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Nissan To Offer Leaf Battery Replacement Plan: $100 A Month

Nissan To Offer Leaf Battery Replacement Plan: $100 A Month

To allay fears about loss of capacity in its Leaf electric-car battery packs, Nissan announced today that it would offer what amounts to a battery leasing program after the pack goes out of warranty. The cost of ensuring minimum capacity will be $100 a month. The company now warranties the Leaf... read more

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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, 2012 Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi Issues Second Recall For Outlander Plug-In Hybrid In Japan

Mitsubishi has recalled 4,313 of its Outlander Plug-In Hybrids in Japan to fix a potential defect that it identified last month. The company resumed production of the plug-in... read more June 5, 2013 by  1


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

All-New 2016 Toyota Prius: What We Know So Far

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may retain the same shape as its predecessors, but it's likely to be different in several important ways. With spy shots of 2016 Prius... read more June 3, 2013 by  17


 
Battery pack assembly at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

Making a battery for an electric car is more like assembling microelectronics than the kind of auto-plant scenes we think of, involving huge steel stamping presses and... read more May 20, 2013 by  1


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Will Future Tesla Electric Cars Use Metal-Air Batteries?

Most advocates and industry analysts expect lithium-ion batteries to dominate electric-car energy storage for the rest of this decade. But is Silicon Valley startup carmaker... read more April 23, 2013 by  41


 
2014 Cadillac ELR revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas. But this turns... read more April 22, 2013 by  9


 
Historical Prices & Specific Energy Trends for Li-Ion Batteries (Duke University, 2009)

Cheaper Electric-Car Batteries: Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Did your parents ever tell you, "Slow and steady wins the race"? It can be annoying to hear as a child, but often it's true--and in the case of electric car batteries, it's... read more April 5, 2013 by  30


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Battery Safety Updates: What Changes Were Made?

People take air safety pretty seriously, so when smoke filled the cabin of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft a few months back, the entire fleet was quickly grounded. It... read more March 20, 2013 by  10


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

Life With 2013 Tesla Model S: 'Vampire' Thirst For Electricity At Night?

A couple of weeks ago, shortly after I took delivery of my 2013 Tesla Model S, I noticed that my home electric meter seemed to be running a bit faster than normal. I keep a... read more March 17, 2013 by  58


 
John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Reports Own Battery-Cell Failure Via Carwings

Wouldn't it be nice if your car could tell you not just that something was wrong, but that something might be about to go wrong? A Nissan Leaf in Washington state did just... read more March 12, 2013 by  13


 
2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda Civic Hybrid: Battery Unreliable, Consumer Reports Says

Automaker Honda used to be the darling of Consumer Reports, with its models perpetually scoring better than average in CR testing. The 2012 Honda Civic dampened the... read more March 11, 2013 by  6


 
2000 Honda Insight

Honda Recycles Hybrid Battery Packs Into Rare-Earth Metals For New Ones

A popular myth among detractors of hybrid and electric vehicles is that the energy and materials that go into making batteries far outweighs any good they do under ownership... read more March 5, 2013 by  4


 
GM engineer fits structural reinforcement to distribute crash energy away from Chevy Volt battery.

Does $5K Tool Really Cause Chevy Dealers To Drop Volt Electric Car?

If you were a car dealer, would you decide not to sell a plug-in electric car because you had to buy a $5,000 tool to service it? We didn't think so. Late last year, trade... read more February 5, 2013 by  23


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Musk: Boeing 787 Batteries 'Inherently Unsafe'

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is hardly shy and retiring. He tweets out random financial results, states as fact things that haven't quite happened yet, and regularly speaks his... read more January 30, 2013 by  25


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787 Batteries Same As Those In Electric Cars? Umm, NO

Gird yourself: It's possible we're about to see a new wave of attacks on electric cars that ignore battery science. This time the culprit is the troubled Boeing 787... read more January 17, 2013 by  49


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S 60-kWh Is More Efficient Than 85-kWh Car: Why?

Sharp-eyed Tesla Model S buffs may be wondering why the mid-range 60-kWh car, which costs $10,000 less, is rated more efficient than the top-of-the-line 85-kWh model. The EPA... read more December 14, 2012 by  20


 
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