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Forget the Toyota Prius: Meet the Pius, An Electric Car You Build Yourself

Forget the Toyota Prius: Meet the Pius, An Electric Car You Build Yourself

There was a time when wanting an electric car meant you probably had to build it yourself, either creating a car from scratch or converting an existing gasoline car. With great production electric cars on the market, fewer enthusiasts are building their own electric car, but now a company from... read more

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2011 Nissan Leaf SL

More Nissan Leaf Battery Loss, Nissan Doesn’t Blink

Last week, Nissan gave an official response to the handful of Arizona drivers of its 2011 Leaf electric car that had experienced the first signs of battery capacity loss. A... read more June 20, 2012 by  61


 
A123 Systems Employees Perform Quality Check on a Lithium-Ion Battery Pack  [source: A123 Systems]

Are Electric-Car Batteries Already at $250 Per kWh? Analyst Says Yes

How expensive are electric car battery packs? It’s a topic of much discussion among electric car fans, and a closely guarded secret within the auto industry, but now an... read more June 20, 2012 by  17


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

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... read more June 19, 2012 by  4


 
Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity

2011 Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Nissan Responds

Just under a month ago, we reported a few cases in which owners of 2011 Nissan Leafs had noticed the first of twelve lights on their car’s battery capacity gauge had... read more June 13, 2012 by  38


 
A123 Systems Prismatic Cell

A123: New Li-Ion Cell Performs Fine In High, Low Temperatures

It's been a rough year for lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems, but the Massachusetts company is forging ahead. This morning, it introduced a new battery technology it... read more June 12, 2012 by  10


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt

2013 Chevy Volt Gets 38-Mile Electric Range, Higher 98-MPGe Rating

It may be hard to imagine, but the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car is about to enter its third model year. The new 2013 Chevrolet Volt will offer a slightly higher... read more June 7, 2012 by  33


 
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


 
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