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Tesla Gigafactory will start with hundreds of Panasonic employees

Japanese Giant Already On Record With Plans To Invest Hundreds Of Millions Into Factory

Tesla Motors' Gigafactory will get hundreds of employees from lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic Corp.

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A123 says goodbye to grid storage batteries, focuses again on electric vehicles

Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems is officially unplugging from the grid. The company, which was acquired by Wanxiang Group last year, is selling its grid-storage business to Japan-based NEC Corp. The company's Massachusetts and Missouri facilities are going along with it.

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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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Nissan testing new, heat-resistant batteries for Leaf

As Nissan Leaf sales continue to heat up, the maker of the electric vehicle wants to cool concerns over hot-climate battery issues by making chemical adjustments to battery packs, Green Car Reports says. Nissan executives met with about 10 Leaf owners in Phoenix last week and said the company is approaching a solution

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Battery costs will fall to $250/kilowatt hour by 2015

Our most burning question – aside from how many licks it takes to get to the center of at Tootsie Pop – is, how much does a battery-electric vehicle's battery really cost? One analyst says that the price tag will be at about $250 per kilowatt hour by 2015, which spells good news for the EV industry.

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New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV

Kia has unveiled the automaker's very first production electric vehicle. The Kia Ray EV will offer buyers a range of around 86 miles depending on driving conditions and will include a fast-charge option that should top off the cells in around 25 minutes. Otherwise, expect the 16.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to take around six hours to char

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New Kia Ray is Korea's first production EV

Kia has unveiled the automaker's very first production electric vehicle. The Kia Ray EV will offer buyers a range of around 86 miles depending on driving conditions and will include a fast-charge option that should top off the cells in around 25 minutes. Otherwise, expect the 16.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to take around six hours to char

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Video: WaveJet is personal water propulsion powered by batteries

WaveJet demonstration – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ener1 fires EnerDel president Rick Stanley

Battery maker Ener1 has reportedly fired its chief operating officer and EnerDel president, Richard Stanley. Stanley's April 8th termination was apparently disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing made by Ener1 last Wednesday.

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

Ener1 names Christopher Cowger as CEO of EnerDel, company lays off 3% of its workers

Ener1, Inc. has named Christopher Cowger, former corporate vice president and general manager for semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as chief executive officer of its lithium-ion battery subsidiary EnerDel. Cowger was also appointed as president of Ener1.

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