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After a full assault on the electric-vehicle market with the Leaf, it looks like Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will be making some seriously tough decisions about how the company, and its French partner Renault, will build or source its batteries. According to a report in Reuters, Ghosn “is preparing to cut battery manufacturing…in a new […]

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Is Tesla heading towards overcapacity with its Gigafactory? Some researchers seem to think so. Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory plan is to build a new 35 gigawatt-hour lithium-ion cell production facility for electric vehicles. The exact location of this factory is still being debated. Researchers from Lux Research said that this Gigafactory will bring only a modest […]

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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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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reached an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide machinery for the car maker’s planned battery plant. According to the Nikkei, the initial investment is said to be between 20- to 30 billion yen, or roughly between $200- to $300 million, although the exact details will be made official before the […]

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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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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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Tesla’s gigafactory has echoes in the political spheres, but is also creating waves in the battery manufacturing and the mining industries. American Manganese Inc., a company mining in Arizona raw materials needed for EV batteries, added its views by stating where they would like to see raw materials sourced. According to the mining company, Tesla’s […]

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In a move to grow its network of dealer partners, The Hybrid Shop (THS) announced it will exhibit its new method of battery pack conditioning for hybrids at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. THS describes itself as a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). The […]

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How well the batteries of an EV are assembled and built is key to the reliability of any electric vehicle. With this in mind, General Motors (GM) chose ultrasonic welding, a high-tech manufacturing process used in the aerospace and medical industries, to help ensure high quality for the batteries of the new Cadillac ELR extended-range […]

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In a move to ease the mind of those who worry about their EV battery life, Nissan announced plans to offer a battery replacement program for U.S. Leaf customers. Nissan said the program, which will begin during the first half of 2014, will work in tandem with the Nissan standard battery warranty for Leaf – […]

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