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  • Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    by Roger Kerson, May 8, 2013 Two years ago, reports EV World, the land next to GM’s White Marsh transmission plant just north of Baltimore was an open, grassy field. Today, it’s the site of the first plant in the U.S. built specifically to supply electric motors for electric vehicles.  The new 110,000 square-foot facility will supply the motors to power the Chevy Spark, a low-volume model that will go on sale later this summer in California and Oregon. The [...]

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  • LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    Associated Press, May 6 2013 HOLLAND — An advanced battery maker said it plans to launch commercial production of automotive lithium-ion battery cells in western Michigan in July. LG Chem Michigan, a subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem, announced Sunday that test runs have begun at the facility in Holland and that it anticipates shipping products by the end of the summer. Read more…

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  • U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    by John Voelcker Green Car Reports April 23, 2013 While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas… Now comes a report that Korean cell maker LG Chem will start producing cells at its Holland, Michigan, plant in the second half of this year. Read more…

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  • Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    by Antony Ingram, Christian Science Monitor, April 14 2013 President Barack Obamahas said he wants to boost the Department of Energy’svehicleresearch budget 75 percent to help develop more efficient cars. In his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, Obama proposes $575 million extra for research, and afurther $2 billion trust fundto help research into getting off foreign oil in the next ten years. Read more…

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  • ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    by Brita Belli, New York Times, April 8 2013 This summer, San Jose State University is offering the first classes in what it calls “battery university,” a series in its professional development program intended to train a work force for the next generation of battery makers. The curriculum is being developed by more than 100 experts from the emerging battery storage sector ‚Äî mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area ‚Äî and will focus not only on developing the technology, [...]

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  • Obama at Argonne lab: Why batteries matter

    Obama at Argonne lab: Why batteries matter

    by David J. Unger Christian Science Monitor March 15, 2013 President Obama’s visit to the center of a national energy-storage-research effort Friday highlights an overlooked tool in the administration’s push for renewable energy: batteries… Many in the energy community believe we need a better battery. That’s the focus of the work under way at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago ‚Äì and the reason for Mr. Obama’s visit. The president is [...]

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