Batteries

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Mercedes-Benz Chooses SK Innovation For Future EV Battery Cells

Originally published on EV Obsession. Editor’s Note: Mercedes has previously gotten its EV battery cells through Samsung SDI & Panasonic (via Magna & Tesla). The Korean company SK Innovation has been chosen by Mercedes-Benz as its future supplier for electric vehicle lithium-ion battery cells, according to recent reports. Mercedes-Benz is reportedly planning to deploy battery […]

February 22nd

Electric Car Features & Classes Most Desired

In our 7th article pulled from Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want — a new report from CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and GAS2 — I’m jumping into some of the really juicy stuff — specific features people want, car classes people are interested in, and some specifics regarding batteries. We asked only the non-owners/lessees about required and desired features […]

January 29th

Electric Car Survey For Non-Owners & Non-Lessees

Our survey of electric car owners and lessees went very well, with 800 people completing the survey! A couple of years ago, I think we wouldn’t have gotten half that number. But now is time for the really big one — a survey of wannabe electric car owners/lessees! (If you don’t yet own or lease an electric car […]

August 22nd

Own or Lease an Electric Car?

If you were MIA this weekend and missed my first appeal to complete an electric car owner and lessee survey that I created, I would like to humbly request that you step it up and complete this thing now! We’re up to 478 responses as I write this, but I’d like a few more. You […]

July 30th

Is This Why Toyota Is Really So Anti-BEV?

I’ve been planning to write this article for months. Maybe a year? Toyota has been perhaps the most anti-EV mass-market car company out there by some standards (perhaps excluding Fiat due to Sergio Marchionne). As I noted yesterday, its foray into plug-in electric cars was essentially the lamest of all, bringing a Prius Plug-in to market that just has […]

July 22nd

Hybrid Battery Thefts On The Rise In New York

Hybrid battery thefts have become an issue in one part of New York City, as 14 batteries have been stolen from Toyota Camry Hybrid cars in one Queens neighborhood in the past 3 months according to CBS News. Almost all the cars were being used as taxis at the time. When air bags first appeared […]

February 24th

The Telsa Gigafactory Faces Skepticism

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has plans to build a massive battery “Gigafactory” someplace in the United States. The Gigafactory would start production by 2017 and by 2020 would produce enough lithium-ion batteries batteries for 500,000 electric cars.  The question is will this become a reality? Tesla sold 23,000 cars last year, and all of them ran off […]

April 18th

Fiskers Claims Against A123 Systems Cut By 89%

Fisker Automotive made claims of $140 million against A123 Systems (now called B456 Systems. They moved onto the next letter in the alphabet and used the three numbers after 123) because of the rejection of its supply agreement and alleged breach of warranty obligations. The claims were $91.2 million for damages caused by rejection of its supply agreement, and $48.7 million for a breach of warranty obligations. But most of these claims were rejected.

April 10th

McLaren Confirms 916 HP P1 Hybrid Supercar for Geneva

Details of McLaren’s new P1 hybrid hypercar are leaking steadily ahead of the car’s Geneva launch – but this latest news is sure to be the most exciting for a generation of gear-heads lusting for ever more powerful cars to occupy their bedroom posters. The McLaren P1 will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 mated […]

February 21st

Long Term Test | Lithium Ion Motorcycle Batteries

Well, the Skyrich is in that special battery home in the sky now, ready to become fertilizer (for real) thanks to the lack of any battery management system (BMS). I ran this battery on my 2009 Yamaha R1 since May 2011, (first reported here) putting about 12,500 miles of mostly city riding on it. So while Skyrich advertises that the battery lasts 2,000 cycles, as opposed to the 3-500 lead acid batteries can take, I only found it to last about 2.5 times as long as the lead acid my bike came with. I didn’t count the cycles, I counted the years. The stock battery lasted 1 year. The Skyrich was starting to get weak this winter, but I didn’t do the research until after it died. It turns out that with liIon batteries, when it’s cold you actually heat it up by turning the key and letting it power the lights for a minute. I did find that although it wouldn’t crank on the first try in the cold, it would eventually crank. Unlike lead acid, lithium batteries get stronger as you use them, they “warm up”.

February 5th

BMW and Toyota Team Up for New Tech, and a New Celica

Ford, Mercedes, and Nissan aren’t the only big players teaming up to gain an edge … hybrid technology leaders Toyota and BMW have signed a new agreement to collaborate on the research and development of more lightweight materials, fuel cells, and advanced lithium-air batteries to succeed the companies’ current lithium-ion cells. This is a binding […]

February 3rd