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Ford F-150 plants recycle enough aluminum for 30,000 trucks a month

Ford F-150 plants recycle enough aluminum for 30,000 trucks a month

With the aluminum-bodied F-150 full-size pickup truck, Ford took a material previous used only in low-volume sports cars and luxury sedans and applied it to the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. That requires a lot of aluminum. It also gave Ford a further opportunity to lower the F-150's overall... read more

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Nickel-metal-hydride hybrid battery pack in trunk of 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Yesterday's hybrid car is tomorrow's Energizer battery

That battery-powered alarm clock or flashlight in your house could very well contain a piece of an old hybrid car. Energizer now makes rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with... read more March 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla factory screencap from SF Bay Area CBS video

Inside Tesla's Fremont Electric-Car Plant: How Model S, Model X Are Built (Video)

While the lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" under construction in Nevada continues to get most of the attention, Tesla's existing assembly plant in Fremont, California... read more February 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Once Again: Electric Cars Have Lower Lifetime Carbon Emissions

Battery-electric cars produce no direct carbon emissions from driving, but those are not the only potential source of emissions related to these vehicles. The lifetime carbon... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

GM Willing To Sell Chevy Volt's Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain To Other Makers

The biggest challenge in introducing new technologies is getting to the volume production that permits economies of scale for expensive components. Toyota is now nearing 9... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

LG Chem's Large Battery Plant In China Took Less Than 2 Years

Korean firm LG Chem has made significant headway in the electric-car battery market by adding up contracts from a large contingent of automaker customers. While Panasonic and... read more February 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Bolt EV Powertrain: How Did GM And LG Collaborate On Design, Production?

In last fall's runup to the launch of the production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 200-mile electric car, GM discussed working together with Korean corporate giant LG on the Bolt's... read more February 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla battery gigafactory site, Reno, Nevada, Feb 25, 2015  [photo: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Bob Tregilus]

Panasonic Commits $1.6 Billion For Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Throughout its project to build a massive battery "Gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, Tesla has had assistance from its current battery supplier, Panasonic. The Japanese... read more January 15, 2016 by


 
Scene from Tesla Model X production video

Here's What The Tesla Model X Assembly Line Looks Like

At the very end of September, CEO Elon Musk personally delivered the first handful of Tesla Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to their buyers in an event at its... read more December 22, 2015 by


 
Teaser for Faraday Future concept car debuting at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Faraday Future Chooses Nevada For Electric-Car Plant

Last month, Faraday Future announced that it was considering sites in California, Georgia, Louisiana, and Nevada for a $1 billion electric-car plant. Now, it appears Nevada... read more December 11, 2015 by


 
Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California

Tesla Motors Has More Than 1,600 Jobs Open, Many For Engineers

As it works to increase sales volumes, Tesla has some ambitious plans for the next few years. The carmaker has several large projects in the works, including its Nevada... read more December 10, 2015 by


 
Image from Faraday Futures online sites, July 2015

Faraday Future Plans $1 Billion Electric-Car Factory, Site TBD

Mysterious electric-car startup Faraday Future said yesterday that it will invest $1 billion in a U.S. factory, which will begin producing cars within two years. The company... read more November 6, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

By 2050, Toyota Says It Won't Sell Many Combustion-Engine Cars

While stricter global emissions standards are forcing carmakers to augment their lineups with zero-emission vehicles, it will likely be some time before internal combustion... read more October 19, 2015 by


 
Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

LG Chem To Become World's Biggest Electric-Car Battery Supplier? Could Be, Report Says

Three major companies compete today to supply the lithium-ion cells that make up the bulk of today's electric-car battery market. Panasonic sells primarily to Tesla Motors... read more August 27, 2015 by


 
Guayule plant [Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr]

Cooper Tire: We Will Make Complete Tire From Desert Shrub In 2017

Sometimes, lowering the environmental impact of a car can be done by changing the materials its components are made from. For years, the U.S. tire industry has sought... read more August 24, 2015 by


 
2012 Fisker Karma + Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainer, Hollister Municipal Airport, CA [by Refael Azi]

Fisker Karma Plant In Southern California: More Details Emerge

The resuscitated Fisker Automotive has signed a lease deal for what is expected to become a new vehicle assembly plant in California. The announcement marks a significant... read more August 14, 2015 by


 

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