Batteries

  • Carbon fiber structural battery

    One day, electric cars may actually store their energy in carbon-fiber bodies and replace the need for heavy batteries. Research published in October from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden shows carbon fiber can operate as electrodes in a lithium-ion battery. A car could feature a structural battery rather than a battery pack. The benefits of weight reduction and miles per electric charge are immense. Research hasn't been carried out in this area before, which makes the discovery promising for future applications. Researchers tested various types of carbon-fiber materials and found...

  • VW to use quantum computers in electric-car battery development
    VW to use quantum computing to develop tailored batteries for its EVs

    Volkswagen says quantum computers may help the company develop batteries customized to future electric vehicles, the German automaker said June 8. The news last week came after VW announced a partnership with Google over quantum computing last November. The automaker said it planned to develop the...

  • Flat lithium-ion battery back for next-generation Mercedes-Benz electric cars
    Self-driving electric cars will need stronger batteries to cope with extended use

    In a future with autonomous cars, batteries must be more resilient to operate constantly and serve multiple masters. That's Akira Yoshino's belief. He's the man who invented the lithium-ion prototype battery in 1985. Yoshino told Bloomberg in a report published last Wednesday that future batteries...

  • 2019 BMW i8
    BMW partners with US solid-state battery company

    As electrification moves to the automotive world's center stage, automakers are quickly sorting out strategic partnerships with battery suppliers to solidify their futures. On Monday, Solid Power, a U.S.-based battery company, announced it would work with BMW on game-changing solid-state batteries...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
    Battery suppliers struggle to keep up with demand for Porsche Panamera hybrids

    Porsche previously asserted that half of its sales will come from electrified cars by 2025. Judging by the demand for Panamera hybrid models, the brand may have made a pretty solid prediction. Reuters reported on Saturday that battery suppliers are having trouble keeping up with demand for the...

  • Volkswagen announces Google quantum computer partnership
    Google and VW will use quantum computers to develop battery, self-driving technology

    Volkswagen will embark on a transformation of its business through electric cars and self-driving technology, and it is looking elsewhere to bolster its technological capabilities. On Monday, the German automaker announced a partnership with Google to work with quantum computers for future battery...

  • Tesla Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada

    Battery cells are poised to become the most important component in future vehicles as the industry moves away from internal-combustion engines and toward battery-electric vehicles. With an increased demand for battery packs, battery cell production will be paramount, and the European Union plans to address its competitive disadvantage. The EU announced a battery cell alliance to build battery cells for future vehicle and technology applications. Maroš Šefčovic, EU Commission vice president in charge of the Energy Union, led the announcement and said Europe must act swiftly to...

  • Nikola One
    Electric news: Bosch and Nikola team up on hydrogen semis, Camel Group invests in Rimac

    Two major movements occurred this week on the alternative-propulsion front. First, Croatian firm Rimac, responsible for the insane Concept_One supercar, announced Chinese battery manufacturer Camel Group has invested $36 million into its future operations. Second, Bosch announced it will join...

  • Tesla mobile battery swapping rig patent
    Patent filing suggests Tesla still interested in battery swapping

    Tesla first toyed with the idea of battery swapping three years ago, only to walk away from the service less than one year later. Despite this, the electric-car maker may still have an eye on battery swapping, and a new patent filing is evidence of this. In May of this year, Tesla filed to patent a...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla Model 3's battery-pack size revealed in EPA documents

    The Tesla Model 3 has officially begun rolling off the assembly line, but the car will see a staggered launch. Specifically, the Model 3 in production today is what has been named the "Long Range" variant. Now, we have some additional details on that car. Preliminary EPA documents, discovered by...

  • Fisker EMotion
    Graphene batteries not coming to Fisker Emotion after all

    Remember Fisker's promise to introduce the industry's first automotive-grade graphene batteries? That's not happening. Now, Fisker's upcoming Emotion electric car will utilize fairly standard lithium-ion battery cells. The latest information, reported by Automotive News (subscription required)...

  • A123 Systems Prismatic Cell
    Battery Maker A123 Systems Announces New Li-Ion Battery Technology

    When it comes to building battery packs for electric cars, temperature extremes are the enemy of battery range. To deliver optimum results, electric car batteries need to be kept within a fairly narrow band of ideal operating temperatures. To get around this, thermal conditioning is used to...

  • Lithium-ion battery from the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    Late last year BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies, which covered everything from the joint development of electric car technologies to the sharing of engines. Today, the two automakers have taken the next step towards solidifying the alliance by announcing that they will collaborate in the research of next-generation lithium-ion battery technology. The research project being undertaken under the agreement is focusing on increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport
    A123 Systems Recalls Battery Used In Fisker Karma And Other Plug-Ins

    Following some recent failures of an automotive lithium-ion battery it produces, including some occurrences that made national headlines, American battery manufacturer A123 Systems has now issued a recall for the impaired units. A123 Systems announced this week that it will replace all battery...

  • A sample of Cambridge crude liquid battery material
    MIT Researchers Working On Liquid-State Batteries That Can Be ‘Refueled’

    One of the biggest hurdles towards the mainstream acceptance of electric cars is the lengthy period of time, usually around six to eight hours, that it takes to top up their batteries. Compare this to filling up a gasoline or diesel powered car, where topping up a tank takes only a matter of...

  • "Powerdecal" illuminated sticker
    Powerdecal: The Sticker That Turns On And Off With Your Car

    Fed up with bumper stickers and window stickers that nobody else can see at night? Want to show off your allegiance to a particular sports team or college even in the darkest of nights? What you need is the Powerdecal. This 4" sticker can be affixed on the inside of any window and uses three AA...

  • Mercedes SLS AMG Carrera Panamericana drive
    Automobile Looks In-Depth At The SLS AMG E-Cell Prototype

    It seems that as soon as a supercar gets built today, the company will turn around and make a install a hybrid or electric drive train into the car, like Audi’s E-tron. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is barely into the production phase and already they’ve built an electric prototype called the E-Cell...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
    Akio Toyoda Wants Affordable, Fun and Green Cars

    It’s no surprise that there is a serious lack of affordable sporty cars in Toyota’s lineup. The Lexus LFA is sold out, the ISF is over $50,000 out of reach of many car buyers, The Scion TC is pretty much a two-door Camry and the Tacoma Xrunner is still a Truck. The last real sporty models were...

  • 2009 Tesla Roadster, Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, CA

    We can't even count the number of performance-car owners and drivers who sneer at electric cars. Usually the phrase "golf carts" comes up. Well, we guarantee that if you put each of them behind the wheel of a 2009 Tesla Roadster, they would emerge with their priorities radically re-sorted, starting to figure out where they can mount the recharging box in their garages. It's that kind of car. Miracle torque What causes this miraculous transformation? In a word, torque. Pure, seamless, unstoppable, rocket-to-the-moon torque. No rev bands, no shift points, no heel-and-toeing. Just smooth and...

  • Coda Automotive sedan
    Coda Automotive launches in U.S. with new electric sedan

    A brand new electric car company has been established and plans to start selling its cars in the U.S. by the second half of next year. The new company is Coda Automotive, the latest brainchild of electric car entrepreneur Miles Rubin and based in Southern California. Coda’s first model will...

  • Toshiba's SCiB battery
    Toshiba's SCiB batteries leap forward to 90-sec recharge time

    Solving the problem of storing enough energy in a dense enough package without undue cost, weight or danger is the primary hurdle facing hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) today. Toshiba has already developed a battery technology that could make significant strides toward solving that problem, and...

  • Nissan Denki cube concept car
    U.S. consumers may be able to buy Nissan EVs by next year

    It's not often that major automakers push production dates ahead in time rather than back, especially with the current economic conditions, but Nissan might be doing just that with its electric vehicle program. While earlier Nissan was claiming that its first mass-produced electric vehicle would...

  • nissan zev prototype 003
    Nissan to show off new-generation zero-emissions vehicle in San Diego

    As the traditional car industry struggles against a lack of consumer credit, economic instability and its own growing pains, several of the major players are forging ahead with next-generation vehicle programs, including all-electric zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). Nissan has been at the forefront...

  • Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid test vehicle
    Prius plug-in hybrid conversion kit promises 40mi range on electricity, 100mpg

    With figures that equal the proposed Chevrolet Volt without the wait and with the familiarity of the highly successful Toyota Prius platform, California outfit Jungle Motors may have a winner on their hands with their plug-in hybrid conversion kit. The company has been in the business of converting...

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