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After more than a half decade of hints and announcements, last week Sony decided now is the time to begin manufacturing lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles. The electronics giant was a pioneer in the battery industry, commercializing the first lithium-ion battery in 1991, which are now mainstays in all kinds of electronic devices in addition […]

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Researchers may have figured out a way to keep batteries from draining when not in use, while also setting them for faster recharge times. The patent-pending tech uses a thin plastic membrane to prevent battery discharge by controlling how charge flows within a battery. Developed by Ohio State engineers, the so-called “smart” membrane was inspired […]

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New initiatives of the Obama Administration to advance electric vehicle adoption include the development of a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 watt-hours per kilogram and a 350 kilowatt DC fast charging system. If accomplished, the battery’s specific energy would be more than two-and-a half times the 170-200 watt-hours per kilogram in today’s […]

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Tesla Motors has yet to deliver its electric vehicles on schedule and has struggled to build them. Now the California auto manufacturer is reportedly behind the proverbial eight ball again In a recent interview with the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is scrambling to finish the $5 billion gigafactory in […]

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The Volkswagen Group is trying to decide where to invest billions in one or more factories to manufacture battery cells and packs, and China appears to be on top of the list. Automotive News is reporting that a source close to senior management said, “China is likely one of the first, since we think electromobility […]

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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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We saw in a previous article that Tesla and General Motors use glycol liquid cooling to shed battery heat, and ended by saying there was room for improvement. Why? Better cooling will be needed as electric cars go to higher charging rates. These liquid cooled systems do now work OK during charging and vehicle operation, […]

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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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Few people familiar with the situation will ever forget battery maker A123’s sudden rise and even faster fall from grace. It went from from plucky, brilliant upstart to bankruptcy in only a few years. But after being purchased by a Chinese supplier conglomerate — Wanxiang Group — after emerging from bankruptcy court in 2013, A123 […]

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Although the news broke earlier this week, we now have official confirmation from both Panasonic and Tesla that the two corporations are joining efforts to build a new large-scale battery production center. While quite detailed, the distilled version has Tesla looking after everything involved with the physical building and maintenance, while Panasonic supplies bits inside […]

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