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Lithium-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.

USABC awards $15.6m for development of advanced batteries

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, announced recently that it will award approximately $15.6 million for advanced battery development projects to three automotive supply firms:

USABC awards $5.43m for advanced battery research

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company, has announced that it will award $5.43 million to fund development and assessment of advanced battery projects. The contra

Toyota prototypes 4-layer solid-state battery

Solid-state batteries have the potential to offer more power output and higher energy storage density than a typical lithium-ion battery. In addition, the reactive liquid electrolyte found in conventional li-ion batteries is thought to lead to cell instability and effect the life span of the battery. Solid-state technology could provide automakers with a battery that not only packs significantly more punch, but also has longevity unmatched by today's liquid electrolyte-based li-ion batteries. Un

Ford bringing battery and hybrid transmission development in-house

Next-gen Ford Focus live unveiling – Click above for high-res image gallery

Tesla Motors and Panasonic working together on battery tech

While Tesla Motors still won't say they will be putting Panasonic cells in the Model S battery packs (come on guys, 'fess up!), they have announced they are working with the Japanese mega-corp. In a new press release, the two companies divulged that they will "collaborate to develop next-generation battery cells for electric vehicles." Unlike many other companies with electric vehicle

Editorial: Why the carmakers seem to be dragging their feet on batteries

The big auto-makers, particularly the US-based companies, take a lot of grief over their environmental policies, rightfully so in many respects. But they also get a bad rap. One of the big topics