Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries Repurposed At Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries Repurposed At Yellowstone National Park

Even after they're no longer suitable for their original purpose, the battery packs from hybrids and electric cars can still be useful. Battery energy-storage capacity diminishes over time, to the point where packs are no longer suitable for use in cars. But after their automotive service lives are... read more

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2000 Honda Insight

Honda Recycles Hybrid Battery Packs Into Rare-Earth Metals For New Ones

A popular myth among detractors of hybrid and electric vehicles is that the energy and materials that go into making batteries far outweighs any good they do under ownership... read more March 5, 2013 by  4

Old cars recycled to plant trees [Photo: Flickr user lonely radio]

Trees For Trade-Ins Programs Junk Gas Guzzlers, Plant Trees

A new scheme in the UK offers to plant dozens of trees whenever someone recycles their old car through the program. Called "Scrap Car, Plant Tree", it's aimed at getting... read more January 17, 2013 by  1


Bridgestone Pledges One-For-One Old Tire Reuse Or Recycling

Old cars get crushed and torn into steel scraps for reuse, car batteries are the most recycled consumer good, but old tires are still a recycling challenge. Now, tire company... read more April 23, 2012 by  3

2011 Honda Insight

Honda Starts Hybrid Battery Pack Rare Earth Metal Recycling

Over the past few decades, demand for rare earth metals, has dramatically increased. So called because they are difficult to find in large deposits and often difficult to... read more April 18, 2012 by  6

Cars Crushed Into Cubes

Will Old Electric-Car Battery Packs Cause Horrible Pollution?

It's an assertion that comes up a lot in comments on our stories. It goes, essentially, like this: No one recognizes the horrible pollution problems that will arrive when... read more March 14, 2012 by  10

2012 Chevrolet Sonic EcoLogic Label

2012 Chevy Sonic Will Debut GM’s EcoLabel, But What Is It?

If you’ve purchased a new car in the U.S. over the past few years, the chances are you’ll be familiar with the gas mileage stickers that automakers are required... read more January 31, 2012 by  0

2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

Green Sound Insulation Inside Doors Quiets 2013 Ford Escape

Ask about green cars and most buyers think only of gas mileage. But there are other ways to make vehicles greener, including the use of renewable materials to replace... read more January 26, 2012 by  1

2011 Nissan Leaf - battery pack cutaway

Nissan Examines Second Life For Used Leaf Battery Packs

In the aftermath of the last year’s devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, more impetus has been given to the idea of turning electric cars -- and their battery... read more January 19, 2012 by  2

Oil cap

Driving Green Means Not Changing Your Oil Until You Need To

When was the last time state tax dollars went toward telling you not to do something? Ads against drunk driving, certainly. Perhaps ads against smoking cigarettes. But now... read more January 3, 2012 by  13

Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

What's Best For Old Electric-Car Batteries: Reuse Or Recycling?

A common misconception of electric cars and hybrid vehicles is that at the end of a short battery life, the remainder is dumped in landfill and contributes ever more... read more September 9, 2011 by  4

Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

A New Life On The Grid For Tired Chevy Volt Battery Packs?

The lithium-ion battery pack in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is backed by an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty. The engineers behind its development will be the first to tell you... read more July 21, 2011 by  5

Oil cap

Recycling Used Oil Into Fresh, Clean Oil: Enterprise Signs On

Over the years, the norms around what to do with used oil have changed. Used to be you tossed it down the nearest drain. Then came recycling. As energy prices soared, using... read more May 18, 2011 by  3

EcoLon Engine Covers.  Image Courtest of Ford Motor Company

Today's Shag Carpeting, Tomorrow's Mustang?

While you're ripping up old celery shag to lay down fresh berber, you may wonder where the carpet ends up. Probably, regrettably, a landfill somewhere--which is not the case... read more April 11, 2011 by  0

car batteries are highly recyclable - AAA

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

Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Life After The Road: Tesla’s European Electric Car Battery Recycling

It may be the largest battery pack available in any electric car on the road today, but what happens when it is no-longer able to provide enough kick to push the 2011 Tesla... read more January 28, 2011 by  2


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