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Nissan has confirmed that its next-generation Leaf will have a battery range long enough to drive from New York City to Baltimore on a single charge. In light of the just-introduced Chevrolet Bolt concept, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said from the North American International Auto Show earlier this week that the next Leaf’s range may […]

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Johnson Controls in collaboration with Toshiba is introducing a new 12-volt lithium titanate battery stop-start system. “Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle,” said Lisa Bahash, group vice president and general […]

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Tesla Model S drivers in California can cruise the long stretch of road between Los Angeles and San Francisco with confidence, thanks to Tesla’s new battery swapping station in Harris Ranch, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the opening of the company’s first swapping station on December 19 via Twitter, saying it is currently operating […]

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It turns out the very British 2014 Hybrid Range Rover is powered by American batteries. Johnson Controls is the supplier of lithium-ion batteries for the 2014 Range Rover Hybrid. The American company said production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan. Hybrid batteries are a […]

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Electrical engineer Siva Rajendran is solving two big problems with one good idea. By starting a company that uses discarded batteries from electric cars to power schools in India, Rajendran wants to keep electric batteries out of landfills while simultaneously providing Indian school children with the electricity they need to learn. According to a story […]

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Volkswagen has purchased a stake in battery development company QuantumScape Corp. to gain an edge over electric vehicle competitors like Tesla Motors Inc. and Nissan Motor Co. Inside sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told Bloomberg News that Volkswagen purchased a five-percent share in the privately owned company located in San Jose with the option […]

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A battery pack replacement is not the only solution EV and hybrid vehicle owners have when faced with an underperforming battery pack. With the oldest hybrids being almost 15 years old, the trade and aftermarket industry has adapted to the new needs and changes such vehicles bring maintenance-wise. The most talked about issues has to […]

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A team of students from the University of New South Wales in Australia is hoping to add another record to their mantel tomorrow. 23. The Sunswift team, which is comprised of about 60 engineering, business and support members, had previously set a Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle in 2011 after it reached […]

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Although electric and hybrid vehicles are gaining market share, one significant question remains: how can the used lithium-ion batteries be processed after their lifespan in a vehicle? A peer-reviewed Mineta National Transit Research Consortium report, titled Remanufacturing, Repurposing, and Recycling of Post-Vehicle-Application Lithium-Ion Batteries, offers three possible alternatives. Remanufacturing for intended reuse in vehicles by […]

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The industry is now one step closer to being able to manufacture lithium-ion batteries from North American-sourced battery grade lithium carbonate. RB Energy Inc. confirmed June 5 it has achieved continuous production of battery grade lithium carbonate (99.9 percent Li2CO3) at its Quebec Lithium operation located at La Corne, Quebec, Canada. RB Energy Inc. stated […]

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