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

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 out to be the year that cell production largely moves onshore as well. The 2013 Nissan Leaf, now coming off the assembly line... read more

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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  22


 
2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots

Nissan Builds First Lithium-Ion Cells For 2013 Leaf Electric Car (Video)

Just two years after the first Nissan Leaf was sold in the U.S., Nissan said today it has opened a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, to fabricate lithium-ion cells for electric-car... read more December 12, 2012 by  7


 
2013 Tesla Model S

New Tesla Model S Pricing Announced For Jan 1, Battery Pack Costs Too

As of January 1, it'll cost you more to buy a 2013 Tesla Model S--as the company said last week. Now, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has released the details of the price increases... read more November 29, 2012 by  16


 
Henrik Fisker

Does A123 Bankruptcy Threaten Coup De Grace For Fisker?

Fisker Automotive has had more than its share of trials and tribulations of late. Now, a new threat has emerged that holds the potential to harm the company severely, by... read more November 7, 2012 by  2


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

A123 Electric Car Battery Plants Saved From Bankruptcy By Auto-Parts Maker

Despite filing for bankruptcy protection yesterday, lithium-ion battery firm A123 Systems has said the factories where it makes electric car battery cells will be saved... read more October 17, 2012 by  13


 
Three Nissan Leafs

Exec Stands Firm on Nissan Leaf Batteries, Previews 2013 (Video)

Ever since a handful of Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona noticed that their cars had started to suffer from premature battery aging, Nissan has been criticized for its apparent... read more October 8, 2012 by  20


 
2012 Nissan Leaf in the Apple iPhone 4S commercial

2012 Nissan Leaf Lease Now $219 A Month, Incentives Increase

With ongoing consumer concerns about battery longevity in hot climates, not to mention an all-new 2013 Leaf electric car just around the corner, NIssan has dropped the price... read more October 1, 2012 by  21


 
Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Nissan Buys Back Leaf Electric Cars Under Arizona Lemon Law

Yesterday, a local news station in Phoenix, Arizona, confirmed that Nissan has agreed to buy back wilting Leaf electric cars from their owners under the state’s Lemon... read more September 28, 2012 by  14


 
Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf

Nissan Suggests Leaf Battery-Capacity Loss Due To High Miles: Exclusive

It's been a few months now since reports of losses in battery capacity in Nissan Leaf electric cars began to filter out of Arizona. Owners have complained to Nissan's... read more September 22, 2012 by  110


 
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