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

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 their traction battery packs are destroyed. Which is why automakers like Nissan and Chevrolet recommend owners follow... read more

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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


 
BMW logo

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


 
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


 
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