15 juin 2016

Volvo CEO says hybrids will supplant diesels, even in Europe

volvol 40.1 concept Tougher emissions standards will lead to the replacement of diesels by gasoline-electric hybrids over the next decade or so, Samuelsson told Car and Driver in a recent interview. Hybrids offer lower emissions than diesels, but Samuelsson believes they will soon cost less as well. He said that in a few years there will be a "crossover," at which point costs for hybrid powertrains will steadily decrease, while the cost of diesel powertrains will steadily increase. That's because diesel engines will require more... [Lire la suite]

12 juin 2016

Peugeot develops solar energy charging station for EVs in France

The Driveco Parasol is a charging station comprising 88 photovoltaic panels and lithium-ion batteries for the production and storage of solar energy. With this method, electricity can be distributed at any time, even when sunlight levels are low.     NEW DELHI: French automaker Peugeot has designed a solar energy charging station for electric vehicles for Driveco - the Driveco Parasol. Its design combines ecology and technology with a wooden framework supporting the photovoltaic panels, thus providing protective shade... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2016

The Global Market for Lithium Ion Batteries for Vehicles Is Expected to Total $221 Billion from 2015 to 2024

credit photo NIssan   New lithium-based battery likely to be included in production vehicles before 2024 A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for automotive applications, with market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by vehicle type and region, through 2024. Global automotive manufacturers continue to push forward vehicles that utilize electric drivetrains, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2015

Bosch Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Hit EV Market Within 5 Years

Bosch has been showing off its current solid-state, lithium-ion battery concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, according to recent reports, claiming that the new solid-state battery cells could double energy density, while actually lowering costs, not increasing them. The company claims that these electric vehicle (EV) batteries could be ready for production in only 5 years, or less. Part of the claim of production-readiness in under 5 years is due the company’s acquisition of the startup Seeo, it claims, as well as internal... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2015

Aluminium battery from Stanford offers Fast Charge and Low Cost

Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminium battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our... [Lire la suite]
02 février 2015

Understanding Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Its Implications

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report about the January 7, 2013, fire on board a Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 aircraft at Boston’s Logan Airport said that the fire involved a lithium-ion battery located in the aircraft’s the auxiliary power unit (APU) and was followed by a second fire, nine days later, in Japan involving the main battery unit of another Boeing 787 aircraft. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the incident in Boston was an internal short circuit within a cell of the APU lithium-ion battery,... [Lire la suite]
12 novembre 2014

What's Next For Magnesium-Ion V+Batteries: Molecular Foundry Coughs Up A Clue

For those of you new to the topic, lithium-ion is currently the gold standard for electric vehicle batteries among many other applications (lithium is a soft metal, and ion refers to a charged atom or molecule). Just ask our good friends over at Tesla Motors, they’ll tell you how good Li-ion batteries are. However, we’ve been catching wind of some new developments in Mg-ion batteries here and there, and Toyota, for one, has been in hot pursuit of the technology for electric vehicle batteries. As described in the Berkeley Lab’s... [Lire la suite]
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19 septembre 2014

4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage

We don’t fawn over battery technology like we do over shiny gadgets and smart apps, but know this: it’s set to play an important role in our attempt to use more low-carbon energy like solar and wind. Batteries and other energy storage equipment make it possible to store solar and wind electricity and use it whenever it’s needed, not just when it’s produced. That ability will help utilities to manage their power supply and demand. More interestingly, it will help businesses and homeowners to do the same as a growing number of them... [Lire la suite]