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Daimler plans EV batteries plant in Alabama

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:39 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler plans EV batteries plant in Alabama

Daimler is to build a new battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary— which has confirmed it is to start making electric vehicles in the US.

Daimler said construction of the one million square-foot battery plant in Tuscaloosa— the group’s fifth such facility worldwide— is set to begin in 2018.

 

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Renault EV batteries to drive PV rollout

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Renault EV batteries to drive PV rollout

Used batteries from Renault’s electric vehicles (EVs) are to be given a second life in UK-based Powervault’s home energy storage units.  

The deal with the carmaker will reduce the cost of a Powervault smart battery unit by 30%, helping Powervault to bring home energy storage “to the tipping point of mass-market rollout in the UK”.

 

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EVs charge while driving

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
EVs charge while driving

With growing interest in wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) – the technology that means electric vehicles can recharge while parked – we are only a few years away from seeing it in production cars.

That’s the prediction from Qualcomm Technologies, which is now testing the next step – a system that allows EVs to recharge on the move.

 

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Other carmakers can use clever TREV

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Other carmakers can use clever TREV

The technology driving the new electric supercar from China-based Techrules could be made available to other carmakers, the company says.

Techrules’ Ren – on show this weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza car spectacular on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como (Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, 26-28 May) – is powered by the research and development company’s Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system. This innovative technology teams an electric motor and 25kWh-capacity battery with a diesel-fuelled turbine-recharging system to power prototypes past the 200mph mark.

 

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Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Japan’s battery giant Panasonic held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China last week.

The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production facility in China and owned by Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

 

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INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

The US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has reportedly bought two fireproof chemical storage containers that allow lithium-ion batteries to be tested under extreme temperature conditions.

Local medial said INL tests experimental batteries including those from Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Electric vehicles (EVs) batteries used in Chevrolet are likely to be tested in new containers in next year, according to reports.

 

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EV business hots up in India

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
EV business hots up in India

The indications that the electric vehicle (EV) and alterative vehicle markets are hotting up in Asia comes with the announcement that Suzuki Motors has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India.

The new company, which will have an initial capital of JPY 2 billion ($18.3 million), will be 50% owned by Suzuki, 40% by Toshiba and 10% by Denso - Japan's leading automotive components manufacturers.

 

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Funding could lead to five-minute EV re-charging

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 14:16 -- Paul Crompton
Funding could lead to five-minute EV re-charging

Israeli startup StoreDot has completed a round of funding which could help it scale-up its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge FlashBattery technology.

The company aims to bring to market its Flashbattery technology after securing $18million funding for a new EV business unit.

Storedot will use an array of 7,000 FlashBattery cells, which it claims will be able to fully charge an EV in just five minutes.

The FlashBattery technology relies on "nanodots", comprised of bio-organic peptides, which form the basis of a multi-function electrode that allows for supercapacitor-like rapid charging, with a slow discharge more like a lithium-ion battery.

The concept includes lithium components in the cathode, but the secret to its recharge speed lays in modified anode and cathode and a proprietary electrolyte and separator, the company claims.

The technology could be see EVs reach the holy grail of for 300 miles (480 km) of driving in one charge, say the firm.

However, StoreDot founder and CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf does not expect EV using the technology to hit the market until after 2020. The company is in talks with European and Chinese car OEMs.

The company's latest financing brings its total funding to-date to $66 million.

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