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

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 energy density, cost and lifespan of electric vehicle batteries. But once you've designed a new battery pack, how do you prove its... read more

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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


 
Charles Gassenheimer, Ener1 CEO, at Volvo "Innovations Toward Zero" seminar, June 2011

Ener1, Owner Of Lithium Cell Firm, To Emerge From Bankruptcy

Ener1, the company that owns lithium-ion cell maker EnerDel, will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next two weeks, according to a recent statement by the company. The... read more March 5, 2012 by  4


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

Battery Maker A123 To Supply Cells For Tata Hybrid Buses

Lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems announced today that it would supply complete battery packs to Tata Motors, the largest vehicle maker in India, to be used in hybrid... read more March 1, 2012 by 


 
Envia Battery Technology

New Battery Promises To Bring 300-Mile Electric Cars To The Masses

Here at GreenCarReports, we’re fans of all-electric cars, but even we have to admit that most electric cars on the market today suffer from the same problem: limited... read more February 27, 2012 by  33


 
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


 
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