Johnson Controls - LTU Partnership Starts With Upgraded Dyno For Hybrid, EV TestsA new partnership between Johnson Controls Inc. and Lawrence Technological University is starting with an advanced dynamometer to test advanced vehicle powertrain and energy storage concepts, and could lead to a whole lot more.
Ford Says New Hybrid Batteries Use Less Rare Earth MetalsFord's third-generation hybrid system, which replaces nickel-metal-hydride batteries with new lighter, more efficient lithium-ion batteries, could reduce the company's use of expensive, hard-to-get "rare earth" metals by up to 500,000 pounds a year.
A123 Claims Breakthrough Lithium Ion Battery TechnologyA123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, Tuesday introduced Nanophosphate EXT, a new lithium ion battery technology capable of operating at extreme temperatures without requiring thermal management. A123 employs more than 1,000 people at battery production plans in Livonia and Romulus.
Law Firm Files Class Action Against Battery Maker A123The $55 million battery recall of A123 systems has produced its first class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders.
Wayne State Hybrid Warriors Unveil Architecture For EcoCar CompetitionWayne State University hopes a "parallel through-the-road" hybrid system will propel them to victory in "EcoCar 2: Plugging Into The Future," a competition among 15 North American university teams to convert a gasoline-powered Chevrolet Malibu into a fully functional hybrid vehicle.
GM Awards A123 Systems Contract for Future Battery PacksGeneral Motors has awarded a production contract to A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and systems, for complete battery packs to be used in future GM electric vehicles to be sold in select global markets. The batteries will be built at A123's plant in Livonia
Dow In New Joint Venture For Lithium-Ion Battery ElectrolytesMidland-based Dow Chemical Co. and Ube Industries Ltd. Wednesday today announced an agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and market formulated electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries in energy storage applications. The chemicals will be made in Midland.
Garage Fire: 2 Electric Cars, 1 Converted From Gas, Origin Of Fire InvestigatedA second vehicle--converted from a regular gasoline-powered car to an electric vehicle by the owner--was also in the garage.
Orion Firm One Of Three To Get Big Battery GrantsThe United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, an advanced research collaboration among Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., announced $15.6 million in advanced battery development and technology assessment contracts to three firms, including Orion-based Cobasys.
Battery Technology Firm Wins UM-DTE Clean Energy Prize
Event Notices From January 11The latest technology-related meeting notices, before they're posted on the GLITR IT Calendar
Engineering Society Talks Energy Over Breakfast