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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 [...]



EV Battery Maker Claims 1,000 Miles per Charge


June 13, 2014 - An Israel-based battery company has demonstrated an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims can deliver as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars. Clean technology company Phinergy, teaming with Alcoa, demonstrated the new electric car battery on a racetrack in Montreal this week [...]



Atlanta's Success In Electric-Car Sales Highlights Incentives Role


June 13, 2014 - While West Coast cities have a reputation for electric-car friendliness, there's also an Eastern success story - one in which purchase incentives play a major role. Georgia offers buyers of new electric cars a tax credit of up to $5,000 - among the highest offered by any state - which is on top of the $7,500 income-tax credit offered by the Federal government [...]



A battery booster that’s almost as thin as a sheet of paper


June 13, 2014 - A thin sheet of materials wrapped around the battery in your cell phone could squeeze out enough extra energy to enable you to use your phone for a lot longer than usual. That’s the latest wonder product from a startup called the Paper Battery Company, which has been working on the technology for the past six years and has just started to get its sheets into the hands of phone and gadget makers for testing [...]


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