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Apple has come to an undisclosed settlement with battery firm A123 Systems for allegedly poaching five of the company's employees. The workers were allegedly hired to work on Apple's car project.


Plant That Once Sat Idle Will Ramp Up

LG Chem holds job fair to double workforce at electric vehicle battery factory in Michigan.


Toyota has helped install an array of 208 repurposed nickel-metal hydride batteries from Camry Hybrids to power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone National Park. The system can store 85 kilowatt-hours of energy at a time.


One Cell Style Could Cut Costs By 66 Percent

Volkswagen is considering switching to a standardized lithium-ion battery cell design for future plug-in vehicles that could lower the parts' costs by 66 percent.


Home Energy Storage System Likely To Be 'Major New Tesla Product Line'

Tesla's imminent big announcement appears to be stationary versions of its lithium-ion batteries for use in homes and businesses, set to be revealed on April 30.


The 70D Has A 'True 70-kWh Battery Pack'

Instead of limiting the 85-kWh battery pack, Tesla will make a new 70-kWh pack for the Model S 70D.


Plug-in Vehicle Premium Price Over Conventional Cars Shrinks

Lithium-ion battery costs fell 14 percent a year between 2007 and 2014, study says.


With the consumer good's industry getting increasingly competitive, Japan's well known consumer brands like Sony are putting a bigger emphasis on supplying parts to automakers for the chance of higher profit margins.


South Korean Company to Officially Be World's Largest Auto Battery Maker

LG Chem gets contract from Daimler to make batteries for the Smart ForTwo ED electric vehicle.


Tesla's Kurt Kelty To Battery Partners: 'I Need To Know You're On board'

Tesla executive Kurt Kelty gives a speech in Japan asking battery suppliers to take more risks to increase production. Tesla needs more batteries in order to make more cars and drive the price of batteries down.


Automaker Says Its EVs Are More Reliable Than Gas, Diesel Vehicles

Nissan says only three of 35,000 Leaf electric-vehicle batteries have died on users.


A short Tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will "end range anxiety" for Model S drivers with an announcement this Thursday. Yeah, we want to know more, too.


Still-In-Testing Inductive Charging Tech On Display Around Miami ePrix

The first time Qualcomm executives met with their auto-industry counterparts about an experimental technology that could wirelessly charge electric vehicles, they thought it'd be a flop.


Energy Density May Rise By Factor Of 10

Nickel-hydride batteries ripe for more adoption as BASF studies ways to boost energy density.


The Tesla Model S might be the headline-grabber of the electric vehicle world, but the Nissan Leaf is the segment's secret star. With over 130,000 sold worldwide since its introduction and record US sales in 2014, the little hatchback has helped its parents at the Renault-Nissan Alliance to sell over 200,000 EVs since 2010.


Despite recent rumors to the contrary, don't expect to see much collaboration between Tesla and BMW in the near future. Based on some rather prickly statements from the German automaker, Elon Musk might have even burnt some bridges in Bavaria with his latest proclamations.


With Toyota and Daimler no longer holding Tesla shares, the electric vehicle company might be looking for a new partner – possibly a Bavarian one. In a new interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that he has had talks with BMW execs about future collaboration.


To paraphrase Dr. Evil from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, why spend a trillion when you could spend ... billions? That's what Panasonic is saying about its investment in Tesla's gigafactory, though there's a catch. The billions are in Japanese yen.


UPDATE: The story's been updated to include a response from Tesla.


But A Switch To LG Chem May Be Under Discussion

The big news on the electric vehicle front today is that Nissan is considering slowing down EV battery production in the US and UK and source all of Nissan's big packs come from Japan. Nissan may also buy some batteries from the Korean company LG Chem. This is apparently causing dissent within Nissan, but it follows what Alliance partner Renault is doing in the hunt for 180-mile EVs.


With pro football season about to begin, we thought it appropriate to use a gridiron metaphor: one research firm is estimating that Tesla Motors will outkick its coverage when it comes to the Gigafactory it's planning for the western US, likely Reno, NV. The electric-vehicle maker has said needs the giant battery plant because its annual sales will reach a half-million by the end of the decade. Lux Research is saying the company's EV sales will be closer to about half that.

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