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59Study: Modern li-ion batteries have little effect on life cycle impact of electric cars

By now we're all aware that the environmental impact of cars and trucks goes well beyond the emissions produced during operation. There is the energy used to produce and dispose of the vehicles and their components, for example, and the cost of getting the fuel for the vehicles out of the ground and into the tank. The impact of making nickel metal hydride batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) was the center-piece of a controversial study published by CNW several years ago. That study

62Elon Musk rips into Nissan Leaf's "primitive" batteries

If there's ever going to be a green car cage match, we can guarantee that one of the fighters will be Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who apparently can't pass up the chance to take on any competitor. His latest target? The lithium-ion battery pack in the Nissan Leaf, about which Musk had some critical things to say in a conference call with investors this week.

41Nissan asking prospective Leaf owners how long battery warranty should be [w/Poll]

Carmakers don't typically ask prospective customers how long the warranty should be on their new car. That decision is usually made based on how much the manufacturer thinks longer warranty coverage will cost and what its competitors might be doing. However, as we enter the era of electrification we are dealing with a major new factor: the battery packs.

20More details on the construction and production of the Volt battery

Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

32General Motors announces 8-year/100,000-mile warranty for Chevy Volt battery

Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

8Executives online for live webchat at 4pm today to discuss Chevy Volt battery news

Later today, General Motors will make some announcements* regarding the battery pack in the Chevrolet Volt. Volt marketing director Tony DiSalle and vehicle line director Tony Posawatz will be hitting the keyboards this afternoon to answer any questions from readers about the news. General Motors' massive battery lab in Warren, MI has been cycling battery packs for more than two years through accelerated tests in order to have confidence that the packs will last for 10 years and 150,000 miles. A

9South Korea aims to become battery leader by investing additional $12.5B

As several countries vie for the top spot in the automotive rechargeable battery market, a few front-runners have emerged. Notably, China's push to lead the world in advanced battery technology has propelled the nation towards the front. The efforts here in the States have kept the U.S. in the running for top honors and you certainly can't overlook South Korea and Japan. As each country competes to rule the roost, more and more government money has been dished out to fund the advanced battery ef

62Daily Mail columnist goes off (the deep end) criticizing electric cars

Back in the early 2000s, when the first-generation modern electric vehicles (EVs) were available in limited quantities in places like California, most automakers were skeptical of their own technology and so took the EVs back after the leases ran out, crushing them and creating a lot of ill will in the process. Today, automakers are much more confident in the updated plug-in vehicle technology, but not everyone thinks EVs are worth a damn. A columnist for the right-leaning UK paper The Daily Ma

5Think launches production of lithium ion version of City electric vehicle

Norwegian electric vehicle builder Think has finally launched production of the lithium-ion battery version of its City EV. The 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack is being supplied by Indiana-based Enerdel which owns an equity stake in Think. Enerdel is now in full volume production of the new battery pack which, should allow Think to ramp up vehicle production and expand into continental Europe and then the United States later this year.

8Univ. of California issues $992K grant to study in-home use of EV batteries

A recurring question in the plug-in vehicle world goes something like this: When an electrical vehicle (EV) battery can no longer provide adequate power and range in its primary role of propulsion, then what? More specifically, what else are these partially spent batteries still capable of powering? We've heard a myriad of possible uses for them – everything from vending machines to mobile generators – but most of us are more interested in using these hunks of li-ion to someho

25Pentagon says Afghanistan might have world's largest lithium deposits *UPDATE

The phrase "the Saudi Arabia of X" is not unheard of in the green car industry, with Shai Agassi telling Australia to become the Saudi Arabia of plug-in cars and Bolivia having the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of lithium. Bolivia might soon have some competition for that title with the recent Pentagon announcement that Afghanistan could have as much as $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral deposits and maybe the world's largest lithium deposits. The Pentagon report even says outright tha

AddIs the advanced battery market already too crowded?

Nissan Leaf battery pack - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddWith new plants in China and Europe, EnerDel to triple li-ion production by end of 2011

EnerDel Inc. announced plans to open li-ion battery plants in both China and Europe in an effort to triple its battery production by the end of 2011 and meet the expected demand of new partnerships. Though the company currently holds deals with just two automakers (Think and Volvo), it plans to announce two additional customers by the end of the year, one hailing from Europe and the other from Asia.

AddMagna International invests $400-600 million in battery production

Ford Focus Electric battery packs – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddNissan CEO Ghosn breaks ground for lithium ion battery plant

Nissan Leaf factory rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddResearchers identify cause of li-ion battery fires, fast-charging an issue

Safety is a common concern as the automotive industry moves towards electric vehicles. In particular, focusing on the potential risks involved with li-ion battery technology is crucial as automakers move away from NiMH packs and towards li-ion storage.

AddBake it, drown it, fire bullets at it - how batteries are tested in the real world

We know that General Motors has the largest battery lab in the world, one that's capable of carrying out all kinds of scientific tests, but that's a little boring, if you ask us. If you want to test a battery's durability, do you really need fancy lab equipment and sophisticated computers? Or can you just use a few household items, a swimming pool, bullets and a lot of time? Maybe it's time to ditch the lab coats, fire up the oven and learn how battery testing is really done.

AddA123 Systems' struggles highlight how hard it is to go green in America

Massachusetts-based A123 Systems has been one of the rising stars of the lithium battery field in the last several years. In spite of that, the company that was started by a team of MIT researchers has struggled to raise cash to manufacture automotive cells in the United States.

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