Ultrafast-Charging Solid-State EV Batteries Around The Corner, Toyota Confirms

Five years ago, Takeshi Uchiyamada was not yet chairman of Toyota, and I was still at Thetruthaboutcars. I went to a Toyota event in Tokyo, where Uchiyamada-san mentioned the possibility of a breakthrough solid-state battery. He had a small specimen of the battery, and it even powered a vehicle – a skateboard. I was told then it could take a decade before the solid-state battery powers a car, because that’s how long battery breakthroughs take to travel the distance from research lab to road. Half of the decade is past, and that timing still holds. In another five years, and if a report in a Japanese newspaper is to be believed, Toyota will have the key technology for wide-spread  adoption of battery-electric vehicles: Solid-state batteries with twice the range of today’s EVs, while charging only in minutes.

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German Car Cartel Triggers Rat-Out-Race Between Daimler, Volkswagen And BMW

One of the aims of the German car-cartel that became public over the weekend was to avoid “an arms race” of AdBlue tank sizes. Strangely, it turned into a race for who rats out whom first. According to a report in the usually well-informed Sueddeustche Zeitung [German], Daimler was first in coming clean with Germany’s and Europe’s cartel watchdogs, and it could avoid a multi-billion fine. Volkswagen came in second, and could get a 50% rebate on the punishment. BMW, one of the least suspicious in the dieselgate scandal, is kept holding the bag.

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Tuesday morning car news roundup, July 25, 2017

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Monday morning car news roundup, July 24, 2017

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First The Cartel, Now The Rebellion: Labor Leaders And Managers Demand Heads At VW

The explosive car cartel scandal that became public over the weekend could result in billions of fines for Daimler and BMW. For alleged co-conspirator Volkswagen, the scandal could turn into something much costlier: An open rebellion of the people … [Continue reading]

Dieselgate Product Of Vast VW-BMW-Daimler Car Cartel Conspiracy, Fresh Report Says

Two years ago, the dieselgate scandal just started to unfold, I recommended to dig deeper, and to dig elsewhere than Volkswagen, because having worked in said Industry, I knew that dieselgate is everywhere. Everybody in the industry knew it, but … [Continue reading]

Friday morning car news roundup, July 21, 2017

Top News: German politicians, industry agree diesel rescue plan: sources - Reuters: Auto industry officials and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a ... Geely establishes a … [Continue reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, July 20, 2017

Top News: Investors bet on copper as electric car race hots up - FT: Electric vehicles use more copper than cars fitted with internal combustion engines. Copper is needed in the lithium-ion batteries which power the... SpaceX chief warns … [Continue reading]