Li Ion Batteries
In a December 2010 study, Deutsche Bank (DB) analysts revisited some figures posted in its previous report and lowered their projected future costs for automotive batteries. DB's December 2010 study pegged the cost of lithium-ion batteries at $250 per kWh by 2020, a substantial reduction from the $350 per kWh it forecasted back in November 2009. After speaking with industry experts and numerous automakers, the DB team concluded that its November 2009 forecast for li-ion battery costs was out of
NEC Corporation, a Japanese-based advanced technology company, announced plans to substantially increase its production capacity for the electrodes used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The firm intends to boost electrode output fivefold to meet increasing demand for advanced batteries.
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
Sanyo's Kasai Plant in Japan
The Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety-related testing and certification, released its first in a series of white papers focused specifically on evolving battery technology. The white paper, entitled Safety Issues for Lithium-Ion Batteries, explores the potential dangers of high-tech batteries. More specifically, the UL's position paper discusses the probable causes of lithium-ion battery failures and suggests new types of tests that will help manufacturers design an
GS Yuasa, Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors launched a joint venture (JV) back in 2007 to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for the i-MiEV. Those batteries have been produced and the vehicle, that diminutive i-MiEV, is now available for purchase in Eric Loveday
UK-based Axeon, Europe's largest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems, has raised an additional £5 million ($7.8 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) in equity to support its expansion goals. The funding, though not substantial enough to allow the company to accomplish all of its goals, should help Axeon expand its electric vehicle (EV) technolo
Driving Sustainability: Mitsubishi's lithium-ion battery ideas include slashing price of an electric car pack by 75%
Here's an idea to reduce the costs of lithium ion batteries: split it four ways. That was one proposal given by
GS Yuasa recently dissolved its long-standing, money-losing joint venture with Sanyo, but that move has not impacted the company's ability to develop breakthrough battery technology. GS Yuasa has developed and prototyped a new vanadium phosphate cathode material for lithium-ion batteries and the initial round of testing shows that the cathode material could improve output density, increase
Mitsubishi Chemical has responded to the expected rise in demand for hybrid and electric vehicles by announcing its intentions to boost supply of anode materials for lithium-ion batteries by 130 percent by next May. The company's current anode material output, listed at 3,000 tons, should reach 5,000 tons by the end of December and 7,000 tons in eight month's time.
A123 Systems announced the grand opening of its 291,000 square-foot battery research, development and production plant in Livonia, MI today. The factory's vast size makes it, the company claims, "the largest lithium-ion automotive battery production facility in North America." That is, based on readily available data. The new
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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