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How more EV sales in America is hurting China's environment

One of the bigger knocks against hybrid and electric vehicles is that while they don't directly produce much in the way of harmful emissions (if they make any at all), the process of building their electric motors and batteries can be very, very bad for the environment. Take graphite, for example. It's an essential ingredient in lithium-ion battery packs, like the one shown above in the back of a Toyota Prius Plug-In. Brandon Turkus

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Legal trouble casts shadow on cheap, 300-mile Envia battery for EVs

A bit shy of two years ago, battery startup Envia Systems looked quite promising. The Silicon Valley company had produced a 400-watt-hours-per-kilogram lithium ion battery and claimed it could be placed inside an electric car that would cost $20,000 and be able to travel 300 miles on one charge. It was enough to bring in millions of dollars in

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Eaton, DOE upgrading and downsizing hybrid power system

Eaton is working on upgrading its hybrid electric vehicle power control system by reducing the size of the battery 50 percent and improving the total performance of the system and its charge rate while maintaining battery life, fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. The R&D project will be funded jointly between Eaton and a

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Five people hurt in GM lab explosion, A123 battery reportedly responsible

More details are filtering in about yesterday's explosion at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan.

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GM lab explosion update: A123 battery reportedly responsible, five people hurt

More details are filtering in about yesterday's explosion at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, MI.

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BMW, Toyota start next-gen li-ion battery research partnership

BMW is more than willing to align itself with other automakers in the race to develop future technologies, including a partnership with GM on hydrogen fuel cells and a deal with Toyota for diesel engines. Late last year, BMW and Sebastian Blanco

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The Saga Continues: Consumer Reports' Fisker Karma gets new battery pack

Send a $107,000 Fisker Karma to the dealer – after an incredibly public breakdown – and get a new battery pack in return. That's the lesson that Consumer Reports learned over the weekend and the repaired vehicle is now "operating fine at our test track" after 48 hours offline.

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The Saga Continues: Consumer Reports' Fisker Karma gets new battery pack

Send a $107,000 Fisker Karma to the dealer – after an incredibly public breakdown – and get a new battery pack in return. That's the lesson that Consumer Reports learned over the weekend and the repaired vehicle is now "operating fine at our test track" after 48 hours offline.

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A123 Systems has 20-plus transportation-related lithium-ion battery contracts

A123 Systems says it currently has over 20 lithium-ion battery contracts in the works. Of those, A123 says ten of the transportation-related li-ion deals have already entered the production phase and that its "sourced" and "development" contracts call for A123 to eventually manufacture lithium-ion batteries at some as-of-yet-undisclosed date.

Axeon awarded $4.7m to reduce weight, cost, volume of lithium-ion batteries

European lithium-ion automotive battery manufacturer Axeon has been awarded €3.32 million ($4.72 U.S. at the current exchange rate) to fund research aimed at reducing the weight, volume and cost of batteries that power electric and hybrid vehicles.

Will plug-in cars ruin roads with their heavy batteries?

We've heard some pretty interesting arguments against the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, but this is perhaps one of the more interesting. In an Op Ed, Tainted Green has outlined just how the weight of those vehicles will ulti

USABC awards A123 Systems $8m contract to develop nanophosphate li-ion batteries

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, has awarded A123 Systems an $8 million, 24-month contract, which the firm will use to continue its quest to develop its patented Nanophosphate

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