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)...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S May Get Battery Swapping Soon: Report

    The 2013 Tesla Model S has received rave reviews, including the best score that Consumer Reports has given any car in six years. The stock of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is on a roll, the company is delivering hundreds of its Model S all-electric luxury sport sedan every week, and it just turned in...

  • A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

    When lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 systems declared bankruptcy last October, the move left Fisker Automotive without a battery supplier for its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Fisker downplayed the drama, insisting that it had sufficient inventory for the near future, and that the sale of A123 Systems’ assets would likely be completed quickly. In December, Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang outbid a U.S. firm, Johnson Controls, for the pieces of A123 Systems, but that was hardly the end of the story. Although Wanxiang excluded military contracts from its bid for...

  • 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
    BMW And Toyota Start Joint Development Of Next-Gen Batteries

    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...

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

    The supplier of the Fisker Karma's lithium-ion batteries, 123 Systems, has issued a recall on them due to what it claims are defective prismatic cells.

  • The Graphene Carbon Lattice
    Graphene The Missing Link In Lithium-Air Battery Technology?

    With so many different technologies vying to be the "next big thing" with electric car batteries, the law of averages dictates that at least one of those genuinely will be the next big thing. The latest "next big thing" is graphene lithium-air batteries according to Talking Points Memo, and they're...

  • e-Wolf Alpha 1 SRF
    e-Wolf Presents Alpha 1 SRF Electric Track Car: Video

    Remember e-Wolf? A few years back the German firm released a couple of preview images teasing a new electric supercar that’s still in development. Well, e-Wolf has been busy, releasing a number of other electric cars in the recent past, the latest of which is the new Alpha 1 SRF (Silent...

  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots

    We’ve known about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist mild-hybrid luxury sedan since late 2010 but GM only released the all-important pricing details for the car this week, with its sticker coming in at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge. Interestingly, GM has made the advanced eAssist drivetrain the standard option on its latest Buick LaCrosse, though a 303 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque 3.6-liter V-6 is available at no extra cost on some trim levels. The LaCrosse also comes with front-wheel drive as standard, though an all-wheel drive option will also be offered. As for...

  • Volvo C30 Electric
    Volvo C30 Electric Car Leases Start This Summer, In Europe

    Volvo showed us its C30 Electric zero-emissions hatchback at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show back in January, which included a crashed example with the car's expensive battery pack fully intact, but now the automaker has confirmed that customer leases are about to start. Unfortunately, those leases are...

  • 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...

  • Tesla Model S Alpha build
    Tesla Model S ‘Alpha’ Build Mega-Gallery

    The Tesla Model S electric sedan is on track for a market debut in the middle of next year, although the production version of the car is scheduled to be revealed at the end of this year. We say production version as we’ve already seen a number of Model S sedans in the past, though all of...

  • Delta Motorsport E-4 Electric Coupe
    Move Over Tesla, Delta Motorsport Launches 150 MPH E-4 Electric Coupe

    Over in the UK, a relatively new company by the name of Delta Motorsport and based at the famous Silverstone race circuit, has designed and built from the ground up a sporty coupe with a distinct sportback design and zero-emission electric drivetrain. The company boasts a 0-60 mph time of less than...

  • "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...

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