Batteries

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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BMW open to sharing battery technology with rivals

July 15, 2014 09:52 CET

BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the EV battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. Sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle....
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A123 buys Leyden battery tech, which may be used in Chinese parent's EVs

6:48 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014

A123 Systems, the battery maker bought by Wanxiang Group after it sought bankruptcy protection in 2012, purchased technology from Leyden Energy that the Chinese parent may use to make electric cars....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla bets its patents on a vision of a battery-powered future

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014

Tesla Motors says its decision to make hundreds of its electric-vehicle patents openly available to competitors will help accelerate the fight against climate change. How other automakers respond to the offer could determine the future of Tesla and the entire EV market....
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Bollore Group plans EV car-sharing service in U.S.

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET

France's Bollore Group is setting up a car-sharing program for electric vehicles in the United States. The company already offers similar services at home and says it will launch car-sharing in London this year....
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Tesla should ditch carmaking business for batteries, bond manager says

8:46 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2014

Jeffrey Gundlach has some advice for billionaire Elon Musk: Get out of the car business....
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Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target....
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