The Tech

Mouse Tesla offers to remove thorn from Lion Boeing’s paw

Elon Musk, the entrepreneurial force behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, who surely knows a thing or two about lithium-ion batteries, has offered unspecified aid to aviation giant Boeing, whose flagship 787 Dreamliner remains grounded after a pair of battery-related incidents.  “Desire to help Boeing is real & am corresponding w 787 chief engineer,” Musk tweeted… Read more »

Nissan LEAF warranty will now cover battery capacity loss

Since the issue of premature battery capacity loss began to surface last May, Nissan has taken a number of steps to investigate the problem and reassure LEAF owners – it tested affected vehicles, established an independent board to improve communications, and even bought back a couple of LEAFs. Now the company has announced that it… Read more »

VIDEO: Nissan opens Tennessee battery plant, celebrates two years of LEAF sales

Nissan has announced the launch of the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The first batteries produced at the plant have completed the required aging process and are ready to receive their first charges. The new facility, adjacent to the vehicle assembly plant where the LEAF is built, is part of… Read more »

Wanxiang wins A123 at auction

Chinese auto parts firm Wanxiang is the proud owner of battery maker A123 Systems, having won this week’s bankruptcy auction with a bid of between $250 million and $260 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Other bidders included Johnson Controls, NEC and Siemens. Wanxiang will not be buying the segment of A123 that provides… Read more »