Startups bet on faster-charging EV battery cells as an antidote to heavy, expensive packs

To address concerns over range and charging infrastructure, many automakers have turned to larger battery packs that lessen the need to charge, but add cost and weight. But a recent Reuters report highlights several startups that are taking a different…

Thousands with Tesla Powerwalls will back up the grid in a virtual power plant experiment

Tesla and California electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) are launching a pilot program that will use Tesla Powerwall home energy storage battery packs as a “virtual power plant” to back up the grid. On June 22, Tesla invited approxim…

Nio hits 1,000 battery swapping stations, announces 500-kw fast-chargers for Europe and China

Chinese automaker Nio on Wednesday announced completion of its 1,000th battery swapping station. The announcement was part of Nio’s second annual Power Day presentation, where the automaker also announced an ambitious charging expansion plan. The lates…

China’s GAC reveals “super iron” LFP battery with 20% boost in energy density by volume

While other companies look to experimental solid-state batteries to boost energy density, Chinese automaker GAC is finding ways to improve existing lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry. GAC recently unveiled a “super iron” LFP battery, with a claim o…

CATL details next-gen cell-to-pack battery tech with “disruptive” water-cooling design

Any potential industry shift toward cylindrical battery cells in EVs is far from a foregone conclusion, let alone an actual trend. Case in point: The battery supplier CATL makes a strong argument for them with the latest version of its cell-to-pack bat…