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

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. Batteries aren't as damaging as many suspect though, since so many of a battery's components can be recycled. Honda is doing... read more

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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


 
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


 
2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Instrument Cluster

Independent Tests Show Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Lost Range In Hot Climates

Have Nissan Leafs in hot states suffered premature battery aging, or is the apparent loss in capacity down to a malfunction in the Leaf’s dashboard display?... read more September 18, 2012 by  31


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

Ford Cuts Rare-Earth Metal Use In Hybrid Batteries, But ...

With plug-in cars now on the market, rare-earth metals are a hot commodity. They're needed in one type of electric motor and various electronic components, and volume... read more September 14, 2012 by  13


 
2012 Nissan Leaf 4-door HB SL Headlight

2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car To Use New, Cheaper Battery Cells: UPDATED

As it enters its third model year, the Nissan Leaf electric car is expected to get a number of updates and improvements for 2013. Now, it appears one of them is a change in... read more August 27, 2012 by  20


 
Envia Battery Technology

GM CEO: Electric Car With 200-Mile Range Within 4 Years Possible

In the world of plug-in cars, making an affordable car with a range equal to that of a conventional gasoline car is something of a Holy Grail. According to General Motors CEO... read more August 10, 2012 by  58


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

Battery Startup A123 Rescue Plan: Chinese Firm To Own 80%

It's been a very, very tough 18 months for lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems. In late May, the company said there was "substantial doubt" about its ability to remain in... read more August 9, 2012 by  9


 
Continuous electric miles in 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car [photo: David Noland]

2011 Chevy Volt Owner Takes on the Electric Range Challenge

Last week, an article on this site asked, "How Far Can The 2012 Chevrolet Volt Travel on Electricity Alone?" As a Volt owner, I felt duty-bound to answer that question, and... read more August 2, 2012 by  6


 
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