Green Charge Networks and ChargePoint have teamed up in a $0 down deal to install EV charging stations with energy storage to beat peak demand charges.
Originally published on EV Obsession. Tesla Motors CTO JB Straubel was the headliner at Intersolar North America last week. He talked about the transition to lithium-ion batteries and how that opened the floodgates for electric cars and stationary storage (eventually); the synergy between EVs, solar, and grid storage; the growth of solar power and grid […]
Originally published on CleanTechnica. Wow, Local Motors sure is busy this year. This unusual auto manufacturer specializes in collaborative open source design, microfactories, and 3D printing, and we took note when the company kicked off 2015 by hooking up with the US Energy Department for a new lightweight design challenge. What we didn’t note was […]
5 used Chevy Volt batteries are helping to power the data center at the GM Milford Proving Grounds. The batteries still have 80% of their storage capacity.
The new Audi R8 E-Tron battery has almost double the power density, double the kilowatt-hours and double the range of the original. And that’s in 4 years.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced at the company’s annual meeting that it is doubling the capacity of its PowerWall but keeping the price exactly the same.
The Tesla PowerWall is sold out until 2016 already, bringing Tesla almost $800 million in new business. But does it make economic sense to buy one yourself?
Last year Israeli startup StoreDot burst onto the battery scene with claims that it had developed a battery that could recharge a smartphone in just 30 seconds. StoreDot is back again, and now the company claims that by next year it will have scaled up its battery technology to recharge 300 miles worth of range […]
There were no robot arms or jetpacks to go along with Elon Musk’s big home battery pack announcement, formally called Tesla Energy. But what the Tesla CEO has proposed could spark a green energy revolution that transforms the planet for the better. I’ll save you all that fanfare for now though, and get right to […]
Fortune magazine a Tesla storage battery powers 11 Walmart stores. On April 30, the company will announce it is moving into the storage battery business.
A new study shows battery prices are falling faster than predicted. The researchers say $150 per kWh is possible by 2020, prompting a shift to electric cars
Korea’s LG Chem is now the world’s largest EV battery supplier, having just inked a deal with Daimler to provide batteries for the upcoming Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, which is scheduled for production in 2016. LG Chem also supplies batteries to Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai, Renault, Audi, Chevrolet, Kia and GM. In all, LG Chem supplies 13 […]
This week’s Cleantech Talk news episode is something like a “battery special.” Chris DeMorro and I talk about new research highlighting the fast-dropping price of electric vehicle batteries, the wide variation in the lifetimes of different lithium-ion cells, and VW’s stake in solid-state battery startup QuantumScape. We started off the show chatting about new research highlighting a “hidden […]
What is the future of EV battery technology? That’s a question many automakers find themselves asking, and as Volkswagen finds itself vying for position of the world’s largest automaker, it’s an increasingly important question to answer. Bloomberg reports that Volkswagen will make a decision this July on whether or not to pursue solid-state batteries. The […]
Tesla Model 3, Apple Electric Car, BYD Gigafactories, & BYD e6 In Chicago Uber Fleet (Cleantech Talk #6)
Also published on CleanTechnica & EV Obsession. Chris and I had a lot of fun this week running down four hot electric car stories. We had some really interesting updates regarding the Apple electric car and Tesla Model 3 to play with, as well as a huge one from BYD — plans for battery gigafactories […]
Samsung has just struck a deal with Magna Steyr to buy its battery business. Never heard of Magna Steyr? That’s not surprising. It is one of those “behind the scenes” companies that helps the big name car companies bring their cars to market. It builds car parts for Audi, Fiat, GM and Volkswagen, providing critical […]
Tesla may be ready to unveil a home battery energy storage system soon. During a conference call with investors earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk let it slip that the design of the battery is complete and production could begin in about 6 months. “The long-term demand for stationary energy storage is extraordinary,” added JB […]
SolidEnergy Systems claims it has developed a lithium-metal battery with twice the energy density as the Tesla Model S, but at less than half the cost
Volkswagen’s Dr. Martin Winterkorn remarked that he sees “great potential” in the ability of solid-state batteries to provide 400 miles of range per charge.
Electric superchargers eliminate turbo lag and boost fuel economy. As supercapacitor prices fall, look for more electric superchargers to enter production.