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Battery cells. Image from Mercedes-Benz.

North American Battery & EV Supply Chain Investment Grew to More than $250 Billion by…

Cumulative battery and EV supply chain investment in North America grew to more than $250 billion by the end of 2023. Investment in battery and EV supply chains increased rapidly after the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) on November 15, 2021, and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on … [continued]

Volkswagen ID.4 in Tacoma, Washington. Photo by Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica.

EV Savings: States in the Northwest Have Highest Potential for Fuel Cost Savings

Argonne National Laboratory estimated fuel cost savings potential for replacing a gasoline vehicle with the same size electric vehicle on a ZIP code level. Their estimates showed that the states in the Northwest region, led by Idaho and Washington State, had some of the highest potential for fuel cost savings … [continued]

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Chart: Larger Vehicles Have Greater Potential for Fuel Cost Savings from Electrification

Because larger vehicles use more energy than smaller vehicles, there is greater potential for fuel cost savings when switching to vehicles powered by electricity. Argonne National Laboratory estimated fuel cost savings potential for replacing a gasoline vehicle with the same size electric vehicle (all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle) on a … [continued]

An obstacle course built at the Griffin Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

Teens Design Robotic Cars

Argonne High School Autonomous Vehicle Competition teaches participants about teamwork, engineering, planning and problem-solving skills. Conner Schroeder, a senior at Guilford High School in Rockford was prepared for minor fog. But he and his teammates were unprepared for a ​“torrential rain” on the obstacle course. Knowing there wasn’t much they could … [continued]

Unlocking the Mystery Behind the Performance Decline in a Promising Cathode Material

Insights could help foster electric vehicle batteries with longer driving range and lower cost Scientists have discovered the culprit behind the performance fade in nickel-rich cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. The team’s new analysis method was key to the discovery. The first generation of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been a remarkable … [continued]

Solar panels set up vertically in Sweden by Sunna Group use an arrangement that is also expected to be useful for generating power at the South Pole. Photo by Silvana Ovaitt, NREL.

How To Power the South Pole With Renewable Energy Technologies

An opportunity exists at the bottom of the world to show the planet the importance and reliability of renewable energy. Researchers at two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories—the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Argonne National Laboratory—looked at how a combination of solar modules, wind turbines, and battery storage could … [continued]

Image of Toyota's first US battery factory in Liberty, NC. Courtesy of Toyota.

Battery Cell Production in North America Expected to Exceed 1,200 GWh per Year by 2030

1,200 GWh per year of battery cells would be enough cells for at least 12 million new EVs annually. Argonne National Laboratory projects that battery cell production in North America will exceed 1,200 GWh of capacity by 2030. That is enough to supply 12 to 15 million new EVs annually … [continued]

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Argonne-led Study Highlights Public Transit’s Critical Role Across Chicago

Research shows crucial role of Chicago’s public transit in maintaining mobility, economic stability, and supporting vulnerable populations A study by Argonne and MIT reveals the significant impacts of losing public transit in the Chicago region, from pollution spikes to increased traffic congestion to economic downturns. Public transit is vital to Chicago’s metropolitan … [continued]

More public charging stations will help reduce EV range anxiety, and other solutions are also emerging (image courtesy of US Department of Energy).

Argonne Assembles Electric Vehicle Experts to Create Better Experiences at Charging Stations

Task Force members address a priority for electric vehicle drivers: making sure the charging technology works The process of accessing a charging app, swiping a card through a reader, plugging the charging cord into the outlet and waiting for the battery to charge should be a seamless experience for users. … [continued]

Note: Includes both all-electric and plug-in hybrid registrations

4.3% of Light-Duty Vehicles in California Had a Plug in 2023

In 2023, California had the highest share of light-duty plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) registrations (i.e., number of vehicles on the road), representing 4.3% of all light-duty vehicle registrations in the state. The next highest was the District of Columbia (DC) with 3.5% followed by Hawaii at 2.8%. There were nine … [continued]