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For Tesla and other automakers building plug-in electrified vehicles, rising lithium cost may undercut their ability to sell these cars in the $35,000 price range. Lithium carbonate, the raw materials used in lithium-ion batteries, more than doubled in price towards the end of last year. That price trend has continued upward this year, rising to […]

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LG Chem’s drive to become the world’s largest supplier of batteries for plug-in electrified vehicles may be supported by a new factory in Poland. The South Korea-based company is looking into opening a lithium battery plant in Poland to meet rising demand from European automakers, according a person familiar with the matter. If it gets […]

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Toyota’s hybrid vehicle battery life tends to be a lengthy one and the automaker is stepping up its efforts to recycle them. The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if […]

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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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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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Johnson Controls (JC) will focus on next-generation cooling systems for lithium-ion battery packs with the stated end goal bring to help save consumers money at the pump. Th company has signed a collaboration agreement with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to develop the next generation of more energy efficient, cost effective cooling systems for vehicle batteries. Scientists and […]

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It is now official, the 2014 Nissan Leaf starts at $28,980. While announcing the $180 uptick in price, Nissan said the all-electric Leaf continues to offer outstanding value, with prices comparable to similar gasoline-powered vehicles after applicable tax credits. Sales of the Leaf EV in the U.S. and around the world set all-time records in […]

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Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road personal mobility concept to the “Ha:mo” urban transport system trials. The concept, which made its world debut at 2012 Geneva motor show, will be used alongside existing Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles starting early in 2014. “Ha:mo”  is an urban transport system designed to combine all forms […]

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The first public trials of Toyota’s Winglet mobility assistance robot are starting in Japan. Winglet will be tested on the city’s pavements to assess its safety and practicality for moving among pedestrians. Toyota said the trial will last until March 2016, with the emphasis in the first year being safety and from 2014 on functionality, […]

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In a move to ease the mind of those who worry about their EV battery life, Nissan announced plans to offer a battery replacement program for U.S. Leaf customers. Nissan said the program, which will begin during the first half of 2014, will work in tandem with the Nissan standard battery warranty for Leaf – […]

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