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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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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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Still a comparatively small part of the automotive landscape, electric cars and plug-in gas-electric cars often elicit questions such as, “What about the battery?” or “How long will the battery last?” The implication may be first adapters are sort of like the crew of Star Trek: “Boldly going where no man has gone before.” Critics […]

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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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With electric vehicles and hybrids gaining in popularity, Nissan asked itself: can the battery performance of electric vehicles be improved by observing electrons? Nissan sought an answer to this question through an advanced research project in partnership with universities in Japan. The result: Nissan Motor Company and its affiliate Nissan Arc Ltd. announced March 13 […]

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If all goes according to plan, we will see lithium-ion EV batteries with anode material sourced in North America. Northern Graphite Corporation announces that it has partnered with Coulometrics LLC to manage development of the company’s proprietary technologies for manufacturing spherical graphite (“SPG”) and improving the performance of lithium ion (“li-ion”) batteries. Northern Graphite explained […]

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Yesterday Ford and the University of Michigan opened a new $8 million battery lab. This new lab will help Ford develop batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to produce, according to Ford. The work could accelerate development of battery-powered vehicles that are more efficient and affordable than today’s models and that go farther […]

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Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced August 21 that 22 projects across 15 states will receive a total of $36 million to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs. ARPA-E’s new program, Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE), aims to accelerate widespread […]

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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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