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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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Tesla Motors isn’t the only automaker branching into the energy storage market, and now Daimler has announced that it too will begin selling large battery units to capture solar or grid energy for home and industrial uses. With a much quieter approach compared to Tesla’s Powerwall debut, Daimler released news of its Mercedes-Benz branded products […]

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With experts in both the automotive and the technology industries debating whether Apple is building a production-level vehicle or just creating a mock-up for research, new information suggests that the company is indeed creating a car-sized battery. A portion of this evidence emerged following a recently settled lawsuit between Apple and A123 Systems, a lithium-ion […]

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Authorities are reporting a sharp increase in Toyota Prius break-ins as a wave of battery thefts hits California. Many of these thefts are centered around San Francisco and Sacramento, and so far the Prius has been listed as the hybrid targeted most often. Used Prius batteries, some possibly obtained illegally, have been listed on sites […]

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What happens when a Chevy Volt’s or Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s battery catches fire? A team which recently presented data pertaining to multiple types of plug-in car fires at the 2015 SAE World Congress found out first hand. One finding was lithium-ion battery packs can reach temperatures as high as 750 degrees Fahrenheit when ignited, […]

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A lawsuit brought by A123 Systems against Apple Inc. for allegedly poaching top-ranking employees is being settled. The controversy happened amidst the backdrop of a broader story early this year that Apple is doing something big to develop a possible autonomous electric car and to do so was cherry picking talent from existing companies. In […]

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Tesla’s new Powerwall energy storage system is at this juncture incompatible with solar, impractical in other important ways, and a cost-benefit analysis suggests it may fail to live up to expectations set by its enthusiastic promoter. This view floated by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) following last week’s revelation of Tesla’s new 7 or 10 […]

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Israel-based startup StoreDot CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf promises next year to present technology which will charge an electric car within five minutes. His words followed shortly after fulfilling a previous promise made the year prior of charging a phone from zero to one-hundred percent in two minutes last Tuesday at ThinkNext in Tel Aviv. The […]

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Last Christmas, Tesla gave Roadster owners an extra gift when CEO Elon Musk announced that an upgraded package will soon be available. Almost four months went by with no word, until one owner reached out to Musk for more details. Using his standard platform for news updates – Twitter – Musk said recently that the […]

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