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Kia adds Soul to the electric vehicle market


September 29, 2014 - Add one more product choice to Canada’s so-far hesitant electric vehicle market. Kia’s funky Soul will be available as an all-electric car for the 2015 model year, in addition to the gasoline model that’s sold in North America since 2009 [...]



Recycling Used Tires Into Battery Electrodes


September 29, 2014 - Carbon black recycled from used car and truck tires could lead to better anodes for lithium-ion batteries if researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are successful. They have developed a process that recovers pyrolytic carbon black, a manmade material that is similar to graphite, from shredded tires [...]



Tesla a ‘fringe brand’ says former GM product czar Bob Lutz


September 29, 2014 - When an unknown automotive startup from Silicon Valley unveiled an all-electric sports car with supercar performance back in 2006, the shock was enough to make industry giant GM sit up and pay attention. That, plus the desire to gain some of the green halo seized by Toyota’s Prius hybrid [...]



A Look At Tesla's Cheapest Car, The Model 3


July 17, 2014 - Tesla's much-anticipated somewhat affordable electric car will be called the Model 3. The electric carmaker hopes to start selling the smaller, cheaper offering by early 2017, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview published late Tuesday night by British car magazine Auto Express [...]



2015 Chevrolet Volt: Bigger Battery, But 38-Mile Electric Range Remains


July 17, 2014 - With widespread expectations that we'll see a redesigned second-generation model unveiled early next year, the 2015 Chevy Volt was expected to be a carryover model with few changes. And so it is, with one important exception: Without any fanfare, its battery capacity rose to 17.1 kilowatt-hours for the 2015 Volt from 16.5 kWh in 2013 and 2014 models. Rated electric range remains the same, however, at 38 miles [...]



Largest Lithium Deal Triggered by Smartphones and Teslas


July 17, 2014 - Surging demand for high-performance batteries triggered the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that’s a key component of the power systems in smartphones, electric cars and cordless screwdrivers [...]



Batteries battle fuel cells, leaving plug-in hybrids to prosper


July 14, 2014 - Auto manufacturers like Toyota of Japan are backing away from battery-only powered vehicles as sales fail to take-off, and hint that fuel-cells are the holy grail for future, green machines. Investment banker Morgan Stanley detects an exasperation among manufacturers with electric cars apart from high-flying Tesla, and sees a flirtation with fuel cells [...]



There are now more than 500,000 EVs on the planet


July 14, 2014 - In the three years since automakers started selling mass-produced plug-ins such as the Nissan Leaf battery-electric and Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, global customers have acquired a half-million plug-ins, according to a UC Davis report. That adoption rate is faster than how quickly people bought hybrid-electric vehicles [...]




Why Elon Musk is right about batteries being the future of automobiles


July 14, 2014 - China International Battery Fair in Shenzhen is perhaps the largest battery show in the world, with over 980 exhibitors covering three-quarter of a million square feet. The three-day exhibition was followed by a three-day conference on battery technology and innovation drawing battery scientists from all over the world [...]



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