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How Should We Handle the Recycling of Electric Batteries?

In the UK new legislation will come into effect on January 1st ,2010 that is designed to ensure that all waste industrial and automotive batteries are recycled in the future. This legislation will see the responsibility will fall to the battery manufacturer. Producers of industrial and automotive batteries will be required to arrange the collection, [...]

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A123 Systems Partners with SAIC Motors to Develop Batteries for Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles

A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate(TM) lithium ion batteries and systems, this week announced that they are entering into a joint venture with SAIC Motor Co. Ltd, a leading automaker in China. The focus of the joint venture is to develop, manufacture and sell complete vehicle traction battery systems for use in [...]

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Alliance Announces Plans to Manufacture Lithium-ion Batteries for their Electric Car Programs

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced the location for the planned battery production site in Portugal. The new plant, which will manufacture advanced lithium-ion batteries, will be located at the Renault CACIA (Companhia Aveirense de Componentes para a Indústria Automóvel) industrial complex located in Aveiro, about 250km north of the capital, Lisbon.

In July of this year, [...]

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Microcell Foam Battery Technology Developed for High Tech Military Vehicles

Firefly Energy announced recently that it has signed a $3.3 million contract extension for continuing enhancement of its first two advanced battery technology designs. This funding comes in addition to more than $7 million the company has received to date under its original contract to adapt the company’s next generation microcell foam battery technologies for military [...]

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Development of new lightweight battery systems for electric cars

Over £1.3m of funding has been awarded by the Technology Strategy Board to a consortium led by advanced battery manufacturer Axeon and including Ricardo UK, which will develop a new lightweight battery for use in electric small city cars, improving their performance, functionality and range.

 The aim of the project is to develop an innovative high [...]

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Panasonic Develops New Lithium Cell Based Battery

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation has developed a 1.5 kWh battery module from 18650-type (18 mm in diameter x 65 mm in length) lithium-ion battery cells, which are widely used in laptop computers, to provide energy storage solutions for a wide range of environmentally friendly energy technologies. For example, multiple units can be connected in [...]

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Renault and Better Place commit to 100,000 All Electric Fluence Cars in Isreal & Denmark

Renault and Better Place have signed a definitive agreement that reflects their partnership in Israel and Denmark. The agreement marks nearly two years of development effort in creating the world’s first mass market zero-emission vehicle with switchable battery. According to this agreement, Better Place will start importing and distributing Renault’s first passenger electric vehicle – Fluence [...]

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Canadian Electric Car Company Zenn Motors Abandons Vehicle Plans

Canadian electric car start-up Zenn Motor Company Inc has announced that it no longer has any plans to produce a vehicle. Instead it will focus on its key electric drive technology , the ZENNenrgyTM drive. There is a big difference between designing and prototyping an electric car ( or any car for that matter) and [...]

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Smith Leads Charge to Better Electric Vehicles with 120 Mile Range

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WORLD-first technology that will increase electric vehicle range by up to 20% is to be developed in North East England.

Smith Electric Vehicles is working on a new ultra-efficient electric drive line, along with smarter, more energy efficient ancillary systems, such as heating and air conditioning. Combining all these elements together, Smith’s engineers believe [...]

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Lithium Battery Technology Performs Better than expected under Extensive Discharge/Charge Conditions

A new study produced by Carnegie Mellon show that Lithium battery technology performs over time better than has been previously suggested. The cumulative effects of deep discharge on several lithium battery chemistry types from both normal vehicle usage discharge and Vehicle-to-Grid discharge over 2000 test cycles was evaluated.

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