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...

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...

Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year

Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year
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The upcoming Toyota Prius V, a pseudo-minivan version of Toyota’s wildly popular Prius hybrid, may be delayed for up to a year because of battery shortages resulting from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Toyota initially planned to launch the vehicle in April, but the resulting supply chain issues have thrown their plans… Continue Reading...