BP partner StoreDot produces cells with 5-minute fast-charging tech

StoreDot sample batteriesIsareli startup StoreDot has long promised a Holy Grail of battery technology: a battery that can recharge in about the same amount of time it takes to pump gasoline. Now the startup is delivering the first samples of its so-called "five-minute charge" lithium-ion battery cells. The sample cells were produced to show off the technology to...

Emergency responders need more training on EV fires, NTSB warns

Polestar 2 crash testFirst responders need more training to deal with the possible fire risk from crashed electric cars, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a report released Wednesday. In high-speed crashes with high impact forces, lithium-ion battery cells are likely to be damaged, creating a fire risk, the NTSB said in a press release...

Nio ET7 flagship teases 150-kwh solid-state battery, arrival in 2022

2022 Nio ET7Chinese automaker Nio is launching a flagship electric car with an available 150-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and when it's scheduled to start deliveries in early 2022, it could be the first mass-produced passenger car anywhere in the world—yes, before Tesla—to have solid-state battery technology. The Nio ET7 sedan will also feature...

Nio teases 150-kwh battery, next-gen battery swapping for flagship sedan

Nio flagship sedan teaserChinese automaker Nio on Tuesday revealed that a 150-kilowatt-hour battery pack and a next-generation battery-swapping system will be rolled out with its upcoming flagship sedan. Previewed with a shadowy teaser image, the sedan will debut as part of the Nio Day event January 9. Until then, the company is keeping most other details—like any...

Startup aims to be a Carfax for EVs, with battery health reports

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVCarfax vehicle-history reports aim to expose any hidden faults in used cars, such as damage from crashes. Seattle-based startup Recurrent now plans to provide a similar service focusing specifically on EV battery health. "Battery health is the new odometer for electric vehicles, and we're bringing transparency to it," Recurrent CEO Scott Case said...

EV battery pack prices fell 13% in 2020, some are already below $100/kwh

Mercedes-Benz battery productionElectric-car battery-pack prices have fallen 13% in 2020, in some cases reaching a crucial milestone for affordability, according to an annual report released Wednesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Average prices have dropped from $1,100 per kilowatt-hour to $137 per kwh, decrease of 89% over the past decade, according to the analysis...