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

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 compact. According to the MIT Technology Review, the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E)... read more

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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


 
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


 
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