lithium ion batteries

Understanding the True Potential of Lithium-Ion Technology

December 31, 2014 by James Greenberger

Lithium-ion battery optimists may be making a comeback. Recent estimates suggest that the price of large format lithium-ion batteries may fall from about $1,800/kWh in 2009 to less than $200/kWh by 2020. Suddenly, the optimists of 10 years ago are not looking so overly optimistic.[read more]

Seeing How a Lithium-Ion Battery Works

June 14, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries and Innovation

New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The new findings explain the unexpectedly high power and long cycle life of such batteries, the researchers say.[read more]

A123 Bankruptcy Casts Doubts on EV Goals

October 17, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

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The theory was that the federal government could guide an entire US electric vehicle (EV) industry into existence by providing generous incentives. That vision was attractive, because EVs have the potential to counter climate change and bolster energy security. However, yesterday's bankruptcy of battery-maker A123 Systems, Inc. provides a costly reality check.[read more]

Innovations That Will Change Your Energy Tomorrow

June 6, 2012 by Clifton Yin

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The latest edition of The New York Times Magazine features 32 technology “innovations that will change your tomorrow”. The listed technologies range from the quirky – #14 is something called “the shutup gun” – to the eminently useful, such as #20 (and my favorite), synthetic alcohol that would eliminate hangovers. As Sarah Laskow points...[read more]

Chrysler’s Electric Efforts Show Spark Of Life

May 3, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

It’s been a tumultuous few years since “Big Three” automaker Chrysler’s highly publicized 2009 bankruptcy and subsequent $14 billion bailout. Now, the company seems to be pulling itself from the wreckage thanks to a new alliance with European automaker Fiat, an ambitious and long overdue redesign of some of its stalwart models and...[read more]

No electric cars . . . . but something else instead!

November 3, 2010 by David Hone

So much is now written about electric car development and particularly the push in China for this mode of transport that I now have expectations of seeing something on the street, but the reality is different. Nevertheless, electricity is making inroads into the personal transport system in China. Electric motorbikes are everywhere and appear to be in the majority when compared to conventional gasoline motor bikes.[read more]

Dongfeng – Nissan Joint Venture

April 7, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Last month, Ottawa Treehugger Michael Graham Richard reported that about 71,000 had signed up for more information about the LEAF once Nissan offers it for sale. And, via Future Pundit, we learn from Michael Kanellos of about the price of batteries for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The big question remains whether...[read more]

Tesla to Use High-Energy Batteries from Panasonic

January 14, 2010 by Big Gav

Technology Review reports that Tesla are partnering with Panasonic to supply long life lithium ion batteries - Tesla to Use High-Energy Batteries from Panasonic. Tesla Motors, the maker of high-performance electric vehicles, is working with Panasonic, the battery and consumer electronics giant, to develop its next generation of batteries...[read more]

700 lithium ion Vitzes in all, 700 lithium ion Vitzes

November 7, 2007 by Jonathan Smith

Writing for Business Week, Yuri Kageyama1 provides a more cogent explanation than Lascelles Linton2 writing for Autoblog Green. About what?Toyota already uses lithium batteries, in one of its models, only in Japan, and only in small numbers. Since 2003, the lithium-ion battery has been part of an “intelligent package” for Toyota Motor...[read more]