Batteries are the environmental Achilles heel of electric vehicles – unless we repair, reuse and recycle them

By Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian, Alex Stojcevski and Saad Mekhilef 05/24/23
Electric vehicle advocates say the cars ultimately have a smaller carbon footprint than their fossil-fuelled counterparts and could resolve our energy concerns for good. Well, fair enough, but questions arise when we dig into the…
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Backup Power: A Growing Need, if You Can Afford It

By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis 05/06/23
When frigid weather caused rolling blackouts on Christmas Eve across North Carolina, Eliana and David Mundula quickly grew worried about their 2½-week-old daughter, whom they had brought home days earlier from a neonatal intensive care…
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Idle Oil Wells’ Next Act? Becoming Batteries for Renewable Energy

By Coco Liu 05/05/23
The fan club for abandoned oil and gas wells is an exceedingly small one, but Kemp Gregory might just be the president. Where others see an eyesore or a source of rogue methane emissions, Gregory…
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Tesla’s Magnet Mystery Shows Elon Musk Is Willing to Compromise

By Gregory Barber 05/01/23
The EV maker said it will expunge rare earths from its vehicles' motors, suggesting Tesla engineers will have to get creative.
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New project aims to change how we power EV batteries forever: ‘The biggest source of lithium carbonate in the US’

By Eliot Engelmaier 04/24/23
North America’s very first battery-grade recycling hub just received a monumental boost in funding in the form of a $375 million loan. The hub will be financed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and will…
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The Biggest EV Battery Recyling Plant Opens in the US

By Andy Corbley 04/12/23
Inside its walls, a Massachusetts-based startup will be harvesting lithium carbonate, cobalt, manganese, and other battery minerals and selling them back to the market, circumventing the huge challenges that come from opening new mines.
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NASA may have just cracked the code for replacing lithium in batteries for electric planes: ‘Double or even triple the energy it can store’

By Tokollo Matsabu 04/12/23
NASA believes it has cracked the code in the quest to make electric planes a more viable technology.
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Tesla To Build New Battery Factory In China: Report

By Matt Novak 04/09/23
Tesla plans to build a new factory in Shanghai, China, according to a report from Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The factory will produce Tesla’s large storage battery, called the Megapack.
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This Dime-Sized Battery Is a Step Toward an EV With a 1,000-Mile Range

By Dan Gearino 04/06/23
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology have created a solid-state battery that could be used to vastly expand the range of EVs, and it could unlock the ability to use…
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How to make lithium extraction cleaner, faster and cheaper — in six steps

By Andrew Z. Haddad and Others 04/06/23
Demand for lithium for batteries and other green technologies is exploding. The industry must develop sustainable methods to remove and process the element from ores and brines to avoid environmental damage.
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Tesla’s Pivot Away From Rare Earths Could Push Other Automakers To Follow Suit

By Ag Metal Miner 04/06/23
Rare Earths MMI dropped by 15.5% in March, but prices began to rise again by the end of the month.
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Mercedes G-Wagon Shows 20% Range Jump Coming for EV Batteries

By Tom Randall 04/04/23
After 12 years of development, a new category of range-boosting battery technology is moving into mass production for electric vehicles.
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The future of high energy density batteries

Picture an entire city charged by batteries. This new battery design may unlock a new era of energy. Lithium-ion batteries are the gold standard, but there is much progress to be made. For example, one…

The Top 10 EV Battery Manufacturers in 2022

The global electric vehicle (EV) battery market is expected to grow from $17 billion to more than $95 billion between 2019 and 2028. With increasing demand to decarbonize the transportation sector, companies producing the batteries…

Critical Minerals in Electric Vehicle Batteries

Expected growth of electric vehicle (EV) sales has led to concern about securing mineral inputs used in EV batteries. Various countries and companies have stated policies to accelerate the adoption of EVs in the transportation…

Vehicle-to-grid (V2g): Everything You Need To Know

V2G stands for “vehicle to grid” and is a technology that enables energy to be pushed back to the power grid from the battery of an electric car. With electric vehicle-to-grid technology—also known as car-to-grid—a…

Cobalt is the most expensive material used in lithium-ion battery cathodes

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 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…

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…


The “Planet-Saving Technology” Set To Devastate The World

By Will Lockett   04/03/23  
As we shift away from fossil fuels and towards a renewable-powered future, our needs change. For example, we need far more cobalt, manganese, zinc, copper, and nickel than ever before, given that they are integral…
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Lithium is becoming more crucial in a warming world, but Maine’s huge deposits may never be mined because of environmental concerns

By David Abel   04/01/23  
Five years ago, after much of their land had been logged in Western Maine, Gary Freeman and a colleague were bushwhacking through a thicket of raspberry shrubs and maple saplings, searching for a treasure they…
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Biden admin makes EV battery mineral deal with Japan

By Hannah Northey   03/28/23  
But some Democratic lawmakers say these kinds of agreements need to be approved by Congress.
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S.Korea’s LGES revives Arizona battery factory with $5.6 bln investment

By Heekyong Yang and Hyunsu Yim   03/24/23  
South Korea's LG Energy Solution Ltd (LGES) (373220.KS) said on Friday it would resume a stalled U.S. battery project with a $5.6 billion investment in Arizona to qualify for federal incentives rolled out under the…
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Made-in-US Rules for EV Batteries Shift in Fine Print of Climate Law

By Tom Randall   03/22/23  
The interpretation of a few words of regulation by the US Treasury Department could upend expectations for how tens of billions of dollars in new electric-vehicle tax incentives will be distributed, according to Bloomberg discussions…
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U.S. can shift to EVs without widespread, destructive mining, report finds

By Christopher Bonasia   03/21/23  
The new report suggests limiting electric vehicle battery sizes and reducing car dependency to lower the demand for lithium by up to 66%.
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US scientists make breakthrough for long-range EV batteries

By Oliver Gordon   03/20/23  
The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has developed a lithium-air battery that could significantly increase the range of electric vehicles. The new design could one day replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, and power cars,…
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Ionblox: The Battery Startup Ready To Change The World

By Will Lockett   03/18/23  
You may have noticed that there is a battery race going on right now. If you can make fast-charging, compact, easy-to-produce, and cheap batteries, then the world is your oyster. This has led to plenty…
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Battery recycling is key to a clean future

By Yan Wang   03/16/23  
Battery recycling has become an important issue in the United States, and recent efforts by the federal government, private industry and academia suggest that the country is quickly making batteries more easily recycled, reused and…
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This revolutionary new ‘air’ technology can quadruple the capacity of lithium batteries: ‘The next generation of batteries’

By Laurelle Stelle   03/14/23  
Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a so-called “lithium-air battery” that can store almost four times as much energy as a lithium-ion battery of the same size,…
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A Tesla Co-Founder Just Solved EVs’ Biggest Problem

By Will Lockett   03/12/23  
Electric vehicles are awesome. Instant torque, no asphyxiating tailpipe pollution, and overall far lower emissions than combustion vehicles — even if you charge them up with electricity from a coal-fired power plant. However, this doesn’t…
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These companies want to go beyond batteries to store energy

By Casey Crownhart   03/09/23  
If y’all have been around for a while, you know that I love writing about batteries (see exhibits A, B, and C). Using chemical reactions to store energy is handy and scaleable, and there are…
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Engineers invent genius battery solution for storing solar and wind energy without lithium: ‘The first in the world to do something like this’

By Kecia Bal   03/04/23  
Providing energy year-round has so far presented one of green power’s most insurmountable challenges — but now the world’s first fully functional sand battery, which can store green power for months, could present a valuable…
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Meet the new batteries unlocking cheaper electric vehicles

By Casey Crownhart   02/17/23  
This week, Ford announced plans for a new factory in Michigan that will produce lithium iron phosphate batteries for its electric vehicles. The plant, expected to cost $3.5 billion and begin production in 2026, would…
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Global demand for lithium batteries to leap five-fold by 2030- Li-Bridge

By Reuters   02/15/23  
Global demand for lithium batteries is expected to surge more than five-fold by 2030, public-private alliance Li-Bridge said on Wednesday, as more people opt for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
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GOP’s newest attack on Biden’s climate law: China

By Kelsey Tamborrino and Josh Siegel   02/14/23  
GOP objections to Chinese involvement in clean-energy projects threaten to complicate the president's efforts to create a U.S.-based supply chain for green power....
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Ford Will Build a U.S. Battery Factory With Technology From China

By Neal E. Boudette and Keith Bradsher   02/13/23  
Ford Motor said on Monday that it planned to build a $3.5 billion electric-vehicle battery factory in Michigan using technology licensed from a Chinese company that has become one of the most important players in…
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Energy Dept. Will Lend $2 Billion to a Battery Component Maker

By Niraj Chokshi   02/09/23  
The loan will help accelerate Redwood Materials’ plans to produce components for electric car batteries from new and recycled sources....
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Electric vehicles can now power your home for three days

By Michael J. Coren   02/07/23  
When the power went out at Nate Graham’s New Mexico home last year, his family huddled around a fireplace in the cold and dark. Even the gas furnace was out, with no electricity for the…
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Scoop: Biden’s EV surprise

By Joann Muller   02/01/23  
The Biden administration's plan to jump-start a domestic supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs) is on track to shatter expectations.
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Hey EV Owners: It’d Take a Fraction of You to Prop Up the Grid

By Matt Simon   01/23/23  
If you agree to provide some of your car’s battery power in times of high energy demand, you’ll get paid, and help make the grid more stable.
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U.S. to lend ioneer $700 million for Nevada lithium mine

By Ernest Scheyder and Others   01/14/23  
The U.S. Energy Department said on Friday it will lend ioneer Ltd (INR.AX), up to $700 million to build its Rhyolite Ridge lithium mining project in Nevada, a major step forward in President Joe Biden's…
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LPO Announces Conditional Commitment to Ioneer Rhyolite Ridge to Advance Domestic Production of Lithium and Boron, Boost U.S. Battery Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has offered a conditional commitment to lend up to $700 million to Ioneer Rhyolite Ridge LLC to develop a domestic supply of lithium carbonate for…
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $42 Million to Develop More Affordable and Efficient Advanced Electric Vehicle Batteries in America

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $42 million in funding for 12 projects to strengthen the domestic supply chain for advanced batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs). Projects selected for the Electric Vehicles…
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What’s next for batteries

By Casey Crownhart   01/04/23  
Every year the world runs more and more on batteries. Electric vehicles passed 10% of global vehicle sales in 2022, and they’re on track to reach 30% by the end of this decade. Policies around…
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This Breakthrough Battery Will Literally Last Forever

By Will Lockett   12/19/22  
Recently, I had to replace my phone because the battery died. I tell a lie — it puffed up, broke its internal electronics, and threatened to explode. That was a fun day at the office!…
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Tesla Cofounder Aims To Rev Up U.S. EV Battery Market With $3.5 Billion South Carolina Plant

By Alan Ohnsman   12/14/22  
Redwood Materials, the battery recycling and components maker created and run by Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, is accelerating its push to build a U.S. supply base for critical components for electric vehicle batteries with plans…
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Power companies rush to install batteries in Texas, California, amid concern over grid reliability

By James Osborne   12/12/22  
Within three years, a surge of new large-scale battery projects is expected to come online on Texas and California's power grids, as developers seek to store electricity produced by those state’s sprawling wind and solar…
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The EV Battery Boom Is Here, With Manufacturers Investing Billions in Midwest Factories

By Dan Gearino   10/27/22  
Last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the headquarters of Our Next Energy, a battery manufacturing startup in Novi, a Detroit suburb. This is an increasingly common scene as demand for…
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Elon Musk says a lithium shortage is holding back Tesla. His solution? Building a lithium refinery in Texas

By Sean O' Kane   10/20/22  
Tesla is moving forward with plans to build a lithium refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast in a bid to gain more control over the supply chain for electric vehicle batteries. Chief Executive Officer Elon…
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Biden-Harris Administration Awards $2.8 Billion to Supercharge U.S. Manufacturing of Batteries for Electric Vehicles and Electric Grid

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today announced the first set of projects funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and…
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Lithium prices putting pressure on electric vehicle costs

By Nathan Bomey   09/22/22  
Lithium prices have more than quadrupled over the last year as the rush from automakers to produce electric vehicles gains momentum. Why it matters: The spike in prices for raw lithium — a key material…
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Lithium: Storing more clean power with less pollution

By Peter Sinclair   09/15/22  
The renewable energy revolution will require the world to ratchet-up lithium production to make batteries for electric cars and devices. As with all mining, there are concerns about lithium mines, but some experts overstate the…
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Tesla Looking Into Building Lithium Refinery

By Dean Seal   09/09/22  
Tesla Inc. TSLA 1.58%▲ is looking into constructing a battery-grade lithium hydroxide refining facility that could support its electric-vehicle battery production. The car maker said in a form to the Texas Comptroller’s Office that it…
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Crab and lobster shells could be used to make renewable batteries

By Sofia Quaglia   09/01/22  
Scientists want to use a chemical found in crab and lobster shells to make batteries more sustainable, according to research. “We think both biodegradability of material, or environmental impact, and the performance of the batteries…
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California’s Lithium Rush For EV Batteries Hinges On Taming Toxic, Volcanic Brine

By Alan Ohnsman   08/31/22  
Wander the unpaved, dusty, rural roads southeast of California’s troubled Salton Sea on a baking, 112-degree Fahrenheit August afternoon and two things soon stand out. Improbably, this desert-adjacent part of the Golden State is a…
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Decade of the battery

By Noah Smith   08/30/22  
In 2015, Benedict Evans wrote a very influential piece called “The smartphone is the new sun”. By the middle of the 2010s, it was pretty clear that that decade would be defined in many ways…
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The Department of Energy wants feedback on how to recycle lithium-ion batteries

By Justine Calma   08/30/22  
The Department of Energy just took a first step toward launching new lithium-ion battery recycling programs in the US. It issued a Request for Information (RFI) yesterday to ask for public input on how to…
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New ‘super-fast’ method can shave EV battery charging down to minutes

By Andrew Paul   08/29/22  
Electric vehicles are key to a sustainable future for the planet, but while EVs continue their steady rise within the automotive industry, many drivers remain skeptical of making the major change. There are a number…
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A New Approach to Car Batteries Is About to Transform EVs

By Mark Andrews   08/29/22  
WEIGHT IS ONE of the biggest banes for car designers and engineers. Batteries are exceedingly heavy and dense, and with the internal combustion engine rapidly pulling over for an electric future, the question of how…
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Honda, LG Energy Plan $4.4 Billion EV Battery Factory in U.S.

By River Davis and Others   08/29/22  
Honda Motor Co. HMC 1.75%▲ and LG Energy Solution Ltd. 373220 2.94%▲ said Monday they plan to build a $4.4 billion electric-vehicle battery factory in the U.S., the latest tie-up between auto makers and battery…
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MIT’s new battery will change the world

By Will Lockett   08/28/22  
It’s cheaper, faster charging, longer lasting, safer and better for the environment than anything we currently have.
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Tesla’s Former Energy Head Has a New Electric-Home Startup

By Angel Adegbesan   08/24/22  
Tesla’s former head of energy is officially launching Lunar Energy, a new startup aimed at simplifying the transition to full home electrification. Kunal Girotra, who was until February 2020 Tesla’s senior director of energy operations,…
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The electric car Battery Belt is reshaping America’s heartland

By Joann Muller   08/17/22  
The climate bill President Biden signed into law yesterday will open up tens of billions of dollars in subsidies for high-tech electric vehicle plants across the South and the Midwest. Why it matters: The package…
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The New Climate Bill Demands All-American EV Batteries

By Aarian Marshall and Others   08/15/22  
THE LACK OF a US supply chain for electric vehicle battery materials is often spun as a tale of inconvenient geography. In many ways, this is true. There’s cobalt from the Congo. Indonesian nickel. Latin…
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A looming graphite shortage could snarl the EV battery supply chain

By Kate Magill   07/28/22  
Experts warn that supply of a key component in electric vehicles is hurtling towards a tipping point when global demand will outstrip supply — a moment that could come as early as this year.
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Energy Department will lend G.M. and LG $2.5 billion to build battery factories.

By Jack Ewing   07/25/22  
The U.S. Energy Department said Monday that it would lend $2.5 billion to a battery maker owned by General Motors and LG Energy Solution to build battery factories, advancing the Biden administration’s plan to promote…
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Ford increases its battery supply to meet its electric-vehicle goals.

By Neal E. Boudette   07/21/22  
Ford Motor said on Thursday that it had reached an agreement to acquire battery packs from a Chinese supplier as it races to ramp up its global production of electric vehicles. The automaker said it…
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Net zero climate target could fail without more copper supply -report

By Ernest Scheyder   07/15/22  
Efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 are likely to remain out of reach as copper supply fails to match demand amid growing use of solar panels, electric vehicles and other renewable technologies, data from…
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Advanced E.V. Batteries Move From Labs to Mass Production

By Jack Ewing   07/13/22  
Makers of batteries that could charge in a few minutes are setting up assembly lines, bringing the technology a big step closer to auto showrooms. ...
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