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Last week, Bosch announced it is acquiring a California-based battery company that’s currently developing a solid-state lithium-ion battery. Bosch’s purchase of Seeo, set at an undisclosed price for the company’s intellectual property and research staff, was both groundbreaking and (to some) questionable. “It is the first instance of a major automotive player outright acquiring a […]

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Tesla has begun selling an upgraded battery for its two-door Roadster, boosting the battery electric vehicle’s range by another 100 miles. “Model S development has helped us apply new battery technology to the Roadster 3.0 packs,” a Tesla representative told us. “The cells store 31 percent more energy than the original Roadster cell. Using this […]

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Audi has been loosely discussing its upcoming all-electric SUV for several months, and has now released a few details about the vehicle’s 300-mile battery. The automaker announced yesterday it will be collaborating with the Korean-based battery companies LG Chem and Samsung SDI to build this battery. These companies “plan to invest in the cell technology […]

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Are you one of those who are looking forward to battery chemistry “beyond lithium ion” before EVs can seriously challenge gasoline-powered counterparts? That won’t quite be needed, said Tesla Motors’ JB Straubel, rather it’s inevitable battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will soon be cheaper to own than and this will lead to their market domination. It […]

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For those questioning the lifespan of a Toyota Prius battery, one taxi driver has 621,000 reasons why there’s no cause for concern. That’s approximately how many miles one man has logged in his Prius taxi. Manfred Dvorak, a cab driver in Austria, tells the story of his 621,000-mile (one-million kilometer) Prius in a series of […]

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Out of the many types of alternatively fueled powertrains, Big Oil is chiefly threatened by only one: the battery electric. And Tesla is its poster child. Oil and gas magazine Alberta Oil recently spotlighted the Tesla Model S as “one of the most beautiful and interesting automobiles to ever get made” but possibly also “one […]

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Tesla Motors is close to completing the first construction phase of its battery-building Gigafactory. The latest update on the Gigafactory reveals that a 900,000 square foot building is almost fully built and will soon be ready for the manufacturing equipment to be installed. Steve Hill, director of the governor’s office of economic development, spoke with […]

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A company named 24M announced that it has developed a semisolid lithium-ion battery that significantly reduces manufacturing time and expense without sacrificing performance. It has been quietly working on developing the technology for the past five years, and said that applications include both electrified vehicles and home power storage, similar to other lithium-ion chemistries. According […]

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Samsung has accumulated an immense collection of automotive patents over the past 25 years, leading some to wonder what the company’s plans are for the automotive industry. To assess where the industry may be heading, a Forbes research team searched automotive-related patents filed by Samsung, Google, Apple, Tesla and Uber between 1990 and 2014. Their […]

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Within the next three years, A123 Systems plans to double the global production of its lithium-ion batteries to 1.5 gigawatt-hours. In order to meet these new levels, A123 said it will need to expand its factories, which are already at maximum production levels. “We’re at capacity at all of our production facilities,” said A123 CEO […]

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