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Daimler has officially begun construction of its second lithium-ion battery plant, which the German automaker says will be one of the largest in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Saxony Minister President Stanislaw Tillich, together with Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche and other executives, toured the existing battery factory in Kamenz on Monday, where the […]

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A Chinese electric car battery maker wants to become as well known in the global market as competitors Panasonic and LG Chem. Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) is a five-year old startup seeing rapid growth supplying lithium-ion batteries in China and overseas. Based in the city of Ningde in southeast China, CATL is tapping into […]

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Toyota is looking to develop a more-advanced electric-car battery in the near future. The battery, which the company hopes to have to market “in a few years,” will provide 15-percent better range and battery life than current ones, according to Toyota. “Lithium-ion battery is a key technology for electrifying cars, and there is a clear […]

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Along with automakers, battery producers are intrigued over where demand for electric cars will go next and what materials will end up in the batteries. “We identified electric vehicles as an area where we are at an inflection point for demand,” said Duncan Goodwin, portfolio manager of the Baring Global Resources Fund, which has investments […]

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Samsung SDI will building a battery plant in Hungary to supply plug-in electrified vehicles. The company’s Samsung’s battery division will be investing about 400 billion won ($358 million) to tap into the European PEV market after its presence China has been disappointing, according to Automotive News. Samsung SDI said in a statement that the proposed […]

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With a wave of used lithium-ion batteries coming to market, UL is preparing to issue second-life standards for safety, performance, and durability. Plug-in electrified vehicle batteries are being used for emergency back-up power and as the foundation for startups of new subsidiaries like Tesla Energy. A Forbes writer spoke with Ken Boyce, UL’s principal engineering […]

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General Motors can make a claim for its Chevy Volt battery pack that has eluded the competitive Nissan Leaf: there’s been zero battery degradation in the Volt. That topic came up during a recent media tour of the GM Brownstown battery assembly plant near Detroit. Most of the attention during that trip was given to […]

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Tesla Motors is in talks with LG Chem, Samsung SDI, and SK Innovation about battery sourcing for its Model 3 and to diversify beyond Panasonic. Japan’s Panasonic has been the exclusive battery partner with Tesla. Tesla is talking to Korean battery makers LG Chem, Samsung SDI, and SK Innovation to diversify its battery-sourcing channels beyond […]

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When the Tesla 90D was announced in July – offered as the standard 90D or high-performance P90D – it was touted as the Model S with the longest range and quickest off-the-line speed. The P90D is the only Model S capable of “Ludicrous” speed, making it the quickest-accelerating sedan at 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. […]

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When hybrid batteries make headlines – whether it’s a new 200-mile range battery or a company expanding its battery manufacturing – the news typically focuses on lithium-ion if not some advanced tech touted with varying degrees of potential. But lithium-ion (li-ion) might not be the best battery technology to invest in for electrified vehicles says […]

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