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How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

Unless your name is Brinks, you rarely hear the words "armor" and "car" mentioned in the same sentence. But two recent widely-publicized fires in the Tesla Model S electric car have put the spotlight on how its battery pack is protected from severe impacts underneath the car. MORE: Tesla Fires... read more

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Tesla Model S in flames near Kent, Washington [frame from YouTube video]

First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris

It had to happen sooner or later: a fire in a Tesla Model S. And indeed, as first covered by Jalopnik, Tuesday's fire in one example of the luxury electric sedan outside... read more October 3, 2013 by 


 
Nissan Leaf being charged

Mentioning Moore's Law For Electric Cars: Sign Of Ignorance

You see and hear it all the time, sometimes from people who really ought to know better. It's the notion that electric cars are going to improve incredibly, amazingly... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S

Will Tesla Alone Double Global Demand For Its Battery Cells?

Tesla is on a roll right now, with 14,000 of its all-electric Model S luxury sedan on the road and its stock at record highs. If it achieves its planned production... read more September 3, 2013 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car

Are Smaller, Better Sensors The Key To Cutting Electric-Car Battery Cost?

Electronic sensors don't occupy a huge amount of space in electric car battery packs, but conversely, making sensors smaller could make the packs themselves much more... read more August 30, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Tests New Heat-Resistant Battery For Leaf Electric Car

Nissan is testing a revised lithium-ion cell chemistry for its Leaf electric car that the company says appears to be as durable in sustained extreme heat as its current... read more August 26, 2013 by 


 
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid owned by Bayer Protective Services, Sacramento, CA

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: 500K Miles, Still In Patrol Service

If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here's a case study to set your mind at ease. A white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just... read more July 16, 2013 by  7


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

Tesla Shows 90-Second Battery Swapping For Model S, Details Rollout Plans

As predicted last month, and tweeted and teased by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla Motors showed off battery swapping for its Model S electric car at a press event last night. Held at... read more June 21, 2013 by  48


 
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

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... read more June 20, 2013 by  65


 
Photo of Tesla Model S battery swapping versus 'fastest gas pump in LA' tweeted by Elon Musk

UPDATE: Musk Posts Photo Of Tesla Model S Battery Swap Video

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a press event to be held this Thursday evening will demonstrate battery-swapping for the Tesla Model S. The mode of communication... read more June 20, 2013 by  70


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

What Goes Into A Tesla Model S Battery--And What It May Cost

In his recent interview with Barron's, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk hung up on the reporter who was interviewing him. He said he had "no interest in an article that debates... read more June 11, 2013 by  57


 
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Motor Trend 'Car of the Year' ceremony in New York City, Nov 2012

Elon Musk Hangs Up As Writer Questions Battery-Cost Declines

Reporters interview CEOs all the time, but it's rare for those CEOs to end interviews abruptly. Which is what makes an article in Barron's about Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and... read more June 10, 2013 by  38


 
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  18


 
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


 
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