Samsung will build EV batteries at a new facility in Hungary. Samsung SDI is investing about $358 million to build the factory near Budapest, and it is expected to be operational by the second half of 2018. It should have the capacity to produce enough batteries to supply about 50,000 electric vehicles per year. The location allows Samsung to more easily supply a growing European customer base as demand shrinks in China. LG Chem, a competitor to Samsung SDI, plans to build a facility to manufacture EV batteries in Poland. Read more from Automotive News Europe.

Plug In America opposes a California bill that expands the number of High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access stickers available for plug-in hybrids. While pleased that Assembly Bill 1964 removes the limit of 85,000 HOV stickers for PHEVs, battery electric vehicles don't get the same expansion. Plug In America says this will slow the adoption of EVs. Also, the bill imposes an income limit for buyers applying for the stickers, a move which Plug In America says creates a "market uncertainty" for PHEVs, and that additional incentives for low-income buyers should be offered instead. Read more from Plug In America, or at Hybrid Cars or Green Car Reports.

EVAnnex gives a rundown on what sets Tesla's 100-kWh battery packs apart from the rest. Its increased capacity provides a record 315 miles of driving range in the Model S P100D, and makes it faster than any other car currently being mass-produced, with a 0-60 sprint of just 2.5 seconds. This is possible through a newly designed coolant system, forgoing glycol ribbons for aluminum cooling fins between the cells. The fins are connected to the pack's baseplate, which is where the glycol or refrigerant cooling system resides. The thinner aluminum system allows for more cells to be densely packed in the same amount of space, providing the performance of a larger battery. This evolution of battery technology will go to help Tesla achieve its range goals for the upcoming Model 3, as well. Read more at the EVAnnex blog, or from Teslarati.

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