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Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor in making those cars affordable for the mass market. GM made waves last fall when product chief Mark Reuss said the company... read more

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2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

GM Willing To Sell Chevy Volt's Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain To Other Makers

The biggest challenge in introducing new technologies is getting to the volume production that permits economies of scale for expensive components. Toyota is now nearing 9... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2005 Toyota Prius

Hybrid Car Repairs Getting Cheaper, But Not For Regular Cars

While hybrid cars have been on U.S. roads in large numbers for over a decade, their reliability and repair costs may still spook some potential buyers. The innards of a... read more April 22, 2015 by


 
2011 Nissan Leaf - battery pack cutaway

Electric-Car Battery Costs Fell 8 Percent A Year For Market Leaders: Study

Five years into the era of modern electric cars, the biggest cost remains the battery pack. Now there's data to confirm that not only are the costs of the battery cells... read more April 14, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Electric-Car Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Predictions: Study

It's widely assumed that electric cars will never emerge into the mass market if buying them requires paying a significant premium over comparable internal-combustion models... read more March 26, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

How To Drive A Tesla Model S Electric Car Free For 18 Months

The low cost of electricity compared to gasoline or diesel means driving an electric car typically comes with significant savings per mile, even if not necessarily in... read more March 24, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Toyota Mirai Should Cost The Same As Diesel Sedan Of Same Size, Toyota Says

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle is priced at $57,500 in the U.S. That's far more than a typical internal-combustion or hybrid Toyota of similar size, but... read more March 12, 2015 by


 
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2013 Wheego LiFe electric cars  [photo: Jen Danzinger]

Driving Small Electric Cars: What It's Like In The Real World

Reader Jen Danzinger explains what it's really like to drive a very small battery-electric car year-round in the Midwest. In the years following my participation in the... read more January 29, 2015 by


 
BMW i3 body shell

BMW i3 Electric Car Teardown: Profitable At 20,000 Units, Says Engineer (Video)

Underneath its radical styling, the BMW i3 electric car has some unusual features. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell and aluminum chassis are unlike... read more January 5, 2015 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Are Diesels Cheaper To Own Than Gas Cars? Varies By Model, Study Says

People buy green cars for many reasons: to save money and/or to save the planet. But fuel savings don't automatically translate into cash savings. Diesel vehicles typically... read more December 16, 2014 by


 
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. But that's not always the... read more November 4, 2014 by


 
Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Tesla Battery Cost: New Report Suggests Model 3 To Cost $50K Or More

It's likely the biggest question for the future of electric cars: How low can battery cost go, and how fast? Tesla Motors is thought to have the lowest cost-per-kilowatt-hour... read more September 17, 2014 by


 
Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf

Why An Electric Car Saves Fleet Operators $16,000 In Lifetime Cost

The average car spends about 95 percent of a 24-hour day parked. For the 5 percent that they're driven, they actually spend one-third of the time idling–at red lights... read more June 16, 2014 by


 
2016 Fiat 500X prototype body shell in assembly plant in Melfi, Italy

Cost Of New EPA Carbon Limits? About $7 Per Car: Report

Every time a new environmental regulation is proposed in the United States, there's a predictable chorus of doom-and-gloom predictions that it will kill jobs, cause... read more June 6, 2014 by


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the... read more April 29, 2014 by


 
Gas pump

Five MORE Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

Yep, Big Oil is definitely scheming and plotting to destroy the electric car. Everyone knows that. Right? [sigh] Time for more mythbusting, it seems. The surprising success... read more January 31, 2014 by


 

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