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

Planar Energy, a spin-off of the National Renewable Energy Laboratories, has quietly been developing solid-state battery technology and remains convinced that the future of electric vehicle batteries is solid-state technology. The Orlando-based company believes that its solid-state design could potentially offer more power output and higher energy storage density than a typical lithium ion battery. As Planar Energy notes, typical lithium ion batteries lack stability and longevity due to undesira

It seems like this story replays itself time and again. Some company is awarded a bunch of money from the federal government for advanced battery technology and claims that its breakthroughs will lead to yada yada yada. We've heard it many times, too, but it would be unfair not to give props when due, right?

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Sakti3, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company that develops lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles, has secured additional funding worth an additional $7 million that will help them expand production facilities and develop new technologies.

Like most any other automaker with plans to stay around for more than the next decade or so, BMW is hard at work developing its proprietary technology for electric cars. The biggest piece of the EV puzzle is undoubtedly the batteries, and there are very few companies that specialize in large-scale vehicular energy storage systems. So, just like the vast majority of its competitors, BMW is looking long and hard at its options as it searches for a partner to help design its high-tech lithium ion b