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

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 falling, but that they are falling at rates pretty much in line with historical declines. A study published last month not only... read more

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BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

BYD Doubles Down On Electric Car, Bus Investment For China

Despite several years of early disinterest from consumers, sales of both hybrids and plug-in electric cars in China are on the rise. Aggressive government incentives in some... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Electric Cars "Not Viable Markets" For Reborn A123 In U.S., Europe In Next 10 Years, CEO Says

The story of lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems seems to sprout more irony by the day. A123 was once enthusiastic about electric cars, supplying batteries for the 2012... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Low-Volume Assembly Line For Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

What do a hydrogen fuel-cell sedan and an exotic supercar have in common? In the case of the 2016 Toyota Mirai and the defunct Lexus LFA, the answer is: an assembly plant... read more February 25, 2015 by 


 
Tesla battery gigafactory site, outside Reno, Nevada, Jan 6, 2015  [photo: Bob Tregilus]

Tesla Gigafactory Spending: So Far, $50 Million-Plus--And Much More To Come

Just outside Reno, Nevada, work on Tesla Motors' massive lithium-ion cell "Gigafactory" continues. The plant meant to supply large quantities of battery cells for future... read more February 18, 2015 by 


 
China

Limits On Rare-Earth Metals To End After China Loses Global Trade Case

With smartphones now an inescapable part of modern life, rare-earth metals have become a vital commodity. They've also become important to the auto industry for use in the... read more January 7, 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 


 
2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive

Honda Generates Enough Wind Power In Brazil To Run Its Car Plant

As cars become more efficient, the manufacturing process is coming under increased scrutiny in order to further reduce the carbon footprint of each vehicle on the road... read more December 1, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Model S

Tesla Tries To Hire Aussie Auto Engineers As Local Industry Wanes

Could Australia's loss be Tesla Motors' gain? As Ford, General Motors' Holden division, and Toyota prepare to shut down their Australian factories, the Silicon Valley... read more November 2, 2014 by 


 
2015 BMW i8 construction at Leipzig plant

Research Backed By BMW Halfway To Carbon-Fiber Cost 90% Lower

Lightweight materials can help improve fuel efficiency, but they also add cost. One case in point is carbon fiber, which is light and strong, but also expensive. Now, a... read more October 14, 2014 by 


 
China

From Making iPhones To Electric Cars: Foxconn To Offer $15K Plug-In Vehicle

Foxconn is well known for manufacturing Apple iPhones--and for controversy over its labor practices--but now the company is expanding to a new area. The electronics... read more September 26, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

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... read more September 4, 2014 by 


 
Solar canopy at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan

Ford HQ To Have Michigan's Largest Solar Array, 30 Charging Stations Included

Building electric cars and plug-in hybrids is great, but what if there's no place to charge them? Ford is starting a project that will not only give employees a place to... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
Old cars recycled to plant trees [Photo: Flickr user lonely radio]

Buying A New Car Is Greener Than Driving An Old One...Really

You've probably heard it at some point: A friend claims his older vehicle is far greener than the new car with much higher fuel economy you just bought That's because, he... read more August 4, 2014 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla Recruits U.S. Military Veterans To Build Electric Cars In California

The environmental benefits of electric cars are obvious, but cutting emissions is far from the only way carmakers can play a positive role in society. Many U.S. military... read more July 12, 2014 by 


 
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 


 

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