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Arriving next summer, a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz S 550e will be available with wireless battery charging. The technology being used works on a principal similar to wirelessly charging cell phones, and requires no cords or plugs to handle. British publication, Autocar, reported that the induction charging system will consist of two coils: one placed on […]

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Tesla Motors’ chief technology officer and co-founder, JB Straubel, was the keynote speaker at the recently held International Transport Forum held in Leipzig, Germany. During his address at the ministerial session, Straubel touched on a number of subjects that circled around electric transportation and electric vehicles — mainly the innovations regarding batteries and autonomous driving. […]

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A charging station newly opened in one of China’s biggest cities is capable of rapidly recharging 30 electric buses, all at the same time. “Each new bus takes only 10-15 minutes to complete recharging the battery,” said a representative with the charging station. “Charging each bus takes place 2-3 times per day, during driver breaks, […]

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Following the initial formal launch last month of the Model X, the core of Tesla Motors’ engineers and designers have now shifted to the Model 3. Earlier this week, Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel spoke more about where Tesla’s current – and future – attention is focused. “Most of the people inside Tesla are no […]

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When the Tesla 90D was announced in July – offered as the standard 90D or high-performance P90D – it was touted as the Model S with the longest range and quickest off-the-line speed. The P90D is the only Model S capable of “Ludicrous” speed, making it the quickest-accelerating sedan at 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. […]

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Tesla has started mounting its home energy lithium-ion battery – dubbed the Powerwall – in select homes. “We are currently in production and have started installing Powerwalls with pilot customers,” Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson told Electrek. “Over the next few weeks we will continue to ramp up volume production.” The units being installed are 7 […]

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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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