Snow Lake Lithium expects its all-electric mine to produce enough lithium to power 5 million EVs in North America

Although it has only explored 1% of its 55,000 acre site in Canada, carbon-conscious mining company Snow Lake Lithium believes it can enable a massive domestic supply of the chemical element to EV automakers when it begins commercial mining. The company expects its all-electric mine to source enough lithium to power up to 500,000 EVs in North America each year, which could prove vital in the US as the automotive industry shifts its supply chains domestically in order to qualify for revised federal tax credits.

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Portable EV Charger Aims To Reduce Range Anxiety

It's not exactly the same as carrying a spare can of gasoline but for a battery electric vehicle it's about the closest thing to it and could allay range anxiety concerns for those worried about running out of juice on long trips.

A version long popular in Europe, the J+ BOOSTER 2 Portable EV charger is now available in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Juice Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss-based Juice Technology AG, announced Wednesday.

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Here’s every electric vehicle that currently qualifies for the US federal tax credit

As sales of electric vehicles continue to surge, many new and prospective customers have questions about qualifying for federal tax credit on electric vehicles.

Whether you qualify is not a simple yes or no question… well, actually it sort of is, but the amount you may qualify for varies by household due to a number of different factors. Furthermore, there are other potential savings available to you that you might not even know about yet.

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Could new Federal EV tax credit crater EV sales until end of the year?

Now that the US Senate has an agreement on the reform of the federal tax credit for electric vehicles, it looks like it might finally happen after roughly two years of work. Though it’s still pending a vote.

But it does bring up an interesting question: Will it make EV sales crash until the end of the year since it’s not retroactive?

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The US DOE funds more EV charging with $96M to decarbonize domestic transport

The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $96 million to fund the decarbonization of domestic transport with a focus on expanding EV charging.

Funding applicants will need to demonstrate how their projects will benefit disadvantaged communities that lack access to clean energy sources.

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Is the Salton Sea hiding enough lithium to power America?

As the world transitions away from fossil fuels, electric vehicles are becoming more ubiquitous. But despite their environmental benefits, they still have a price. The batteries that power them rely on a limited resource: lithium.

But some say California’s so-called “Lithium Valley” could be a vast powerhouse for the next century’s battery needs. A team of scientists is planning to map out deep-earth lithium to see if it can sustainably supply America’s insatiable demand for the element.

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GM announces new nationwide DC fast charging network with Pilot Co. and EVgo

General Motors (GM) has announced a collaboration with Pilot Company to implement a coast-to-coast DC fast charging network co-branded with both the “Pilot Flying J” and “Ultium 360” logos. The new charging network will be powered by EVgo’s eXtend charging services for businesses.

GM first established its EV charging presence in 2020, alongside an agreement with charging network EVgo to deploy over 3,200 chargers across the country by 2025. A year later, EVgo joined GM’s Ultium Charge 360 program, which combines several networks into one holistic system.

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California Approves Tax On Lithium Extraction

The Salton Sea in southern California is a stinking muckhole of fetid pestilence, thanks to the heavy runoff of pesticides over the years from the farms surrounding it. It has only saving grace. It sits atop what may be the largest lithium deposits in the United States.

Unless you have been playing Call of Duty in your mother’s basement since the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, you know that lithium is that precious stuff we use to make batteries for electric cars. It is in short supply, which could make it difficult for the EV revolution — so critical to decarbonizing the transportation sector — to move forward as rapidly as possible.

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Seattle Offers Utility Pole EV Chargers To City Residents

Last month, we told you about a program by National Grid that will install EV chargers on street light poles in Melrose, Massachusetts. It’s an idea that is gaining traction. Seattle City Light, the utility company that services the city of Seattle and surrounding communities, has just announced a similar program, but with a twist. It allows city residents to request the installation of utility pole-mounted EV chargers near where they live. The program is designed to meet the needs of EV drivers who cannot access off-street parking to charge their vehicles.

There is a great deal of debate about charging for apartment and condo dwellers. Many older buildings don’t have the capacity to add EV chargers to parking areas without expensive upgrades. Installing conduits can be expensive. People fight about where the chargers should be placed, how long people should be allowed to use them, and what to do with drivers who park conventional cars in front of them or refuse to move their electric cars once they are done charging so others can assess the equipment. On-street EV chargers solve many of those issues.

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What's Going To Happen To The Millions Of Electric Car Batteries After Their Lifespans End?

While driving electric vehicles is a step towards a greener future, the car batteries that power them are not as sustainable. Though the battery is at the heart of any EV, most are made from lithium-ion and have a limited lifespan that starts to degrade from the first time you charge them. So what happens when they reach capacity?

The cycle of charging and discharging causes them lose energy and power. The more charge cycles a battery goes through, the faster it will degrade. Once batteries reach 70 or 80% of their capacity, which happens around either 5 to 8 years or after 100,000 miles of driving, they have to be replaced, according to Science Direct.

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An electric car finally makes financial sense

(CNN)Gas prices that keep going up by the day have got a lot of people thinking about buying an electric vehicle. There is no question that electric vehicles cost much, much less to fuel than gasoline-powered models, especially with gas prices at around almost $5 a gallon on average, according to AAA.

It almost never makes sense to buy a new car just to save money on fuel, however. New cars tend to cost more money than you would save on fuel, but if you're already in the market for a new car, an electric vehicles could be an excellent option.

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EV manufacturer reaches agreement to buy lithium produced at the Salton Sea

Stellantis reached an agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources' Hell's Kitchen project to buy lithium produced at the Salton Sea to supply its North American electric vehicle production.

The 10-year-old agreement will see the CTR supply up to 25,000 metric tons per year of lithium hydroxide, the companies announced. The supply will support Stellantis' U.S. product offensive of over 25 all-new battery electric vehicle (BEV) launches and 50% BEV sales planned by 2030.

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The ‘EV Charger’ on Your Garage Wall Isn’t Actually a Charger

The auto industry is currently undergoing quite a massive change in its priorities. As consumers seek to be more environmentally conscious, auto manufacturers are meeting those needs by announcing and releasing new electric vehicles (EVs). Perhaps the most significant difference between owning an EV and a traditional car using an internal combustion engine is that the EV requires regular charging to keep the vehicle operational. To make ownership of an EV easier, manufacturers typically include an at-home charger when purchasing the car. However, this charger is technically not a charger but an electrical vehicle service.

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CleanTechnica Product Review: NeoCharge Smart Splitter

The NeoCharge Smart Splitter had perfect timing, showing up on my porch just a few hours behind the Tesla Model 3 that would be staying with us that week. What’s more, since the Tesla would be sharing garage space with the big Volvo XC90, we had the perfect opportunity to put the Smart Splitter to the test!

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FreeWire Introduces Its Most Powerful and Flexible EV Charger: Boost Charger 200

FreeWire Technologies has launched at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California its new flexible DC fast charger with an integrated battery energy storage - the Boost Charger 200. As the name suggests, the FreeWire Boost Charger 200 has a total peak power output of 200 kW, compared to the original Boost Charger (first deployed in 2020), which was able to supply up to 120 kW. A later version, announced in November 2021, was upgraded to 150 kW.

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This California desert could hold the key to powering all of America's electric cars

(CNN Business)The Salton Sea Basin feels almost alien. It lies where two enormous chunks of the Earth's crust, the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate, are very slowly pushing past one another creating an enormous low spot in the land. It's a big, flat gray desert ringed with high mountains that look pale in the distance. It's hot and, deep underground, it is literally boiling.

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How To Get EV Chargers Everywhere

There are many factors to be considered when installing EV charging, but perhaps the most important is the ease of getting electricity to the chosen spot. Many boroughs in inner London are installing chargers in lampposts. It makes sense on streets full of houses without garages. The power is already available and the posts line up well with the curb. This is great innovative thinking for placing EV chargers everywhere.

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How The Troubled Salton Sea Could Become The World’s Largest Lithium Supplier

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The Salton Sea could produce the world’s greenest lithium, if new extraction technologies work

About 40 miles north of the California-Mexico border lies the shrinking, landlocked lake known as the Salton Sea. Once the epicenter of a thriving resort community, water contamination and decades of drought have contributed to a collapse of the lake’s once vibrant ecosystem, and given rise to ghost towns.

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US Dept of Energy announces $3 billion toward EV battery manufacturing and supply chain

The US Department of Energy announced today a new $3 billion program going toward battery manufacturing and supply chain to support the transition to electric vehicles. The money is coming from the giant infrastructure bill from last year, which also included $7.5 billion for electric transit vehicles and another $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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"Extremely fast-charging" battery hits 60 percent in under 6 minutes

By rethinking a key battery component, scientists in China have come up with what's described as "extremely fast charging" technology that sees a lithium-ion battery hit 60 percent capacity in under six minutes. The breakthrough is billed as a significant one for the world of electric vehicles where recharge times lag far behind refueling times for conventional cars, and could make them a far appealing proposition on that front.

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La huella de carbono de las baterías del coche eléctrico es tan alta que ya hay un "Pasaporte de Batería" en marcha

Creer en que un vehículo es neutro en emisiones de carbono es, prácticamente, una cuestión de fe en estos momentos. Para solucionarlo, un consorcio de once empresas, entre las que se encuentran BMW o Audi, desarrollará el Battery Passport (Pasaporte de Batería), lo que demostrará cuál es la huella de carbono de la misma en un coche eléctrico.

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Las baterías del coche eléctrico son demasiado grandes y pesadas. Hay una solución: integrarlas en el chasis

Con una tecnología tan joven aún por explotar, es lógico que cada poco tiempo tengamos noticias de nuevas propuestas, la nueva "idea revolucionaria" y la apertura de nuevos caminos de desarrollo. Esto mismo sucede con los coches eléctricos y sus baterías, que centran en desarrollo de buena parte del futuro de estos automóviles.

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Data Reveals Tremendous Growth In Volumetric Energy Density Of EV Batteries

During the past decade, lithium-ion batteries improved significantly in terms of volumetric energy density, which describes the amount of energy that can be contained within a given volume.

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California: Statevolt Battery Gigafactory Project Emerges On The Horizon

Lars Carlstrom, the founder of Britishvolt and the founder-CEO of Italvolt, announced the launch of a new company - Statevolt, with a goal to build a battery plant in California. According to the press release, the plan is to construct a 54 GWh lithium-ion manufacturing plant in Imperial Valley, Southern California with an expected CapEx of $4 billion.

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Will Lithium Save California's Imperial Valley?

Its proximity to the Salton Sea has shaped the destiny of the Imperial Valley in countless ways. Word these days is that lithium buried deep beneath the waters is the key to a prosperous future, the elixir that will transform an area plagued by high unemployment and rampant respiratory diseases.

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EV Charging Point Installer's Invention Compensates for Lack of Design Thoroughness

Here's an example of designers not thoroughly thinking through a problem, and a tradesman having to take up the slack. Consider the design of a freestanding EV charger. Regardless of manufacturer, the designs seen by Trevor Palmer, a UK-based installer, all have a flanged base at the bottom—and that's where the design ends. What does it mount to? In the eyes of the designer, that's the contractor's problem.

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Lithium Valley: Near the Salton Sea, residents want the federal government to address health concerns

Residents living near the Salton Sea say they understand the much-hyped potential of the area for lithium extraction, but they want the federal government to understand the existing health concerns plaguing the community caused by the receding sea, and want to make sure the new industry doesn't exacerbate those issues.

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Can ‘Lithium Valley’ help solve US battery supply chain challenges?

Federal and local authorities alike consider the Imperial Valley, in the southern California desert close to the Mexican border, as having the potential to become the hub of a “world-class lithium industry”, even dubbing it ‘Lithium Valley’.

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How Long Do EV Batteries Last?

These days everything we do revolves around battery-powered devices, and lately, that includes vehicles. When it comes to electric cars and trucks (EVs), if you’re wondering, “How long should an EV battery last?” it’s longer than you probably think.

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A 4 V-Class Metal-Free Organic Lithium-Ion Battery Gets Closer To Reality

A joint research team from Tohoku University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has made a significant advancement towards high-voltage metal-free lithium-ion batteries that use a small organic molecule, croconic acid. The breakthrough moves us closer to realizing metal-free, high-energy, and inexpensive lithium-ion batteries.

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Get free EV charging and home charger deals from Electrify America to celebrate Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day 2022, charging network Electrify America is offering free EV charging sessions at 740 locations across the United States. Additionally, EA is offering $50 off its HomeStation Level-2 home charger through the rest of April using the promo code below.

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Rivian CEO Warns of Looming Electric-Vehicle Battery Shortage

NORMAL, Ill.—Rivian Automotive Inc. Chief Executive RJ Scaringe is warning that the auto industry could soon face a shortage of battery supplies for electric vehicles—a challenge that he says could surpass the current computer-chip shortage.

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Imperial County proceeds with Lithium Valley master planning

Imperial County Board of Supervisors continue to make progress on their commitment to improve the economic opportunities of Imperial County.

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California's Lithium Valley Gears Up for Clean Energy Future

Lithium is a key component in electric vehicle batteries and energy storage systems, and California officials hope their state will become a major producer. Governor Gavin Newsom has said he wants California to become the 'Saudi Arabia of lithium.' But residents of one community want some assurances first. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Lithium Valley in the California desert. Camera: Mike O'Sullivan, Roy Kim

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Recycling electric batteries is tough, but it has to be done.

The lithium-ion battery pack of electric vehicles (EVs) is truly a work of art. A typical battery pack holds thousands of identical cylindrical cells constituting a concoction of components sourced from all over the globe. In a twist of scientific magic, it transforms lithium and electrons into enough energy to propel the EV hundreds of kilometres without tailpipe emissions. And when the battery dies, simply recharge and repeat.

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Reconnecting EV Charging Stations

If you drive an electric vehicle (EV), you’ve likely had this experience: your car is telling you it’s low on charge, you think you have enough to make it home, but you’re not sure. You grab your phone, check for EV charging stations nearby and luckily, there’s one less than a mile from your current location. But when you get there, you discover that the one charging station that’s available is out of order. Arrgghhh! What do you do?

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Electric car batteries: from second life to recycling

What can we do with spent batteries from electric cars? Various companies and research institutions worldwide are working on solutions to this important question. After all, batteries contain lots of valuable raw materials. The answer is to give batteries a second life by using them as stationary storage batteries before they are finally recycled.

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