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Samsung SDI Aims to Drive Battery Business Growth in North American Automobile Market

Read the full press release below: SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung SDI (KRX:006400) (President: Nam Seong Cho), a global leading company in the lithium-ion battery industry, introduced the prototype battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs) that delivers the world’s top energy density. Samsung SDI began to make its foray into the …

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New Lithium Ion Battery Shuts Down at High Temperatures (R&D Mag)

Stanford researchers have developed the first lithium-ion battery that shuts down before overheating, then restarts immediately when the temperature cools.  The new technology could prevent accidental fires, a problem in some technologies which rely on Lithium ion battery technology. For the battery experiment, the researchers coated the spiky nickel particles …

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Taiwan-US Team Develops Driverless Electric Vehicle (Eco-Business)

A driverless electric vehicle developed by researchers from Taiwan and the US was launched Jan. 10 in Taipei City, a significant step forward in establishing Taiwan as a leading global provider of smart transportation solutions. Jointly created by state-run Institute for Information Industry under the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs …

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Lithium Batteries DO Suffer Memory Effects

My piece on batteries and depreciation caused some frothing at the mouths of battery evangelists on Reddit, notably this one http://syonyk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/electric-car-battery-packs-and-longevity.html . Lithium battery fans repeat the mantra that “Lithium batteries don’t have memory effect” in the hope that repetition makes reality.   Sadly it doesn’t, and they do (suffer memory …

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Crumpled Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Sheets Developed as Cathode for Li-S Batteries (Green Car Congress)

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University have synthesized highly crumpled nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) sheets with ultrahigh pore volume (5.4 cm3) and large surface area (1158 m2/g), which enable strong polysulphide adsorption and high sulphur content for use as a cathode material in Li-sulphur batteries. The wrinkled graphene sheets are interwoven …

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Volkswagen Unveils BUDD-e Electric Van Concept at CES (Green Car Congress)

At CES 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the battery-electric BUDD-e van. Equipped with a 101 kWh battery pack supporting a range of up to 373 miles (600 km) on the NEDC, the BUDD-e concept is the first vehicle based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) designed specifically for plug-in vehicles. Volkswagen’s new …

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New Electrolyte for Solid-State Batteries Combines Polymer and Glass (Charged EVs)

Scientists at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel electrolyte that addresses many of the problems of solid electrolytes by combining the two primary types – polymer and glass.  In “Compliant Glass-Polymer Hybrid Single-Ion-Conducting Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

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