The Truth About Cars » batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Future of Batteries is a Far-Out Trip, Man http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/the-future-of-batteries-is-a-far-out-trip-man/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/the-future-of-batteries-is-a-far-out-trip-man/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:35:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1329481 Besides making steaks seem fancy and sending rebellious teens to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, it turns out mushrooms have another use. Fibers from a type of wild mushroom outperformed graphite anodes on lithium-ion batteries, Wards Auto reports, a finding that surprised researchers at Purdue University. As electric cars slowly proliferate, the knowledge could […]

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Besides making steaks seem fancy and sending rebellious teens to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, it turns out mushrooms have another use. Fibers from a type of wild mushroom outperformed graphite anodes on lithium-ion batteries, Wards Auto reports, a finding that surprised researchers at Purdue University. As electric cars slowly proliferate, the knowledge could […]

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Don’t Worry, Dyson’s Got This Electric Car Thing in the Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dont-worry-dysons-got-electric-car-thing-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dont-worry-dysons-got-electric-car-thing-bag/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:48:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1311994 The maker of all things that blow is apparently sucking up some government cash to build an electric car. Britain’s The Guardian is reporting that Dyson is receiving a public subsidy from the British government to develop an EV, a project that will no doubt draw from the company’s depth of knowledge regarding small electric […]

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The maker of all things that blow is apparently sucking up some government cash to build an electric car. Britain’s The Guardian is reporting that Dyson is receiving a public subsidy from the British government to develop an EV, a project that will no doubt draw from the company’s depth of knowledge regarding small electric […]

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Battery Tech – Not Better Range – Is Why We Should Be Excited about Chevrolet Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/battery-tech-not-better-range-excited-chevrolet-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/battery-tech-not-better-range-excited-chevrolet-volt/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133705 Chevrolet announced Tuesday that its new 2016 Volt would extend its all-electric range from 38 miles to 53 miles, which is a 40-percent improvement and would satisfy more than 90 percent of normal drives. The feat itself would put the Volt on par with many all-electric commuters, whose normal range is anywhere from 60 to […]

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Chevrolet announced Tuesday that its new 2016 Volt would extend its all-electric range from 38 miles to 53 miles, which is a 40-percent improvement and would satisfy more than 90 percent of normal drives. The feat itself would put the Volt on par with many all-electric commuters, whose normal range is anywhere from 60 to […]

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Tesla Unveiling Home, Business Battery Products April 30 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/tesla-unveiling-home-business-battery-products-april-30/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/tesla-unveiling-home-business-battery-products-april-30/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050849 Tesla wants more than to be in the garages of its customers as it plans to begin offering batteries for home and business energy-storage applications soon. The automaker stated in an email to investors and analysts Tuesday it would reveal its new battery products April 30, according to Bloomberg. Investor relations boss Jeffrey Evanson said the […]

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Tesla wants more than to be in the garages of its customers as it plans to begin offering batteries for home and business energy-storage applications soon. The automaker stated in an email to investors and analysts Tuesday it would reveal its new battery products April 30, according to Bloomberg. Investor relations boss Jeffrey Evanson said the […]

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Tesla Says Battery Gigafactory Will Not Be Built In California http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/tesla-says-battery-gigafactory-will-not-be-built-in-california/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/tesla-says-battery-gigafactory-will-not-be-built-in-california/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:51:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=767433 Announcements of businesses leaving regulation-happy and costly California or declining to do business in California are as common here in the Golden State as seeing a Prius blocking the left lane on the 405. This move is a bit of a surprise as California-based Tesla Motors said this morning that they have eliminated the state as […]

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Announcements of businesses leaving regulation-happy and costly California or declining to do business in California are as common here in the Golden State as seeing a Prius blocking the left lane on the 405. This move is a bit of a surprise as California-based Tesla Motors said this morning that they have eliminated the state as […]

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Does Dan Akerson Know GM’s 200 Mile Range Battery is Vaporware? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/does-dan-akerson-know-gms-200-mile-range-battery-is-vaporware/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/does-dan-akerson-know-gms-200-mile-range-battery-is-vaporware/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=685642 The hagiographic article by Bloomberg/Business Week on outgoing General Motors CEO Dan Akerson did exactly what Selim Bingol and the other PR honchos in the RenCen towers wanted it to do. With other news agencies and blogs amplifying the puffery and pulling quotes, the article got GM and Akerson a lot of good press. One […]

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The hagiographic article by Bloomberg/Business Week on outgoing General Motors CEO Dan Akerson did exactly what Selim Bingol and the other PR honchos in the RenCen towers wanted it to do. With other news agencies and blogs amplifying the puffery and pulling quotes, the article got GM and Akerson a lot of good press. One […]

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Volvo Capacitive Carbon Fiber Panels Could Replace Batteries, Save Weight In EVs & Conventional Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/volvo-capacitive-carbon-fiber-panels-could-replace-batteries-save-weight-in-evs-conventional-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/volvo-capacitive-carbon-fiber-panels-could-replace-batteries-save-weight-in-evs-conventional-cars/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:30:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632762 BMW is using carbon fiber composite unibodies for the electric i3 and i8 models to reduce their weight, thereby increasing their range. Now, Volvo is using carbon fiber in a novel way for EVs. Using carbon fiber it has developed a composite material that acts as a capacitor, storing electrical energy, so theoretically body panels […]

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BMW is using carbon fiber composite unibodies for the electric i3 and i8 models to reduce their weight, thereby increasing their range. Now, Volvo is using carbon fiber in a novel way for EVs. Using carbon fiber it has developed a composite material that acts as a capacitor, storing electrical energy, so theoretically body panels […]

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LG Chem Suspends Newly Started Chevy Volt Battery Production at Michigan Facility Over Chemical Not Yet E.P.A. Registered http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/lg-chem-suspends-newly-started-chevy-volt-battery-production-at-michigan-facility-over-chemical-not-yet-e-p-a-registered/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/lg-chem-suspends-newly-started-chevy-volt-battery-production-at-michigan-facility-over-chemical-not-yet-e-p-a-registered/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2013 22:13:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=512617 Only weeks after starting up long-delayed production of lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt at their new factory in Holland, Michigan, LG Chem has announced that they are stopping production for up to six weeks because a compound used in that production apparently had not been registered for use in manufacturing with the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

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Only weeks after starting up long-delayed production of lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt at their new factory in Holland, Michigan, LG Chem has announced that they are stopping production for up to six weeks because a compound used in that production apparently had not been registered for use in manufacturing with the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

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Living With an EV for a Week – Day One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/living-with-an-ev-for-a-week-day-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/living-with-an-ev-for-a-week-day-one/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 22:55:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490088 TTAC has borrowed EVs in the past. Nissan even let us snag a Leaf for a week. Since then, I’ve driven every EV on the market except the Model S. (Not for a lack of half-trying, I call Tesla HQ regularly, but am too lazy to visit a Tesla dealer.) Every time I’ve had an […]

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TTAC has borrowed EVs in the past. Nissan even let us snag a Leaf for a week. Since then, I’ve driven every EV on the market except the Model S. (Not for a lack of half-trying, I call Tesla HQ regularly, but am too lazy to visit a Tesla dealer.) Every time I’ve had an […]

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Government-Sponsored Do-Nothing Battery Plant Finally Plans To Do Something http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/government-sponsored-do-nothing-battery-plant-finally-plans-to-do-something/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/government-sponsored-do-nothing-battery-plant-finally-plans-to-do-something/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 15:56:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487452 South Korean LG Chem will finally begin commercial battery production at its Holland , Michigan, in July, Reuters says.  The batteries will initially help power GM’s Volt. Three years ago, at a groundbreaking ceremony for an LG Chem Battery plant in Holland, Michigan, President Obama promised that this and other pants will be “a boost […]

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South Korean LG Chem will finally begin commercial battery production at its Holland , Michigan, in July, Reuters says.  The batteries will initially help power GM’s Volt. Three years ago, at a groundbreaking ceremony for an LG Chem Battery plant in Holland, Michigan, President Obama promised that this and other pants will be “a boost […]

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Battery Hopes Fall Flat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/battery-hopes-fall-flat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/battery-hopes-fall-flat/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:03:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484195 Researchers are quickly getting disenchanted by the high price of lithium-ion batteries, paired with a growing number of high-profile incidents involving smoke and fire, Reuters says in an in-depth analysis. Some are looking way beyond Lithium-Ion. Some go back to technology that is older than the car: Lead-Acid. Many experts believe it will take at […]

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Researchers are quickly getting disenchanted by the high price of lithium-ion batteries, paired with a growing number of high-profile incidents involving smoke and fire, Reuters says in an in-depth analysis. Some are looking way beyond Lithium-Ion. Some go back to technology that is older than the car: Lead-Acid. Many experts believe it will take at […]

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Are Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors An EV Gamechanger? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/are-graphene-micro-supercapacitors-an-ev-gamechanger/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/are-graphene-micro-supercapacitors-an-ev-gamechanger/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:30:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478801 Energy density isn’t the only reason why battery-powered cars have never caught on. As was highlighted in Tesla’s somewhat less than successful media road trip, the amount of time it takes to fill batteries with electrons can be as significant a factor in the practicality of EVs as the amount of electrons those batteries can […]

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Energy density isn’t the only reason why battery-powered cars have never caught on. As was highlighted in Tesla’s somewhat less than successful media road trip, the amount of time it takes to fill batteries with electrons can be as significant a factor in the practicality of EVs as the amount of electrons those batteries can […]

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The Truth About Battery Life http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-truth-about-battery-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-truth-about-battery-life/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:07:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478387 The drama circling around the New York Times test of the Tesla Model S doesn’t surprise me one bit. Why? Because I understand, perhaps at a deeper level than most of the motoring press, how batteries work. Perhaps that has to do with growing up in a family of engineers and scientists, but battery technology […]

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The drama circling around the New York Times test of the Tesla Model S doesn’t surprise me one bit. Why? Because I understand, perhaps at a deeper level than most of the motoring press, how batteries work. Perhaps that has to do with growing up in a family of engineers and scientists, but battery technology […]

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Automakers Worried About A123 Deal, Stabenow And Levin Silent, No Phonecalls From The President http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/automakers-worried-about-a123-deal-stabenow-and-levin-silent-no-phonecalls-from-the-president/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/automakers-worried-about-a123-deal-stabenow-and-levin-silent-no-phonecalls-from-the-president/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:20:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457151 U.S. Senators long have warned of an exodus of American know-how to China. Last year, Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin complained to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk about another attempt by China ”to illegally gain an unfair advantage over the U.S. automobile industry that will cost our country jobs. The United States […]

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U.S. Senators long have warned of an exodus of American know-how to China. Last year, Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin complained to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk about another attempt by China ”to illegally gain an unfair advantage over the U.S. automobile industry that will cost our country jobs. The United States […]

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“I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China.” Ooops. Never Mind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/i-will-not-cede-the-wind-or-solar-or-battery-industry-to-china-ooops-never-mind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/i-will-not-cede-the-wind-or-solar-or-battery-industry-to-china-ooops-never-mind/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:20:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456306 In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said this to critics of his lavish green technology initiative: “I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. “ Instead, battery manufacturers first get financed by double-green government handouts, […]

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In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said this to critics of his lavish green technology initiative: “I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. “ Instead, battery manufacturers first get financed by double-green government handouts, […]

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A123 Becomes Chinese – Faster Than Imagined http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/a123-becomes-chinese-faster-than-imagined/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/a123-becomes-chinese-faster-than-imagined/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:29:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455889 Troubled battery maker A123 is getting another lifeline. This time, from China. Wanxiang Group  will invest as much as $450 million in the company, says Reuters. Wanxiang, one of the largest Chinese auto component makers.  A123 will soon be Chinese. A123, which received a $249 million grant from the Obama administration as part of a […]

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Troubled battery maker A123 is getting another lifeline. This time, from China. Wanxiang Group  will invest as much as $450 million in the company, says Reuters. Wanxiang, one of the largest Chinese auto component makers.  A123 will soon be Chinese. A123, which received a $249 million grant from the Obama administration as part of a […]

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Your Tax Dollars At Stake: Battery Maker A123 Running Out Of Runway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/your-tax-dollars-at-stake-battery-maker-a123-running-out-of-runway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/your-tax-dollars-at-stake-battery-maker-a123-running-out-of-runway/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2012 14:03:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451657   The irrational electrification exuberance  claims another victim: Battery maker A123 Systems Inc is running out of money. A lot of it is your money. Says Reuters: “The company, which received a $249 million grant from the Obama administration as part of a program to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries, said in documents filed with U.S. […]

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  The irrational electrification exuberance  claims another victim: Battery maker A123 Systems Inc is running out of money. A lot of it is your money. Says Reuters: “The company, which received a $249 million grant from the Obama administration as part of a program to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries, said in documents filed with U.S. […]

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Next-Gen Toyota Prius Targeted For Stateside Production In 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/next-gen-toyota-prius-targeted-for-stateside-production-in-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/next-gen-toyota-prius-targeted-for-stateside-production-in-2015/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:07:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442155 With a rising yen and forecasted sales of 200,000 units, Toyota is looking to kick Prius production into high gear on North American shores. The challenge for Toyota appears to be sourcing all the components needed to build hybrid drivetrains in the United States. According to Automotive News “Toyota already is scouting suppliers capable of […]

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With a rising yen and forecasted sales of 200,000 units, Toyota is looking to kick Prius production into high gear on North American shores. The challenge for Toyota appears to be sourcing all the components needed to build hybrid drivetrains in the United States. According to Automotive News “Toyota already is scouting suppliers capable of […]

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More Details On Explosion at GM Tech Center: Gases from Experimental Battery Ignited http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/more-details-on-explosion-at-gm-tech-centergases-from-experimental-battery-ignited/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/more-details-on-explosion-at-gm-tech-centergases-from-experimental-battery-ignited/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:31:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439537 More details have been released about the explosion at a GM Tech Center battery lab yesterday that left one person hospitalized with chemical burns and a possible concussion. In a statement, GM said that while an “experimental battery” was undergoing “extreme testing”, gases were released from the battery cells. Something in the lab then ignited […]

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More details have been released about the explosion at a GM Tech Center battery lab yesterday that left one person hospitalized with chemical burns and a possible concussion. In a statement, GM said that while an “experimental battery” was undergoing “extreme testing”, gases were released from the battery cells. Something in the lab then ignited […]

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Toyota/BMW Partnership: Diesel Engines Earlier, Batteries Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/toyotabmw-partnership-diesel-engines-earlier-batteries-later/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/toyotabmw-partnership-diesel-engines-earlier-batteries-later/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:59:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436627 Last December, Toyota and BMW announced “a long-term technological partnership.”  Ostensibly, it was about developing batteries together, and about BMW supplying diesel engines, in that order. Four months later, the priorities seem to have changed a little. In a joint press release, Toyota and BMW announce that they just now have signed an agreement on […]

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Last December, Toyota and BMW announced “a long-term technological partnership.”  Ostensibly, it was about developing batteries together, and about BMW supplying diesel engines, in that order. Four months later, the priorities seem to have changed a little. In a joint press release, Toyota and BMW announce that they just now have signed an agreement on […]

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Another Plugin Problem: A123 Warns Of “Potential Safety Issue” With Fisker Karma Battery http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/another-plugin-problem-a123-warns-of-potential-safety-issue-with-fisker-karma-battery/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/another-plugin-problem-a123-warns-of-potential-safety-issue-with-fisker-karma-battery/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:20:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423570 In the ramp-up to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, a great debate seized the engineering community: was Nissan opening itself to problems by not including a active thermal management system for the Leaf’s battery pack, or was Chevrolet’s liquid-cooled approach simply adding unnecessary complexity? Well, thus far, the verdict seems to […]

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In the ramp-up to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, a great debate seized the engineering community: was Nissan opening itself to problems by not including a active thermal management system for the Leaf’s battery pack, or was Chevrolet’s liquid-cooled approach simply adding unnecessary complexity? Well, thus far, the verdict seems to […]

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This Is The Chevy Volt’s Post-Crash Safety Protocol http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/this-is-the-chevy-volts-post-crash-safety-protocol/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:18:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420867 TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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TTAC has received the following protocol, developed by GM in the wake of the June Volt fire at a NHTSA facility in Wisconsin, from a GM source and has confirmed its legitimacy with a second GM source. Though the procedure may be refined based on the findings of NHTSA’s latest round of tests, it gives […]

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About Those Chevy Volt Safety Protocols… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/about-those-chevy-volt-safety-protocols/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/about-those-chevy-volt-safety-protocols/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:38:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418981 I caught hell from a number of TTAC’s Best and Brightest five days ago, when I blogged about the Chevrolet Volt fire at a NHTSA facility but failed to initially note GM’s response. At the time, GM’s Greg Martin said GM has safety procedures for handling the Volt and its battery after an accident. Had […]

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I caught hell from a number of TTAC’s Best and Brightest five days ago, when I blogged about the Chevrolet Volt fire at a NHTSA facility but failed to initially note GM’s response. At the time, GM’s Greg Martin said GM has safety procedures for handling the Volt and its battery after an accident. Had […]

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Chevy Volt Catches Fire After Crash Test, Investigation Under Way http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chevy-volt-catches-fire-after-crash-test-investigation-under-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/chevy-volt-catches-fire-after-crash-test-investigation-under-way/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:45:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417782 The Chevy Volt fire rumors started early this week, when the utility company Duke Energy told its customers to stop using their Chevy Volt home chargers after an October 30 fire. At last word, NHTSA said that No conclusions have yet been reached regarding the cause of the fire. We are continuing to monitor the situation. But […]

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The Chevy Volt fire rumors started early this week, when the utility company Duke Energy told its customers to stop using their Chevy Volt home chargers after an October 30 fire. At last word, NHTSA said that No conclusions have yet been reached regarding the cause of the fire. We are continuing to monitor the situation. But […]

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Report Knocks “Big Battery” Plug-In Subsidies, Will The DOE Notice? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/report-knocks-big-battery-plug-in-subsidies-will-the-doe-notice/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/report-knocks-big-battery-plug-in-subsidies-will-the-doe-notice/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:42:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412842 The main tool for the government’s crusade to get one million plug-in cars on the road by 2015 is the “Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicle Tax Credit,” a credit that returns between $2,500 and $7,500 to purchasers of a qualifying vehicle. To qualify for the minimum $2,500 credit, a vehicle must have a traction battery with […]

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The main tool for the government’s crusade to get one million plug-in cars on the road by 2015 is the “Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicle Tax Credit,” a credit that returns between $2,500 and $7,500 to purchasers of a qualifying vehicle. To qualify for the minimum $2,500 credit, a vehicle must have a traction battery with […]

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