Electric motor

 
Rare-earth metals in magnets for electric-car motors: what you need to know

Rare-earth metals in magnets for electric-car motors: what you need to know

It's not surprising that the powertrains of electric cars differ quite a bit from traditional internal-combustion engines. Although they have fewer moving parts, the rare-earth magnets that help power electric cars can be quite complex to fabricate. So, what is there to know about rare-earth... read more

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2016 Chevrolet Volt

Is The 2016 Chevy Volt GM's Future Hybrid System In Disguise?

At 50 miles, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt offers the longest range of any plug-in hybrid (though the range-extended BMW i3 electric car is rated at 72 miles). Announced this week... read more January 16, 2015 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt - first teaser image, Aug 2014

2016 Chevy Volt: Bigger Battery, More Motor Power, New Range Extender Engine Details: EXPANDED

General Motors took the wraps off its second-generation Voltec electric-drive system this morning that will power its 2016 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Company... read more October 29, 2014 by


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Puzzling New Power Numbers For Tesla Model S: What's the Deal?

Last week, while the press and Tesla owners were entranced by the introduction of the dual-motor Tesla Model S P85D with all-wheel drive, Tesla quietly changed the listed... read more October 17, 2014 by


 
Elco Motor Yachts - 1899 'Wenona' launch - electric boat

Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water

The world now has something around half a million plug-in electric cars on the roads, and electric propulsion is slowly spreading into other types of transportation. One of... read more August 14, 2014 by


 
Mitsubishi electric drive system with silicon carbide inverter

Mitsubishi's Mini-Motor For Electric Cars Integrates...Well, A Lot

Electric vehicles already offer car designers much greater freedom than internal combustion vehicles, eliminating the need to find space for the rigid shape of an engine, its... read more February 21, 2014 by


 
KLD Energy Technologies demonstration chassis. [Photo by CNET]

More Efficient Electric-Car Motor? Startup KLD Claims It Has One

Mass-market plug-in cars have only appeared in showrooms for three years, but startup KLD Energy Technologies thinks it's already time for a revolution. KLD says its updated... read more September 16, 2013 by


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark EV cutaway

GM Now Building Chevy Spark EV Electric-Car Motors In Maryland

Eighteen months ago, GM announced that it would build the electric motor for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV electric car in the U.S. Now, that motor is officially in... read more April 16, 2013 by 14


 
Axiflux compact electric motor (Axiflux)

How Plasma TVs Led To Smaller Electric-Car Motor

All that sitting in front of the TV watching bad sitcoms could pay off, if a new electric motor proves successful in field trials. A startup in Melbourne, Australia, has... read more March 15, 2013 by 9


 
GE Prototype Electric Motor

Is This Your Future Hybrid And Electric Car Motor?

General Electric scientists have developed a prototype electric motor designed to improve the performance and efficiency of hybrid and electric vehicles. The Interior... read more July 30, 2012 by 9


 
Brabus Hybrid Mercedes-Benz with Protean Electric wheel motors, EVS-26, Los Angeles, May 2012

Protean 'Inside-Out' Wheel Motor Design: A Company To Watch?

Starting a company to build electric cars is tough, as Tesla, Fisker, and others have found out. Building electric motors is tough, too. It's tougher yet if you intend to... read more July 10, 2012 by 16


 
Mitsubishi Electric combined motor and inverter

Mitsubishi Develops Lighter, Smaller Electric Car Motor

Weight, we're told, is the enemy of the car. The more of it you have, the more of it you need to overcome. Efficiency takes a turn for the worse, performance suffers... read more March 14, 2012 by 9


 
1912 Cadillac Touring Edition

What Killed Electric Cars? The Electric Motor, 100 Years Ago

Ever felt a bit cranky in the morning? Chances are, it's not for quite the same reason as it would have been for your great grandfather. Because originally, "cranky" was what... read more February 15, 2012 by 5


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar

GM To Build Electric Motor For Chevy Spark EV Domestically

Chevrolet announced today that it would build the electric motor for its upcoming Spark EV battery electric car in a plant in Maryland. The carmaker also released the power... read more October 26, 2011 by 3


 
GM electric motor

Toyota Seeks To Ditch Rare Earth Metals from Electric Motors

As hybrid cars and electric vehicles increase in market share, rare earth metals like neodymium - a soft metal which is used to create the ultra-strong magnets used in... read more January 17, 2011 by 5


 
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

GM Doubles Down on Electric Cars, Will Hire 1,000 Engineers For Them

It doesn't really matter whether GM sells the first Chevrolet Volt electric cars at a loss or not. The company announced yesterday that it plans to hire 1,000 new engineers... read more December 3, 2010 by 5


 

 
 

 
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