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Out in the desert in Riverside County, the world’s largest single-phase battery is now operational. Named Crimson Storage, the new project comes in at 350 MW/1400MWh in size and will be able to provide power for 47,000 homes each year, and add much-needed flexibility to the state’s grid. Canadian Solar (Guelph, Canada) constructed the facility and provided the batteries while Axium Infrastructure (Montreal, Canada) will be responsible for running the system in the long term.

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Google “Tesla battery fire” and you’ll find no shortage of results. Just last month, USA Today reported that California firefighters had to use 4,500 gallons of water to douse one of the brand’s EVs. And Tesla certainly isn’t alone: recalls and fire safety problems have plagued brands like Lucid, Rivian, and Chevy. But what causes these incidents? And how do you weigh the risk against a traditional internal combustion engine?

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The Biden administration on Monday announced a new $3.1 billion plan to ramp up electric vehicle battery production in the U.S. The effort comes as supply constraints have hindered automakers’ ability to secure EV battery components—potentially slowing down the administration’s goal of having zero-emission cars make up 50% of automotive market share by 2030.

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