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VW unveils charging butler robot concept for electric cars

January 11th, 2020 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept for a charging butler robot that can charge electric vehicles in a parking garage using mobile battery packs. The German automaker says that “mobile robots will charge electric vehicles completely autonomously in the future.” Mark Möller, Head of Development at Volkswagen Group Components, commented: “The mobile charging robot will […]



New battery tech can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days

January 9th, 2020 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

h can keep your smartphone charged for five continuous days The new high-capacity lithium-sulfur batteries can pave way for cheaper electric cars and solar grids. Researchers have developed a new solution that is capable of powering smartphones for five continuous days or electric cars to run over 1,000 km without needing to refuel. The new […]



Tesla patents new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries

December 30th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Tesla has made a lot of battery moves this year and it is closing the year by filing a patent on a new chemistry for better, longer-lasting and cheaper batteries. Earlier this year, we reported on Tesla’s battery research partner, Jeff Dahn and his team at Dalhousie University, unveiling the impressive results of tests on […]



Gates, Bezos bet on flow battery technology, a potential rival to big bets on lithium-ion

December 18th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

H/O ESS containers The U.S. energy storage market is expected to grow by a factor of 12 in the next five years, from 430MW deployed in 2019 to more than 5GW and a value of more than $5 billion by 2024, says Wood Mackenzie Energy Storage Service. Tesla and GM are making big bets on […]



Electric-car battery prices dropped 13% in 2019, will reach $100/kwh in 2023

December 10th, 2019 at 4:06 pm » Comments Off

Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis Although electric cars haven’t quite taken off in the 2010s the way some had anticipated, sheer economics are pointing to the 2020s as the time when EVs will find that market fever pitch. From 2010 to 2019, lithium-ion battery prices (when looking at the battery pack […]



Scientists develop superfast-charging, high-capacity potassium batteries

November 19th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University have shown that high-capacity, high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without lithium or other rare elements. In addition, they demonstrated the impressive stability of cathode materials and recorded high energy density in […]



Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study says

November 18th, 2019 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

Generators now on drawing boards will be left uneconomical Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found. By 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. […]



Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time

November 14th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

For a brief moment solar, wind and hydro combined to deliver more than half the power into the National Electricity Market Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50% renewable energy this week in a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal. Data on the sources of power in the National Electricity […]



How cheap must batteries get for renewables to compete with fossil fuels?

November 4th, 2019 at 1:47 pm » Comments Off

Production of lithium batteries for environmentally friendly electric cars future of energy  While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features […]



First fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery is seven times more efficient than lithium ion

October 3rd, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

 Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries are attractive energy storage systems because they have a specific energy density that is more than seven times greater than commonly used lithium-ion batteries. Until now, however, scientists have not been able to develop a fully rechargeable prototype, despite their potential to store more energy. Researchers at the University of Illinois at […]



Tesla battery researcher unveils new cell that could last 1 million miles in ‘robot taxis’

September 15th, 2019 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Tesla’s battery research partner has released a new paper on a battery cell that could last over 1 million miles, which they say is going to be particularly useful in ‘robot taxis’ — something that Tesla wants to bring to market. When talking about the economics of Tesla’s future fleet of robotaxis at the Tesla […]



Lamborghini Sián: The world’s first supercapacitor-hybrid supercar

September 13th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Sensual curves meet jagged angles in the remarkable Sian, Lamborghini’s first hybrid and the first car in production history to use a supercapacitor hybrid system Lamborghini has chosen a radically different way of dipping its toe in the waters of hybridization with the announcement of its new Sián, which couples a screaming, naturally aspirated V12 […]



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