SolidEnergy targeting rechargeable Li-metal smartphone battery in 2016, EV battery with 2x range in 2017

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This is to be followed in 2017 by a 20 Ah electric vehicle battery offering more than two times the driving range of current Li-ion batteries. Solvent-free, solid-state polymer electrolytes allow for safe and stable operation of lithium-ion batteries, even at elevated temperatures.

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Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne to enhance battery performance

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Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries is the goal of a new collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and two leading lead recycling and lead battery manufacturing companies: RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing. The collaboration will enable RSR and East Penn to use Argonne‘s state-of-the-art analytic technologies to accelerate the research of lead batteries in order to enhance performance. Batteries

OSU team demonstrates concept of potassium-air battery as alternative to lithium-air systems

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O 2 battery (0.5 The dash lines indicate the calculated thermodynamic potentials for the batteries. O 2 ) battery with low overpotentials. mA/cm 2 —the lowest ever reported in metal-oxygen batteries, according to the team. O 2 battery in a similar manner.

NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized. We want to find new catalyst materials that can increase a battery’s efficiency significantly, not incrementally. Batteries Materials

Ford expanding global electrified vehicle battery R&D

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Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub-and-spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities. Ford began selling hybrid vehicles in the US in the fourth quarter of 2004 with the introduction of the Escape Hybrid. This is truly a world-class environment for Ford to develop and test industry-leading battery technology.

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Volkswagen appoints Frank Blome to head Battery Cell Center of Excellence

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Volkswagen has appointed Frank Blome, previously Chairman of the Management Board of Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH, to head the Battery Cell Center of Excellence of the Volkswagen brand. Following various positions as project manager and development manager for electric drive systems with Continental AG, he became Head of Energy Management of Continental AG in 2004. From 2013, Blome was also Managing Director of Li-Tec Battery GmbH.

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. Coal’s share in primary energy in 2017 fell to 27.6%, the lowest since 2004.

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Ford’s Key Life Battery test for Li-ion batteries simulates 10 years, 150K miles in 10 months, under different conditions

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Leveraging some 20 years of experience and data reaching back to its early work with hybrids and the Ranger EV, Ford has developed a battery model and life validation protocol it now uses to predict how lithium-ion batteries are likely to perform under 10 years and 150,000 miles of use (40-season equivalent key life tests). Ford had earlier developed a NiMH battery model for use in KLTs, as detailed in a 2010 paper by a Ford team (Yang et al. Batteries

2012 95

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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a leading maker of battery-electric commercial transit buses. Proterra’s EcoRide BE-35 battery electric bus ( earlier post ) is averaging up to 24 mpg (diesel equivalent) in service, a more than 600% improvement over a typical diesel bus. Comparing fuel costs and fuel efficiency.

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Piëch Automotive unveiling Piëch Mark Zero electric sports car at Geneva; 500 km range, 80% charge in 4:40 minutes

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A special type of battery cell hardly heats up during charging or discharging phases. In addition to conventional CSC charging, the fast charging mode allows for a sensationally short charging time of only 4:40 minutes to 80% battery capacity with an exceptionally high recuperation rate.

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Fiat Chrysler to electrify more vehicles as diesels fall out of favor

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Ford launched hybrids in 2004, before any other maker, but its battery-electric efforts thus far have been strictly compliance cars. Sergio Marchionne plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Among the Detroit Three automakers, General Motors has a quarter of a century of electric-car experience, from the legendary EV1 to the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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Exide reports large performance gains in new AGM start-stop batteries

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Exide Technologies announced that large performance gains will be seen in its new range of Start-Stop batteries. The new AGM battery will achieve four times longer cycle life, 20% more power and more than three times the charge acceptance of a standard conventional battery, according to Exide. Similar gains will also be seen in Exide’s new enhanced flooded battery (EFB) the company said.

2014 78

Lightning Systems receives California ARB Executive Order for the Transit Bus Repower powertrain

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The Transit Bus Repower is a full-featured powertrain conversion of an existing diesel transit bus to a battery-electric bus. The powertrain features an active thermally-managed battery system, sourced from a Tier 1 battery cell manufacturer.

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Colorado State University Spinoff to Commercialize 3D Li-ion Battery Technology for Higher-Capacity, Longer-Life Cells

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Examples of prospective 3-D architectures for charge-insertion batteries, as proposed by Long et al. (a) In a 2004 paper in the ACS journal Chemical Reviews , Long et al. proposed configuring charge insertion batteries (i.e., Proposed architecture of the Prieto battery.

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OXIS Energy and Lithium Balance partner on Li-sulfur battery system for China e-scooter market; targeting spring 2018

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Li-sulfur battery developer OXIS Energy UK ( earlier post ) and Lithium Balance of Denmark are partnering to build a prototype Lithium-sulfur battery system primarily for the e-scooter market in China. Lithium Balance is a battery management expert which has supplied its BMS systems for Li-ion based e-scooters for a decade. The current prototype battery has a capacity of 1.2 Batteries Li-Sulfur

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Panasonic to supply Li-ion battery cells for Ford’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

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Lithium-ion battery cell for plug-in hybrid vehicles (left) and. Panasonic Corporation will supply prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for Ford Motor Company’s Fusion Hybrid Electric and C-Max Hybrid Electric as well as the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. The increased battery power, along with improved electric motor and generator capability, offset the decrease in combustion engine performance in the new Fusion that would have resulted from the switch to a 2.0L

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Japan researchers propose trilithium niobate as high-energy cathode for Li-ion batteries

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A team of researchers in Japan, including colleagues from the R&D Center at batter-maker GS Yuasa, are exploring Li 3 NbO 4 -based (trilithium niobate) materials as new and promising electrode materials for high-energy rechargeable lithium batteries. West (2004) “Li + ion conductivity in rock salt-structured nickel-doped Li 3 NbO 4 ” Dalton Trans.

2015 83

Sanyo Supplying Li-ion Batteries for Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid

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Sanyo Electric recently announced an agreement with Suzuki Motor to supply lithium-ion battery systems for the Swift Plug-in Hybrid. kWh Li-ion battery pack. Sanyo has been supplying nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to Honda and Ford since 2004. Sanyo sees this new partnership as a way to further enhance its relationship with Suzuki and further appeal its strengths in next-generation battery technology for automobiles.

Mie University team working on aqueous li-air batteries; 300 Wh/kg

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Researchers at Mie University in Japan have developed a new protected lithium electrode for aqueous lithium/air rechargeable batteries. Lead researcher Nobuyuki Imanishi said that the system has a practical energy density of more than 300 Wh/kg, about twice that of many commercial lithium-ion batteries. Lithium/air rechargeable batteries are attracting great attention, because of a possibility to achieve energy density which is comparable to combustion engines.

2014 83

Bob Lutz called 2017 Chevy Bolt EV a 'compliance car'; is it?

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Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM's 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars. Bob Lutz plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance carSince then, the company has built and sold two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, with the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV imminent within a year—before Nissan, Tesla, BMW, or any other.

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Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

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Graphene is a graphite-like substance first isolated in 2004. Some analysts view it as useful in improving the efficiency of batteries, but now it appears As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity generation and storage.

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Abt life-cycle analysis of different Li-ion chemistries for PHEVs and EVs identifies opportunities for improving environmental profile of batteries

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Generic process flow diagram for lithium-ion batteries for vehicles (color coded to present LCI data sources). In addition, a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) anode technology for possible future use in these batteries was assessed. Vehicle/battery types.

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Daimler invests in electric bus company Proterra; exploring electrification of Daimler’s Thomas Built school buses

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Proterra was founded in 2004 with headquarters in California and is a leader in the business with electric buses for local transport. The first of these efforts will be to explore potential synergies with Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses division by bringing Proterra’s proven battery and drive train technologies to the North American school bus market. In this way, we are broadening our scope in particular concerning the key technology of the battery – also with regard to North America.

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2017 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

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It''s long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won''t consider the Leaf because of its "weird" looks.

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Exide Technologies has produced 2.5 million Start-Stop batteries in Europe since 2009

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Exide Technologies announced the production of its 2,500,000 th micro-hybrid battery in Europe. These advanced lead acid batteries are used in vehicles with Start-Stop systems aimed to cut the fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions. Exide began production of these batteries in 2009 and they are now produced in two Exide plants in Italy and Spain. Both the AGM and ECM batteries are 100% recyclable.

2009 76

Hitachi Combines Hitachi Maxell and Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd. in New In-House Company Focused on Industrial Li-ion Batteries

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has established a new in-house company—the Battery Systems Company—to strengthen its battery business with a focus on the steadily growing lithium-ion battery market. The Battery Systems Company comprises two existing Hitachi companies: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. was formed in 2004 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co. Battery Systems Company will aim for revenues of ¥250 billion (US$2.7 Tags: Batteries Hitachi, Ltd.

2010 73

Saft awarded $6.5M contract for high-power 270V and 28V Li-ion aviation batteries for F-35

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Saft is developing advanced Li-ion battery technology for Lockheed Martin’s 5 th Gen F-35 Lightning II. Saft will produce an advanced high power battery that provides the back-up power for electro-mechanical actuation for the flight control surfaces. The battery will provide in-flight emergency backup power to the aircraft’s critical systems. Each ship set consists of one JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) 270V and one JSF 28V battery per aircraft.

2013 69

Hitachi Consolidating All Automotive Li-ion Battery Activity to Hitachi Vehicle Energy Ltd.

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As part of a reorganization effort designed to optimize its lithium-ion battery businesses, Hitachi will consolidate all its automotive battery work to Hitachi Vehicle Energy Ltd, its joint venture formed in 2004 with Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co. Nikkei.

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Pellion Technologies leveraging high throughput computational materials design to make progress on Mg-ion rechargeable batteries

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While the current generation of lithium-ion batteries has enabled the very visible return of a still-nascent plug-in electric vehicle market, industry stakeholders on all sides are clear about the need for more advanced energy storage technologies that transcend the limitations of current Li-ion couples in terms of cost and/or capacity in order to support a mass market for these plug-ins. However, Mg-ion batteries have suffered from a number of limitations. Batteries

2011 76

Rivian introduces two quad-motor, AWD “Electric Adventure Vehicles”

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The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian’s skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear. Battery System. Electric (Batter

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Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power announces $125M in new financing; focus on and support from China

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a provider of lithium-ion battery cells, modules and systems ( earlier post ), announced $125 million in new funding from a combination of private equity investment and support from China. As part of its plans, Boston-Power is establishing an R&D and EV battery engineering facility in China. This organization will build upon the current generation of Boston-Power’s lithium-ion battery technology to develop new energy storage products and solutions. Batteries China

Report: Hitachi To Team Up With Johnson Controls In Battery Technology, Possibly In Power Electronics and Electric Machines As Well

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in lithium-ion and other advanced battery technologies. Hitachi hopes to boost worldwide sales of its lithium-ion and other batteries for use in electric vehicles and smart grids.If Johnson Controls has already formed a Li-ion joint venture with Saft—Johnson Controls Saft—for Li-ion batteries. million from the State of Michigan for the establishment of a US manufacturing facility for lithium-ion cells and complete hybrid battery systems.

2010 76

Air Line Pilots Association Calls for Temporary Ban on Li-ion and Li-metal Battery Shipments on Airliners

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The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is calling on the US government to prohibit shipments of lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries on passenger and all-cargo aircraft until new regulations are in place to ensure the safe transport of these materials. John Prater, pointed to three recent incidents as proof of the need to prohibit lithium battery shipments. ALPA has long advocated for improved transport requirements for lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries.

University of Glamorgan and Atraverda to Partner on Bi-Polar Lead-Acid Batteries; Potential Application in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

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The University of Glamorgan (Wales) and Atraverda, an advanced material company that owns the intellectual property rights to a conductive ceramic known as Ebonex, are collaborating to produce a commercially viable bi-polar lead-acid battery. They made the announcement at the opening of the UK’s first Advanced Bi-polar Battery Development research facility. The batteries also use up to 50% less lead and produce 80% less CO 2 during the manufacturing process.

Romming on Earth (and Sky)

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H ere is an interview with Joe Romm that recently appeared on the the popular radio show Earth and Sky Joseph Romm is author of " The Car and Fuel of the Future ," a 2004 report to the National Commission on Energy Policy.

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TM4, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors and the Gouvernement du Québec partner on new electric drivetrain

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In 2004, TM4 developed and produced a four-wheel drivetrain system for a technology demonstrator vehicle Peugeot Quark. Electric (Battery) Motors Power ElectronicsTM4 , PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors, Hydro-Québec and the Gouvernement du Québec are collaborating to develop a new electric drivetrain for light-duty vehicles. TM4 will act as the developer of the electric powertrain in the pre-development phase of the project.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Based on longer term trends since MY 2004, truck SUVs have the largest cumulative percentage fuel economy improvement of 27%, followed by both cars and car SUVs at 23%.

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NASA Glenn develops automated flywheel pulse-and-glide system; improving fuel economy up to 40-100%

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an automated pulse-and-glide technique using a flywheel energy storage system for on-road vehicles; the technology, which NASA Glenn says can improve fuel economy over existing internal combustion or battery hybrid systems by 40-100%, is available for licensing. The fuel economy results of a 2004 Toyota Prius from simulation and testing showed 24-90% fuel economy improvement with PnG drive cycles compared to steady speed results.

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Panasonic develops 12V NiMH energy recovery system for start-stop vehicles; aims to double fuel economy improvement rate of start-stop systems

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This system allows the energy generated during braking to be stored in the batteries and use the stored energy to power the vehicle’s electrical components, thus ensuring power availability even when the engine is not being used. The 12V Energy Recovery System, which is designed to be connected in parallel with the main lead-acid battery, is based on new D-size nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery cells. The main lead-acid battery is often placed in the engine compartment.

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Up close and personal with Volkswagen’s e-Golf carbon offset project: Garcia River Forest

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TCF acquired the 23,780-acre tract in 2004 for $18 million ($10 million California Coastal Conservancy, $3.5 Applying a -10% uncertainty factor to this outcome, over 100 years (2004 to 2104) the GRF will have 3,745,208.7

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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CA, NY, MA and other states have had Zero-Emission Vehicle programs since the early 1990s because battery electric vehicles in those states, taking into account power plants, are far cleaner than gasoline cars in reducing urban air pollution and smog.

Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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On the systems and fuels side, Audi discussed battery technology; wireless charging; 48 V electrification ( earlier post ); Audi fuel cell technology; and Audi e-fuels ( earlier post ). The lithium-ion battery comprises 168 prismatic cells and is liquid-cooled.

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2020 Ford Escape to offer hybrid and PHEV variants

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Using a 110-volt Level 1 charge, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later. Between 2004 and 2012, 114,000 Escape Hybrids were sold.

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