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48Did A123 Systems get $1M federal check the same day it declared bankruptcy?

Automotive News reports A123 Systems, an electric vehicle battery manufacturer, received a disbursement check from the federal government on the same day the company filed for bankruptcy. On Oct. 16, A123 received $946,830 as the latest portion of a clean energy grant from the US Department of Energy. That was the same day A123 Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following a failed attempt to secure funding from Chinese parts supplier Wanxiang Group. Of the original grant, $115.8

AddR&D funding for better EVs more valuable than purchase incentives

Thomas Edison famously said that genius was one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. To get to the heart of what's holding back broader adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), though, it's even better to paraphrase one-time Bill Clinton advisor James Carville: "It's the battery, stupid."

AddLithium from salt water could make batteries, and EVs, less expensive *UPDATE

Until another element is preferred or discovered, lithium will be the foundation for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries for the foreseeable future. It is an expensive part of the battery packs being installed and is keeping sticker prices fairly high. The price of lithium, the lightest metal, has jumped 35 percent in the past 18 months, according to Jonathan Lee, an analyst at Byron Capital Markets in Toronto.

AddA123 expresses 'doubt' in future, loses main line of credit

Is electric-vehicle battery maker A123 Systems running out of juice?

AddLithium-ion battery costs to fall by a third by 2017 as demand jumps

The cost for lithium-ion batteries used in electric-drive vehicles will fall by about a third between now and 2017 as battery-production technology improves, lithium supply increases and battery packs are sold in higher volumes, green-technology research firm Pike Research said in a report released this week.

AddNissan will double Tennessee workers for Leaf, battery-pack ramp-up

Nissan will almost double the number of workers at its factory in Smyrna, TN, within the next year in part to ramp up production of both Nissan Leaf electric vehicles and battery packs, HybridCars reports.

AddBetter Place starts Renault EV deliveries in Israel

Better Place, the Silicon Valley company founded by former high-tech executive and Israel native Shai Agassi in 2007, has delivered the first 100 electric cars to Israeli customers. After years of tests and trial programs, the deliveries mark a big step in the company's efforts to build out an electric-vehicle charging and battery-exchanging network throughout the country.

AddGM prepares contingent ad campaign for more potential Volt backlash

General Motors has prepared an advertising campaign that would be launched in the event that more reports of Chevrolet Volt fires generate public interest or a Congressional hearing, USA Today reported, citing GM Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick. The advertisements are "honest" and "straightforward" and would direct people to a website that would spell out why the automaker believes the extended range plug-in hybrids are safe, Ewanick told the newspaper.

AddA123 confirms Fisker Karma batteries could have cooling problem

Battery maker A123 has announced that batteries it supplied to Fisker Automotive for its Karma range-extended luxury sedan might have "misaligned" hose clamps for the cooling system, which could cause coolant to leak. Unabated, A123 admits the leak could cause an electrical short-circuit.

19A123 confirms Fisker Karma batteries could have cooling problem

Battery maker A123 has announced that batteries it supplied to Fisker Automotive for its Karma range-extended luxury sedan might have "misaligned" hose clamps for the cooling system, which could cause coolant to leak. Unabated, A123 admits the leak could cause an electrical short-circuit.

AddFord's big battery breakthrough... from 1966

Battery technology is getting better, it just isn't getting better as quickly as we'd like. Certainly, battery advancements haven't kept pace with the astounding advances in areas like electronics, and it has failed to produce the cheap, capacious, powerful cells we'd like to have for driving our electric vehicles cross country while laughing at gas stations and electric outlets alike.

AddSolid-state batteries hold tremendous potential and big challenges

Solid-state battery technology is the electric vehicle Holy Grail. Or is it?

AddTo cut costs, Honda will manufacture batteries, electric motors for hybrids in China

Following in the footsteps of Toyota, Japanese automaker Honda will reportedly manufacture components, including batteries and electric motors, for some of its hybrid vehicles in China, starting in 2012. The production shift is meant to reduce the cost of Honda's hybrid vehicles sold in China and, hopefully, boost sales there, too.

AddBoston-Power secures $125 million in funds, will move most operations to China

China-based GSR Ventures led a $125-million investment round for Massachusetts firm Boston-Power, a startup that designs and manufacturers application-specific lithium-ion batteries, mainly for automotive applications. To date, Boston-Power has raised some $320 million since its founding in 2005. Boston-Power says it now plans to shift its focus to activities in China and will use the money to build a manufacturing facility there by the end of 2012.

AddJapan goes toe-to-toe with South Korea in quest for lithium-ion domination

Japan and Korea are boosting monies spent on research and development in an attempt to grab hold of the number one spot in the rapidly heating up lithium-ion battery segment.

AddAnalyst says limits on batteries mean electric vehicles are doomed

Here's an unsurprising lede: A big part of the cost of electric vehicles lies in the batteries. The good news is that this may soon change. Expectations have been that those costs will fall with increased production, and there have even been predictions of battery oversupply in the near future. Combine that with the rising cost of gasoline and – somewhere down the line – it appears that purchasing an EV shouldn't be green just in terms of the good you do for the environment, but also

AddToyota looking for gasoline-beating 'Sakichi' battery

Back in 1925, long before the X-Prize foundation even existed, an inventor by the name of Sakichi Toyoda reportedly offered a prize of 1 million yen for the invention of a battery that would produce more energy than gasoline. As you can probably guess, no one has claimed that prize yet. However, Toyota thinks this target may be possible in the future and thus created, in 2008, a research division to work on "revolutionary batteries." Three years later, this division has been giving technical pre

AddAnalyst predicts severe oversupply of plug-in vehicle batteries

The limited availability of batteries has long been one of the factors keeping the cost of electric vehicles well above that of their gas-powered counterparts, but it may be that we're about to move from drought to deluge. According to the New York Times, the growing capacity of battery manufacturers may shortly outstrip demand and present plug-in vehicle makers with something new: an oversupply of batteries.

AddBASF to invest "three-digit million euro sum" in advanced battery tech

BASF, one of the world's biggest chemical companies, says it will invest "three-digit million euro sum" (that's somewhere between $144 million and $1.43 billion U.S.) over the next five years in research, development and production of advanced battery technologies.

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