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A123 Systems opens what's hailed as North America's largest li-ion battery plant

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

Is the advanced battery market already too crowded?

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With new plants in China and Europe, EnerDel to triple li-ion production by end of 2011

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

Report: Sanyo to get into li-ion EV and hybrid market big-time, claims 40 percent global share by 2020

After supplying batteries for the record-breaking Mira EV (pictured), Sanyo had little choice but to follow it up with something big. So that's just what they did. This time around, the project is more about future plans than 300-plus mile journeys, but the goal is still quite monumental. Sanyo will

Hitachi develops new manganese cathode, could double life of li-ion batteries

Battery breakthroughs seem to pop up almost every day. There's always a new idea, different material or unique design that makes the battery better. Some manufacturers make outlandish claims that can't be true while other companies string us out for years awaiting amazing products

Of vending machines and cell phone towers: Automakers now planning for "dead" electric vehicle batteries

Electric vehicle batteries don't last forever. Sure, they can be charged up, drained and charged again, but at some point they just won't get the job done anymore. Automakers estimate that advanced batteries will provide about ten years of serviceable life in vehicles. So what happens to that hunk of lithium in your vehicle after it's retired from the intended duties? It gets a second chance in one of several industries lining up to spring new life into that old battery.

DC 2010: NAS' li-ion battery cost predictions are too high, battery makers say

During one of the sessions at the Electric Drive Transportation Association meeting here alongside the Washington Auto Show, our friend Felix Kramer from CalCars got an answer to a question that's been on his mind for a while: just how much wil

REPORT: Toyota secretly tested lithium-ion Priuses for three years

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Columnist: Hybrid growth in the near-term will benefit ... lead-acid battery makers?

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New lithium-ion G-Wiz has 75-mile range, 15,795 price tag

GoinGreen, the UK distributor of Reva's G-Wiz, has announced prices and specifications of the tiny quadricycle with upgraded lithium ion batteries. The good news: the new model has a range of up to 75 miles, up from 48 in the older, non-li-ion version. Both models sport a 51 mph top speed, but the new lithium-powered version costs almost twice as much as the standard one: base prices start at £15,795 and £7,995, respectively. The li-ion version will also be available with an optional

EDTA 2008: Prototype Toyota plug-in Prius is locked, darn it

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