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Lithium-ion Battery Technology for 2013 EVs

2013 should be a major year for electric vehicles all around. A report from Pike Research, for example, indicates that plug-in vehicle sales could touch 210,000 over the year, with some 36 new models emerging.

And an IHS Automotive report suggests that worldwide plug-in hybrid vehicle production could hit 960,644 units by 2018—an increase of more than 800 percent. But let’s not forget that without an equally promising outlook for batteries, no electric vehicle is going to go far.

Nissan’s (TYO: 7201) 2013 Leaf will be equipped with Lithium-ion batteries developed and manufactured at the company’s new cell-manufacturing facility in Tennessee, Resource Investing News reports. The facility is the biggest automotive-scale Li-ion battery plant in the U.S. and represents a $1.7 billion investment. Its development involved hefty incentives and funding by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.

The facility has a production capacity of 200,000 EVs yearly. As for the Leaf, it has sold around 46,000 units in two years on the market; some 18,000 of those sold within the U.S. Nissan intends to unveil around 15 new hybrid models by 2016, and the 2013 Leaf will likely boast a longer range than the 2012 model’s EPA-rated 73 miles


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