Renault and Others Debut Electric Cars at Paris Show
At the Paris Auto show, auto giant Renault extended its already strong commitment to electric vehicles yesterday by launching sales of a small electric car with a price and range that could offer mass appeal. Major German automakers Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler joined Renault's commitment to electric cars at the show by launching or announcing some of their first battery-only EVs. The show opens to the public today and runs for two weeks.
France: Saft shows new batteries at Paris show
Saft, the French multinational battery maker and one-time joint venture partner with Johnson Controls, is presenting at the 2012 Paris motor show lithium-ion battery systems for different automotive ...
Visteon Launches Thermal Management Products for Lithium-ion Batteries in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC), a leading global automotive supplier, recently launched products featuring different approaches to battery thermal management on a number of new electric and hybrid vehicles.
Nissan Aims to Improve Communication With Leaf Owners
Spurred by a group of owners in Arizona, Nissan Motor is establishing an independent board to study how the automaker may better communicate with customers about the performance of its purely electric Leaf.
Tesla Unveils its Supercharger Network: "Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight."
Elon Musk has all the best toys. Not only does he get to play with (and build) space rockets at SpaceX, he's also chairman of the biggest solar installer in the U.S. (SolarCity) and CEO of the coolest electric car company. But his latest toy is particularly cool because it shows that Musk's goal is not to only make a few expensive EVs, but to actually demonstrate that electric cars can work in the real world and pull off a feat that hasn't been done in decades: build a viable new car company in the US.
Ford Offers Rules On EV Charging Etiquette (Video + Dash Charge Card)
According to Ford’s electric vehicle charging etiquette tutorial, the Focus Electric does, and not just because it is from Ford. The company goes on to state the obvious, that while no one can say for sure the pure electric Focus really needs a charge, the other two vehicles definitely do not.
ABB Installs First Terra 51 DC Fast Charger In U.S.
The first ABB fast charger for electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. is now installed and operational in New Berlin, Wis. It was completed earlier this month at ABB Inc.'s office and manufacturing facility.
ADS Releases Demand-Response Case Studies On Four Utilities
The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) has released new case studies that delve into demand-response program design and implementation at Progress Energy Carolinas, Gulf Power, Con Edison and Reliant.
EnerDel, Altair Sign Strategic MOU On Energy Storage Products
EnerDel Inc. and Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., two providers of energy storage solutions, have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-market and cross-sell their product portfolios.
Lab Tests: How long does the iPhone 5's battery last?
Given some of the iPhone 5’s other improvements—thinner body, larger screen, and greater number of pixels to illuminate—it wouldn't seem that the new phone could also match, much less exceed, its predecessor's battery life. And, in fact, it doesn't, though it comes close.
Lithium air batteries could give EVs the range expected of a fuelled car
After watching an episode of Top Gear in which Jeremy Clarkson pushed a Nissan LEAF along a road just outside Lincoln after it ran out of charge, many viewers may not have been convinced that electric cars were the future. Indeed, range anxiety is cited as one of the major barriers between electric vehicles and their widespread public adoption. Where petrol powered cars may travel for up to 500 miles before they run out of fuel, electric vehicles generally only manage 100.
SDG&E And Sudberry Properties Work Together To Create Smart Grid Community
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Sudberry Properties executives were joined by Councilmember Lorie Zapf today to announce plans to create a "smart energy community" for the new Civita master-planned development in Mission Valley.
Are Air-Cooled Batteries Hurting Nissan Leaf Range?
For months, Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona have complained about degrading battery capacity from high heat. Now, a group of Leaf owners have performed a test that appears to add credence to those claims.
Spray-on Battery Technology Puts a Charge Into Energy Field
Imagine the day you'll be able to recharge your new mobile gadgets with the clothes you're wearing or even the paint on the gadgets themselves. That day may be closer than you think.
$4 Million To Improve Battery Performance
PARC, a Xerox company, announced yesterday it has signed a $4 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under the program for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED).
Corvus Batteries For New Hybrid Tugboats
More than two megawatts of batteries designed and manufactured by Corvus Energy will be at the heart of four new 542 kWh hybrid tugboats now being built for the Gorgon Project.
Toshiba Unveils Home Battery System for Back-Up Power
As we keep bumping along toward a smarter, more connected grid, large-scale battery systems are becoming an increasingly important part of stabilizing the delivery of electricity. Especially as more renewable sources of energy are added to the power mix, back-up power storage will be necessary to smooth out the gaps in power generation from things like wind and solar power.
Ford Cuts Rare-Earth Metal Use In Hybrid Batteries, But ...
They're needed in one type of electric motor and various electronic components, and volume projections for hybrid and electric cars mean that increasingly larger quantities will be required.
Pictures: Seven Ingredients for Better Electric Car Batteries
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Carbon is just one material in a whole pantry of ingredients being treated and mixed in new ways in hopes of concocting a battery that lasts longer, costs less, stores more energy, delivers greater bursts of power, and occupies less space than the lithium-ion batteries commonly used today. About a dozen new electric vehicle models are set to hit the road before the end of this year, but most analysts predict only slow market penetration of EVs—due mainly to the high costs and unwieldiness of today's batteries.