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Electric-car batteries: $100 per kwh before 2020, $80 soon after?

Electric-car batteries: $100 per kwh before 2020, $80 soon after?

Modern electric cars have developed to the point where range itself may become less of an issue than the cost of providing it. Automakers can create longer-range electric cars simply by installing larger battery packs, but that adds significant cost to the car's single priciest component. Just ask... read more

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevy Bolt EV 10 to 40 percent battery-capacity loss: possible, but unlikely?

When's the last time you sat down and read large parts of an owner's manual for a car? If it's been a few years—or a few decades—you may be surprised how... read more December 13, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Hyundai Ioniq Electric car to get 200 miles of range 'soon'

Hyundai's product planners seem to have a bit of an issue on their hands. The South Korean automaker is set to launch an all-electric version of its Ioniq hatchback... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Now Toyota can make electric cars: it's tamed lithium-ion batteries, it says

Toyota is one of the world's three largest carmakers, along with General Motors and Volkswagen Group. Having placed its bets for the future of zero-emission transport on... read more October 31, 2016 by


 
2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Smart Electric Drive has a little Renault-Nissan underneath

One of several new electric cars and concepts at last week's Paris Motor Show was the electric version of the second-generation Smart minicar. As Smart pointed out, it's the... read more October 3, 2016 by


 
2016 Kia Soul EV

2018 Kia Soul EV to get range boost to keep pace: report

When it debuted late in 2014 as a 2015 model, the Kia Soul EV boasted an impressive range for an electric car with a mainstream price. At an EPA-rated 93 miles, its range... read more September 19, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S P100D

Why new Tesla 100D battery may be crucial for the Tesla Model 3

Last month, when Tesla Motors announced new, even larger battery packs for its Model S sedan and Model X crossover utility vehicle, reaction was less than ecstatic. While... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Nissan seeks to sell AESC electric-car battery venture: report

Nissan, alone among high-volume electric car makers, owns half of the company that makes the battery cells for its cars. Tesla Motors doesn't own any of Panasonic, which has... read more August 6, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Tesla talks to LG, Samsung about Model 3 battery cell supplies

Since the start of Tesla Model S electric-car production in 2012, the company's lithium-ion cells have been supplied by its Japanese partner Panasonic. That applies to the... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the... read more May 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Updated 2016 Tesla Model S also gets new 75-kWh battery option

The 2016 Tesla Model S electric car will soon offer the 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack that debuted recently on the Model X crossover. The addition was supposed to be... read more May 5, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
Used Chevrolet Volt batteries for energy storage at GM facility in Milford, Michigan

Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
Tesla gigafactory, March 2016, shown in drone footage posted to YouTube by Above Reno

Latest drone footage of Tesla Gigafactory shows progress

Last night's Tesla Model 3 electric car unveiling is getting all the attention today, with at least 135,000 reservations booked for the car. But to get the $35,000 Model 3... read more April 1, 2016 by


 
Computer-generated image of proposed Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory tour: local Reno paper gets to go inside

Elon Musk likes his secrets. Tesla Motors isn't known for being particularly open to the media, especially when it comes to major projects like the lithium-ion battery cell... read more March 23, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S fire at Supercharger station, Brokelandsheia, Norway, Jan 2016  [frame from VG TV]

Tesla Model S fire in Norway caused by short circuit in car

The topic of electric cars and fires is a fraught one, not helped by the recent spate of videos of cheap Chinese hoverboards in flames. Any fire in an electric car tends to... read more March 21, 2016 by


 

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