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Tesla’s director of battery tech has left the company, just days after the launch party for the company’s latest vehicle. Kurt Kelty had been with Tesla since 2006, making him one of the longest-serving executives with the automaker. Before that he spent 14 years at Panasonic, Tesla’s partner for the battery Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. […]

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Hyundai’s electric Ioniq is too popular for Hyundai – or some of its suppliers – to handle. A report from Business Korea says that Hyundai is having trouble sourcing batteries for its Ioniq plug-in and EV. It says that Hyundai originally ordered 6,000 to 7,000 batteries from supplier LG Chem for installation in versions of […]

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More rumors that Apple is working on becoming an automaker, or at least an automotive supplier, have bubbled up thanks to a report out of China. Chinese publication Yicai Global says the tech giant is working in secret with a Chinese battery manufacturer – Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) – on research and development for […]

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Daimler has opened a batter producing facility in Beijing – its first battery plant outside of Germany – in collaboration with joint venture partner BAIC. Lithium-ion batteries produced there will go in electrified vehicles built through their Beijing Benz Automotive Co. joint venture company. The move follows a May 1 signing of their partnership where the […]

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There is little to know about Apple’s secretive Project Titan, the company’s alleged electric car project, but a report by South Korean technology news source ETNews may give a peek inside. According to the report, Apple may be working with an as yet unidentified Korean battery company to develop a new hollow core lithium-ion battery for […]

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Last Friday, hundreds of Tesla vehicle owners and their invited guests celebrated the official opening of the company’s first Gigafactory battery plant in the Nevada desert. The new facility at the edge of the town of Sparks, east of Reno, will build Tesla’s future battery cells and packs for all of its products. In addition […]

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A new lithium-oxygen battery is being touted as potentially able to provide much longer ranges between charges for EVs. Also known as lithium-air, the tech has been in the news before with promise for five to 15-times more efficiency than standard lithium-ion batteries. However, it has been held back by a few issues such as […]

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On Wednesday LG Chem announced a battery supply deal with AES, the world’s largest Energy Storage Supply company. According to the agreement, the largest of its kind, LG Chem would supply approximately one gigawatt-hour worth of lithium-ion batteries to the Virginia-based company. To put that figure into perspective, one GWh of batteries could power more […]

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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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For its Roadster upgrade package, Tesla will reportedly use LG Chem as a supplier. This is according to Seeking Alpha which in a brief report stated this and little else. Tesla has relied on Panasonic 18650 cells for the Model S, and Seeking Alpha does add the LG deal could give Tesla leverage in dealing […]

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