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    LG will build Europe's biggest EV battery factory next year

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    Mat Smith
    Mat Smith
    10.12.2017

    As the auto industry fatefully moves into electric vehicles, Europe's major car-makers need high capacity batteries. Until now, companies like VW, Volvo and BMW have had to import batteries from Asia. LG's forthcoming car battery factory in Poland, the first in Europe, hopes to fulfil that growing demand. "The company has chosen Poland as the most competitive location for production to satisfy the needs of European and global car producers," said Chang-Beom Kang, vice president at LG Chem. The facility will cost $1.63 million, based in the city of Wroclaw which is close to the country's border with Germany. (In case you didn't know, Germany is a major car manufacturing country.)

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    Mazda and Toyota will work together to design EVs

    by 
    Rob LeFebvre
    Rob LeFebvre
    09.28.2017

    Six months ago, Toyota showed off a customized electric, self-driving Lexus. Just yesterday, the auto maker revealed an update to the vehicle line with new Lidar and deep learning AI that can better see objects around the car and predict safer paths on the road. Today, the company is announcing a new joint development agreement between Toyota, Mazda and auto component supplier Denso for the production of electric vehicles. The three companies are also forming a new company, EV C.A. Spirit Co., Ltd., to manage the collaboration.

  • StoreDot

    Daimler eyes super-fast electric vehicle charging

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    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    09.14.2017

    Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz (and others) is pushing to get the majority of its vehicles to run on electricity. But there's still the issue of slow battery charging times that needs to be overcome if users are going to abandon gas. Which is why Daimler is throwing some of its cash towards Israeli startup StoreDot, which is working on a way to fully charge an EV in just five minutes.

  • Tesla

    Tesla plans to add more Superchargers in big cities

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    Swapna Krishna
    Swapna Krishna
    09.11.2017

    If you own a Tesla and plan on driving it reasonable distances, then you probably know exactly where your nearest superchargers are. After all, these devices charge up your car in less than an hour. But if you look at a map of an urban area -- let's say, Philadelphia, which is about 20 minutes from where I live -- you'll notice something frustrating. The city, along with many other urban areas, is somewhat of a Supercharging desert. Tesla acknowledges that this is a problem and is expanding their Supercharging network into urban areas, starting with Chicago and Boston.

  • Mercedes Benz

    Mercedes-Benz plans electric versions of all its models by 2022

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    Swapna Krishna
    Swapna Krishna
    09.11.2017

    We've seen quite a few car companies commit (and recommit) to electic vehicles recently, and now Mercedes-Benz has joined them. At Daimler's investor day today, the company's chief executive Dieter Zetsche said that Mercedes will offer electric versions of every single car it makes by 2022. Mercedes-Benz is also planning on turning its popular city SmartCar into a fully electric line by 2020.

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    Williams redesigns the chassis for lighter and stronger EVs

    by 
    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    09.06.2017

    There is frequently a trickle-down from the world of high-end motor racing through to the cars on sale at your local dealership (and refrigerators). Which is why the latest project to emerge from Williams Advanced Engineering is so exciting for the future of EVs. The F1 company is showing off its lightweight electric car chassis that's designed to make electric rides lighter, safer and greener.

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    LG will build electric car parts in Detroit

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    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    08.22.2017

    LG Electronics is building a 250,000 square foot EV parts plant in Detroit suburb Hazel Park, it said in a press release. LG might not build its own cars, but its vehicle components division supplies many key pieces for GM's critically acclaimed Chevy Bolt, to name one manufacturer. That's an understatement: It builds the battery cells and pack, electric motor, power inverter, on-board charger, climate control, instrument cluster and infotainment system.

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    Lucid Motors is struggling to produce its luxury EV

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    Swapna Krishna
    Swapna Krishna
    07.20.2017

    While EVs might be making headlines left and right, producing them is not as easy -- or as much of a slam dunk -- as it might seem. Take the case of Lucid Motors, a struggling electric car startup. It faces a stark choice for its future: Build an expensive assembly plant for its $60,000 EV, the Lucid Air, or sell to one of many interested buyers.

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    EVs are greener than ever thanks to renewable energy

    by 
    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    06.06.2017

    Some wags will always try to claim that EVs are just as dirty as regular cars, because electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations. Except, that's not really true anymore, which is why the Union of Concerned Scientists has updated its data on how environmentally friendly electric cars are. The results won't shock you, but an EV is now about as efficient as a gas-powered car that can make 73 miles per gallon.

  • Qualcomm

    Qualcomm can charge EVs while they're moving

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    05.18.2017

    Forget about better batteries, what if you could just drive your EV forever? Qualcomm just showed off technology called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) that juices an EV via road-embedded wireless charging hardware while you're driving. During the demonstration, two Renault Kangoo vehicles equipped with Qualcomm's "Halo" DEVC receivers were charged simultaneously while moving down a 100 meter test track.

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    People are really starting to embrace electric cars

    by 
    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    05.08.2017

    As with any new transportation technology, it's not as simple as building your first vehicle and expecting the whole world to change. And yet, it appears as if the world is finally cottoning on to this whole electric cars are better and cheaper to run thing.

  • Tesla

    Tesla plans larger Supercharger sites, more travel refueling spots

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    Devindra Hardawar
    Devindra Hardawar
    04.24.2017

    Tesla is working hard to make it easier for its customers to charge their electric cars on the go. Back in February, the company revealed that it'll be doubling its Supercharger network in 2017. It doubled down on that claim this morning, with the announcement that it'll have 10,000 Superchargers available by the end of 2017. Additionally, Tesla is planning to build larger Supercharger sites to fit "several dozen" cars, and it's increasing the amount of Destination Charging locations (for slower refueling) to 15,000 globally, up from 9,000 last year.

  • Ford to build a 300-mile electric SUV and hybrid Mustang

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    01.03.2017

    Ford just made a big electric vehicle announcement, saying it will build a hybrid Mustang and F-150 truck, along with a fully electric SUV with 300 miles of range, all by 2020. The $4.5 billion investment will make it the latest automaker to fully commit to a heavily electric and hybrid road map, joining Mercedes, Volkswagen and others. "Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years," said President and CEO Mark Fields in a statement.

  • University of Central Florida

    New battery tech lasts for days, charges in seconds

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    11.22.2016

    Scientists from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have created a supercapacitor battery prototype that works like new even after being recharged 30,000 times. The research could yield high-capacity, ultra-fast-charging batteries that last over 20 times longer than a conventional lithium-ion cell. "You could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn't need to charge it again for over a week," says UCF postdoctoral associate Nitin Choudhary.

  • Volkswagen will build EVs in North America starting in 2021

    by 
    Billy Steele
    Billy Steele
    11.22.2016

    Volkswagen introduced its new e-Golf at the LA Auto Show last week and today the automaker announced more plans for its electric vehicles in North America. As part of its plan for the next decade, the company wants to "evolve from a niche supplier into a relevant and profitable volume producer." Part of that strategy includes building EVs in North America beginning in 2021.

  • Toyota confirms it will develop electric vehicles

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    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    11.17.2016

    Toyota's still adamant that it's going to get the world hooked on hydrogen-powered cars in our (hopefully) green future. But in the meantime, it's decided to dive head-first into building its first all-electric vehicle to take on Tesla. The carmaker has announced that it's launching a "virtual" company to examine and develop EVs. The business will have four employees, each one from a different part of the Toyota Group's various subsidiaries and suppliers.

  • Faraday Future unveils 'world's highest energy density' EV battery

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    10.04.2016

    Faraday Future has partnered with LG Chem to build battery packs for Faraday's upcoming FFZero1 supercar and other vehicles that use its new electric car platform. In a joint press release, the companies said they have produced "the world's highest energy density for a production automotive battery." Faraday Future and its products are still a mystery, but LG Chem is a well-known firm that's supplying batteries for two important EVs set to arrive this year: the Chevy Bolt and Renault Zoe.

  • Smartphone batteries with twice the life may arrive in 2017

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    08.19.2016

    A type of lithium battery that could make gasoline-powered cars obsolete is on track to be commercialized, according to MIT News. The "lithium metal" batteries, developed by MIT spin-off SolidEnergy, can reportedly pack the same energy as a standard lithium-ion cell in half the size. "Or, we can make a battery the same size as a lithium ion battery, but now it will last twice as long," says SolidEnergy CEO Qichao Hu.

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    Tesla and Solar City agree to a $2.6 billion merger

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    08.01.2016

    Tesla has confirmed that it will buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion, a deal that unites two Elon Musk firms as one giant green company. The merged business will sell solar panels, Powerwall batteries to store the energy and electric cars that run on it. It's the "end-to-end clean energy" solution promised by Elon Musk in his "Master Plan Part Deux" just two weeks ago. SolarCity also revealed that it will introduce an "integrated solar and storage offering," and a solar product "focused on the 5 million new roofs installed each year in the US."

  • The 7 best green cars from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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    Inhabitat
    Inhabitat
    01.14.2016

    By Marc Carter This week the world's biggest automakers gathered in snowy Detroit to kick off the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Over 40 new models debuted at this year's event -- including some groundbreaking green vehicles. From the world's first electric minivan to next-gen hybrids and futuristic hydrogen cars, read on to learn about seven of this year's standouts.