Battery Currents: Advanced Energy Storage

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In This Issue:

- Aiming to Lessen Use of Rare Earth Metals

- Overheating in Electronic Vehicle Testing

- Nanophosphate Lithium Ion Battery All Electronic Vehicle

- GM to Improve Electric Vehicle Range

- Salt Batteries on the Horizon?

- Infrastructure for PEVs and EVs

- Eaton Works on Battery Management

- A123 Files Bankruptcy; JCI to Buy Auto Assets

- Faster Introduction of Electric Fords

- Holland Batteries to Power Fleet Vehicles

- Rechargeable Battery Giant Dies

- Excerpt from Aiming to Lessen Use of Rare Earth Metals

Ford Motor Company has decided that its third generation hybrid vehicle system will replace nickelmetal-hybrid batteries with lithium-ion batteries. This could reduce the company’s use of “rare earth” metals such as neodymium, cerium, lanthanum, and praseodymium, by up to 500,000 pounds per year. The company has already reduced its use of dysprosium by about 50 percent in magnets for its hybrid vehicles.

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