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...

Government Backs Away From Million EV Goal for 2015

Government Backs Away From Million EV Goal for 2015
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is backing away from its previously announced plan to see 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, saying the timeline isn’t really all that important. 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...

New Cars Are Shedding Pounds in the Name of Efficiency and Performance

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New Cars Are Shedding Pounds in the Name of Efficiency and Performance
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From in-car technology to turbocharging, there is perhaps no other trend that’s fundamentally changing new cars more than the move to dramatically reduce the weight of modern vehicles. 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...

Is Your Electric Vehicle at Risk of Bricking? Know the Facts

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Is Your Electric Vehicle at Risk of Bricking? Know the Facts
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The recent stories of the Tesla Roadster “bricking” will likely cause owners of other electric vehicles to worry. We’ve managed to track down and get a comment about the measures in place that can prevent other EVs from becoming damaged like the Tesla. A “bricked” car is a lot like a bricked gadget. It can’t… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed

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Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed
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Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA believes part of the reason for the delay was the “fragility of Volt sales.” Yet she also believes that “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert, not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.” Continue Reading...

Smart FourFour Coming to America

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Smart FourFour Coming to America
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Mercedes-Benz is rethinking their line of Smart cars and will bring the ForFour, a four door, four passenger vehicle, to American consumers by 2015. That choice, among others, came after Mercedes-Benz took over distribution of the brand in the U.S. last July. They also plan to scrap the current FourTwo (above) in favor of a new… Continue Reading...