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MUST WATCH: Solar energy, battery tech set to BURY companies like Eskom

<i>JOHANNESBURG — What South African born Elon Musk has done for the energy movement in the world shouldn’t be underestimated. His company Tesla, which</i> …

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Social Media

A look at Fisker’s unbelievable claims about its upcoming all-electric car with ‘over 400 miles of range’ & ‘9-minute charging’

There’s a lot of hype around Fisker’s upcoming all-electric EMotion car. Ambitious claims are being made and it feels like many of those will be vaporware at this early point.<p>But nonetheless, let’s take a quick look and try to understand some of those ‘unbelievable’ claims.<p>To be clear, by …

Battery Roundup

Batteries have historically been perceived as something of a staid technology – at least in a lot of minds. I remember back when we were diving into …

The Age of Electric Aviation Is Just 30 Years Away

Every vision of the future of flight involves electric aircraft—air taxis hopping from one skyscraper to the next as airliners cruise silently over …

Hyundai unveils all-electric bus with 180 miles of range on a 256 kWh battery pack

At the ‘Hyundai Truck & Bus Mega Fair’ in Korea this week, the Korean automaker unveiled a new range of commercial vehicles, including a new all-electric bus.<p>The bus, called Elec City, features an impressive range of “290 km (180 miles)”.<p>China’s BYD and America’s Protera are seen as market leaders …

The future of batteries: Better batteries

There are no rechargeable batteries we know and love. There are only batteries that we know and don’t hate. That’s because the batteries we know and …

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries: Prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries

Prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries<p>Scientists have built high-capacity lithium metal batteries with anodes made of a …

10 home batteries that rival Tesla's Powerwall 2

Tesla is far from the only company looking to profit off of rechargeable batteries for the home.<p>At-home batteries are a necessary purchase for anyone looking to convert their home to solar power. The batteries store the electricity generated by solar panels, which can then be used at night or …

Mercedes launches home energy-storage battery, echoing Tesla

As Tesla regularly points out, the lithium-ion battery cells used in electric cars can also serve in home energy-storage units.<p>Now, a Daimler company …

ChargePoint Raises Another $24 Million for European Expansion—and Possibly Flying Cars

ChargePoint just picked up another $24 million in venture capital, bringing it closer to its $125 million goal this year.<p>It's another step toward …

Electric Vehicles

US utility offers clients cheap Tesla batteries for grid backup

For the first time, a power utility has teamed up with Tesla to use its battery packs for extra grid power during peak usage times. Vermont's Green Mountain Power (GMP) is not only installing Tesla's industrial Powerpacks on utility land, it's also subsidizing home Powerwall 2s for up to 2,000 …

Clean Energy

This Israeli startup has a battery that can charge an electric car in 5 minutes

Israel’s StoreDot has done a lot of interesting stuff with battery technology, but what it’s demonstrating today at CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin is for the history books.<p>The company is launching its new FlashBattery technology, which promises to allow you to charge an electric car in just five …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla battery researcher says they doubled lifetime of batteries in Tesla’s products 4 years ahead of time [Updated]

Almost a year into his new research partnership with Tesla, battery researcher Jeff Dahn has been hitting the talk circuit presenting some of his team’s recent progress. We reported last week on his talk at the International Battery Seminar from March and now we have a talk from him at MIT this …

Batteries Get Boost Thanks to New Form of Coating

There’s been a battery war going on for quite some time now with companies battling it out to try and come up with the next best battery. So far …

Clean Energy

The changing landscape of Bolivia's salt flats

Generations of saleros have scooped salt from the flat, but after the discovery of lithium they fear being left behind.<p>Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat. For generations, local salt gatherers - or "saleros" - have extracted salt from the Bolivian flat, scooping the raw mineral into …

South America

Tesla officials visit Argentina’s Gorvernor of Salta for solar+storage projects and sourcing lithium

Tesla has been making more moves into the commercial and utility-scale solar plus energy storage business over the past year. Recent projects like the one on the Island of Kauai and a SolarCity/Tesla Energy project in Connecticut are good examples.<p>Now we learn that Tesla is looking for similar …