Battery Life

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Degradation Update

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Degradation Update

Last summer, I wrote in this space about an apparent loss of battery capacity in my 2013 Tesla Model S after a three-month Supercharging binge. I wondered whether, despite assurances from Tesla Motors, the two events might have been related. My doubts had started when I noticed that, after a... read more

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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

How Long Do Hybrid Cars Last: Which Will Make 150,000 Miles?

Which hybrid cars accumulate the most mileage over time? According to a new data analysis, there's one hybrid that stands head and shoulders above the rest--and it's not the... read more June 12, 2014 by 

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

How Lithium-Ion Batteries Age: Scientists Offer Insight

Aging is a part of life, even for lithium-ion batteries. And battery life is an important consideration for electric-car owners, especially in these early days before there's... read more March 21, 2014 by 

2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

Battery Life In Tesla Roadster Is Likely Better Than Predicted

Battery life is the subject of lingering doubt for many electric vehicle owners, but doom and gloom degradation projections don't always come true. Not for the Tesla Roadster... read more July 16, 2013 by  6

2013 Nissan Leaf

2013 Nissan Leaf Real-World Range: Is It Any Higher?

it might not have been the number people were hoping for, but at 75 miles, an extra two miles of EPA range for the 2013 Nissan Leaf still represents an improvement. Even more... read more March 20, 2013 by  24

2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)

Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Covered By Warranty, Now

Nissan is becoming the first manufacturer to offer limited warranty on battery capacity loss, when it implements a new warranty in Spring 2013. Announced via the... read more December 27, 2012 by  19

Three Nissan Leafs

Exec Stands Firm on Nissan Leaf Batteries, Previews 2013 (Video)

Ever since a handful of Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona noticed that their cars had started to suffer from premature battery aging, Nissan has been criticized for its apparent... read more October 8, 2012 by  20

2012 Nissan Leaf in the Apple iPhone 4S commercial

2012 Nissan Leaf Lease Now $219 A Month, Incentives Increase

With ongoing consumer concerns about battery longevity in hot climates, not to mention an all-new 2013 Leaf electric car just around the corner, NIssan has dropped the price... read more October 1, 2012 by  21

Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Nissan Buys Back Leaf Electric Cars Under Arizona Lemon Law

Yesterday, a local news station in Phoenix, Arizona, confirmed that Nissan has agreed to buy back wilting Leaf electric cars from their owners under the state’s Lemon... read more September 28, 2012 by  14

2012 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Launches Global Leaf Advisory Board For Better Electric-Car Understanding

For the past few months, Nissan has been investigating cases of premature battery aging and lost range in its Leaf electric car, particularly in hot climates like Arizona... read more September 24, 2012 by  11

2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Instrument Cluster

Independent Tests Show Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Lost Range In Hot Climates

Have Nissan Leafs in hot states suffered premature battery aging, or is the apparent loss in capacity down to a malfunction in the Leaf’s dashboard display?... read more September 18, 2012 by  31

2012 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf To Get Better Battery, No News On Capacity Loss

When it launched back in 2010, the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback was criticized for its high sticker price, due in part to its expensive battery pack. Now Nissan CEO Carlos... read more September 17, 2012 by  10

2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Predicting Electric-Car Battery Life: GE, Ford, U of Michigan Team Up

Because the gasoline car has been in continual production and development for over 100 years, automakers can use past experience to estimate how long cars -- and their... read more August 7, 2012 by  2

2008 Toyota Prius

Toyota Hybrid Battery Replacement Cost Guide

"Sure, but what do the batteries cost to replace?" is a question frequently posed to hybrid and electric vehicle owners. It's true that batteries aren't cheap, and at some... read more August 1, 2012 by  20

2011 Nissan Leaf

How To Keep Your Nissan Leaf’s Battery Pack Happy In Hot Weather

Just like humans, lithium-ion battery packs don’t like extremes of temperature, which is why automakers often build plug-in cars with liquid-cooled battery packs... read more July 16, 2012 by  15

Hot Weather: Bad For Electric Car Batteries?

How Long Will Your Electric Car Battery Last? It Depends Where You Live

Over the past few months, we’ve been covering the woes of 2011 Nissan Leaf owners in hotter states who have already reported a noticeable loss in battery capacity since... read more June 28, 2012 by  12


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