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First Tesla Model S Fire Caused By Collision With Road Debris

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 Seattle, Washington, generated a remarkable amount of media coverage. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] issued a statement on the accident... read more

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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  62

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  28

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


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