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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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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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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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LG Chem’s Holland, Mich. battery plant says after being delayed it will begin commercial production of lithium-ion batteries next month. The factory was shut down in September in a decision voluntarily made by LG Chem following a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency subpoena due to a chemical being used in manufacturing that was not approved by […]

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Could it be that the laboratory that once ushered in the atomic age has developed the battery chemistry that will enable affordable electric cars with 300-400 mile range? This is one implication for Oak Ridge National Laboratory‘s solid state nanotechnology based lithium-sulfur chemistry developed between 2007-2013. As we reported last month, ORNL announced it as […]

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