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China’s sodium-ion batteries to replace lithium batteries in EVs

May 01, 2023 -

Sodium, which is found all over the world as part of salt, sells for one to three percent of the price of lithium and is chemically very similar. Recent breakthroughs mean that sodium batteries can now be recharged daily for years, chipping away at a key advantage of lithium batteries. The energy capacity of sodium batteries has also increased.

Despite being chemically similar, sodium-ion batteries have a considerably lower energy density ...

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US, Japan sign trade agreement on minerals for electric vehicle batteries

March 31, 2023 -

A senior Biden administration official said the deal prevents the two countries from approving bilateral export restrictions on the minerals most crucial for EV batteries, such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese. The agreement also aims to lower both countries reliance on China for such materials.

Minerals-focused trade agreements are one way for the Biden administration to open up access to the $7,500 per vehicle EV tax credits included in the climate-centered ...

Tesla to expand lithium refining capacity to meet growing demand for EV batteries

May 02, 2023 -

According to the latest report published by Utility Dive on April 28, Tesla's first-quarter earnings highlighted its intention to boost its lithium refining capacity despite increasing mineral prices. As the demand for EVs increases worldwide, the market for lithium-ion batteries has skyrocketed as well. 

However, limited lithium refining capacity and fluctuating mineral prices have posed challenges to EV battery production. Tesla has recognized the need to support ...

Batteries for Apple’s new electric car will be made in China using toxic heavy metals

August 19, 2017 -

Lithium ion batteries are common energy sources for consumer gadgets like smartphones and tablets. These rechargeable devices are considered to be a viable power source because they carry a higher energy density than other batteries. This means that for its size and weight, lithium ion batteries can supply enough strength for a considerably bigger item. This characteristic has made it an ideal option for hybrid cars. (Related: Battery breakthrough ...

Train carrying paint and lithium ion batteries derails in Wisconsin, sending two cars into Mississippi River

May 03, 2023 - batteries. But Kent assured residents near the area that "the volumes involved don't pose a risk to the river or the communities." She added that BNSF will collaborate with local and state agencies as appropriate.

According to Myhre, any hazardous material aboard the train stayed in place during the derailment and does not present a danger to the public or emergency responders. Together with the Ferryvill and De Soto fire departments, the Wisconsin Department of Natural ...

Tory MP says U.K. government must acknowledge potential FIRE RISKS stemming from electric vehicles and lithium batteries

December 29, 2023 - batteries can go into "thermal runaway" for many reasons.

Matt Humby, a senior technical consultant at fire extinguisher manufacturer Firechief Global, advised that it is sometimes difficult to put out fires once they go into thermal runaway. He added that in some cases, lithium battery modules can still burn underwater.

Humby also said that while water will cool it, it's not enough to stop that thermal runaway event. Each cell will go into thermal runaway, ...

Jaguar recalls nearly 6,400 electric vehicles due to high risk of batteries catching fire when they overheat

June 05, 2023 - batteries were made by South Korean tech giant LG Energy Solution, which is currently under investigation by the agency after five other automakers – General Motors, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis and Volkswagen – issued recalls from February 2020 due to possible defects that could cause stalling or fires.

The probe against the South Korean company began in April 2022 and is covering more than 138,000 electric vehicles that have the company's lithium-ion batteries ...

GREEN FAIL: EV owners struggle with depleted batteries and long charging station lines amid freezing temperature in Chicago

2 months ago - Electric vehicle (EV) owners are now struggling with depleted batteries and long lines at charging stations as the freezing temperature in Chicago drains batteries and reduces driving range.

Javed Spencer, a 27-year-old Uber driver, shared the impact of extreme weather on EV functionality. "When it's cold like this, cars aren't functioning well, chargers aren't functioning well, and people don't function so well either," ...

America IGNORING human rights, child labor abuses in the DRC to secure supplies of METALS for EV batteries

September 15, 2023 - batteries for EVs, and its extraction has come at a high price.

A recent report released by Amnesty International and the Congo-based NGO Initiative for Good Governance and Human Rights (IBGDH) details how the search for metals has forcibly uprooted people from their homes and farms, often without compensation or adequate resettlement.

The IBGDH report said some of these forced evictions are even conducted with the help of the Congolese military. In one ...

Lithium-ion batteries of e-bikes and e-scooters are causing hundreds of fires in New York and San Francisco

July 31, 2023 -

Investigations revealed that at the heart of the issue is the use of substandard or sometimes damaged lithium-ion batteries. Instead of a slow smoldering ignition point that grows over a matter of minutes, these fires often result in actual explosions. Within just a minute, lithium-ion battery fires can grow massively and get out of control. (Related: Electric cars in Florida catching fire after Hurricane Ian.)Lithium battery fires cause over a dozen deaths in New ...

Fire official expresses concern about the hazards associated with lithium batteries, which “don’t go out as easily as other fuel sources”

2 months ago -

Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) is investigating the cause of a destructive fire that consumed a two-story e-bike factory in the Inner West of Croydon, Sydney, on Jan. 5.

FRNSW Superintendent Joshua Turner expressed concern about the hazards associated with lithium batteries and electricity storage units within the e-bike repair center. "Crews found it was an e-bike repair center, so the risk of lithium batteries and storage ...

BURNING ISSUE: Toronto landlord prohibits “potential fire hazard” personal EVs on property; tenants’ rights advocates outraged

September 20, 2023 - batteries, a type of rechargeable battery, could be a "potential fire hazard."

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Because of this, Douglas Kwan, the director of advocacy and legal services at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, a community legal clinic and advocacy organization, said he's never seen such a ban in a residential building. "And these are small devices. A segway is so tiny, that it's smaller than some vacuum cleaners. It seems ...

Argentina sees boom in lithium production as Chile tightens control

April 27, 2023 - batteries seen to replace lithium EV batteries in 2023

Meanwhile, China recently announced the next big innovation in rechargeable batteries: replacing lithium with sodium – a far cheaper, less dense and more abundant material.

Sodium, which is found everywhere, sells for one to three percent of the price of lithium and is chemically very similar. Recent breakthroughs mean that sodium batteries can now be recharged daily for years. The ...

Dannar, BMW combine to launch a mobile power station carrying EV battery packs

October 20, 2023 -

In 2015, Dannar and BMW co-developed BMW i3 EV batteries, a "first-of-its-kind electric heavy-duty vehicle for infrastructure maintenance and disaster response," designed for road applications. By 2017, Dannar launched its Mobile Power Station off-road work vehicles equipped with BMW i3 EV batteries. (Related: Tesla to expand lithium refining capacity to meet growing demand for EV batteries.)

Dannar's Mobile Power Station, which allows owners ...

Automakers are abandoning plans to mass-produce EVs: People are finally seeing reality, says Toyota chairman

November 01, 2023 - batteries still rely on coal plants, particularly areas in the Midwest region of the U.S. that have been proven environmentally harmful for producing electricity in a study published in Environmental Research Letters.

Pure battery electric vehicles also consume an average of 15 percent more electricity in extreme weather regions. Moreover, the pure electric vehicle range can drop by 40 percent or more on the coldest or hottest days. (Related: Electric vehicles ...

Tesla to expand battery plant in Nevada using equipment and tech from CCP-linked company

a month ago - batteries from its Chinese supplier CATL, adding that the plant will have an initial capacity of about 10 gigawatt hours.

The move comes as regulation in the United States curtails companies from depending on countries such as China to source materials used in batteries such as nickel, cobalt and lithium.

This year, Tesla's cheapest car, the Model 3 compact sedan, lost tax credits for the purchase of EVs under the Inflation Reduction Act of President ...

Ford Motor Company scales down EV investments at Michigan plant due to declining demand and inflation pressures

December 08, 2023 -

According to Ford spokesperson Mark Truby, the company initially planned to invest $3.5 billion in the factory, known as Blue Oval Battery Park, to produce 35 gigawatt hours of batteries annually with approximately 2,500 employees. Ford plans to rely on licensed Chinese technology from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), a Chinese firm and the world's largest manufacturer of EV batteries, to produce EV batteries at Blue Oval.

However, ...

When an electric vehicle crashes, even in a minor accident, insurance companies junk the entire car because its battery has to be tossed

March 23, 2023 -

Reuters published a piece this week revealing that even the smallest EV accidents, including minor fender-benders, almost always result in insurance companies having to total the entire car. The reason for this has to do with EV batteries, which are so expensive to replace that it makes more sense to just replace the entire car.

"We're buying electric cars for sustainability reasons," said Matthew Avery, research director at the automotive risk intelligence company ...

Massive explosion at EV battery warehouse in Uzbekistan kills 15-year-old boy, injures 163

October 01, 2023 - batteries. It said that the explosion also caused minor damage to the nearby Quruvchilar subway station. The Associated Press reported that 24 people were hospitalized and the remaining 138 were treated for their injuries and sent home, according to the health ministry. The agency added that Uzbekistan's leading medical specialists were treating the casualties. The boy who died was crushed when a window frame fell on him.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations said ...

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