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Will Old Electric-Car Battery Packs Cause Horrible Pollution?

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 hybrid and electric cars are junked, and their nickel-metal-hydride and lithium-ion battery packs go into landfills. It's a... read more

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2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Is Tesla 'Bricking' Story Just An Angry Owner's Warranty Claim?

And now perhaps it all becomes clear. The Tesla battery 'bricking' post that was today's electric-car news story and generated reams of coverage may simply be an attempt by... read more February 22, 2012 by  97


 
Tesla Roadster 2.5

Tesla Battery 'Bricking': The Real Story Behind The Scare

Late last night, a sensational blog post circulated through Silicon Valley. It claimed that several $100,000-plus Tesla Roadsters were now useless as the result of a... read more February 22, 2012 by  23


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Bricking A Tesla Roadster Battery: Today's Electric Car Meme

Heard of "bricking" yet? No? You will shortly. It's the phenomenon in which the lithium-ion battery pack of an electric car that's left unplugged for a long period goes... read more February 22, 2012 by  12


 
Lola-Drayson electric racing car. Image: Drayson Racing

Lola-Drayson Electric Race Car Previews Structural Batteries

For some time now in a variety of motorsport disciplines, the engine and transmission has acted as a stressed member of the car's structure. What that means, is that rather... read more February 14, 2012 by 


 
Ener1's Dropping Share Price (17 August)

Electric-Car Battery Maker Ener1 Files For Bankruptcy, But Isn't Dead

Last week, lithium-ion battery specialists Ener1 made an official filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Another firm to take advantage of U.S. Department of Energy loans -- an... read more January 30, 2012 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Buying A 2012 Tesla Model S? Think Before Ordering The Battery Pack

At the end of 2011, Tesla released its final specification, options and price list for the 2012 Model S sedan. Depending on the choice of battery pack, the 2012 Tesla Model S... read more January 25, 2012 by  6


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing

NHTSA Closes Chevy Volt Battery-Pack Fire Safety Investigation

Well, it's all over but the shouting now. This afternoon, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement saying it had closed its investigation into... read more January 20, 2012 by  10


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Examines Second Life For Used Leaf Battery Packs

In the aftermath of the last year’s devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, more impetus has been given to the idea of turning electric cars -- and their battery... read more January 19, 2012 by  2


 
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Gives 2012 Sonata Hybrid Battery A Lifetime Warranty

What happens if the battery in your hybrid car starts to fail? If your car is still within warranty, you’ll get a replacement battery at no cost to you. If your car or... read more January 13, 2012 by  1


 
Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy

U.S. Sec. Of Energy: Cheaper Batteries Mean More Electric Cars

You’re probably well aware that some of our fellow journalists in the mainstream media aren’t big fans of plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars at the moment. But... read more January 11, 2012 by  13


 
Structural enhancements to fit to Chevy Volt electric car to avoid post-crash battery-pack fires.

NHTSA: Chevy Volt Battery Pack Fix OK, Ends Investigation

Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have said they are happy with the proposed safety enhancements for the 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Volt designed... read more January 9, 2012 by  9


 
Structural enhancements to fit to Chevy Volt electric car to avoid post-crash battery-pack fires.

Animation Shows Chevy Volt Crash Safety Updates: Video

Yesterday, General Motors announced a Customer Satisfaction Program for all assembled Chevy Volt sedans, aimed at strengthening the battery compartment to prevent coolant... read more January 6, 2012 by 


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

Life After Death: What Happens When Your Prius Battery Dies

Believe it or not, the humble Toyota Prius has been on sale in the U.S. for 12 years. While many of these original 2000 Priuses are still giving their owners the same gas... read more January 6, 2012 by  12


 
2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert

Chevrolet To Offer Volt Modifications Against Battery Fire Risk

GM announced today that it would offer a "customer satisfaction" initiative that provides modifications to roughly 12,400 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric cars to... read more January 5, 2012 by  7


 
Via eREV range-extended electric pickup

Via Motors To Use A123 Lithium-Ion Cells In Electric Trucks

Via Motors, the extended-range electric truck conversion company with GM legend Bob Lutz on its board, announced today that it would use lithium-ion cells from A123 Systems... read more January 5, 2012 by  1


 
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