Massachusetts announces additional $2M for electric vehicle rebate program

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An additional $2 million will be allocated to the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program. The electric vehicle rebate program, administered by the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER), offers rebates of up to $2,500 to Massachusetts residents who buy or lease electric vehicles. Eligible vehicles include battery electric vehicles (BEV) plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), and zero-emission motorcycles (ZEM).

XL Hybrids upfit system now available to state & municipal fleets in all 50 states via Massachusetts public fleet contract

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XL Hybrids announced that the company has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Operational Services Division (OSD), to be a vendor on the newly released Advanced Vehicle Technology statewide contract VEH102. The XL3 hybrid system saves fuel through regenerative braking, a process by which the electric motor helps slow the vehicle when the driver brakes, charging the battery.

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Autonomous Renault Zoe electric car to be tested in Boston by nuTonomy

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The battery-electric subcompact hatchback will serve as an autonomous-driving test bed for nuTonomy, a startup founded by researchers from MIT. Renault Autonomous cars plug-in cars Massachusetts Renault Zoe self-driving carsThe Renault Zoe electric car isn't sold in the U.S., but it will make an appearance on the streets of one U.S. city very soon.

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Why Electric Cars Are Rare Outside CA: Arcane 'Travel Provision' Rule

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While California buyers can choose among roughly two dozen different battery-electric and plug-in hybrid offerings, just a handful are available outside the state. New York California California Air Resources Board CARB plug-in cars Zero Emission Vehicle Connecticut MassachusettsThe sparsity of cars with plugs has been one of the biggest frustrations for Northeastern electric-car shoppers and advocates.

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Boston-Power Pursuing $100M in Federal Funds for Li-Ion Plant in Massachusetts; Introduces High-Energy Swing for EVs and PHEVs

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maker of the long-lasting, fast-charging Sonata Li-ion battery for laptops, is planning to build a 455,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Auburn, Massachusetts that would complement its existing China-based operations. Tags: Batteries Boston-Power, Inc.,

Battery tech may be getting a big solid-state boost soon

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A Woburn, Massachusetts, company may be attracting big name attention for its solid-state technology that it says can withstand higher temperatures and offer higher capacity. For battery makers, producing a stable solid to withstand the rigors of charging and discharging has proved elusive. lithium-ion Battery Heating Battery Life

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Battery maker A123 quietly became a half-billion-dollar company

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The six years that followed proved enormously painful for the Massachusetts company, however. China Batteries lithium-ion battery pack A123 Systems Fisker Automotive Wanxiang Karma ReveroTen years ago, lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems was a hot startup and a much-publicized company. This author, in fact, profiled the company for IEEE Spectrum in the technology magazine's September 2007 issue.

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MIT, Stanford and Toyota Research Institute use AI to predict accurately the useful life of batteries

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) have discovered that combining comprehensive experimental data and artificial intelligence provide the key for accurately predicting the useful life of lithium-ion batteries before their capacities started to wane. Separately, the algorithm categorized batteries as either long or short life expectancy based on just the first five charge/discharge cycles.

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Hyundai invests in solid-state battery materials startup Ionic Materials

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Ionic Materials is a materials technology company developing advanced materials for high-energy-density batteries that are safer and less expensive than current ones. Ionic Materials will sell its polymer to the battery industry as an advanced materials supplier.

2018 78

MIT: hybrid cathodes could boost energy capacity of lithium-sulfur batteries

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Anion-redox lithium–sulfur (Li–S) is one of the most promising conversion battery chemistries with high theoretical cathode energy density of 2,600 Wh kg -1 based on the weight of Li 2 S, S 8 + 16 e? Batteries Li-Sulfur

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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USABC awards $1.08M Li-ion battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded $1.08 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract. By adjusting the chemistry of the solution, new materials, in the desired ratios, can be precipitated out as precursor and used to make cathode material for new batteries.

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Beverly, MA gets its first electric school bus; Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley powered by Proterra

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s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology ( earlier post ) and the Proterra 60kW charging system for deployment with the Beverly Public Schools, in Beverly, Massachusetts. Bus Electric (Battery) Market Background

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology vying to establish international center for solid-state batteries

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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is vying to establish an international center to develop solid-state batteries which will be safer, cheaper, smaller and more efficient than lithium ion batteries. Smirnova says the solid-state batteries developed in CEPS would be ideal for portable and medical applications, the automotive industry, centralized and decentralized electric grids, military applications and energy security. Batteries Solid-state

A123 Venture Technologies to collaborate with SolidEnergy on safer, high-energy battery chemistry; potentially up to ~800 Wh/kg

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SolidEnergy says that its Solid Polymer Ionic Liquid technology can deliver energy densities upwards of 800 Wh/kg—twice the densities of advanced startup batteries and four times the density of current conventional batteries. So what’s wrong with batteries today? Batterie

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BYD supplying Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage to Green Charge

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BYD is now supplying Li-ion batteries to Green Charge, an ENGIE Company. Green Charge’s first installation of BYD batteries will be for the recently announced six-megawatt-hour system adjacent to ENGIE’s Mt. Tom Solar farm to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric in western Massachusetts.

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Xtalic enters EV market with materials that improve battery charger connector wear by up to 40 times

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Xtalic Corporation , a leader in providing nano-scale metal alloys and coatings, has entered the electric vehicle market with products that extend the life of connectors in electric battery chargers by up to 40 times. Electric (Battery) Materials

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New electric car battery could triple EV driving range

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Scientists have developed a new lithium ion battery which could overcome the two major complaints about current generation batteries – price and range. What’s even better, the new battery could become fully commercialised in just over a year’s time.

Berkeley Lab team designs active polyelectrolyte binder that allows for a doubling in capacity of conventional Li-sulfur battery

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The new polymer binder allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles at high current densities. The battery has great promise for enabling the next generation of EVs. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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Xtalic enters EV market with materials that improve battery charger connector wear by up to 40x; XTALIUM alloy

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Xtalic Corporation, a provider of nano-scale metal alloys and coatings, has entered the electric vehicle market with products that extend the life of connectors in electric battery chargers by up to 40 times. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Materials Weight reduction

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As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. Coal Electric (Battery) Emissions Power Generationby Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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MBTA orders five 60' electric buses from New Flyer

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NFI), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America, announced that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has awarded New Flyer a new contract for five sixty-foot (10 equivalent units) New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty, battery-electric zero-emission buses. The Xcelsior CHARGE buses will be used to demonstrate battery-electric vehicle technology on Silver Line routes. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

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Mass. startup licenses PNNL’s vanadium redox flow battery technology

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A Massachusetts startup has signed a license agreement with Battelle to commercialize battery technology that can help store large amounts of renewable energy and improve the reliability of the nation''s power grid. based WattJoule Corporation will advance the commercial use of redox flow battery technology. First developed in the 1970s, the redox flow battery shows promise in meeting this challenge.

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Even supercar maker Lamborghini may go electric, and it's a very cool concept

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Unveiled at Lamborghini's home base in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept is the product of a partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) wheel motorLamborghini, the Italian purveyor of V10- and V12-powered supercars, has teased a fully electric performance machine for the first time in its 54-year history.

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RPI researchers develop safe, long-cycling Li-metal rechargeable battery electrode; demonstrate Li-carbon battery

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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a safe, extended cycling lithium-metal electrode for rechargeable Li-ion batteries by entrapping lithium metal within a porous graphene network (Li-PGN). The RPI team also demonstrated the use of the PGN material as a high-capacity anode, and demonstrated a full-cell configuration with a PGN anode and a lithium-metal/PGN cathode, thus creating a Li-carbon rechargeable battery. Batteries

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Volkswagen, BASF present “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. Jennifer Rupp from MIT; solid-state batteries

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Rupp is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (USA) and affiliated to ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Her research focuses on material and electrode designs for solid-state batteries. She explored a novel glassy-type lithium ion conductor that may lead to new design principles for solid-state batteries. However, a major prerequisite for success in the volume market is more powerful battery concepts.

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FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), the transit provider for Stockton and San Joaquin County in California, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses and a charging station. Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

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Liquid metal battery company Ambri raises $35M in Series C

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Ambri, developer of Liquid Metal Battery grid-scale energy storage technology, closed a $35-million Series C equity financing. Ambri (formerly Liquid Metal Battery Corporation) is developing an electricity storage solution that was invented in the lab of Dr. Donald Sadoway, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Dr. David Bradwell (Ambri’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder).

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MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sectioned Mg||Sb liquid metal battery operated at 700 °C showing the three stratified liquid phases upon cooling to room temperature. Antimony is less costly and more earth-abundant than Bi and Te, but until now had not been demonstrated in a liquid metal battery.

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Battery Maker A123 Systems Says It’s Not The Next ‘Solyndra’

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Despite unveiling what it says will be a revolutionary new vehicle battery last week, Massachusetts-based firm A123 Systems is fighting skepticism that it will become the “next Solyndra,” the California solar company that went bankrupt in August 2011 after receiving a $550 million loan guarantee from the U.S.

BYD delivering 6 electric buses to Martha’s Vineyard; 4 more to be purchased

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BYD recently delivered five electric buses to the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; a sixth is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the July. VTA is the first transit agency in Massachusetts to commit to going all-electric.

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Toyota Research Institute launches $35M effort to use AI to accelerate design & discovery of advanced materials; focus on batteries and fuel cells

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Initially, the program will aim to identify new advanced battery materials and fuel cell catalysts that can power future zero-emissions and carbon-neutral vehicles. Initial research projects include collaborations with Stanford University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Michigan; the University at Buffalo; the University of Connecticut; and the UK-based materials science company Ilika. AI Batteries Fuel Cells Materials

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SolarCity introduces energy storage for businesses; Tesla battery technology

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Developed with battery technology from Tesla Motors, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers. SolarCity storage systems will initially be available in areas of California serviced by Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, areas of Massachusetts serviced by NSTAR, and areas of Connecticut served by Connecticut Light & Power.

Researcher Describes Conceptual Cold Fusion Battery, or Small Power Unit

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“cold fusion”) to process an energy release from an electrolytic cell operating at low temperature and that could be competitive with a Li-ion battery or a fuel cell—at the 239 th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, which began Sunday in San Francisco. This would in effect represent a small “battery” that, due to its nuclear input power processes, could have much longer lifetimes than conventional batteries, Miley said.

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With BYD and IndyGo, Momentum Dynamics to install three 300kW inductive charging stations in Indianapolis

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Each time the bus reaches an inductive charger, located at endpoints of the route, the battery automatically receives a charging boost enabling the vehicle to continue along the route. Upcoming deployments in Massachusetts and Norway will continue the company’s mission of installing high-power wireless charging technology that eliminates harmful emissions, reduces operating costs and improves charging efficiency for electric vehicles. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Wireless

Berkeley Lab researchers shed light on how lithium-rich cathodes work, opening the door to higher capacity batteries

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) report a major advance in understanding how oxygen oxidation creates extra capacity in lithium-rich cathodes, opening the door to batteries with far higher energy density. In a conventional lithium-ion battery, the cathode material is a lithium transition metal oxide, with the content of the lithium and the transition metal, such as nickel or cobalt, balanced, as described above.

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EV battery as fast to refuel as combustion cars

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Scientists think a newly developed approach to battery design could one day enable them to produce batteries for electric cars which are as quick to ‘refuel’ as conventional combustion cars. Developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the new method of battery production would also make EV batteries lightweight and inexpensive compared [.]. Electric cars battery design developed electric vehicle energy mit storage technology

Electrify America collaborating with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations

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Other charging sites will be built at locations in six additional states including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington. Electric (Battery) InfrastructureElectrify America announced collaborations with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across the US.

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A123 Systems opens largest lithium ion automotive battery plant in North America

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Today A123 Systems, developer and manufacturer of their Nanophosphate lithium batteries, announced the grand opening of their manufacturing plant in Livonia Michigan. A123 Systems has several years experience manufacturing lithium batteries, commercializing nano scale battery technology originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of

Liquid Metal Battery Corp secures patent rights from MIT

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Liquid Metal Battery Corporation (LMBC), a Cambridge, Massachusetts company founded in 2010 to develop new forms of electric storage batteries that work in large, grid-scale applications, has secured the rights to key patent technology from MIT. Patents for all liquid metal battery inventions were licensed from MIT. When the battery is being charged, some ions migrate through the insulating salt layer to collect at one of the terminals.

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California, 7 states and DC commit to faster transition to zero-emission trucks and buses; next step is formal agreement

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States joining with California on the effort to accelerate deployment of zero-emission trucks and buses are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Bus Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen PolicyCalifornia is joining with seven other states and the District of Columbia in committing to develop an action plan to put hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses on their roads and highways.

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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

Masdar Institute files US patent for Li-ion solid polymer electrolyte battery technology

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UAE-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has filed a provisional patent application with the US Patents and Trademarks Office for a new solid polymer electrolyte technology for Li-ion batteries. This is the first lithium battery-related patent application filed by Masdar Institute. The electrolyte material can be used to make batteries of varying sizes for different applications.