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A Honda CR-V e:FCEV on display at H2 & FC Expo in Tokyo on Wednesday
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2024
Honda to sell plug-in hydrogen vehicle in North America, Japan
Japan's second-largest carmaker hopes to ease drivers’ anxiety over finding hydrogen stations by adding electric recharging capabilities.
Brooklyn-based startup HEVO is working with other firms to develop wireless EV charging systems.
Feb 22, 2024
Wireless charging for electric cars is inching closer to reality
Major hurdles include slow charging speeds and the money and interest needed to build stations and get more carmakers on board.
Volkswagen is casting its net wider in pursuit of a potentially game-changing technology: a "solid-state" electric car battery
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 16, 2024
Volkswagen and rivals plug away at solid-state battery puzzle
An array of technical hurdles are holding back wider development of solid-state technology, seen by its backers as the "holy grail" of EV batteries.
Soichiro Watanabe, Panasonic's chief technology officer for EV batteries, says production of a revamped version of the firm's 2170 cells will begin at its manufacturing plant in Nevada as early as this year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 15, 2024
Panasonic to make upgraded electric car battery as early as 2024
Production of a revamped version of the company's 2170 cells will begin at its manufacturing plant in Nevada sometime during 2024 or 2025.
The Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora lithium project in Port Hedland, Western Australia
Jan 9, 2024
Lithium’s promised land looks more like the old country
Two decades ago, Australia mined less than a fifth of the world’s lithium. In 2021, it dug more than every other country put together.
Fire fighters put out a fire at a disposal site for oversized trash in Koto Ward, Tokyo, in November.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2023
Tokyo residents urged to hold on to large waste due to disposal site fire
Operations at the facility in Koto Ward were suspended following the fire, and the alternative facility handling the extra waste is nearing capacity.
A Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle charges at Chaevi Stay Charging Station in Seoul on Oct. 18
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2023
South Korean auto-battery firms cautious on challenging China rivals
Feeding their worries is slowing growth in electric vehicle sales, price competition and the potential for changes in United States subsidies.
A worker at the Ford F-150 Lightning plant in Dearborn, Michigan in April last year. New government rules will try to shift more production of electric vehicle batteries and the materials that power them to the United States.
Dec 2, 2023
U.S. sets limits on Chinese content to receive EV tax credits
The guidelines establish a 25% ownership threshold for a company or group to be classified as a foreign entity of concern.
Sodium — found in rock salts and brines around the globe — has the potential to make inroads into energy storage and electric vehicles because it’s cheaper and far more abundant than lithium.
Nov 27, 2023
Salt in batteries: Shift may herald another shakeup
Sodium has the potential to make inroads into energy storage and electric vehicles because it’s cheaper and far more abundant than lithium.
A worker inside the Envision battery manufacturing plant at Nissan's Sunderland factory in Britain in July 2021.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 24, 2023
Nissan to invest $1.4 billion to build two new EV models in Britain
Plans for electric versions of crossover models will require an investment of up to £2 billion in a third battery plant and infrastructure projects.
A wind turbine and an electricity pylon in Finedon, Britain. Developers can no longer use financial modeling that assumes gas power plants are used constantly throughout their 20-year-plus lifetime, analysts said.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 21, 2023
Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants
Batteries that ensure stable power supply are becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon scores of projects for gas-fired generation worldwide.
A Komatsu dump truck at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Khanbogd, the South Gobi desert, Mongolia
Nov 14, 2023
China tightens grip on copper, key to world’s energy transition
China’s copper smelting capacity will increase by another 45% by 2027
A man herds yaks during in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Beijing has begun to  exploit vast deposits of Lithium on the Tibetan plateau — around 85% of the country's total reserves.
Nov 2, 2023
China lithium boom harming fragile Tibetan plateau: report
The world's biggest EV market largely relied on other countries for the lithium needed in batteries — but that is changing.
The interior of a Toyota Global HiAce electric vehicle concept on display during the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo on Oct. 26
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 1, 2023
Toyota to invest $8 billion more in U.S. battery plant for EVs
The auto giant has quietly laid the groundwork for a more robust EV strategy in the U.S. even as sales of its hybrid gas-electric models are surging.
A used KIA electric car is seen for sale outside the showroom of a used car dealer in Manchester, Britain
Oct 23, 2023
The battery test race to work out what used EVs are really worth
There used to be no way to measure battery health. But that is changing as firms rush to scale up EV battery tests — some of which take just minutes.
Japanese and Canadian government officials sign a memorandum of cooperation in Ottawa on Sept. 21 to strengthen electric vehicle batteries supply chains.
Oct 15, 2023
Envoy urges Japan investment in EV battery project with Canada
Ottawa is calling on more Japanese companies to invest in the Canadian development of critical minerals used in electric vehicle batteries.
Honda Motor CEO Toshihiro Mibe
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Honda and Mitsubishi Corp. sign pact to optimize EV battery use
The deal will eventually pay off in lower electricity bills for customers and better use of battery material, the companies said.
Toyota Motor and Idemitsu Kosan are teaming up to develop and mass-produce all-solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, the companies said on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Toyota and Idemitsu to mass-produce all-solid-state batteries
Idemitsu and Toyota said in a statement they would aim to commercialize the next-generation batteries in 2027-28, followed by full-scale mass production.
Chey Tae-won in Paris on Monday
Oct 11, 2023
SK Group boss blames U.S.-China tensions for EV battery prices
SK Group’s operations range from batteries and chips to chemicals and telecoms.
Workers at a production line of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles at a factory in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China
Sep 18, 2023
By 2030, EU may rely on China's batteries as it did Russian energy
The document will be the basis of discussions on Europe's economic security during a meeting of EU leaders in Granada in Spain on Oct. 5.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves