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Is Next Battery Advance Not In Chemistry But Fabrication?

Is Next Battery Advance Not In Chemistry But Fabrication?

Electric cars today are hampered by relatively short ranges, long charging times, and higher costs than comparable internal-combustion models--all problems that stem from their battery packs. Legions of researchers are trying to improve on the currently-dominant lithium-ion chemistry, hoping to... read more

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Elio Motors founder Paul Elio at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

Elio Motors: First-Ever Auto-Show Press Event In NYC Touts '84-MPG' Three-Wheel Car

Startup automaker Elio Motors put on its first-ever car-show press conference last week, taking the last slot on Thursday's media schedule at the New York Auto Show. Founder... read more April 6, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

How Many Tesla Model S Electric Cars Have Been Built So Far?

While Tesla likely won't reveal last year's total production of Model S electric cars until it releases year-end financial results, it has said it expected to build 33,000... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
FreeWire Mobi Charger mobile electric-car charging station

Mobile Battery Carts: The Answer To Blocked Charging Stations?

The number of public charging stations available to electric-car drivers is growing steadily, but that expansion brings a somewhat delicate problem. Charging stations are... read more December 18, 2014 by 


 
Lit Motors C-1 electric motorcycle test video screencap.

Lit Motors C-1: Video Shows Self-Balancing Motorcycle On The Road

Building an automotive startup is never easy, especially when the product offered by that company defies easy description. Lit Motors has been steadily developing its... read more November 7, 2014 by 


 
Echo Automotive's EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid kit

Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright... read more September 5, 2014 by 


 
Echo Automotive's EchoDrive bolt-on plug-in hybrid kit

Will 'Bolt-On' Plug-In Hybrid Package Succeed For Fleets Where Bright Failed?

"Green is a tough sell if it doesn't actually save money." Those are the words of Echo Automotive chairman Jason Plotke, whose company aims to make bolt-on hybrid solutions... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
Henry J. Kaiser and Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors  [Kaiser image courtesy Kaiser Permanente]

Why Tesla's Elon Musk Must Sell 6 Million Electric Cars To Make History

Many entrepreneurs have tried to start car companies in the U.S. over the past century, but the last person to do so from the ground up with a brand that survives to this day... read more June 5, 2014 by 


 
Better Place Battery Swapping

The Epic Failure Of Better Place, As Covered By Fast Company

The remarkable scope, overwhelming ambition, and epic failure of the Better Place electric-car service in Israel is worthy of a book, or several. But until one appears, Fast... read more April 28, 2014 by 


 
Smith Electric Vehicles Newton

Electric Truck Maker Smith Vehicles Suspends Operations, Not Shutting Down

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has become the latest electric-vehicle building startup to cease operations--though the company says it isn't shutting its doors for... read more April 11, 2014 by 


 
2013 Detroit Electric SP:01

Shock, Surprise: Startup Detroit Electric Won't Build In Detroit After All

In the world of startup electric car automakers, things don't always go to plan. With the best will in the world, release dates get pushed back, prices go up and initial... read more April 1, 2014 by 


 
LIT Motors C1

Lit Motors C1 All-Electric Two-Wheeler Update: Still In Development (Video)

Human beings are curious beasts. Tell them something outlandish, even something backed by scientific method, and they'll try and prove it wrong anyway. Non-stick pans? Let's... read more March 26, 2014 by 


 
2013 Detroit Electric SP:01

Delays At Detroit Electric Postpone Electric Sports Car By A Month

Forgive the cynicism, but color us not all that surprised at the news that startup automaker Detroit Electric is postponing production of its SP:01 electric sports car by "at... read more June 2, 2013 by  5


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla To Issue More Stock, Pay Off Energy Dept With Proceeds

Since Tesla issued its first-quarter financials last week, its stock has been on a tear. Not only did the company have its first profitable quarter ever, but the many... read more May 15, 2013 by  10


 
VPG MV-1

VPG Shuts Down; Startup Van Maker Was Backed By DoE Loans

While Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is on a roll--with a rave review from Consumer Reports and a profitable quarter--other startup automakers aren't faring so well. And now... read more May 9, 2013 by  5


 
GreenTech Automotive electric sedan

Greentech Auto's Electric Sedan: Haven't We Seen This Before?

Suppose you took a Chinese-made compact sedan, converted it to a battery-electric vehicle, and sold it in the U.S. market. Does that story line sound familiar? If so, you may... read more April 29, 2013 by  4


 

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