Tag: development

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Volkswagen, Northvolt to join forces for battery research

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen and Swedish battery maker Northvolt and other companies as well as science labs are joining forces in battery cell research, the German carmaker said in a statement on Thursday. Starting in early 2020, the so-called European Battery Union (EBU) aims to accumulate know-how on battery cell production, including research on raw…
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21st March 2019 0

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

People don’t ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it’s needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don’t burst into flames. A rash of cell phone fires in 2016 jolted consumer confidence in lithium-ion batteries, a technology that helped usher in modern portable electronics but has been plagued by…
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18th March 2019 0

Tesla unveils Model Y

Tesla has launched the Model Y, a medium-sized SUV that sits below the Model X in the product line-up, and offering a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. Like the rest of the recently revised line-up, the Model Y will be available in Standard Range, Long Range, Dual Motor all-wheel drive,…
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15th March 2019 0

Mophie’s Palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

It costs $59.95 and your dignity The Palm phone is not a good phone. It is not a good replacement of a phone. But it is now a phone to join an incredible rare club: it now has a $59.95 Mophie Juice Pack battery case, making it the only device to get a custom case…
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13th March 2019 0

Tesla apparently negotiating with CATL for battery cells

Tesla appears to be negotiating with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to supply battery cells for its Model 3, manufactured in Shanghai, China. The talks between Tesla and CATL have been concerning the required specifications for the cells. Bloomberg Quint reported the negotiations with reference to inside information. However, it is still unclear whether the deal…
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12th March 2019 0

The New Precious Metals

Demand for materials needed in batteries and energy storage has created a dynamic new market for once-obscure metals. Can supply keep up with demand? The global shift toward electric vehicles is already under way. In response to ever tougher emissions laws, the big automakers are investing billions of dollars in the next generation of electric…
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11th March 2019 0

Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants

This is what a 5-megawatt, lithium-ion energy storage system looks like. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jeremiah Johnson, North Carolina State University and Joseph F. DeCarolis, North Carolina State University Due to their decreasing costs, lithium-ion batteries now dominate a range of applications including electric vehicles, computers and consumer electronics. You might only think about energy…
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8th March 2019 0

Erik Buell launches electric bike line

AMERICAN engineering stalwart Erik Buell has made the leap to battery power as the legendary bike builder launched his Fuell brand of motorcycles today. The former Harley Davidson staple and EBR boss has teamed up with Spark Racing head honcho and Formula E supplier Frédéric Vasseur to create their new line of machinery under the Fuell…
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7th March 2019 0

All-electric GT unveiled with over 300 miles of range and 5-min charging enabled by mysterious battery

Piëch Automotive, a new electric car startup launched by Toni Piëch, a descendant of Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piëch, is unveiling this week an all-electric GT with over 300 miles of range and 5-minute charging enabled by some mysterious new battery cells. The Piëch Mark Zero is going to be unveiled in full at the Geneva Motor…
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6th March 2019 0

Cobalt’s “Perfect Storm” Rattles Electric Car Supply Chain

Cobalt has been enjoying a booming bull run as the auto industry gears up for a major EV push, but now it’s hit a speed bump. So what happened? Over the last few years cobalt has emerged as one of the most critical materials powering the shift to electric vehicles, and as automakers have announced…
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4th March 2019 0