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Nissan Leaf Likely To Get 'Hot Weather' Battery In Next Year

Nissan Leaf Likely To Get 'Hot Weather' Battery In Next Year

Nissan is readying a new lithium-ion chemistry for its Leaf electric car, aimed at better range performance in hot-weather climates. And it's likely bound for all Leaf models in the first half of next year. Last week at the Tokyo Motor Show, Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president and global... read more

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A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

What's Next For Chinese-Owned Battery Maker A123?

When battery maker A123 Systems went bankrupt, it seemed to be just one in a long line of failed energy startups--albeit one with some high-profile customers. Stalled battery... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Model S

Tesla Earnings Call: Lithium-Ion Cell 'Giga-Plant' Needed For Future Production

Tesla held its third-quarter earnings call yesterday evening, and CEO Elon Musk stayed pretty much on message. He reiterated that Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] continues to... read more November 6, 2013 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford To Partner With University Of Michigan On Electric-Car Battery Lab

To launch its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, General Motors chose to build and expand its very own battery lab. Crosstown rival Ford is taking a different route... read more October 14, 2013 by 


 
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


 
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