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80% of the cars in the US auto fleet drive less than 40 miles a day, which is the capacity of current in-vehicle battery technology. Converting some of these cars to plug-in electric vehicles is a big step towards energy independence.
Date: 12/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Quallion is asking for DOE grant money to produce lithium-ion batteries to power commercial trucks while idling. The company hopes to use this product base to break into the rest of the electric vehicle market.
Date: 07/08/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Nissan and EnerDel have supported research at Argonne National Lab to develop a new electrolyte for auto batteries.
Date: 07/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Many auto companies have plug-in electric vehicles set to be sold in the coming years, but few cities are investing in electric charging stations.
Date: 08/06/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
GM announced that its expected plug-in hybrid vehicle can get 230 miles per gallon in city driving, much more efficient than traditional non-plug-in hybrids.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
As electric vehicles accrue incentives and consumer popularity, there will be a lithium demand boom that needs to matched with supply increases.
Date: 08/13/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Ford announced that it intends on its electric fleet to be smart grid compatible. This means that when an electric vehicle is plugged into the wall, it can charge faster when electricity is cheap and slow down charging or sell back electricity during peak demand times.
Date: 08/18/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Transportation
Ford showcased a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles that are set to come on the market in the next couple of years. The company emphasized that the major issue with the electric vehicles will not be the manufacturing technology, but the recharge infrastructure.
Date: 08/19/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Transportation
GM plans to integrate their plug-in electric vehicles into the smart grid using sensors, an intelligent power management system, and a network of smart loads with communications to report where to shift energy use.
Date: 08/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
By using ultracapasitors in hybrids to store energy and release it quickly, automakers could get double the amount of energy from the same engine space than with a conventional electric vehicle.
Date: 08/20/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation

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