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Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

When it comes to Tesla and electric-car batteries, the eyes of most analysts are currently on the automaker's "Gigafactory," which began battery-cell production earlier this year. The Gigafactory is expected to build cells in massive numbers, but using a variation of the same lithium-ion chemistry...

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Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. For the first... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in Maven car-sharing fleet, Los Angeles [photo: Dan MacMedan fo

GM's Maven car-sharing adds Chevy Bolt EV electric cars (in LA)

With the 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV electric car now in its third month of sales and rolling out to additional states every month, the industry is focused on its sales numbers... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2018 Lexus LS 500h

2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid luxury sedan to debut at Geneva show

It should come as no surprise that Toyota's Lexus luxury brand remains enthusiastic about hybrids. Toyota has sold more hybrids than any other automaker, with luxury models... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
Tesla Supercharger site in Newburgh, New York, up and running - June 2015

Tesla now tells electric cars about charger status en route

Unlike most automakers, Tesla doesn't schedule redesigns, updates, and new features for its cars to coincide with traditional model years. Aided by the fact that most of its... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevy Bolt EV electric range: can 238 miles stretch to 300 miles?

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an official EPA-rated range of 238 miles per charge on the combined test cycle. That gives it the longest range of any electric car currently... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD, Kingston, NY, Feb 2017

2017 Ford Escape AWD 1.5-liter gas mileage review

Smaller engines with turbochargers have spread throughout new vehicles as a way to meet the increasingly stringent fuel-efficiency rules that started in 2012. But no maker... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Kia Niro EV, subsidized fast charging, plug-in hybrid proliferation: Today's Car News

Today, we have confirmation of the all-electric Kia Niro EV, pros and cons of automaker subsidization of electric-car fast charging, and why Toyota thinks plug-in hybrids... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Plug-in hybrids to catch on more quickly than electrics: Toyota

Toyota has been by far the most reluctant of recent converts to the idea that battery-electric vehicles might be practical and desirable. Only within the last year has the... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Diesel sales in Europe will fall close to zero within 10 years: prediction

In the U.S., the Volkswagen diesel scandal was a case of an automaker betraying the trust of more than half a million owners. But in the Europe, the issue of diesel emissions... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016

All-electric Kia Niro EV to come in 2018, says Kia exec

South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia often share the underpinnings of their vehicles, though there's no "badge engineering" and the two brands compete in the marketplace... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Nissan Leaf electric car using DC fast-charging station at BP in Metrolina area of Charlotte, NC

Should electric-car makers subsidize fast charging for owners?

By now, purchase incentives are a well-proven and valuable tool in increasing electric-car adoption. But what if incentives were applied to more than just the cars? Different... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

No matter how you measure it, 2016 was a major year for solar energy. More solar-generating capacity was added last year than either natural gas or wind, according to the... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

More GM electric cars, Chevy Cruze Diesel lawsuit, KS electric-car charging: Today's Car News

Today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the Chevrolet Bolt EV will form the basis for a "huge range of electric cars," a Chevrolet Cruze Diesel lawsuit moves forward, and a... read more February 15, 2017 by


 
Renault Zoe electric cars on the Outer Hebrides

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Dec 2016

The Renault Zoe closed out 2016 as the best-selling electric car in Europe. While the Nissan Leaf continues to lead in worldwide sales, the smaller electric car from Nissan's... read more February 15, 2017 by


 
 

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