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A new congressionally mandated report published by the U.S. National Research Council states that current battery technology, vehicle cost, and lack of consumer knowledge are all obstacles preventing widespread endorsement of plug-in electric vehicles. The key to lowering overall vehicle cost according to ClickGreen would be to develop less expensive and more efficient batteries, this along with […]

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Expanding its manufacturing operations in China, Johnson Controls is beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for start-stop vehicles. “We’re excited to announce the delivery of our first batch of locally-manufactured batteries to power start-stop vehicles for local and global automakers in China,” said Kenneth Yeng, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Power Solutions China. […]

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A recently released and peer-reviewed study from the Stockholm Environment Institute estimates that battery pack costs are much lower than initially presumed by energy-policy analysts. The study reports that more than 80 assessments of battery prices calculated between 2007 and 2014 were considerably higher than the actual cost of the battery packs. As well, the study found that […]

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A new report says that almost every Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be exact, is still running strong. The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads. Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the […]

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By July, Volkswagen AG said it will make a decision on the batteries for its electric vehicles: either stay with the current lithium-ion technology, or move to new solid-state batteries. QuantumScape has been developing this new battery technology, which is said to store energy better than lithium-ion (li-ion). This translates to a longer range for […]

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Battery maker A123 Systems has announced it will be moving away from producing lithium ion batteries for U.S. market electric cars. Instead, said CEO Jason Forcier, the company’s automotive efforts will concentrate on more commonplace and potentially profitable batteries for starter batteries and so-called microhybrids. “We won’t spend too much effort on the EV markets […]

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When hybrid batteries make headlines – whether it’s a new 200-mile range battery or a company expanding its battery manufacturing – the news typically focuses on lithium-ion if not some advanced tech touted with varying degrees of potential. But lithium-ion (li-ion) might not be the best battery technology to invest in for electrified vehicles says […]

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By 2025, Bosch says electrified powertrains will be in 15-percent of all new cars and eventually become stock equipment for SUVs. That prediction comes from Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Denner spoke at the Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany earlier this month. “Electrification will take combustion engines […]

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Samsung SDI announced today that it is buying the battery pack division of Magna International, which will further solidify the company’s foothold in the automotive market. The agreement to buy Magna Steyr will include all 264 employees as well as the current business contracts and all production and development sites. The division is based out […]

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For electric vehicles, the cost of replacing a worn-out battery can be quite significant. When weighing this into the decision to buy one – such as a Tesla Model S – two key questions arise: how long is the battery’s lifespan, and how much will it cost to replace? Launched in a slow roll-out June […]

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