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Despite weak EV sales, total battery capacity increased 69% YOY in April 2019

Despite weak EV sales growth in April 2019 compared to the same month the year prior, total battery capacity deployed in newly-sold EVs increased markedly over the same period, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity Monthly. While total EV sales increased just 19.6% over the previous April, the industry deployed over 6.7 GWh of… Read more »

Solid Power receives investment from Ford, says it’s ready for production in Q2 2019

Solid Power, a spin-out company of the University of Colorado, has partnered with Ford to continue development of its all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) for EVs. The partnership will focus on further developing ASSBs towards automotive requirements. The partners will use Solid Power’s fully automated, roll-to-roll production facility, which the company says will be fully operational in… Read more »

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid review: Subaru’s first PHEV offers its loyal customers a taste of zero-emission miles

Any new plug-in vehicle from a maker that hasn’t previously offered one is cause for excitement, even if volumes are low at first. So I approached my six-day test of the new plug-in Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid with anticipation. Sure, its rated 17-mile electric range is below the curve, but at least it’s a start –… Read more »

Tesla delivers first 4 of 100 Model 3s to German EV rental company

German EV rental company nextmove, Tesla’s largest customer in Germany, plans to add 100 Model 3s to its fleet this year. The company recently took delivery of the first four units of the new sedan (the Performance version) at Tesla’s facility in Berlin. nextmove’s mission is to make EVs accessible to as many people as… Read more »

Global automakers planning to invest over $300 billion in electrification

Global automakers are planning an unprecedented level of investment to develop electrified vehicles and procure batteries over the next five to 10 years, according to a Reuters analysis of public data. Carmakers have announced plans to spend at least $300 billion on electrification projects. The lion’s share – some $136 billion – will be directed… Read more »

SK Innovation announces new battery manufacturing plant in Georgia

Battery developer SK Innovation plans to invest $1.67 billion to build a new EV battery manufacturing plant in Georgia. The new plant will be located in Jackson County, Georgia, and is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs. Construction will occur in two phases, beginning in early 2019. The SK Group already has significant investments… Read more »

Tesla’s back! Q3 earnings report includes record revenue and healthy profit

Those of us who saw past the tweets and the alarmist headlines were expecting good news from Tesla’s third-quarter earnings report, as it became apparent that demand for Model 3 remains robust as the company emerges from production hell. However, even most true believers were expecting a small loss, or perhaps a nominal profit. Instead,… Read more »

Solid Power announces $20 million in Series A funding

Colorado-based Solid Power, a manufacturer of all solid-state batteries (ASSB), has secured $20 million in a Series A investment round. Investors include Hyundai CRADLE, Samsung Venture Investment, Sanoh Industrial, Solvay Ventures, and A123 Systems. Solid Power will use the new funds to scale up production via a multi-MWh roll-to-roll facility, which is to be built… Read more »

Prius Prime Advanced: the prince of PHEVs

Looking for an objective review of the Toyota Prius Prime Advanced? Sorry, you’ll have to look elsewhere. I’m one of “the pious” – annoying Prius drivers who sing the praises of our favorite hybrid vehicle to anyone who will listen. I’ve owned three Prii (and yes, replaced batteries on two), and this is a completely… Read more »