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JLR chief: Want young customers? Get eco-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2015

Lowering emissions is an industry “priority” and automakers risk turning off the new generation of customers if they didn't address environmental concerns, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO said. He added that success for electric vehicles will depend on the next generation of batteries....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla sours on swappable batteries

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology....
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Tesla gigafactory to get hundreds of Panasonic workers

6:56 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Panasonic will dispatch hundreds of employees to Tesla's Nevada gigafactory from this fall to get ready to make lithium ion batteries for electric cars at the plant from next year....
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'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever....
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GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market....
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Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars

March 25, 2015 12:06 CET

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that breakthroughs by battery suppliers will increase demand and help them compete better with Tesla....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van....
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Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET

Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries....
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Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET

The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally....
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Nissan may pull the plug on some battery-plant production, buy from LG Chem

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp., CEO Carlos Ghosn said today....
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Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014

A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year....
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LG Chem says it has battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

Aug. 20, 2014 15:16 CET

LG Chem says it will supply batteries for Audi's growing lineup of plug-in hybrids. Audi began European sales of its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, in June and plans to add at least three more plug-in hybrids....
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