Icy Energy: Cold-resistant batteries could extend EV range, says research report

Beijing, China – Riemannian surface on carbon anodes enable lithium-Ion storage at -35c–or, in more plain English, researchers led by Xi Wang of Beijing Jiaotong University may have discovered modifications allowing EV batteries to better survive harsh winter climates. According to research from ACS Central Science, the smoothness of graphite in lithium-ion batteries is enough […]

Battery Backup: Continental unveils sensor systems for detecting EV battery damage

Toronto, Ontario — A pair of new products from German parts developer Continental may pack the one-two punch needed to both allow repair facilities to more accurately assess electric vehicle battery damage, while also allowing OEMs to do away with the excess body materials used to protect the battery pack. When equipped with the Current […]

Pure Potential: EV battery packs should last 15 years, says former Tesla CTO

Houston, Texas — Electric vehicle battery packs should last about 15 years, according to former Tesla chief technology officer and co-founder JB Straubel. In a recent interview at CERAweek 2022, Straubel was asked at what point he believes battery life reaches an end. Once responsible for Tesla’s battery development until 2019, where he led cell […]

Pressure’s On: Québec explores extended producer responsibility for ELV electric vehicle battery management

Montréal, Québec ⁠— Propulsion Québec has released a study to “analyze the feasibility of implementing an extended producer responsibility (EPR) mechanism in Quebec.” Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an approach that seeks to transfer the responsibility for recovery and reclamation of materials to the companies at the origin of their marketing. Essentially, EPR acts as […]

NAATBatt Notes: Lithium-ion batteries are being reused, not scrapped

Toronto, Ontario –  While lithium-ion batteries have touted a bad rap for allegedly being tossed in landfills or poorly recycled, they actually boast some of the longest lifetimes and highest reuse rates, Hans Eric Melin, managing director of Circular Energy Storage said during a panel at NAATBatt International 2021. In most consumers’ minds, a vehicle […]

Bringing in Batteries: OARA welcomes newest member

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association is thrilled to welcome its newest member, RePowered Batteries. RePowered Batteries, headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, takes electric vehicle batteries and repurposes them for future use in everything from solar power storage systems to grocery store grids.  “RePowered Batteries take batteries from end-of-life electric vehicles and dismantle to […]

Business As Usual: No change to Ontario’s handling of EV batteries

Toronto, Ontario — A decision has come from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment to not include large automotive batteries, such as lead-acid and larger hybrid or EV batteries, in new battery regulations for Ontario. Based on the feedback received by the provincial government, Ontario has removed all regulatory requirements for large batteries used for automotive applications, […]

Ion the Future: Former EV battery researcher wins Nobel prize

Toronto, Ontario — Oct. 16, 2019 — EV batteries will be in 15 percent of new vehicles sold in 2025, and the world is not ready, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist has said. Akira Yoshino, a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan has been awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for his development of lithium-ion batteries–the […]

Volkswagen’s plan for the future

March 27, 2019 – Volkswagen has proven that it is thinking of the future. Not just the future in terms of technology and electric vehicles but what is going to happen when those vehicles are no longer running. The OEM announced a pilot plant for recycling electric vehicle batteries in Salzgitter, Northern Germany which will […]