New Ford Battery Lab to Speed EV Development

Ford announced the opening today of a new battery lab at the University of Michigan that the company says will help accelerate its ability to develop battery-powered vehicles.

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Lexus Passes on Lithium-Ion Battery Tech in Hybrids

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.

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Honda Plans to Extract Rare Earth Metal From Used Hybrids

Honda announced today that it will start a mass-production recycling program to extract rare earth metals from used car parts. 

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Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year

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.

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