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USABC awards $7.7m to Envia EV battery project

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:51 -- Laura Varriale
Envia facility

The US Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded $7.7m to California-based Envia Systems for an electric vehicle (EV) battery technology project.

The three-year project is focused on the development of high-energy lithium-ion layered-layered cathode and silicon-based anode material for EV applications. The goal of the research programme is to develop an energy storage system that supports the commercialisation of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.

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Flow battery-powered EV gets German road approval

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:14 -- Laura Varriale
nanoFLOWCELL QUANT-e Sportlimousine

German testing centre TÜV Süd has certified Liechtenstein nanoFLOWCELL’s (NFC) EV for use on public roads in Europe.

The “QUANT e-Sportlimousine” comprises a flow battery and two supercapacitors providing a driving range of up to 600km and a continuous output of 30kW, according to the company. The car is designed to have a consumption of 20kWh/100km and acceleration from 0-100 in 2.8sec.

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Next-gen Toyota Prius to offer optional li-ion battery

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:06 -- Laura Varriale
Toyota Prius

Toyota’s fourth-generation Prius will give the option between a lithium-ion battery and a nickel-metal hydride unit, Toyota revealed in an interview with Automotive News.

"The batteries will be renewed. Everything will be revised. And I think we will come up with a fuel economy that will surprise everyone,” said Koei Saga, senior managing officer at Toyota.

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China approves Toyota-Panasonic nickel metal hydride joint venture

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:51 -- Laura Varriale
Toyota EV

China has given a conditional approval for an electric vehicle (EV) nickel metal hydride battery joint venture (JV) between Toyota and Panasonic’s Primearth and two other Toyota units, Hunan Corun and Changhsu Sinogy.

The JV is called Corun PEVE Automotive Battery Co. and it aims to focus on the production of nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid cars.

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LG Chem to extend car battery capacity

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:42 -- Laura Varriale
Renault EV

South Korean car battery manufacturer LG Chem is planning to expand its battery production after experts said the demand of electric vehicles (EV) will start to gain market traction in 2016.

The company should come to a final decision in three to four months. “We are seriously considering investing in expanding our EV battery production”, said LG Chem president and head of its battery unit, Kwon Yong-soo. There are no further details regarding how much the manufacturer wants to increase the production or where the expansion will take place.

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