltd. will establish a joint venture to manufacture separators for lithium-ion batteries bound for use in the automotive industry. Apparently, both firms are looking to bolster their position in the battery market and ...


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