Battery

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.... Read More »

 

Panasonic hesitant to commit to Tesla battery factory

11:04 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Panasonic, Tesla's primary supplier of lithium ion cells for its electric Model S sedans, hasn't committed to investing in the massive U.S. battery plant proposed by Tesla's Elon Musk.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Bosch question Tesla's go-it-alone plan for German EV charging network

March 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has joined German supplier Bosch in questioning Tesla's decision to build so-called ''supercharger'' stations in Germany that only cater to the U.S. electric carmaker's vehicles.... Read More »

 

Tesla's $5 billion gigafactory may spark state bidding war

10:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Tesla's plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world's largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between 4 states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

Toyota preps solid-state batteries for '20s

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. says it has made major advances in developing smaller, more powerful solid-state batteries as the next-generation power pack to succeed lithium ion battery technology.... Read More »

 

Tesla says Germany clears Model S after fires

Dec. 3, 2013 12:50 CET
Tesla Motors' Model S, the electric car being investigated for a possible U.S. recall, was cleared of any safety defect in a review by Germany's transportation regulator, the company said.... Read More »

 

Tesla mulls 'giga-factory' for EV batteries, Musk says

6:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2013
Tesla is mulling plans to create a "giga-factory" to manufacture electric vehicle battery packs for the automaker's consumption, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said. Musk said Tesla's long-term ambitions to build 500,000 electric vehicles annually could chew up the vast majority of current lithium ion battery supplies globally -- for all industries, including computers and cellphones.... Read More »

 

Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Q&A

JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »

 

Tesla in talks with Samsung SDI for battery supply deal

7:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Tesla Motors may name South Korean battery producer Samsung SDI Co. as an additional supplier as the California electric vehicle maker tries to add more models and expand.... Read More »

 

Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

10:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company, analysts said today, as the electric car maker lost as much as $3 billion in market value two days after the incident in Washington state.... Read More »

 

Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

Oct. 3, 2013 16:55 CET
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Porsche's 'chameleon' shows speed of tech leaps

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2013
The Panamera S E-Hybrid shows how fast alternative powertrain technology is improving. Porsche executives refer to the car as a “chameleon” because it can travel emissions free in the city then blast past rivals on the highway.... Read More »

 

Bosch battery partner has checkered past

July 5, 2013 06:01 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch, aiming to develop an advanced lithium ion battery that can power electric vehicles much longer than today's batteries, has dumped its South Korean battery partner for a Japanese one.... Read More »

 

Bosch battery partner has checkered past

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, aiming to develop an advanced lithium ion battery that can power electric vehicles much longer than today's batteries, has dumped its South Korean battery partner for a Japanese one.... Read More »

 

Tesla to have battery quick-swap by end of year

9:56 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2013
Tesla Motors will have battery quick-swap bays at many of its supercharging stations nationwide. The first quick-swap stations will be online in the fourth quarter of this year, and allow changing of battery packs in 90 seconds.... Read More »

 

Nissan to offer battery upgrade option for Leaf

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2013
Nissan, aiming to be the biggest mass-market seller of electric vehicles, said it will offer an option to owners of its Leaf hatchback in the United States to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology.... Read More »

 

Bosch forms battery venture with GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi

12:15 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2013
German industrial group Robert Bosch GmbH said it has agreed to work on automotive lithium ion battery development with Mitsubishi and Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa International.... Read More »

 

Tesla plans Model S battery swap as fast refueling option

3:29 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2013
Tesla Motors, already adding a network of fast-charging stations for its luxury electric cars, is readying a service to rapidly swap a car's battery with a charged pack for added convenience.... Read More »

 

Battery maker Exide files for bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Time ran out last week for Exide Technologies, the 125-year-old battery maker once led by longtime auto industry executive Bob Lutz. With its Vernon, Calif., lead-recycling plant shut down since April by California environmental regulators and unable to restructure quickly enough, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.... Read More »

 

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