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13Battery-pack production for plug-ins, hybrids, triples in three years

Panasonic's standing in the plug-in and hybrid battery production industry has zoomed ahead like a Tesla Model S taking off from a standstill. That's appropriate because the Japanese company's relationship with the California-based automaker has been the primary reason for its growth, which looks like it will continue to be rapid.

AddA123 zeros in on stop/start hybrids with 12V li-ion nanophosphate battery

A123 Systems is looking to cash in on the emerging stop/start hybrid market with its 12V Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery. Compared to typical lead-acid AGM batteries, A123 says that its li-ion units offer enhanced charge acceptance, which reduces the load on the vehicle's alternator and engine, leading to improved fuel economy. In addition, Jeff Kessen, A123's vice president of automotive marketing and communication, claims that the firm's 12V li-ion battery weighs 60 percent less than a lead-

AddAdvanced electrolyte could improve thermal stability of li-ion batteries

A research team at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China is studying the use of an advanced electrolyte material (LiFNFSI) to enhance the thermal stability of lithium-ion batteries. The team has conducted several tests of the material, replacing the more conventional LiPF6 electrolyte with this advanced substance. Hongbo Han, a member of the Chinese research team, points to these keys findings, which highlight the thermal stability of batteries with the LiFNFSI electrolyte s

AddEner1 signs lithium-ion battery deal with Wanxiang in China

U.S.-based Ener1 has signed a lithium-ion battery deal with China's Wanxiang Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. Terms of the agreement, technically a joint venture (JV) with Wanxiang holding a 60 percent stake and Ener1 40, call for both firms to co-manufacture lithium-ion cells and complete battery packs for the Chinese market.

AddNissan 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.

27General Motors announces 8-year/100,000-mile warranty for Chevy Volt battery

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

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

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

AddExecutives 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

AddSouth 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

AddUniv. 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

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.

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