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Advances in hybrid technology, such as batteries and electric motors, have made hybrid cars cheaper to manufacture. For this reason, automakers are turning to hybrids to comply with fuel-economy standards.
Date: 10/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
By layering graphene sheets and silicon, researchers have developed an anode with storage capacity and recharge rates 10x higher than traditional Li-ion batteries.
Date: 11/14/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
AES batteries
Power company AES is in the process of scaling up its lithium-ion grid battery projects to a commercial size, and by the third quarter of this year, plans to start operating a 32 MW lithium-ion battery project in West Virginia.
Date: 05/06/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Crumpled sheets of graphene.
New graphene ultracapacitors have five times the energy density of current commercial devices, thanks to the increased surface area of the "crumpled" graphene nanomaterial.
Date: 12/08/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
Amprius' silicon nanowire battery.
Battery startup Amprius plans to bring to market in 2012 a battery that uses nanostructured silicon electrodes to store twice as much energy as anything on the market today.
Date: 09/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Ford Focus Electric.
The Ford Focus Electric, due out next year in the U.S., will contain a lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid-based thermal management system that Ford claims will maximize the battery's efficiency and range, as well as elongate overall battery life.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Planar Energy has developed a printing method for solid-state lithium-ion batteries that could improve the stability and lifetime of batteries used in electric vehicles.
Date: 07/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Researchers at MIT have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology using a positive electrode made of carbon nanotubes. The large surface area and porous structure of the nanotubes give the new battery high energy capacity and power.
Date: 06/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Materials
Nissan North America Inc. broke ground Wednesday for a lithium-ion battery plant as part of a plan to build a five-passenger all-electric car, the Leaf, and create up to 1,300 jobs in Tennessee.
Date: 05/26/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
The coming wave of battery-powered vehicles has utilities, oil companies and startups preparing for a significant shift. But the push toward an "electrification tipping point" also presents new challenges.
Date: 05/19/2010
Type: News

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