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'Flow Cells' May Let Electric Cars Recharge With Liquid Refills

'Flow Cells' May Let Electric Cars Recharge With Liquid Refills

Just two months ago, we published an April Fool's piece about a fictional new BP cell research project that would allow battery packs to be refilled at fuel station pumps. Truth is stranger than fiction, truly. Yesterday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology described a nascent research... read more

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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid: Multi-Day Drive Review

The 2012 Honda Civic range, launched at last month's New York Auto Show, includes two models devoted to wringing out as many miles as possible from every last drop of... read more May 10, 2011 by  2


 
prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

Toyota Denies Prius Range To Go All Plug-In Hybrid By 2014

In about a year’s time Toyota will launch the long-awaited plug-in hybrid version of its top-selling Prius, selling it alongside the regular version of the Prius... read more May 9, 2011 by  5


 
2011 Audi A3 Sedan e-tron Concept

Audi A3 e-tron Concept Packs Plug-In Hybrid Drivetrain

After sticking to diesel for a long time as its sole green strategy, Audi is now storming ahead into smaller, hybrid, and electric cars with a fierce vengeance, seemingly... read more April 19, 2011 by  1


 
Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept

Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept (New GS) Unveiled For NY Auto Show

Last week they teased it; this week, they took the covers off it. In this case, "it" is the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept car that will be the centerpiece of the Lexus display... read more April 12, 2011 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

LG Finishes Electric Car Battery Factory, Leads Battery War

South Korean electronics giant LG has just finished what it claims is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant for electric vehicle traction batteries. Capable of... read more April 7, 2011 by  2


 
car batteries are highly recyclable - AAA

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... read more March 31, 2011 by  23


 
2011 Audi A5 e-tron quattro hybrid prototype

New A5 e-tron quattro Plug-In Packs Audi’s Latest Hybrid Tech

Audi has taken the wraps off a sophisticated plug-in hybrid prototype that combines a number of leading green car technologies all in a single platform. Utilizing the shell... read more March 30, 2011 by  1


 
Better Place battery-swap demonstration

Better Place: First Battery Swap Station, Profit In 2 Years?

Better Place, the ambitious program that's launching its electric-car service in Israel, opened its first battery-swap station there on Wednesday. At an event marking the... read more March 25, 2011 by  10


 
Advanced Battery Pack

Batteries For Electric Cars Have Barely Begun To Get Better

Do you remember the shoe sized cell phones of the early 90s? Much of that size was due to the battery. Even with that large battery, you were lucky to get 30 minutes of talk... read more March 23, 2011 by  12


 
Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar

Winner: $845K Porsche 918 Spyder Is Now World's Priciest Hybrid Car

We’ve known for some time that Porsche’s 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show would eventually enter production but today, more than... read more March 21, 2011 by  1


 
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


 
Gas pump

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


 
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


 
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


 
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