In a nutshell, the idea behind vehicle-to-grid is similar to regular smart charging. Smart charging, also known as V1G charging, enables us to control the charging of electric cars in a way that allows the…

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Tom Perriello saw it coming but could do nothing to stop it. André Kapanga too. Despite urgent emails, phone calls and personal pleas, they watched helplessly as a company backed by the Chinese government took…

Why New Battery Tech Will Revolutionize The Transportation Industry

New battery technology has long been the ambition among automotive manufacturers. Industry players are hopeful that improved tech will bring improved energy density, longer lifespans, and faster recharging.

The Push for American Lithium Is a Sustainability Issue

In early July, General Motors announced it had made a “strategic investment” in Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR), a company that is planning to produce lithium for electric vehicle (EV) batteries in a cogeneration project with a geothermal…

Endangered Flower at Crossroads of U.S.’s Lithium Future

A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for…

Mineral constraints for transition overstated by IEA

The IEA looked into the amount of minerals needed to fuel the energy transition, and pretty quickly worked out ‘there is no shortage of resources’.  The world has plenty of lithium, nickel, rare earth metals…


Biden Administration Begins $3 Billion Plan for Electric Car Batteries

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Michael M. Santiago , Getty Images   05/02/22  
The Biden administration plans to begin a $3.1 billion effort on Monday to spur the domestic production of advanced batteries, which are essential to its plan to speed the adoption of electric vehicles and renewable…

Biden has a $3 billion plan to supercharge america’s EV battery production

By Lauren Leffer  Photo: Justin Sullivan / Staff (Getty Images)   05/01/22  
The U.S. is hoping to reduce its dependence on other countries for key minerals amid the EV and energy grid transition.

Is ​‘vehicle-to-everything’ charging ready for prime time?

By Jeff St. John  Photo: Harvey Farr   04/27/22  
How much more valuable can electric vehicles be if their batteries can be tapped to power homes, other buildings or the grid at large? And are those extra benefits worth the costs and complications of…

Forget gas prices. The billionaire club’s run on cobalt says everything about our battery-powered future

By Willem Marx  Photo: Richard Mosse   04/21/22  
As the bankers from J.P. Morgan’s London offices stepped off the two-hour private flight from Johannesburg onto the hot runway, soldiers sporting sunglasses and semiautomatics watched them closely. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s brutal…

Lithium mining: How new production technologies could fuel the global EV revolution

By Marcelo Azevedo, Magdalene Baczynska   04/12/22  
Despite expectations that lithium demand will rise from approximately 500,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) in 2021 to some three million to four million metric tons in 2030, we believe that the lithium…

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

By Omar L. Gallaga  Photo: Cavan Images/Getty Images   04/07/22  
With gas prices glug-glugging to new highs and many commuters heading back to offices, demand for electric vehicles is spiking in some places (though not everywhere, and supplies are tight). For new owners of electric…

Australian state utility picks Tesla batteries to back up renewable energy

By Reuters  Photo: Tingshu Wang , Reuters   03/30/22  
A state-owned utility in Australia has picked Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) Megapack batteries for a A$150 million ($113 million) energy storage project to back up wind and solar power, the state government of Queensland said on…

EVs: The next grid battery for renewables?

By Peter Behr   03/30/22  
The results of this experiment are making a potent point about the nation’s clean energy future, demonstrating vehicle-to-building power supply for controlling electricity costs and extending the reach of wind and solar power, according to…

Remember when powering your house with your vehicle was a wild idea?

By Lisa Cohn  Photo: Andrey Burmakin ,   03/24/22  
A few years ago, the thought of using the batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-microgrid or vehicle-to-home power was just an idea, maybe even a wild idea.

How the War in Ukraine Could Slow the Sales of Electric Cars

By Jack Ewing and Stephen Gandel  Photo: Maxim Babenko , The New York Times   03/18/22  
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the global market for nickel just as the metal gains importance as an ingredient in electric car batteries, raising fears that high prices could slow the transition away from…

FOTW #1228, March 7, 2022: Cobalt is the Most Expensive Material Used in Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes

Photo: Nitin Muralidharan & Others   03/07/22  
With the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), demand for materials used to produce batteries is expected to increase dramatically. Aside from the lithium needed to produce modern lithium-ion batteries, much attention is focused on the…

How a battery shortage could threaten US national security

By Matt McFarland   02/23/22  
Galyen, who engineered the battery for the General Motors EV1, the first mass-produced electric vehicle, and also served as chief technology officer at a Chinese company that's the top battery producer in the world, isn't…

The charge to keep EV batteries out of the trash

By Joann Muller  Photo: Gabriella Turrisi , Axios   02/18/22  
As electric vehicles grow in popularity, there's a related challenge on the horizon: how to dispose of worn-out EV batteries.

U.S. Energy Dept to provide about $3 bln to boost production of advanced batteries

By Reuters  Photo : Mike Blake , Reuters   02/12/22  
The U.S. Energy Department said it intends to provide $2.91 billion to boost production of advanced batteries to grow clean energy industries, including electric vehicles, as directed in the infrastructure legislation.

This iron and water battery could power a more renewable grid

By Jesse Nichols   02/10/22  
Grist reporter Jesse Nichols traveled to a factory in Oregon, that’s building a new type of battery. Sitting in a row outside of the factory, these giant batteries are the size of freight containers. Powered…

Inside Clean Energy: In the New World of Long-Duration Battery Storage, an Old Technology Holds Its Own

By Dan Gearino   02/03/22  
Power providers continue to work on developing long-duration energy storage, the kinds of systems that can fill in the gaps left by the intermittent nature of wind and solar power.

How This Tesla-Busting Battery Could Be The ‘Holy Grail’ For Electric Flight

By David Vetter  Photo: AFP via Getty Images   02/01/22  
Researchers in Japan say they have developed a battery with almost twice the energy density of the battery used in a Tesla Model 3 car, offering hope that much longer-lived batteries could soon make their…

Recycled Lithium-Ion Batteries Can Perform Better Than New Ones

By Jordan Wilkerson  Photo: Krisztian Bocsi , Getty Images   02/01/22  
Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of nearly every electric vehicle, laptop and smartphone, and they are essential to storing renewable energy in the face of the climate emergency. But all of the world’s current…

Plans to expand ‘world’s largest’ battery storage facility

Vistra has signed a 15-year agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a new 350MW battery system at the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in California The post Plans to expand ‘world’s largest’ battery…

How NineDot Energy will use $100M to install distributed batteries in NYC

By Jeff St. John   01/21/22  
NineDot Energy has spent the past six years finding ways to work in New York City’s congested and ever-changing distributed-energy market, from analyzing the value of distributed solar to developing and selling megawatt-scale fuel-cell projects…

The world is hungry for lithium. Geothermal energy could transform how it’s sourced

By Anmar Frangoul  Photo: Gina Ferazzi   01/20/22  
The southwest of England is famed for its dramatic coastline, verdant countryside and fresh seafood. If all goes to plan, another string could be added to the region’s bow over the next few years: lithium…

Inside Clean Energy: Here Come the Battery Recyclers

By Dan Gearino   01/13/22  
The battery economy is booming, and with it a recycling industry is bracing itself for a wave of battery waste.Battery Resourcers of Worcester, Massachusetts, said last week that it is planning to build a plant…

Governments Need To Prepare For Tsunami Of Electric Car Batteries, Warns Royal Society Of Chemistry President

By Carlton Reid  Photo: Sebastian Kahnert , Getty Images   12/29/21  
Sweden’s Northvolt said on December 29 that its putative gigafactory had assembled its first lithium-ion battery cell, a European first. The electric vehicle battery startup was founded in 2015 by Peter Carlsson, a former Tesla…

U.S. faces tough choices in 2022 on mines for electric-vehicle metals

By Ernest Scheyder  Photo: Guglielmo Mangiapane , Reuters   12/23/21  
The United States has enough reserves of lithium, copper and other metals to build millions of its own electric vehicles (EVs), but rising opposition to new mines may force the country to rely on imports…

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

By Daniel Oberhaus  Photo: Quantumscape   12/08/21  
IF ELECTRIC VEHICLES are ever going to fully supplant gas guzzlers on the world’s roads, they’re going to need an entirely new type of battery.

General Motors to manufacture electric car battery cells in U.S.

By YCC Team  Photo: Kevauto   12/06/21  
For more than a year, a shortage of semiconductor chips has been holding up car production. And automakers want to make sure the same problem won’t happen with electric car batteries...

Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?

By Lisa Cohn  Photo: Roman Zaiets   12/03/21  
Second life electric vehicle batteries can lower costs and provide environmental benefits to microgrid owners and utilities. But getting them up and running at a reasonable cost isn’t always easy.

EV industry must work closer with lithium suppliers, executives say

By Ernest Scheyder  Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters   12/02/21  
Automakers must work closer with lithium producers to guarantee supply of specialized types of the white metal that boost an electric vehicle's range and performance, Albemarle Corp (ALB.N) and Livent Corp (LTHM.N) executives told the…

Top 10 EV Battery Recycling Companies You Should Know

By Tito   11/25/21  
The automotive industry will present mouth statistics on electric vehicle batteries, as almost all the top manufacturers keep supplying car enthusiasts with fantastic EV cars. That scenario speaks volumes for the telling need for recycling…

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

By Gregory Barber and Aarian Marshall   11/02/21  
THIS SUMMER, DIRK Spiers, a tall, rumpled Dutchman-turned-Oklahoman, got a heads-up from General Motors about more problems with the Chevrolet Bolt. Over the previous year, the car model that had once been celebrated as GM’s…

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

By Gregory Barber and Aarian Marshall  Illustration: Allie Sullberg   11/02/21  
This summer, Dirk Spiers, a tall, rumpled Dutchman-turned-Oklahoman, got a heads-up from General Motors about more problems with the Chevrolet Bolt. Over the previous year, the car model that had once been celebrated as GM’s…

Electric Vehicles Can Give Power Back to the Grid—Or Your Home During a Blackout

By Jim Motavalli   10/27/21  
The Washington Post sent up alarms earlier this month with a story that concluded the grid won’t be ready for all the electric vehicles that will be wanting to plug in. “Making America’s cars go…

DOE Announces $209 Million for Electric Vehicles Battery Research

 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $209 million in funding for 26 new laboratory projects focusing on electric vehicles, advanced batteries and connected vehicles. Advanced, lithium-based batteries play an integral role in 21st…

Tesla co-founder has a plan to become king of EV battery materials—in the U.S.

By Tom Randall & Others  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   09/14/21  
Redwood Materials Inc., the battery recycling company created by Tesla Inc. co-founder J.B. Straubel, has been keeping a big secret: It isn’t really a recycling company.

Battery-swap startup Ample aims to beat out EV charging stations

By Eric Wesoff   08/19/21  
Ample just raised $160 million in a Series C funding round led by Moore Strategic Ventures to build a battery-swap infrastructure for refueling electric vehicles. Existing investors Eneos and Shell Ventures participated, along with Momentum…

Musk: Supply chain issues creating ‘significant unmet demand’ for Tesla Megapack storage battery

By Jason Plautz   07/27/21  
Tesla notched its eight consecutive profitable quarter, reporting more than $1 billion in net income in the second quarter of 2021 based on growth in electric vehicle and energy product sales.  Deployments of both the…

Lithium-sulphur batteries one step closer to becoming viable

By Staff  Photo: Anastasia Serin, courtesy of KAUST   07/13/21  
Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology developed a new technique that allows them to modify lithium-sulphur (Li-S) batteries to suppress a problem known as polysulfide shuttling. Polysulfide shuttling involves the movement of…

Apple Looks To Make Batteries For Apple Car In The US: Report

By Madhukumar Warrier   07/13/21  
Apple Inc. AAPL 2.69% is looking to manufacture batteries for Apple Car in the U.S., MacRumors reported Monday, citing a report by DigiTimes. What Happened: Apple may work with Taiwanese battery makers rather than Chinese…

Victoria-based institute looking into improving range, safety of electric-vehicle batteries

By Jake Romphf  Photo: University of Victoria   07/11/21  
Using industrial by-products to improve the range and safety of the batteries powering electric vehicles. That’s the aim of a project the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is housed at the University of…

Stellantis confirms plans for solid-state batteries, 4 EV platforms

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran   07/08/21  
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares laid out the company's electrification plans for the coming decade during an online presentation held on Thursday. Key to the plans is the introduction of four battery-electric platforms to cover Stellantis'…

Solid-State batteries are already being installed in city buses: update

By Bengt Halvorson   07/07/21  
As each automaker adds urgency to its electric-vehicle business plan and mentions solid-state battery technology as the future, remember this: Solid-state cells are already in use in vehicles, just about every day.

The Role Of Battery Recycling In The Circular Economy: Part 3 – The Role of Policy

By Kezi Cheng and others   06/25/21  
Battery chemistries are changing rapidly, and battery designs with significantly lower cobalt content could dramatically impact profitability. One of the biggest challenges these companies face is inhomogeneous input material. Furthermore, solid state or lithium metal…

Why ‘nuclear batteries’ offer a new approach to carbon-free energy

By David L. Chandler   06/25/21  
We may be on the brink of a new paradigm for nuclear power, a group of nuclear specialists suggested recently in The Bridge, the journal of the National Academy of Engineering. Much as large, expensive,…

The Role Of Battery Recycling In The Circular Economy: Supply Chain, Logistics and Profitability

By Kezi Cheng and others  Photo: Getty Images   06/24/21  
The current battery supply chain is shown in red in Figure 2. Low grade (e.g. 50%) material from mines is refined by a smelter to 97-99%, and further upgraded to battery specifications (99.9% or greater),…

The Role Of Battery Recycling In The Circular Economy: Part 1 – Key Technologies

By Kezi Cheng and Others  Photo: Getty Images   06/23/21  
Only a few major battery innovations (Lead Acid by Plante, Nickel Cadmium by Jungner, Lithium-ion by Goodenough/Sony) have reached significant market penetration since the 1800s. As of 2018, over 90% of large‐scale battery storage power…

U.S. to work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Ernest Scheyder  Photo: Reuters/rebecca Cook/file Photo/file Photo   06/09/21  
The United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The…

Developer Of Aluminum-Ion Battery Claims It Charges 60 Times Faster Than Lithium

By Michael Ray Taylor  Photo: Graphene Manufacturing Group   05/13/21  
Range anxiety, recycling and fast-charging fears could all be consigned to electric-vehicle history with a nanotech-driven Australian battery invention. The graphene aluminum-ion battery cells from the Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) are claimed to charge…

The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

By Ivan Penn and Eric Lipton  Photo: Gabriella Angotti-Jones   05/06/21  
A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

IEA: Mineral supplies for electric cars ‘must increase 30-fold’ to meet climate goals

By Josh Gabbatiss   05/05/21  
At least 30 times as much lithium, nickel and other key minerals may be required by the electric car industry by 2040 to meet global climate targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Nevada sees lithium ‘white gold rush’ as demand set to skyrocket

ABC News   04/23/21  
In the Nevada desert, there’s a quiet frenzy building over a rare resource that will be crucial to meeting the country’s goals to slow down climate change: Lithium, the crucial component in batteries for electric vehicles…