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New energy vehicles grow dramatically -- Lithium battery short supplied in China.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton
New energy vehicles grow dramatically -- Lithium battery short supplied in China.

China must reach lithium battery energy densities of 200wh/Kg and 300wh/Kg by the end of 2015 and 2020 respectively, the national research plan requires.

The targets come as the country sees increases in electric vehicle sales and predictions claim the lithium-ion market could grow as much as 400% up to 2017.

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Tesla: Who dares wins

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:21 -- Gerry Woolf
Menahen Anderman

For more than a decade the established auto industry, despite their product launches, had been quietly dismissing the pure electric vehicle — and then along came Elon Musk. Most of BEST’s readers know the story from there, says Gerry Woolf.

Use small 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion cells and it's possible to build a large battery pack that’s safe, with built-in cell failure redundancy - and you get a sexy pure electric car that sells to boot!

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Panasonic forms US li-ion company for Tesla’s 'Gigafactory'

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:03 -- Laura Varriale
Tesla's planned 'Gigafactory'

Japan’s electronics producer Panasonic has established a company to produce and sell lithium-ion batteries for Tesla’s 'Gigafactory' in the US.

The Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America will be built on-site of Tesla’s $5 billion factory in Nevada, US. The US subsidiary is planned to reduce the cost of long-range battery packs and will expand the production process accordingly to Tesla’s electric vehicle (EV) delivery schedule to meet Tesla’s goal of mass-market EV’s.

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Wrightbus integrates Torotrak Flybrid flywheel system in bus prototype

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:46 -- Laura Varriale
Flybrid flywheel system

UK transport company Wrightbus has installed Lancashire-based Torotrak’s Flybrid flywheel kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) in a bus prototype.

KERS captures and stores energy that is otherwise lost during vehicle deceleration events. When the vehicle slows down, kinetic energy is recovered and stored by accelerating a flywheel. By gathering speed, energy is released from the flywheel back into the driveline.

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Nippon Sharyo integrates GS Yuasa lithium-ion battery system in electric carrier

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:52 -- Laura Varriale
NeGEM electric carrier

Japan’s battery manufacturer GS Yuasa’s lithium-ion battery system has been fitted in Nippon Sharyo’s electric-powered carrier NeGEM.

GS Yuasa and Nippon Sharyo have jointly carried out battery pack test runs for the integration in the heavy load vehicle. The battery system for industrial use has a capacity of 47.5Ah. According to GS Yuasa, compared to previous batteries, the energy density per unit volume is more than 50% higher, and the energy density per unit weight is more than 30% higher.

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EUROBAT: Another five-year exemption for lead batteries in ELV unlikely

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:24 -- Laura Varriale
Dempwolff at 14th ELBC

The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT) fears the European Commission will not extend the exemption for lead batteries from the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive by another five years.

The Directive aims to ban lead in new cars. According to EUROBAT president Johannes Dempwolff, the extension period for the exemption for lead batteries will probably be less than five years.

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Tesla selects Nevada for “gigafactory”

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:23 -- Laura Varriale
Tesla's possible Nevada site

Automaker Tesla has chosen US state Nevada as the site for its planned $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory.

Californian Tesla is to build the factory in partnership with Japan’s Panasonic and expects to produce 35GWh of packs per year by 2020 for Tesla’s upcoming electric vehicle. The plant is aimed to generate more than 6,500 jobs and build 500,000 cars per year.

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Grafoid acquires li-ion battery maker Braille Battery

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:20 -- Laura Varriale
Braille Battery

Canada’s graphene products developer Grafoid has bought lithium-ion automotive battery maker Braille Battery.

Grafoid acquired 75% ownership interest in US-based Braille Battery, which produces lightweight lithium-ion batteries and AGM lead-acid batteries for IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1 racing cars, motorcycles and batteries for the marine industry. Braille Battery’s founder Blake Fuller will remain president and chief operating officer.

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Irizar introduces sodium-nickel battery-powered electric bus

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:25 -- Laura Varriale

Spain's Irizar Group has launched a sodium-nickel battery-powered electric city bus to be used in San Sebastian, Spain.

The 99% recyclable sodium-nickel battery pack has a capacity of 376kWh. The electric bus i2e is designed to have a range of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) with a single charge. According to Irizar, five hours of charging guarantee 14h to 16h of driving with an average speed of 17km/h in city traffic.

 
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Malaysia to produce lithium-ion batteries by 2015

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:24 -- Laura Varriale

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is to start producing lithium-ion battery prototypes for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage by 2015.

"There are only a handful of lithium-ion battery manufacturers on a global level. We're currently conducting research on producing a prototype for the local market and possibly export,” said MAI chief executive officer Madani Sahari.

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