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Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Electric-car battery costs: Tesla $190 per kwh for pack, GM $145 for cells

Lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them are the single most costly part of modern electric cars. And how fast their costs will fall remains the defining factor in making those cars affordable for the mass market. GM made waves last fall when product chief Mark Reuss said the company...

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NextEV Formula E race car

Another aspiring Chinese Tesla: NextEV and its founder William Li

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Tesla Motors should feel very flattered indeed. The Silicon Valley carmaker's success has spurred a number of Chinese... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford F-150

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... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf: real-world range vs. EPA estimates over six-month test

The reality of range—reproducible, real-world daily-driving range—is one of the most important concepts you have to become familiar with if you’re new to... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
2016 Ram 1500 HFE, Denver, CO, April 2016

2016 Ram EcoDiesel HFE, German electric-car incentives, VW e-Golf modes: Today's Car News

Today, we drive the 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE full-size pickup truck, and continue to delve into the features of our 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf long-term test car. Also... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
2016 Ram 1500 HFE, Denver, CO, April 2016

2016 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel fuel-economy review: 24-mpg full-size pickup truck

It may not look like it, but the Ram full-size pickup you see here may be one of the more interesting new trucks on the road today. You might view it as this decade's version... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf  -  Long-term test car

VW e-Golf: Do its 3 modes do what electric-car drivers want?

Take any number of electric cars from different automakers for a brief test drive, and one thing will be abundantly clear: There’s not yet a norm for how EV powertrains... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Even Saudi Arabia vows to end its 'addiction to oil'

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is now starting to contemplate a future in which gasoline and diesel now longer power the majority of the world's cars. Over the next decade and a half... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016

Now, finally, the Germans are getting scared of Tesla?

When the Tesla Model S launched four years ago, the all-electric luxury sedan certainly had its critics. Many of them were executives at German luxury carmakers, quick to... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
True Zero hydrogen fueling station

Hyundai electric SUV, True Zero hydrogen stations, CAFE progress: Today's Car News

Today, Hyundai will reportedly launch an all-electric SUV in 2018, First Element Fuel unveils the True Zero brand name for its hydrogen fueling stations, and carmakers... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Carmakers continue to meet rising CAFE goals, just as expected

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require carmakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. That standard, which equates to about 40 mpg on... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
True Zero hydrogen fueling station

True Zero to be brand for hydrogen fueling stations from First Element Fuel

The startup company First Element Fuel has just completed a network of 15 hydrogen fueling stations in California—and it's got a new brand it'll use to promote them... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
Frame from "Tesla—Not a Dream" unofficial commercial video, 2016, directed by Freise Brothers

Tesla fan commercial: electric car rescue from post-apocalyptic landscape

When fans of a particular electric car start creating their own unofficial commercials for the car, it usually means one of two things. Either the existing ads are... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2017 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid (Chinese spec)

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid unveiled at Beijing Auto Show, for China only

General Motors is getting a lot of mileage out of the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (without a... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Hyundai Veloster 3dr Coupe Man Turbo Rally Edition Grille

Hyundai to launch all-electric SUV in 2018 with 200-mile range

Carmakers need to launch more plug-in electric vehicles to meet global regulations on emission reduction and energy efficiency. And small to mid-size SUVs are the... read more April 26, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016

All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
 

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