A new report predicts the automotive lithium-ion battery market to nearly quadruple by 2024. The study from Navigant Research forecasts the market to grow from $7.8 billion and 15.9 GWh in 2014 to $30.6 billion and 93.1 GWh in 2024. The expansion of 48V microhybrid technology could mean even more growth than predicted. The report suggests that North America will be the largest market for plug-in hybrids, while Europe will see major growth in battery electric vehicles. Read more from Navigant Research, and at Green Car Congress.

A tutorial shows owners how to easily change the battery in the Tesla Model S key fob. While Tesla would have customers use a service center for even something so small, one can change the 3V lithium 2032 battery on their own with just a precision flat head screwdriver. The screwdriver is used both to remove the cover and to pry out the battery. Once changed, the final step is to take both fobs inside the vehicle until the low battery alerts disappear (or, if that doesn't work, reboot the Model S screen). Read the detailed tutorial at Teslarati.

Montevideo, Uruguay is adding 50 BYD e6 electric taxis to its fleet. With lofty goals to decarbonize and move away from reliance on imported fossil fuels, Uruguay is offering 50-percent subsidies for licensing of electric taxis and a 23-percent import tax exemption for EVs. Montevideo welcomed the BYD taxis with a ceremony on August 14, attended by national, local and departmental authorities. Read more in the press release below.

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Montevideo's 50 BYD Electric Taxi Fleet Ushers in Rise of Electrified Public Transportation in South America

Uruguay is becoming known in South America as a trendsetter, by taking bold measures towards sustainable development and improvement of its citizens' quality of life. Now it is aiming towards energy efficiency and reduced emissions, by jumping on Bogota's bandwagon – which already relies on a 45 BYD e6 taxi fleet – and incorporating a fleet of 50 BYD e6 fully electric taxis to run the streets of Montevideo, as a result of the vehicles' successful performance in tests since February this year. The country currently relies on a total fleet of 5,000 fossil fuel taxis, 60% of which are in the capital. 62% of the country's energy comes from imported fossil fuels – 29% of which going into transportation – thus compelling the administration to set a serious decarbonization target of 30% by 2015.

To achieve such goals, the government will be offering unprecedented subsidies and advantages to those willing to embrace electric taxis as an alternative to the seemingly less costly fuel cars: the taxi license for a pure electric vehicle will have a 60,000 USD subsidy, which is 50% less as compared to a conventional taxi; owners will also be exempted of the 23% import tax on the vehicles. As for charging infrastructure, government stimulus policies will promote the installation of charging facilities with a 5,000 USD subsidy for each charging pole installed. Altogether, a single pure electric taxi in Uruguay will receive the equivalent to 100,000 USD in subsidies.

In a ceremony held on Friday, August 14, national and departmental authorities were introduced to the first BYD electric taxis that will soon start operating in the city. Uruguay's Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Carolina Cosse; the Mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martinez; the President of UTE, Gonzalo Casaravilla; and the President of the National Taxi Union, Oscar Dourado, all spoke of the importance of energy policies that promote more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for the transport sector, particularly with electric fleet vehicles. Mr. Casaravilla and Mr. Dourado also emphasized the urge to build a zero pollution and zero-emission green Montevideo. Minister Carolina Cosse stated: "We need to develop a broader and more robust productive matrix, and the two main components are energy and innovation."

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