Battery

Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas....
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GM uses old Volt batteries to power office building

3:06 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

General Motors said it is using old batteries from its first-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car for secondary purposes including powering an office building....
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GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market....
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Johnson Controls to explore spinoff of its auto business

8:13 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Johnson Controls said it is "exploring strategic options" for its automotive business -- the first step in the possible sale or spinoff of its seating and interiors units. CEO Alex Molinaroli said the company “had no specific timetable for the completion of the strategic review, which includes a full range of strategic options for the automotive business.”...
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A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment....
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Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Tesla to unveil home and utility batteries April 30

6:51 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla Motors Inc. will announce a home battery and a “very large” utility-scale battery on April 30, according to an e-mail sent to investors and analysts....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology....
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BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries....
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Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion....
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New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. The new microhybrid systems are coming on line just as automakers face a U.S. goal of 54.5 miles per gallon on average by 2025....
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A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries....
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Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday....
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China's BYD takes aim at Tesla in battery factory race

8:04 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Chinese automaker BYD aims to triple its production of batteries as it takes on Tesla Motors in the race to supply electric vehicles and boost energy storage....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear....
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Delphi's thermal unit is bought by Mahle for $727 million

4:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

German auto supplier Mahle has agreed to buy rival Delphi's air conditioning business for $727 million, expanding its thermal management expertise as cars make greater use of electric motors and batteries that need special cooling....
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ELECTRO-LIGHT

Fewer pounds and better chemistry boost '16 Volt range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Here's how GM made the 2016 Volt's powertrain lighter, along with some other notable engineering changes....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds....
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JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015

Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds....
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Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014

Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles....
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VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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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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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

VW, Porsche, Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids

Oct. 1, 2014 23:33 CET

VW Group premiered four plug-in hybrids in Paris. The VW Passat GTE and Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid production cars as well as the Lamborghini Asterion and XL Sport concepts are aimed at helping VW meet tougher CO2 targets....
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