Lexus Passes on Lithium-Ion Battery Tech in Hybrids

Lexus Passes on Lithium-Ion Battery Tech in Hybrids
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Lexus pioneered hybrids in the luxury segment, but for the foreseeable future it intends to put a halt on gasoline-electric tech, giving a pass to lithium-ion batteries in favor of the same nickle-metal hydride units the company has relied on for years. Continue Reading...

Toyota Planning EV Battery With Four Times More Power

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Toyota Planning EV Battery With Four Times More Power
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The batteries in electric vehicles are one of the biggest reason for range anxiety, but new technology from Toyota could put those fears out of mind, providing three, four or even five times more power than current lithium ion batteries. Continue Reading...

Chinese Company Wins Auction for A123 Systems

Chinese Company Wins Auction for A123 Systems
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A year riddled with controversy for electric cars is winding down, but not without at least one more flare up — Chinese firm Wanxiang Group won the bidding war for A123 Systems. Continue Reading...

Electric Vehicle Batteries Drop in Price, EV Prices Might Follow

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Electric Vehicle Batteries Drop in Price, EV Prices Might Follow
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Prices might be falling soon on the cost to produce electric vehicles, which means (hopefully) that the MSRP will fall soon as well. A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows the cost of lithium ion batteries falling 14 percent over this time last year. Furthermore, prices took a 30 percent swan dive since… Continue Reading...

Honda Plans to Extract Rare Earth Metal from Used Hybrids

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Honda Plans to Extract Rare Earth Metal from Used Hybrids
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Honda announced today that it will start a mass-production recycling program to extract rare earth metals from used car parts.  Partnering with Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., the automaker will begin extracting the materials, which are 95 percent controlled by China. The majority of material harvesting will be from nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from used hybrid… Continue Reading...

Nissan Developing 10-Minute Electric Car Charger

Nissan Developing 10-Minute Electric Car Charger
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If your cell phone has ever run out of battery power midday, you know how frustrating it can be to charge on the go. Imagine having to do the same for your car. Driving an electric vehicle (EV) means you’re always thinking about when and where you can charge next. At current charging times that… Continue Reading...