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Faradion Electric Bike: Prototype Powered By Sodium-Ion Batteries

Faradion Electric Bike: Prototype Powered By Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion battery cells are currently dominant in electric cars and energy storage, but researchers are constantly looking to improve on them. The need to increase the amount of electricity a battery can store, decrease charging times, and lower costs is driving experimentation with other battery... read more

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2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric Car Charging: The Basics You Need To Know

The number of plug-in electric cars on North American roads grows every year, and with them come new buyers. Each new electric-car driver will have a few things to learn, so... read more May 21, 2015 by 


 
2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

Sexy BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Falls To Sticker Price As Dealer Markups Wane

Any insanely alluring, attractive, enticing car will likely see dealer markups when it first goes on sale. Ask any potential buyer of a new Chevy Corvette or Dodge Hellcat... read more May 21, 2015 by 


 
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 with AeroVironment TurboCord Level 2 charging cord

2016 Volvo XC90 T8: First Plug-In Hybrid With 240-Volt Charging Cord

The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 "Twin Engine" is the world's first seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV, and when it goes on sale this fall it will apparently claim another distinctive... read more May 21, 2015 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

How Much Do Plug-In Hybrids Plug In? Volt Has Most Electric Miles, Data Shows

It's one of the big unknowns about plug-in hybrids: How much do they actually get plugged in? Battery-electric cars have to plug in to remain usable, but plug-in hybrids and... read more May 20, 2015 by 


 
2015 Tesla Model S P85D door handle, captured from Consumer Reports video, May 2015

Tesla Model S Door-Handle Failures Still Plague Electric Car, As Consumer Reports Learns

It is one of the more remarkable features of the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan: door handles that retract flush with the body until needed. But the retracting door... read more May 20, 2015 by 


 
Sir Stirling Moss in his Renault Twizy electric car, London, May 2015

Who Drives Electric? Famous Racing Driver Stirling Moss, It Turns Out

Celebrities are always a good way to draw attention to cars. Now the U.K. arm of French carmaker Renault has made a short video about one very well-known driver of its Twizy... read more May 20, 2015 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

2012, 2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Get $5,000 Lease Buyout Credit

Electric cars may be very different from their internal-combustion counterparts, but some aspects of the ownership experience are the same. Regardless of the powertrain... read more May 20, 2015 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

CA Green Stickers All But Gone; Will Plug-In Hybrid Sales Suffer Without Carpool-Lane Access?

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the green stickers that give plug-in hybrid drivers access to California's freeway carpool lanes with just one person... read more May 19, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Will Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Save Money? Cost Calculator Helps You Decide

Tesla's Powerwall home batteries comprise a high-profile entry by the electric-car maker into a new segment of the energy industry that's expected to grow rapidly. Energy... read more May 19, 2015 by 


 
Tesla gigafactory as photographed by drone, May 17, 2015 [screen capture from YouTube video]

Tesla Gigafactory: Drone Flyover Shows How Huge It Really Is

The very word "gigafactory" makes Tesla Motors' lithium-ion cell fabrication and battery assembly plant sound quite large. But how huge it actually is can be hard to... read more May 18, 2015 by 


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

Why LG Chem Leads In Electric-Car Batteries: Materials Science, It Says

The top three battery makers for electric cars today are Panasonic, AESC, and LG Chem. But while Panasonic sells largely to Tesla, and AESC is a joint venture half-owned by... read more May 18, 2015 by 


 
2016 Cadillac ELR

$75,000 Cadillac ELR Coupe Price Was 'Overestimate', Chief Marketer Says

The Cadillac Converj concept, a range-extended electric coupe design, debuted to favorable reviews in January 2009. That was pretty much the last time much went right for the... read more May 17, 2015 by 


 
Georgia license plate

What Should Georgia Electric-Car Buyers Do By June 30?

Georgia's income-tax credit for the purchase of a zero-emission vehicle will become history in about six weeks. That poses a problem for the state's electric-car shoppers... read more May 15, 2015 by 


 
2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla To Launch Automated Passing Function, Timing Still Uncertain

When Tesla unveiled the all-wheel drive Model S "D" variants last fall, it also promised a suite of automated features under the "Autopilot" name. The company has been... read more May 15, 2015 by 


 
BYD Yuan. Photo by Indian Autos Blog.

What If China's Plug-In Hybrids Were Never Actually Plugged In? (Or California's?)

China has had difficulty getting its New Energy Vehicle program off the ground for a number of reasons. While it was initially focused on battery-electric vehicles, buyers... read more May 14, 2015 by 


 

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