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Aluminum Vehicles Save More Energy Than It Takes To Build Them

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 how it's built--and more to the point, what it's built out of? A new peer-reviewed paper from the Oak Ridge National... read more

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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


 
2012 Tesla Model S

Tesla Opens Distribution & Assembly Center In The Netherlands

As the first cars are set to arrive in European dealers next year, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has announced its new European distribution center in Tilburg, Netherlands. The... read more December 18, 2012 by  3


 
2013 smart fortwo electric drive on the production line

How Do You Make An Electric Car? Smart Shows You

If you read our reviews a few months back, you'll be aware that the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a much better car than its predecessors. In third-generation form... read more December 12, 2012 by  4


 
Traffic in China

Electric Cars Are Tougher Than They Look, Eh, China?

Several years ago, the world's auto industry heard a constant refrain: "The Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming!" With low labor costs and a government imperative to... read more May 4, 2012 by  4


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Never Fear, More Priuses Will Be Here! Or Not. It Depends

If you want to buy a new 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid these days, you may have to scramble. Supplies are down to 3,000 units, which is less than 10 days' worth of sales. In auto... read more June 24, 2011 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Earthquake To Delay U.S. Assembly of Nissan Leaf Electric Cars?

By far the most ambitious plan to build and assemble electric cars in the U.S. comes not from General Motors or Ford, but from Nissan. Now, it may happen a little later than... read more June 21, 2011 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Why Silicon Valley Won't Be Detroit For Green Carmakers

We don’t hear “death of Detroit” stories as often now as we did a year ago. When GM and Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy and the entire U.S. industry laid... read more April 13, 2011 by  12


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm... read more March 22, 2011 by  5


 
M. Allen Swift with his 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster

Cars That Last And Last: Driving The Same One For 77 Years

We've all heard the stories about people who hang onto their cars for decades. Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is one; he's got more than 2.6 million miles on it now, after... read more February 4, 2011 by  12


 
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