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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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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 


 
A sample of Cambridge crude liquid battery material

'Flow Cells' May Let Electric Cars Recharge With Liquid Refills

Just two months ago, we published an April Fool's piece about a fictional new BP cell research project that would allow battery packs to be refilled at fuel station pumps... read more June 7, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

New Chrysler Engine To Burn Gas And Diesel--At The Same Time

You probably drive a gasoline car. And surely you've heard of cars with diesel engines. But how about a car with an engine that burns both fuels, at the same time? That's... read more June 6, 2011 by  3


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

Battery Advance To Give Electric-Car Charging In Gas Fill-Up Time?

An advance in battery technology could help push past one of the persistent criticisms of electric vehicles: the extended time needed to charge the battery. Researchers at... read more April 6, 2011 by  5


 
BMW ActiveE Concept charging port

Nanostructure Research: Electric Car Charging In 5 Minutes?

No sooner do I discuss University of Illinois researchers who have created 3D antennas for mobile phones using nanotechnology than another group of researchers at the... read more April 4, 2011 by  10


 
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

A Look At What's Cooking At Argonne National Laboratory

A couple of weeks back, I received an invite to visit Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago. The lab spends a fair amount of time on transportation research--up to... read more September 4, 2010 by  0


 
A123 lithium-ion cells

Lithium-Ion Batteries Get Green Kudos, Better Than Gasoline

In a week where many mainstream media outlets are claiming electric cars are prohibitively more expensive to own than gasoline counterparts, a team of Swiss researchers have... read more August 31, 2010 by  12


 
Hemp-Bodied Car - Screenshot from Youtube Video

Electric Pot Car From Canada Creates Big Bong In EV World

As we're faced with an increasingly large world population and ever-dwindling resources the race is on to produce cars that not only produce zero tailpipe emissions, but ones... read more August 23, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Jaguar XJ

Will Jaguar Have the First Hybrid Born From Jet Turbines?

"Born From Jets" may be the slogan of recently-saved-from-death Swedish Saab, but one day it may prove more appropriate for British carmaker Jaguar. The company has been... read more January 29, 2010 by  2


 
Alan Taub, General Motors head of Research and Development

Five Questions: GM's New R-and-D Leader, Alan Taub

Alan Taub, 54, is currently Executive Director in charge of Research & Development at General Motors. He joined GM R+D as executive director in 2001, and on October 1, he... read more August 5, 2009 by  7


 

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