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Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500 For Replacement With Heat-Resistant Chemistry

Nissan Leaf New Battery Cost: $5,500 For Replacement With Heat-Resistant Chemistry

Three and a half years after the first Nissan Leaf went on sale, Nissan has announced the cost of a replacement lithium-ion battery pack for its electric car. It's a surprisingly low $5,499 (after a $1,000 credit for turning in the old pack, which is required), plus installation fees and tax. The... read more

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Power Japan Plus - battery laboratory [frame from promotional video]

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of... read more May 13, 2014 by 


 
Jumpr lithium-ion jump-starting pack

Lithium-Ion Batteries For Lighter, Compact Jump-Starting Pack

Lithium-ion batteries are the hearts of modern electric cars, but could this battery chemistry have other automotive uses? Juno Power has applied lithium-ion technology to a... read more April 26, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Likely To Offer Larger Battery For Longer Range

Every electric-car owner wants more range; it's practically an immutable law. Now Nissan executive Andy Palmer has come close to confirming that a longer-range Nissan Leaf is... read more April 21, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S added battery shield - half-tube, black titanium plate, T-section, from front to rear

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Safety Shield In Detail (Photos)

When I first heard last week that Tesla was offering Model S owners a free retrofit that would install its new underbody shield and deflector plates, I called my local Tesla... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Many among the Detroit auto media were skeptical of Tesla Motors for years, correctly noting just how hard it is to start a car company and build a genuinely appealing... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla Gigafactory Faces Skepticism From Panasonic, Analysts

Elon Musk, CEO of startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors, is no doubt used to skepticism. Now he faces new doubts over the company's plans for a massive "gigafactory"... read more April 3, 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 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Good News For Tesla: AZ Bill Would Legalize Direct Sales As State Angles For Gigafactory

When the possibility of new jobs clashes with the desires of powerful campaign contributors, sometimes jobs can take priority. That may be what's happening in Arizona, where... read more March 20, 2014 by 


 
Better Place battery-swap demonstration

Standardized Electric-Car Battery Swapping Won't Happen: Here's Why

Standardized batteries are one of the great consumer goods: Who hasn't bought a pack of AA or AAA cells for some consumer-electronics device by now? The idea that... read more March 18, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing candidate states for Tesla Motors gigafactory, from Feb 2014 presentation

Where Should Tesla Put Its Battery Gigafactory? Reader Poll

When electric-car maker Tesla Motors released more information about its planned "gigafactory" to produce lithium-ion battery cells in the U.S., it revealed the four states... read more February 27, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla's Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory: What You Need To Know

This afternoon, Tesla Motors released details on its proposed "Gigafactory" to build lithium-ion cells for its future electric cars. To provide enough cell capacity to build... read more February 26, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Why A Gigafactory? Tesla Used 1/3 Of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

The 210,000 plug-in electric vehicles sold around the world last year used a lot of lithium-ion batteries. But if startup automaker Tesla Motors has its way, it will soon... read more February 26, 2014 by 


 
Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station

Three Lithium-Ion Giants Join To Build Better Electric-Car Battery

Three large global companies--Bosch, GS Yuasa, and Mitsubishi--have announced a joint venture to improve development of the next generation of batteries for electric... read more February 18, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh

A recent 1,200-mile East Coast road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S electric car proved to be something of a turning point in my view of the car. Fitted with the smaller... read more December 20, 2013 by 


 
2012 Nissan Leaf winter test

Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Range Loss In Winter: New Data From Canada

Just in time for the holiday-feast season, we now have published charts that detail the effect of cold weather on the battery range of Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt electric... read more December 17, 2013 by 


 
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