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Battery Maker A123 Systems Says It’s Not The Next ‘Solyndra’

Battery Maker A123 Systems Says It’s Not The Next ‘Solyndra’

Despite unveiling what it says will be a revolutionary new vehicle battery last week, Massachusetts-based firm A123 Systems is fighting skepticism that it will become the “next Solyndra,” the California solar company that went bankrupt in August 2011 after receiving a $550 million loan... read more

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2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (European version)

Would Battery Leasing Ease Sticker Shock On Costly Electric Cars?

There's no getting around it: Hybrids cost more than gasoline models, and plug-in electric cars cost a lot more than gas vehicles. Each type of green car cuts operating... read more May 18, 2012 by  12


 
Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity

2011 Nissan Leafs Start Losing Capacity Bars: Should You Worry?

It had to happen some time, just not perhaps as quickly as this. Since Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatchback launched in late 2010, many have been watching with interest... read more May 16, 2012 by  28


 
2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report

Going Away? Make Sure Your Electric Car Stays Happy Without You

Electric cars, just like every other device or machine that relies on rechargeable batteries, slowly discharge over time. Leave them in low state of charge for too long, and... read more April 26, 2012 by  8


 
GM Battery Lab, Warren Technical Center

Explosion Damage To GM Battery Lab Could Reach $5 Million

A week ago we brought you the news that a chemical gas explosion had injured employees at GM's Alternative Energy Center in Warren. Five people were evacuated from the lab... read more April 19, 2012 by  1


 
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

Electric Car Battery Prices Fall: When Will Car Prices Follow?

If you want something to blame for the relatively high prices of the current wave of electric cars, blame the cost of batteries. The technology required to produce the... read more April 18, 2012 by  8


 
Lithium-ion battery pack installation in 2012 Ford Focus Electric at Wayne Assembly Plant

2012 Ford Focus Battery Pack Cost: $12,000-$15,000, Says CEO

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the actual cost to automakers of the lithium-ion battery packs used in most modern electric cars... read more April 18, 2012 by  9


 
2011 Honda Insight

Honda Starts Hybrid Battery Pack Rare Earth Metal Recycling

Over the past few decades, demand for rare earth metals, has dramatically increased. So called because they are difficult to find in large deposits and often difficult to... read more April 18, 2012 by  6


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

Battery Cell Maker A123 Gets More Time To Use DoE Grant Funds

This is a tough time for lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems, but the company did get one little piece of good news yesterday. The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to... read more April 13, 2012 by  4


 
GM Battery Lab, Warren Technical Center

GM Battery Lab Explosion Attributed To Gases From A123 Cells

UPDATE, Thu, April 12, 11:15 am: The Detroit News quotes an unnamed source this morning as saying that the battery pack being tested that caused yesterday's explosion at GM's... read more April 12, 2012 by  19


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

How Long Will Your Electric Car Battery Last? Science Is On The Case

We all know that battery packs are the biggest Achilles Heel of the electric car, which is why automakers like Nissan and General Motors are working hard to improve the... read more April 12, 2012 by  10


 
2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report

How Much Range Does Your Leaf Lose If You Unplug It For 8 Days?

Remember Michael DeGusta, the guy who indadvertedly ‘bricked’ his oh-so-expensive Tesla Roadster after storing it in an almost-empty state for nearly two months?... read more April 10, 2012 by  9


 
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BMW To Develop Future Lithium-Ion Batteries With Toyota

Lithium-ion battery cells are expensive, challenging, and time-consuming to develop. And they can be hard to get right, as the current woes of A123 Systems show. Even the... read more March 27, 2012 by  9


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

A123 Systems To Recall Electric-Car Battery Packs For Fisker, Others

Hundreds of recalls a year get announced for gasoline cars, the vast majority completely under the radar. The high visibility of the electric-car business makes any recalls... read more March 26, 2012 by  5


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

How Much And How Fast Will Electric-Car Battery Costs Fall?

You hear both sides of the battery cost question a lot when you cover electric cars. One side says, "Electric-car batteries will be brutally expensive for many years to come... read more March 16, 2012 by  63


 
Cars Crushed Into Cubes

Will Old Electric-Car Battery Packs Cause Horrible Pollution?

It's an assertion that comes up a lot in comments on our stories. It goes, essentially, like this: No one recognizes the horrible pollution problems that will arrive when... read more March 14, 2012 by  10


 
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