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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Gigafactory: Tesla's key to meeting cost, range targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
The ceremony last week announcing Tesla's decision to build its lithium ion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada was filled with phrases such as "as many as" and "as much as."...
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California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has....
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Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said....
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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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Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option....
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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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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Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday....
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Regulator request delays Outlander plug-in launch

3:41 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Mitsubishi says a new kink is delaying the launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid in the United States until late 2015 or early 2016, even as it aims to more than double sales elsewhere this year....
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Musk sees need for many 'gigafactories' for battery demand

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the need for lower-cost batteries for autos and power storage means there will need to be hundreds of “gigafactories” like the one the carmaker is planning to build....
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GM brings Spark EV batteries in-house to Mich. plant

3:30 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
General Motors is moving production of the battery pack for its all-electric model of the Chevrolet Spark minicar in-house at the company’s battery assembly plant in suburban Detroit....
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Tesla says battery-supply deal for Toyota RAV4 EV to end

9:51 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Tesla said its deal to supply Toyota Motor Corp. with battery packs and motors for a rechargeable crossover will conclude this year....
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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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Daimler to acquire Evonik's stake in battery cell venture Li-Tec

April 1, 2014 11:48 CET
Daimler will acquire Evonik Industries' 50.1 percent stake in their Li-Tec joint venture, making it the sole owner of the lithium ion battery cell manufacturer....
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Tesla to invest $2 billion in U.S. gigafactory

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Tesla said it plans to invest $2 billion in a U.S. car battery plant that will be capable of supplying lithium ion packs for 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020. The factory, which is expected to go online in 2017, is part of Tesla's blueprint for a more affordable electric vehicle and would be the first major, integrated U.S. facility producing battery cells for electric cars....
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BREAKTHROUGHS PROMISED

Details emerge of new engine, batteries and much more for the 4th-generation Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius, the car that made "hybrid" a household word, won't arrive for at least another year. But emerging details paint a picture of a car that could be a breakthrough on multiple fronts....
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Bosch sees big opportunity for lithium ion batteries

Dec. 9, 2013 06:01 CET
Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa aim to sell a lithium ion battery by 2020 that slashes production costs in half and delivers twice the energy density of today's batteries....
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Nissan tests new Leaf battery recipe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Nissan believes it can create a longer-lasting battery pack for its electric Leaf next year by altering the recipe used to create the component. The proposed change in chemical composition, which is still under review at the automaker, should make the lithium ion battery more resilient to hot-weather aging, says Billy Hayes, vice president for Nissan's global electric vehicle business....
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