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Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has bought a large stake in a Finnish firm as it looks to move into the European electric vehicle market.

The Ningde, China-based battery maker bought a 22% stake in the auto supplier for an undisclosed fee, reported newswire Reuters.

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Hyundai turning to China after South Korea battery ban

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:18 -- Xuan Zhong

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor is looking to China for lithium-ion batteries after its South Korean battery supplier was omitted from a list of vendors permitted to provide batteries for electric cars in China.

The South Korean firm, which is planning a China model of one of its vehicles, has its hands tied due to battery firm LG Chem having its battery certification cancelled in China.

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University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:45 -- Paul Crompton
University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

A university and semiconductor firm has a forged a partnership to help India meet its target of getting seven million hybrid and electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020.

A research laboratory in Puducherry, India, aims to help researchers develop all-solid state thin film lithium, bulk lithium, lithium-sulfur, lithium-air and flow batteries.

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Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton
Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Some believe the answer to tackling emission regulations is lithium-ion full electric vehicles, but the lead battery industry believes the answer lies with 48V hybrid applications.

One such company is US start-up Gridtential, which is pushing its Silicon Joule technology to one day be the 48V industry standard by making lead batteries cheaper and boosting performance.

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Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:20 -- Paul Crompton
Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

A British research team aims to redesign battery electrodes to boost the efficiency of lead-acid batteries for use in electric vehicles after receiving a government backing.

The University of Sheffield has received £100,000 ($123,000) to study ways of improving lead-acid batteries from the UK’s Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council (EPSRC).

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Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claims to have developed lithium-ion technology that pushes the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do.

The prismatic cell will help EVs reach a 600km (372miles) driving range, or 500km (310miles) on a single 20 minute charge (taking the battery up to 80% capacity), according to the company.

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Toyota EV development in full swing as it eyes 2020 launch

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
blue Toyota EV development in full swing as it eyes 2020 launch

Having pioneered the hybrid automobile, Japan automaker Toyota is advancing its technological know how in lithium-ion batteries as it eyes the pure electric vehicle market.

Famous for launching the hybrid Prius in 1997, the company is now establishing an ‘in-house’ venture company to develop EVs— and maybe as soon as 2020, according to news outlet Reuters.

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Cell makers hit lithium-sulfur energy goals

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 09:31 -- Xuan Zhong

Lithium-sulfur cell makers are pushing the technology’s boundaries with two firms reaching a milestone just weeks apart.

US firm Sion Power and UK company Oxis Energy have both reached the coveted 400 Wh/kg goal— opening up the possibilities of longer range electric vehicles.

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Chinese battery firm to make EV with either lead-acid or lithium-ion battery

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese battery manufacturer Chaowei Group has founded a new company to make electric vehicles with a choice of lead-acid or lithium-ion battery.

Chaowei has invested ¥3.5 billion ($508 million) into its new company called Zhejiang Plante Electric Vehicle.

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Performance boosting membrane may lead to new type of battery

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:14 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the US claim to have cured self-discharge and thermal runaway issues in lithium-ion batteries— and potentially paved the way for higher performing electric vehicles.

Researchers at Ohio State University developed a ‘smart’ membrane after studying how cell membranes in the human body expand and contract in response to electrical charge.

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