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Aluminum-Ion Battery Cell Is Durable, Fast-Charging, Bendable: Stanford Inventors (Video)

Aluminum-Ion Battery Cell Is Durable, Fast-Charging, Bendable: Stanford Inventors (Video)

Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated a new type of aluminum-ion battery cell last week that is flexible enough to be bent without damaging it. The chemistry team claims its design charges faster, and is both safer and more durable, than today's lithium-ion cells. It could recharge a... read more

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2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

The division is pretty clear: nickel-metal-hydride batteries are for use only in hybrids--at least those from Toyota, which has used more of the batteries than any other... read more March 2, 2015 by 


 
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Plans Hybrids, Electric Cars & More: 5 Questions With Green R&D Head Ki-Sang Lee

The Hyundai Motor Group, encompassing both the Hyundai and Kia brands, is known as one of the most aggressive competitors in the global auto business. And the company has big... read more January 20, 2015 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars Can Stabilize Utility Grid Via V2G, Study Shows

Using plug-in electric cars as temporary energy storage and supply sources can stabilize the grid, a new study has found. A fleet of electric vehicles represents a large... read more December 9, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan at Aspen Ideas Festival  [photo: Riccardo Savi]

DoE Offers $1 Million Prize For Advances In Small-Scale Hydrogen Fueling For Homes

As automakers get more serious about hydrogen fuel-cell cars, the biggest impediment to adoption will be a chicken-and-egg situation: low numbers of cars offered in limited... read more November 17, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade With Repeated Charging

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they... read more June 20, 2014 by 


 
Johnson Controls 48-volt lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery

Will There Be Enough Batteries In The World For Electric Cars?

As demand for electric cars grows, supply of batteries must grow to meet it. That much is obvious. But just how much is battery demand expected to grow by over the coming... read more June 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

More Data Confirms: Electric-Car Drivers Really Love Their Cars

In the grand scope of automotive history, modern electric cars haven't been on the road very long. Yet they've already demonstrated considerable staying power. At the... read more June 3, 2014 by 


 
Power Japan Plus - battery laboratory [frame from promotional video]

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of... read more May 13, 2014 by 


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Gasoline Substitute Made From Plant Waste Developed By UC-Davis

Plant-based diesel has been available for many years now but making a true gasoline-like hydrocarbon from plant oils has proven a lot more difficult. Chemists at the... read more February 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Surveys Tesla Owners For Intelligence On Electric Cars

Nissan launched its 2011 Leaf, the world's first modern mass-production all-electric vehicle, more than three years ago. The first U.S. delivery was in December 2010 in... read more February 24, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus Electric

Ford To Partner With University Of Michigan On Electric-Car Battery Lab

To launch its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, General Motors chose to build and expand its very own battery lab. Crosstown rival Ford is taking a different route... read more October 14, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

'Father Of The Prius' Stresses: Hybrids More Important To Toyota Than Electric Cars

For Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, hybrids are still the future. The man known as the "Father of the Prius" said Toyota still views hybrids as its top priority for... read more October 2, 2013 by 


 
GM's military fuel cell fleet

GM Gets New Partner For Fuel-Cell Vehicle Research: U.S. Army

Could your first fuel-cell car actually be a tank? General Motors announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development... read more October 2, 2013 by 


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Predicting Electric-Car Battery Life: GE, Ford, U of Michigan Team Up

Because the gasoline car has been in continual production and development for over 100 years, automakers can use past experience to estimate how long cars -- and their... read more August 7, 2012 by  2


 

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