E-mobility is being touted as clean and green. In fact, its ecological footprint needs to shrink considerably. Building a battery consumes lots of resources. Engineers are working on making more efficient, eco-friendlier batteries.
Swiss police are investigating the death of a man after his Tesla car crashed and burst into flames last week. The case adds to claims e-vehicle car batteries may be a safety concern after similar incidents in the US.
Tesla has revealed plans to shareholders that it's working with Chinese officials to build electric cars and battery packs in Shanghai. The carmaker had looked for a location for its first Gigafactory outside the US.
It is three times larger than the next biggest lithium-ion battery and can power up to 30,000 homes. Elon Musk has said it is "just the beginning."
The future of Europe's carmakers depends on reliable supplies of cheap lithium-ion cells, a key component of e-car batteries. But such cells are nearly all made in Asia. Does Europe need its own Li-ion cell supply?
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