Startup battery maker A123 Systems scored a potentially massive new contract Thursday, with a deal to supply lithium-ion battery packs to Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, for hybrid commercial vehicles. A123’s lithium iron phosphate battery packs, featuring the company’s prismatic cell technology, are expected to be deployed on city buses during the second half of… Read more »
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Pike report assesses 10 leading lithium battery firms
Lithium ion batteries – we EV boosters love ‘em (though we wish they could be a bit lighter and a lot cheaper). EV party-poopers hate ‘em, telling anyone who will listen that they’re bound to explode, stop working after a year or two, or maybe even channel mind-controlling signals from hippy Communist aliens. Everyone agrees… Read more »
Ener1 files for Chapter 11
Advanced battery maker Ener1 (OTC: HEVV) announced yesterday that it has “voluntarily” entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and reached agreement with its creditors on a restructuring plan. The firm’s EnerDel unit, which builds lithium-ion batteries for EVs, is not part of the reorganization, and according to the company, “is not expected to be adversely impacted by… Read more »
Toyota secures mother lode of lithium in Argentina
Listen to my story ‘bout a company named Toyota Crankin out the Pria, tryin to make their sales quota Without enough batteries, production would halt Good thing they found a bunch of carbonate salt Lithium, that is…white gold…Argentine applesauce… …but seriously folks, Japanese news site Nikkei reported this week that the Toyota Tsusho Corporation… Read more »
Tesla wasn’t libeled, but it sure was talked about
A UK judge has ruled against Tesla Motors in a libel case with BBC tevelvision show Top Gear.