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Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

A concern raised over upcoming electric-drive cars--the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--is what happens to their lithium-ion battery packs once the car's life ends. Images of those battery packs tossed over cliffs or littering... read more

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1900 Porsche Semper Vivus full hybrid recreated

Porsche Recreates The Original Hybrid Car, 111 Years Later

The name Porsche has traditionally been associated with fast, rear-engine sports cars, and more recently with fast heavy SUVs and fast heavy four-door luxury sedans. But it... read more February 24, 2011 by  2


 
2011 Toyota Prius

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... read more February 23, 2011 by  25


 
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Oil Exec Says Electric-Car Batteries 'Not Ready for Primetime'

It's always good to hear the arguments against electric cars. Some are valid, some are idiotic, and some simply betray a lack of knowledge about how the auto industry really... read more February 11, 2011 by  34


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Electric-Car Battery Packs Irresistible To Rampaging Rodents?

Anyone who's stored a car in a rural area has heard stories of the chaos wreaked by nesting squirrels. Engine compartments stuffed with leaves, twigs, nuts, and even entire... read more February 8, 2011 by  7


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

What You Need To Know About Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt Servicing

A few months ago we asked the question, what exactly do you have to service on a 2011 Nissan LEAF? After all, the LEAF doesn't even contain many of the items that require... read more February 7, 2011 by  3


 
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


 
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