• Flat lithium-ion battery back for next-generation Mercedes-Benz electric cars

    In a future with autonomous cars, batteries must be more resilient to operate constantly and serve multiple masters. That's Akira Yoshino's belief. He's the man who invented the lithium-ion prototype battery in 1985. Yoshino told Bloomberg in a report published last Wednesday that future batteries must be able to withstand the daunting task of operating more often. His belief assumes future self-driving electric cars will fall under a shared umbrella for users as the personal ownership model begins to decline. “A car shared by 10 people means it will be running 10 times more,” he...

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    Chinese Firm Buys Fisker Battery Supplier A123 Systems

    When lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 systems declared bankruptcy last October, the move left Fisker Automotive without a battery supplier for its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Fisker downplayed the drama, insisting that it had sufficient inventory for the near future, and that the sale...

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    Battery Maker A123 Systems Announces New Li-Ion Battery Technology

    When it comes to building battery packs for electric cars, temperature extremes are the enemy of battery range. To deliver optimum results, electric car batteries need to be kept within a fairly narrow band of ideal operating temperatures. To get around this, thermal conditioning is used to...

  • The Graphene Carbon Lattice
    Graphene The Missing Link In Lithium-Air Battery Technology?

    With so many different technologies vying to be the "next big thing" with electric car batteries, the law of averages dictates that at least one of those genuinely will be the next big thing. The latest "next big thing" is graphene lithium-air batteries according to Talking Points Memo, and they're...

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    e-Wolf Presents Alpha 1 SRF Electric Track Car: Video

    Remember e-Wolf? A few years back the German firm released a couple of preview images teasing a new electric supercar that’s still in development. Well, e-Wolf has been busy, releasing a number of other electric cars in the recent past, the latest of which is the new Alpha 1 SRF (Silent...

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    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Hybrid Luxury Sedan Priced From $30,820

    We’ve known about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist mild-hybrid luxury sedan since late 2010 but GM only released the all-important pricing details for the car this week, with its sticker coming in at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge. Interestingly, GM has made the advanced eAssist...

  • Volvo C30 Electric

    Volvo showed us its C30 Electric zero-emissions hatchback at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show back in January, which included a crashed example with the car's expensive battery pack fully intact, but now the automaker has confirmed that customer leases are about to start. Unfortunately, those leases are only scheduled to begin in Europe as Volvo has no plans to bring it over to the U.S. anytime soon. It doesn’t matter too much as the initial customer leases will mainly be provided to companies, authorities and governmental bodies. The markets Volvo has on its list include Sweden, Belgium, the...

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    MIT Researchers Working On Liquid-State Batteries That Can Be ‘Refueled’

    One of the biggest hurdles towards the mainstream acceptance of electric cars is the lengthy period of time, usually around six to eight hours, that it takes to top up their batteries. Compare this to filling up a gasoline or diesel powered car, where topping up a tank takes only a matter of...

  • Tesla Model S Alpha build
    Tesla Model S ‘Alpha’ Build Mega-Gallery

    The Tesla Model S electric sedan is on track for a market debut in the middle of next year, although the production version of the car is scheduled to be revealed at the end of this year. We say production version as we’ve already seen a number of Model S sedans in the past, though all of...

  • Delta Motorsport E-4 Electric Coupe
    Move Over Tesla, Delta Motorsport Launches 150 MPH E-4 Electric Coupe

    Over in the UK, a relatively new company by the name of Delta Motorsport and based at the famous Silverstone race circuit, has designed and built from the ground up a sporty coupe with a distinct sportback design and zero-emission electric drivetrain. The company boasts a 0-60 mph time of less than...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview: U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Mitsubishi was one of the first major automakers to announce plans for a mass produced electric vehicle and even had a working prototype out testing back in 2008 in the form of the first generation i-MiEV. Since then the i-MiEV has gone through a series of redesigns until finally being launched in...

  • 2009 Fisker Karma
    Fisker Raises Additional $115.3 Million, Signs Battery Deal With A123 Systems

    Fisker recently suffered a setback with the launch of its Karma plug-in hybrid electric sports sedan, whose delay has been pushed back until the third quarter of the year after originally being pegged for release last November. However, the company does have some good news to report on, announcing...

  • Porsche lightweight lithium-ion 12-Volt starter battery

    Perhaps only Porsche, with its long legacy of pricey options, could consider charging $1,700 for a starter battery. To be fair, this isn't just any old 12-Volt lead-acid starter battery. It's a lightweight, lithium-ion pack with a similar form factor and the same mounts as a standard battery. It's not only 3 inches lower, but also--at 13 pounds--a full 22 pounds lighter than the original. The lithium-ion starter battery will go on sale in January as optional equipment in the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, along with the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder that launched last week at the Los Angeles...

  • 2009 Tesla Roadster, Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, CA
    Driven: 2009 Tesla Roadster Will Make You An Electric-Car Believer

    Driving a 2009 Tesla Roadster most effectively requires unlearning some old habits.

  • 2009 Cadillac Converj
    Report: Growing Support Within GM For Production Cadillac Converj

    If given the green light the Converj wouldn’t appear in showrooms until 2014.

  • Buick plug-in hybrid crossover teaser
    Report: Buick Cancels Vue-Based Plug-in Hybrid Crossover

    The re-branded Saturn Vue hybrid won't make it off the design table at Buick.

  • Mileworks E-Rod Electro Roadster
    Germany's Mileworks joins electric car race with new E-Rod roadster

    It seems these days that a new electric sports car concept is announced almost every month but it's not often that we get to see the actual concept in the metal, so to speak, or in the case of the new E-Rod, in the carbon-fiber composite. The E-Rod electric roadster is the latest creation of German...

  • Coda Automotive sedan
    Coda Automotive launches in U.S. with new electric sedan

    A brand new electric car company has been established and plans to start selling its cars in the U.S. by the second half of next year. The new company is Coda Automotive, the latest brainchild of electric car entrepreneur Miles Rubin and based in Southern California. Coda’s first model will...

  • 2011 Ford Focus preview

    Electric cars may be all the rage these days but making the technology cheap enough for mass-market will take some time. One of the leaders in this field is Ford, which is expected to have one of the first mass-produced all-electric cars on the market with its battery-powered Focus. Arriving in 2011, the electric Focus is expected to be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack with a range of close to 100 miles. It won’t be cheap, however, as pricing will be set higher than a comparable petrol model, Ford’s president of the Americas, Mark Fields, revealed to Automotive News. This...

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    Ford working on next-generation lithium-ion batteries

    One of the biggest things holding back the mass embrace of the electric car is their supposedly short driving range compared to conventionally powered cars, as well as their relatively expensive nature considering the youth of the technology and low production volumes. To combat this, Ford claims...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt battery system
    Michigan to become battery technology hub with new $1.7 billion investment

    Michigan may be most widely recognized as the home of the troubled Detroit 3, whose past ignorance of creating efficient cars and embracing SUVs has landed them in hot water. Now, the state wants to change this image and create a reputation as a future base for greener cars, an initiative that has...

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    Protoscar Lampo is Swiss for electric sports car

    It seems these days that a new electric sports car concept is announced almost every month but it's not often that we get to see the actual concept in the metal, so to speak, or in the case of the new Lampo, in the carbon-fiber composite. The Lampo electric roadster is the latest creation of Swiss...

  • RUF eRUF Greenster
    RUF previews electric future with new Greenster convertible

    One of the most talked about electric cars in recent times is the Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster, a car that is becoming increasingly popular in performance circles because of its supercar performance and cutting edge technology. Well-established Porsche tuner RUF, a company that has been...

  • GM's troubled Saturn brand is emblematic of the struggle with inventory
    Parts shortages could delay GM’s plan to offer 26 hybrids by 2014

    General Motors ambitious viability plan announced a fortnight ago called for up to $16.6 billion in additional aid and the reduction of more than 47,000 jobs across the company’s global resources, but there was another major announcement in the plan that went largely unnoticed. GM also...

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