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Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by Nissan, LG sells its cells to more carmakers than any other battery company. And the secret to that success is LG's expertise... read more

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2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla To Launch Automated Passing Function, Timing Still Uncertain

When Tesla unveiled the all-wheel drive Model S "D" variants last fall, it also promised a suite of automated features under the "Autopilot" name. The company has been... read more May 15, 2015 by 


 
BYD Yuan. Photo by Indian Autos Blog.

What If China's Plug-In Hybrids Were Never Actually Plugged In? (Or California's?)

China has had difficulty getting its New Energy Vehicle program off the ground for a number of reasons. While it was initially focused on battery-electric vehicles, buyers... read more May 14, 2015 by 


 
2015 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Electric Sport Sedan To Target Tesla In 2018, Fuel-Cell Version To Follow?

Porsche has already built three plug-in hybrids, but the German carmaker hasn't yet shown much enthusiasm for pure electric cars. Various rumors of different all-electric... read more May 14, 2015 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Volt

Fortune Puts Volt In 'Dustbin Of History' Despite New Model Coming (UPDATE)

Two carmakers sell plug-in electric cars; one is a pricey, sexy all-electric sport sedan, the other a range-extended electric compact hatchback. One (the Tesla Model S) is a... read more May 14, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Colorado's Electric-Car Credit: Applies To Used Cars Too

The checkerboard pattern of constantly changing electric-car incentives and fees among the 50 American states often baffles outsiders. And as states go, Colorado has a mixed... read more May 13, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

Tesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last... read more May 13, 2015 by 


 
DC fast charging 2015 Kia Soul EV

Charging An Electric Car: Why It Takes More Energy Than Your Battery Holds

Pumping more gasoline into your car than the tank can supposedly hold would be quite disconcerting. Yet with electric cars, the idea of supplying more energy than your... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
1915 Ford Model T from the Rogers' Classic Car Museum collection

Gasoline Car Test Drive: Noisy, Wasteful, Polluting, Fast But Pricey Refueling

The vast majority of drivers have never experienced an electric car, but what if it were the other way around? What if gasoline cars had only recently been introduced, and... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Lobbying efforts have ensured that there are some... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars: What's Needed To Eliminate Gasoline, Diesel In 25 Years

More than four years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, concerted efforts by carmakers, governments, and assorted advocates have... read more May 11, 2015 by 


 
2015 Lexus CT 200h

Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars For May 2015

Green cars can save their owners money by using less fuel, or--in the case of all-electric cars--none at all. But as with any other car, the lack of fixed prices means there... read more May 11, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla Energy: What We Learned About Powerwall Demand On Q1 Results Call

The quarterly earnings calls held by Tesla Motors are always a chance to hear CEO Elon Musk describe the Silicon Valley carmaker's operations and outlooks. But last week's... read more May 11, 2015 by 


 
NASA battery-powered airplane 'Greased Lightning'

New Battery And Energy Research And Technology: What We're Reading

Modern electric cars have been on sale for over four years, and in that time they've proven that battery power works in the real world. Now, they're being joined by the first... read more May 10, 2015 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]

Which Electric Car Dominates Sales In New York State?

When it comes to determining electric-car sales, monthly figures published by carmakers are the most readily-available resource. But they aren't necessarily the sole sources... read more May 9, 2015 by 


 

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