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Ford Cuts Rare-Earth Metal Use In Hybrid Batteries, But ...

Ford Cuts Rare-Earth Metal Use In Hybrid Batteries, But ...

With plug-in cars now on the market, rare-earth metals are a hot commodity. They're needed in one type of electric motor and various electronic components, and volume projections for hybrid and electric cars mean that increasingly larger quantities will be required. China has largely cornered the... read more

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Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi

Ford Hybrids Prove Durability By Racking Up Most Taxi Miles

If you want to wring out your new car and test exactly how durable it is, never mind taking it to Death Valley or testing above the Arctic Circle. Just put it in service as a... read more July 25, 2011 by  8


 
2012 Toyota Prius V launch press conference, 2011 Detroit Auto Show

2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's... read more May 14, 2011 by  10


 
2010 Toyota Prius high-voltage battery pack

The Ultimate Guide: Toyota Prius Battery Life, Cost, and Warranty

Like many articles, this one started with a reader question. Casey Krakowiecki wrote: I'm interested in buying a new Toyota Prius hybrid. I hope you can answer a couple of... read more May 13, 2011 by  6


 
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 


 
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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


 
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


 
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


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

The Car Battery's Carbon Footprint

Electric cars may run clean. But how green is the battery? Hi, this is Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum's "This Week in Technology." With governments around the world... read more October 18, 2010 by  5


 
Xenon Difluoride battery

Tomorrow's Power Today? New Battery Is Most Powerful Ever

The electric motor is a great invention, but it's entirely limited by the power that the battery can feed to it, and that power is limited by the amount of energy the battery... read more August 26, 2010 by  17


 
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 diesel-electric hybrid

World's First Diesel Hybrid SUV: 2011 Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

Almost exactly a year ago, we wrote that Peugeot would display its 3008 HYbrid4 Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Right on schedule, the French automaker is now... read more August 24, 2010 by  2


 
2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota Backs Off On Aggressive 2011 Hybrid Production Plans

There's no question that Toyota dominates global production of hybrid-electric vehicles, but even the king of the hill has to take smaller steps sometimes. According to the... read more August 23, 2010 by  1


 
Tesla Roadster Sport at Boulder, Colorado Dealership

UPDATE: Tesla To Send Toyota 2 Cars Converted To Electric Power

[UPDATE: Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes says the original report via Bloomberg that Tesla would develop two separate electric models for Toyota was erroneous, and may have... read more July 12, 2010 by  1


 
Tesla Roadster final assembly, Menlo Park, California, April 2009

Toyota Already Building a Car To Test Tesla's Battery, It Says

One of the many unknowns about Toyota's partnership with Tesla was whether it would result in a jointly produced car. That won't be known for many months yet, but Toyota has... read more July 9, 2010 by 


 
Toyota RAV4e electric vehicle, San Francisco, March 2010

Electric-Car Drive Report: 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV Crossover

One of the best parts of the electric-vehicle world is the camaraderie. Someone knows someone who passes us along to a friend who knows a guy ... you know the story. Which is... read more July 7, 2010 by  6


 
2010 Toyota Prius

Expanding the Prius Lineup: Minivan, Compact Hatch, or Coupe?

While the all-electric cars being launched as 2011 models--the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Coda Sedan--get lots of attention, their total U.S. sales won't break 100,000... read more May 27, 2010 by  8


 
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