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Electric-Car Battery Use: Already Higher Than Hybrids' Total?

Electric-Car Battery Use: Already Higher Than Hybrids' Total?

You see a lot in the press these days about the low sales of plug-in electric cars. While deliveries have risen every year--and have outpaced hybrid sales at the same point after launch--electric cars clearly remain only a tiny piece of the global car market today. But those low sales nonetheless... read more

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2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material's environmental... read more May 26, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Hiring At Second California Facility, Ex-Chrysler Plant

While its proposed $5 billion "Gigafactory" grabs headlines, Tesla Motors has quietly been setting other expansion plans in motion as well. The company is seeking workers for... read more April 28, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3

2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Production Rises To Meet Strong Demand

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car has represented a major risk for its maker, but at the moment, it seems to be paying off. BMW has recently had to increase i3 production to meet... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S in China

Tesla Will Build Electric Cars In China; Model S On Sale There This Week

We've expected it for some time, but now it's been confirmed: Tesla will build electric cars in China in the next three to four years. While Chinese production won't replace... read more April 21, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Aluminum Vehicles Save More Energy Than It Takes To Build Them

So, you've done the right thing: You've decided your next car will be considerably more fuel-efficient than the one you drive now. That's great news. But, have you considered... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla Gigafactory Faces Skepticism From Panasonic, Analysts

Elon Musk, CEO of startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors, is no doubt used to skepticism. Now he faces new doubts over the company's plans for a massive "gigafactory"... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
Toyota powers Kentucky plant using landfill gas

Landfill Power For Toyota Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions 90 Percent

Several automakers have realized that being truly green involves much more than just building cars that don't use much fuel. The latest is Toyota, which is simultaneously... read more April 2, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tucson Wants Tesla Gigafactory, Gives Formal Proposal To Electric-Car Maker

Tesla Motors recently announced plans for a battery "Gigafactory," which is to provide enough lithium-ion cells to allow it to build a projected 500,000 electric cars per... read more March 18, 2014 by 


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

As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

As vehicles all over the world slowly get more fuel-efficient, the energy required to make them--and their thousands of parts--is coming to represent a higher proportion of... read more March 16, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing candidate states for Tesla Motors gigafactory, from Feb 2014 presentation

Where Should Tesla Put Its Battery Gigafactory? Reader Poll

When electric-car maker Tesla Motors released more information about its planned "gigafactory" to produce lithium-ion battery cells in the U.S., it revealed the four states... read more February 27, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Tesla's Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory: What You Need To Know

This afternoon, Tesla Motors released details on its proposed "Gigafactory" to build lithium-ion cells for its future electric cars. To provide enough cell capacity to build... read more February 26, 2014 by 


 
Battery pack assembly at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

Making a battery for an electric car is more like assembling microelectronics than the kind of auto-plant scenes we think of, involving huge steel stamping presses and... read more May 20, 2013 by  1


 
2014 Cadillac ELR revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas. But this turns... read more April 22, 2013 by  9


 
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


 
Renault Twizy in New York City. Photos: Renault Official on Flickr

Renault Twizy: See How The Tiny Electric City Car Is Built--By Hand

Building cars by hand is an increasingly endangered art, and the few carmakers that still persist tend to charge rather a lot for their products. Renault's Twizy electric... read more January 3, 2013 by  2


 
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