Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Ford CEO Farley Calls for Battery Production in US

Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley by Spencer Platt/Getty Images via Bloomberg News Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley by Spencer Platt/Getty Images via Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley said the U.S. must begin building batteries for the coming wave of electric vehicles in order to avoid supply disruptions like the semiconductor shortage now shutting American auto factories.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
February 24, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

EV Mania Turns Battery Makers Into Power Brokers

The SK Battery America facility is seen under construction in Commerce, Ga., on Oct. 22. The SK Battery America facility is seen under construction in Commerce, Ga., on Oct. 22. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg News)

Automakers are investing billions of dollars to bring new electric vehicles to consumers in the U.S. and other global markets, but their success hinges on securing the most critical and expensive component: the battery.

October 23, 2020
Business, Technology

Buffett-Backed BYD Close to Battery Supply Deal With Audi

Battery construction Yen Duong/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG’s Audi luxury-car brand is in talks to add China’s BYD Co. as a supplier of batteries used in its premium electric vehicles, according to people familiar with the matter.

August 29, 2019
Business, Technology

Electric Cars, Solar Compete for Same Parts

Solar Panels Bloomberg News

Electric vehicles and solar tend to get lumped together as partners in the climate-friendly push to phase out fossil fuels. Now they’re competing head-to-head for high-tech components that have been in short supply.

May 3, 2019
Business, Technology

US Trails in Lithium Mining for EV Batteries

Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

The U.S. push to challenge China’s dominance in the production and sale of electric vehicles has at least one weak link: Most of the raw materials needed to make the batteries are dug elsewhere.

April 30, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Extreme Temps Affect Electric Truck Batteries

A BYD battery-electric truck A BYD battery-electric truck. Replacing diesel-powered trucks will bring challenges. (California HVIP)

All major truck builders and several startups are preparing to develop, test and market either battery-electric vehicles or fuel-cell/battery models in the very near term. Replacing diesel-powered Class 8 trucks, though, will present numerous challenges to an industry accustomed to proven and reliable diesel-­engine technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, TCA

Chattanooga VW Will Source EV Batteries From New Georgia Factory

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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., electric vehicle assembly plant will use batteries produced at a $1.67 billion factory in Georgia.

Mike Pare | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Electric Trucks Advance

Freightliner's all-electric eCascadia Freightliner's eCascadia all-electric heavy-duty truck. (Daimler Trucks North America)

As electric vehicle technology becomes increasingly viable for commercial trucking, fleets and manufacturers are preparing to put the first generation of battery-electric trucks on the road.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 14, 2018
Business, Technology, TCA

Samsung to Build EV Battery Pack Factory in Michigan

samsung Battery SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

Samsung plans to build a $62 million electric vehicle battery pack factory in Auburn Hills, Mich., that will create more than 400 jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

Ann Zaniewski | Detroit Free Press
November 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Top Lithium Miner Forced to Stay Nimble in Fickle Battery Market

Lithium ore Lithium ore. (Bloomberg)

Albemarle Corp., the world’s largest lithium producer, is planning to expand production in Australia, chasing the market for a form of the metal increasingly being used by the makers of electric car batteries.

Laura Millan Lombrana | Bloomberg News
November 8, 2018