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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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Ford and Samsung are working together on a dual battery system for hybrid and conventional vehicles. Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, announced June 3 research on different levels of hybrid technology that they said could one day be produced in high volume on non-hybrid vehicles for greater fuel savings. […]

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Alcoa and Phinergy will unveil their jointly developed aluminum-air battery that they say powers electric cars to greater distances. An Alcoa-Phinergy electric car will take laps around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to demonstrate the technology, ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada in Montreal. Why go with aluminum-air technology for batteries? Phinergy explained aluminum […]

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General Motors announced it is bringing all its electric vehicle battery building in-house with production of battery systems for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV at its assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich. This also means there is a new battery coming in the Chevy Spark EV. “Using our in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise enabled us to […]

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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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