Batteries

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.

Gerald Porter Jr and Brian Eckhouse | Bloomberg News
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.

Laura Millan Lombrana and Joe Deaux | Bloomberg News
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

vw Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

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
Business, Technology, Equipment

Instantly Rechargeable Vehicle Battery Emerges at Purdue

Battery test tube Purdue University

A technology developed by researchers at Purdue University could provide an “instantly rechargeable” method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, according to the West Lafayette, Ind., school.

Transport Topics
July 17, 2017
Business

NorthStar Batteries Standard on DTNA’s ParkSmart Trucks

NorthStar Battery Co. has entered into a seven-year agreement to supply batteries to Daimler Trucks North America as part of DTNA's improvements to the next-generation Cascadia truck, including making NorthStar's Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries “a standard” on all ParkSmart-optioned trucks.

Transport Topics
September 13, 2016
Business

Lower Your Battery Costs Easily

When fleets have discharged batteries, how should they deal with them? Battery manufacturers will honor warranties on failed batteries, but not all discharged batteries are necessarily faulty. Identifying a battery's condition is crucial to fleets that don't want to waste time and money returning or scrapping batteries that still could have life in them.

July 23, 2015