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Producing components and batteries for the Chevy Bolt has been good enough for supplier LG Electronics to set up shop in the U.S. The Korean electronics company announced yesterday that it will place a 250,000-square foot facility in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, Mich. It will be ready to start producing electric vehicle components […]

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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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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 adopters 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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