Category: technology

Europe is beating the US in the battery race—with China’s help

The biggest reason we hear so much about electric cars is because of the falling costs of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries today cost less than one-fifth as they did in 2010. Within the next five years, some experts estimate that the total cost of owning an electric car—that is, upfront cost plus lifetime fuel cost—will be…
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2nd August 2019 0

As electric vehicle production ramps up worldwide, a supply crunch for battery materials is looming

As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, metals used to make the vehicles’ batteries may face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released Wednesday. Lithium, cobalt, and nickel supplies are expected to be worst hit. As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, the metals used…
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1st August 2019 0

Multilayer design makes conducting stretchable batteries

Stretchable conductors that stay conducting even when stretched by as much as 300% in any direction could find use in a new generation of deformable and wearable electronic devices. The conductors are made by sequential layering of polymers and gold nanoparticles in a design that is the first of its kind according to the researchers…
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31st July 2019 0

New £80m investment to drive forward next generation of net zero planes and cars

The government unveiled an £80m investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles – and which could also help develop new hybrid aircraft. The investment – through the modern Industrial Strategy – will help ensure the UK is able to supply products both in the UK and abroad, to help cut carbon emissions…
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29th July 2019 0

Can Metals Supply Keep Up With Electric Vehicle Demand?

Battery raw materials could face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s. In every electric vehicle (EV) battery, there’s a complex chemistry of metals – cobalt, lithium, nickel and more. The electrification of transport is transforming the demand and supply of those battery raw materials. In fact, we expect to see double-digit growth for battery raw…
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25th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – The risks and how to manage them

The rapid rise of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s) that use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology brings with it massive potential – but also a significant range of risks.  AIG Energy Industry Group says this is one of the most important emerging risks today – and organisations that use this technology must balance the opportunities with…
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24th July 2019 0

Bosch extends the service life of electric-vehicle batteries

Cloud-based swarm intelligence helps batteries maintain performance for longer Markus Heyn: “Bosch is connecting electric-vehicle batteries with the cloud, and substantially improving performance and service life.” Smart algorithms recognize battery stress factors and optimize the recharging process. Mobility services provider DiDi is the first company to use the Bosch battery services. Stuttgart, Germany – Stress…
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23rd July 2019 0

Japan’s Toray to manufacture battery components in Europe

Japanese materials company Toray has announced plans to open a facility for manufacturing battery separator films for use in lithium-ion batteries. The factory is expected to begin operations in July 2021 and will increase Toray’s production material for the component by around 20%. Toray Industries, Inc. has announced plans to open a new factory in…
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17th July 2019 0

Jaguar Land Rover get £500M Government Loan Guarantee for ELECTRIC car production

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a £500 million UK Government loan guarantee to support the design and manufacture of electric cars at Castle Bromwich. It’s no secret that Jaguar Land Rover has been struggling somewhat of late, with big drops in sales in China, buyers eschewing diesel-engined cars – the vast majority of JLR’s sales…
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16th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

There is a good deal of misleading statistics surrounding lithium-battery recycling and China and South Korea have already emerged as the global hubs where most batteries end up at the end of their lifetime, a new report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The study states one of the reasons lithium-ion recycling rates…
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15th July 2019 0