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  • How Texas became the hottest grid battery market in the country

    05/13/2024 11:04:59 AM PDT · by TexasKamaAina · 42 replies
    Canary Media ^ | 05/13/2024 | Julian Spector
    States like California, New York, and Massachusetts have passed climate policies specifically intended to jump-start this battery industry. But this year, for the first time ever, the fastest-growing energy storage market appears to be Texas, a free-market-affirming red state that officially cares little about solving climate change. Nonetheless, the state’s low-regulation, business-friendly landscape has created ideal conditions to build batteries quickly and at scale, just like it previously incubated thriving wind and solar markets.
  • Charging future EVs could take seconds with new sodium-ion battery tech

    05/06/2024 11:49:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 3, 2024 | Owen Hughes
    A new type of hybrid sodium-ion battery that offers both high capacity and rapid-charging capabilities could power mobile devices, electric vehicles and space tech. Researchers have developed a new coin-type sodium-based battery that can charge rapidly “in seconds” and could potentially power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles (EVs) in the future. By combining anode materials used in conventional batteries with cathodes from supercapacitors — batteries that can store and deliver energy at very high rates –– the scientists created a new type of sodium-ion battery that offers both high capacity and rapid-charging capabilities. They were looking for a way...
  • The used electric car timebomb - older EVs could be hard to sell because batteries aren't guaranteed

    04/30/2024 8:23:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/30/24 | Toby Walne
    Money Mail can today reveal a timebomb looming in the second-hand market for electric vehicles (EVs). Our investigation found that many EVs could become almost impossible to resell because of their limited battery life. Experts said that the average EV battery guarantee lasts just eight years. After this time, the battery may lose power more quickly and so reduce mileage between charges. Many EVs will lose up to 12 per cent of their charge capacity by six years. Some may lose even more. Yet the cost of replacing an EV battery is astonishingly high, our research found. In some cases,...
  • A Shockingly Inept Report From The IEA On Battery Storage Of Energy

    04/29/2024 4:50:00 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 56 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 27 Apr, 2024 | Francis Menton
    In my self-designated role critiquing various schemes for total transformation of the world energy system, I get to review large amounts of poor, shoddy, and incompetent work. When people get into advocating for this “energy transition,” the stars regularly align to bring forth the most extreme levels of ineptitude. Start with the fact that the “smartest” people are filled with arrogance and hubris, but are not actually very smart. Add that many innumerate Politics and English majors have flooded into a field that cries out for engineering calculations. Add too that groupthink and orthodoxy enforcement prevent anyone from pointing out...
  • Elon Musk And Javier Milei Meet In Texas, Speak About Boost Of Free Markets

    04/13/2024 11:02:09 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    One America News ^ | April 13, 2024 | Abril Elfi
    Space X CEO Elon Musk and Argentinian President Javier Milei have met in Texas and spoke about working together to promote free markets and potential lithium projects. President Javier Milei’s chief spokesperson said that during their visit to Tesla’s Austin headquarters, the two talked about a range of issues, including the need to boost declining birth rates globally and the pursuit of technological advancement while upholding “liberty.” Musk has previously expressed his admiration for Milei’s unabashed support of private enterprise as well as his distaste for what he considers to be socialist excesses.
  • The Future of Electric Vehicles Looks Bleaker Than Ever

    04/09/2024 8:22:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 04/09/2024 | Ben Kew
    The future for electric vehicles is looking bleaker than ever.According to a Gallup poll published this week, the number of Americans who own an electric vehicle has indeed increased in the last year. However, the number of those interested in buying one is on the decline despite efforts from the federal government to transition the entire automobile market within the next decade. Seven percent of Americans, up from 4% a year ago, report that they own an electric vehicle. That increase is matched by an equal decline in the percentage saying they are seriously considering buying one, from 12% to...
  • More NYC fires caused by lithium-ion batteries from e-bikes in 2 months than in all of 2019: FDNY chief

    03/03/2024 12:55:48 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 18 replies
    Nypost ^ | 03/03/2024 | Ronny Reyes
    Lithium-ion batteries used in E-bikes and other electronic mobility devices are now a leading cause of fires in New York City following their popularity surged during the pandemic’s delivery boom, FDNY officials say. FDNY Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn told The Post that fires related to lithium-ion batteries have gone up nearly nine-fold since the pandemic, with more blazes related to the batteries happening in the last two months than in all of 2019. “It’s the prevalence of these e-devices on our streets, there’s way more of them now than ever before,” Flynn said.
  • 1 Unfavorable Trend Explains the 21% Plunge in Tesla Stock in 2024

    02/28/2024 8:04:30 AM PST · by fireman15 · 28 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Feb 24, 2024 | Anthony Di Pizio
    Key Points: Tesla stock is down 21% in 2024 so far, and it's down 52% from its all-time high. Growth in Tesla's electric vehicle deliveries is decelerating. Tesla has a plan to reignite growth, but there are no short-term fixes for this problem. The electric vehicle giant isn't growing like it used to. Tesla (TSLA 1.81%) was the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) company by sales until the fourth quarter of last year when China-based BYD outsold it for the first time. Tesla once had the EV market almost entirely to itself, but now, it's grappling with a tsunami of...
  • To extend a lithium-metal EV battery’s life, just drain it and let it sit, find Stanford scientists

    02/24/2024 8:36:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Electrek ^ | Michelle Lewis | Feb 13 2024 - 3:16 pm PT
    Stanford University researchers found that the best way to extend the life of a lithium-metal EV battery is to drain it and let it rest for a few hours. The study, “Resting restores performance of discharged lithium-metal batteries,” published on February 7 in the journal Nature, found that this straightforward approach restored battery capacity and boosted overall performance. Study co-lead author Wenbo Zhang, a Stanford PhD student in materials science and engineering, said: We were looking for the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to improve lithium metal cycling life. We discovered that by resting the battery in the discharged state,...
  • Dead Batteries: Weak EV Earnings Reports Send Rivian and Lucid Shares Tumbling

    02/23/2024 9:19:25 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/23/2024 | Lucas Nolan
    Electric vehicle makers Rivian and Lucid both suffered plummeting share prices after disappointing fourth-quarter earnings reports revealed stagnant production numbers. CNBC reports that shares of electric vehicle makers Rivian and Lucid plunged on Thursday following disappointing fourth-quarter earnings reports released after markets closed on Wednesday. Rivian stock sank around 25 percent, while Lucid shares dropped nearly 17 percent. Both companies cited stagnant production numbers and “existing economic and geopolitical uncertainties” as factors impacting results. Rivian forecasts production of 57,000 vehicles in 2024 — about the same as the 57,232 vehicles manufactured in 2023. Meanwhile, Lucid predicts production of 9,000 vehicles...
  • Rivian slashes production outlook, announces job cuts as EV demand wanes

    02/21/2024 9:49:17 PM PST · by CFW · 25 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/21/24 | Pras Subramanian·
    Rivian (RIVN) stock tanked after the bell on Wednesday after the electric adventure vehicle maker reported mixed fourth quarter results and a production and profit forecast that missed Wall Street expectations. Rivian said it sees vehicle production for 2024 hitting 57,000 units, well below the 80,000 units expected. In terms of full-year profitability, Rivian said it sees an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.70 billion vs. $2.59 billion (est.), with capital expenditure outlays hitting $1.75 billion vs. $2.37 billion (est.). Rivian said it would cut 10% of salaried staff, citing economic uncertainty. Rivian stock fell over 15% in after-hours trading. For...
  • Watch: Warehouse With 900 Tonnes of Recycled Lithium Car Batteries Bursts Into Flames

    02/18/2024 9:30:37 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/18/2024 | Kurt Zindulka
    A massive fire broke out at a French industrial site used for recycling hybrid and electric car batteries on Saturday, sending thick clouds of smoke into the air. The town of Viviez in the department of Aveyron in Southern France was shrouded by black clouds of smoke after a fire broke out at a warehouse used to hold hybrid and electric car lithium batteries. Overall, the site held an estimated 900 tonnes of lithium batteries, however, officials claimed that the cause of the fire has still not been determined, Le Figaro reports.
  • Crash tests indicate nation's guardrail system can't handle heavy electric vehicles

    01/31/2024 5:24:37 PM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 31, 2024 | MARGERY A. BECK
    Electric vehicles that typically weigh more than gasoline-powered cars can easily crash through steel highway guardrails that are not designed to withstand the extra force, raising concerns about the nation’s roadside safety system, according to crash test data released Wednesday by the University of Nebraska. Electric vehicles typically weigh 20% to 50% more than gas-powered vehicles thanks to batteries that can weigh almost as much as a small gas-powered car. And they have lower centers of gravity. Because of these differences, guardrails can do little to stop electric vehicles from pushing through barriers typically made of steel. Last fall, engineers...
  • Batteries for Dyson vacuums sold on Amazon could cause fire: Health Canada

    01/27/2024 4:35:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Global News Canada ^ | January 26, 2024 10:07 am | By Naomi Barghiel
    VIDEO AT LINK.............. Health Canada is warning that a battery sold on Amazon for Dyson vacuum cleaners could pose a risk of fire and burns after a report of “significant” property damage. The FirstPower 4000mAh V6 battery replacement for Dyson V6 Series vacuums were sold online between January and April 2022. According to the product manufacturer, the battery is also compatible with the following Dyson vacuum cleaners: SV04, DC58, DC59, DC61, DC62, DC72, DC74, Absolute Animal Motorhead Slim, SV03, SV04, SV05, SV06, SV07, SV09. PICTURED: FirstPower replacement battery for Dyson Vacuums sold to 1,731 Canadians on Amazon. Health Canada The...
  • Terrifying video shows how e-bike battery ignited an inferno in a NYC store

    01/22/2024 12:10:03 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 20, 2024 | Matthew Sedacca
    A video posted by the FDNY shockingly reveals how a charging lithium-ion battery sparked a raging fire in a Queens e-bike shop this month. The video, from King Electronic Hub in Richmond Hill, shows a charging lithium-ion battery surrounded by scooters and boxes shooting up a thick cloud of gray smoke, followed by sparks ... “It only took two and a half minutes for this exploding lithium-ion battery to fully engulf this e-bike shop in fire,” the text accompanying the video warns. “When we tell you illegal lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous, WE MEAN IT,” .. The two-alarm fire on...
  • Suspected e-Scooter Battery Fire Scorches Retirement Home, Claims 1 Life [Australia]

    01/16/2024 5:02:42 PM PST · by CFW · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 1/16/24 | Nina Nguyen
    A blaze that was likely to be sparked by a mobility scooter battery has torched a retirement home and claimed the life of an elderly man in Adelaide, Australia. Trevor Fielden, 83, was found dead at Crestview Retirement village at Hillcrest in the city’s northeast. His wife, Grace, escaped the inferno and was taken to the Royal Adelaide hospital with minor injuries. Emergency services rushed to the site at 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 15 and found two of the three adjoined units engulfed in flames. The neighbouring residents were not home at the time. Twenty-four firefighters worked for an hour...
  • Cargo ship carrying burning lithium ion batteries reaches Alaska but is kept offshore amid frantic battle to extinguish the blaze as crew fears explosion

    12/31/2023 2:46:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/23 | Alice Wright
    A large cargo ship carrying lithium batteries which caught on fire has reached Alaska but continues to be held two miles offshore while responders attempt to extinguish the blaze. The 19-strong crew managed to make it to shore with no injuries reported, according to the US Coast Guard. The Genius Star XI was carrying a load of lithium-ion batteries across the Pacific Ocean, from Vietnam to San Diego when the cargo caught on fire, the guard's Alaska district said in a release. The fire started on Christmas Day in cargo hold No. 1, a spokesperson for ship owner Wisdom Marine...
  • Cargo ship carrying burning lithium-ion batteries reaches Alaska, but kept offshore for safety

    12/30/2023 1:09:13 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 33 replies
    ap via msn ^ | 12/30/23 | Story by By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press
    A large cargo ship with a fire in its hold is being kept 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) offshore of an Alaska port as a precaution while efforts are undertaken to extinguish the flames, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday. There were no injuries to the 19 crew members aboard the Genius Star XI, which was carrying a load of lithium-ion batteries across the Pacific Ocean, from Vietnam to San Diego, the guard's Alaska district said in a release.
  • What causes lithium-ion battery fires? Why are they so intense? And how should they be fought? An expert explains [Australia]

    12/27/2023 7:51:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    The Conversation ^ | October 4, 2023 7:49pm EDT | Staff
    Picture this: you’re cruising down the Great Ocean Road in your brand new electric vehicle (EV), the ocean to your left and the wind in your hair. But what if I told you this idyllic drive could turn into a nightmare, with the faint smell of something burning? This month we have had at least two large lithium-ion battery fires in Australia – one in the Sydney airport car park and another one more recently at the Bouldercombe battery storage site in Queensland. When a lithium-ion battery fire breaks out, the damage can be extensive. These fires are not only...
  • I'm looking forward to watching California environmentalists argue with each other over whether or not they should mine this lithium for electric cars.

    12/26/2023 3:03:54 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 26, 2023 | Daniel Alman from Squirrel Hill @DanielAlmanPGH
    I'm looking forward to watching California environmentalists argue with each other over whether or not they should mine this lithium for electric cars.