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Nissan's 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far

Nissan's 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far

Will the next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf offer an option that could provide 200 miles or more of real-world driving range? Based on the concept car and prototype battery pack that officially bowed this past week, coinciding with the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s increasingly likely. Nissan’s... read more

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Battery symbol

Patent Fight Erupts Over Next-Generation Electric-Car Battery Chemistry

Electric cars may still make up just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on world roads, but the batteries that power them are already a big business. As with most industries... read more April 6, 2015 by 

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 

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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