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Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong with it, that's the end of that. If that Saturn were a hybrid, I'm guessing the battery pack would have died about four years... read more

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2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

Technical Details Revealed: 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid Crossover

Sometimes you just never know where you'll dredge up technical details on vehicles that carmakers haven't yet launched. Technology conferences can be a good source. Take, for... read more February 1, 2011 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Choice Of Electric-Car Battery Size? GM Investment May Make It Real

A recent investment by General Motors in a new lithium-ion battery cathode technology will give the automaker more pricing options for future generation electric vehicles. It... read more January 31, 2011 by  6


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Life After The Road: Tesla’s European Electric Car Battery Recycling

It may be the largest battery pack available in any electric car on the road today, but what happens when it is no-longer able to provide enough kick to push the 2011 Tesla... read more January 28, 2011 by  2


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

GM Bets On Cheaper Electric-Car Batteries With Envia, Invests $17 Million

Riding high on a bout of good press of its Chevy Volt, GM is putting $7 million into its next big bet on electric cars: cheaper, higher-energy batteries. In his state of the... read more January 28, 2011 by  7


 
Volvo V60 Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Wagon Coming At Geneva Motor Show

While working energetically on its C30 DRIVe Electric battery-electric vehicle, Swedish carmaker Volvo has also been developing green powertrains for its larger vehicles for... read more January 27, 2011 by  3


 
First 2011 Nissan Leaf delivered to buyer, San Francisco, Dec 2010, photo by Eugene Lee

2011 Nissan Leaf Laurels: Euro Car of the Year, U.S. Cell Plant Underway

Initial deliveries of the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery electric car have been fitful, compared to hundreds of Chevy Volts sold each week. But Nissan's first modern mass-produced... read more January 26, 2011 by  1


 
Think City electric vehicle

Leasing And Swapping Electric-Car Batteries: Will It Happen?

New-car buyers are already faced with a barrage of service contract offers, including extra-cost extended maintenance guarantees. In the future, proposes Charles... read more January 24, 2011 by  15


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Question: How Do Electric Cars (Volt, Leaf) Heat Passengers?

Another in our irregular series of answering questions from readers, this one from John Q of Eugene, Oregon: Question: I was wondering how an electric car provides heat and... read more January 20, 2011 by  10


 
DBM Energy Audi A2 Electric Car

DBM Energy’s Electric Audi Destroyed in Fire, Cause Unknown

The converted Audi A2 electric car which hit the headlines back in October last year by apparently driving 375 miles on a single charge has been destroyed in a warehouse fire... read more January 18, 2011 by  7


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Battery Wars: General Motors Licenses American Argonne Tech

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Actually, no--fairly recently and not so far from home, the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory patented a... read more January 12, 2011 by  3


 
BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

2012 BYD e6 Electric Crossover To Cost $35,000, 200-Mile Range

Later today at the Detroit Auto Show, Chinese carmaker BYD will take the wraps off a new incarnation of the e6 crossover it's shown twice before. This time, however, it comes... read more January 10, 2011 by  4


 
Ford C-Max Hybrid, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford C-Max Hybrid & Energi Plug-In Concepts

While Toyota dominates global hybrid production, Ford was the first company to launch a hybrid SUV: the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004. Now, Ford is pioneering another hybrid... read more January 9, 2011 by  2


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia

2012 Ford Focus Electric NYC Debut: What You Need To Know

As you may have seen by now, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric was officially launched today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by Ford CEO Alan Mulally. At the very... read more January 7, 2011 by  1


 
Volt Battery Pack

GM To Use Argonne National Lab Advances In Next-Gen Volt Battery

General Motors announced today that it has licensed lithium-ion battery technology developed at Argonne National Laboratories, the research institution that's funded largely... read more January 6, 2011 by 


 
ActaCell prismatic lithium-ion battery cell

ActaCell Nabs $3 Million For Cheaper, Better Hybrid Batteries

Recently, we wrote about the move in the private sector to use electric and hybrid delivery trucks. Companies like FedEx and Frito Lay are tapping into benefits of greener... read more December 31, 2010 by 


 
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