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LG Chem may add the Middle East to its list of global regions served as talks continue with an Iranian automaker. Iran Khodro Co., an automaker based in Tehran, is reportedly in discussions with LG Chem to provide battery cells for its upcoming plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). Iran Khodro’s CEO Hashem Yekke-Zare, says that “negotiations […]

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Panasonic is expanding its presence in China through an alliance with Beijing Automotive Group to manufacture electric car parts and components in that country. According to Kyodo News, Panasonic is teaming up with the Chinese company to manufacture parts and components, which is expected to include HVAC systems for electrified vehicles. The deal was reportedly […]

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Tesla Motors will be working exclusively with Panasonic on batteries for its upcoming Model 3, says CEO Elon Musk A day after Reuters reported that Samsung SDI was closing in on a battery supplier arrangement with Tesla, it appears to be over. A source with direct knowledge of the matter had told the news agency […]

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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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