The Truth About Cars » lithium-ion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 British Researchers Make Lighter, Cheaper, Longer Lithium-oxygen Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/british-researchers-make-lighter-cheaper-longer-lithium-oxygen-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/british-researchers-make-lighter-cheaper-longer-lithium-oxygen-batteries/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2015 16:30:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1209433 Researchers at the University of Cambridge say they’ve created a lighter, cheaper, longer lithium-oxygen battery that could eventually rival gasoline engines in electric vehicles in terms of range and weight, Automotive News reported. The scientists announced that they had created a working prototype of an “ultimate battery” that could be up to 10 times more energy-dense […]

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge say they’ve created a lighter, cheaper, longer lithium-oxygen battery that could eventually rival gasoline engines in electric vehicles in terms of range and weight, Automotive News reported. The scientists announced that they had created a working prototype of an “ultimate battery” that could be up to 10 times more energy-dense […]

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Fourth-Gen Toyota Prius To Receive AWD, New Battery Packs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/fourth-gen-toyota-prius-to-receive-awd-new-battery-packs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/fourth-gen-toyota-prius-to-receive-awd-new-battery-packs/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=866362 Though it may be a while before the fourth-generation Toyota Prius leaves the assembly line, it may be worth the wait as far as batteries and drivetrains are concerned. Automotive News reports the new hybrid will have two choices for battery power. According to senior managing officer of powertrain development Koei Saga, both a low-cost […]

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Though it may be a while before the fourth-generation Toyota Prius leaves the assembly line, it may be worth the wait as far as batteries and drivetrains are concerned. Automotive News reports the new hybrid will have two choices for battery power. According to senior managing officer of powertrain development Koei Saga, both a low-cost […]

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Renewable Energy To Power Tesla Gigafactory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/renewable-energy-to-power-tesla-gigafactory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/renewable-energy-to-power-tesla-gigafactory/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752585 Sometime this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk will announce everything there is to know about the EV automaker’s Gigafactory, from location and price tag, to its heavy reliance on renewable energy sources. Autoblog Green reports the Gigafactory will be “heavily powered” by solar and wind energy sources, with older battery packs storing the collected energy. […]

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Sometime this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk will announce everything there is to know about the EV automaker’s Gigafactory, from location and price tag, to its heavy reliance on renewable energy sources. Autoblog Green reports the Gigafactory will be “heavily powered” by solar and wind energy sources, with older battery packs storing the collected energy. […]

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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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Tesla Awards Panasonic 4-Year $7 billion Battery Cell Contract Anticipating 500% Increase in Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-awards-panasonic-4-year-7-billion-battery-cell-contract-anticipating-500-increase-in-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-awards-panasonic-4-year-7-billion-battery-cell-contract-anticipating-500-increase-in-production/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=638393     Panasonic Corp., which already is the largest supplier of lithium ion batteries for the electric car industry, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Tesla to supply battery cells for the Model S and upcoming Model X electric vehicles. The Japanese company will supply 2 billion 18650 form factor lithium-ion cells […]

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    Panasonic Corp., which already is the largest supplier of lithium ion batteries for the electric car industry, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Tesla to supply battery cells for the Model S and upcoming Model X electric vehicles. The Japanese company will supply 2 billion 18650 form factor lithium-ion cells […]

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First Drive Review: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/first-drive-review-2014-honda-accord-hybrid-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/first-drive-review-2014-honda-accord-hybrid-with-video/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=612689 As of October, the most fuel-efficient mid-sized sedan in America is the Honda Accord. Or so Honda says. After all, Ford has been trumpeting a matching 47 MPG combined from their Fusion. Who is right? And more importantly, can the Accord get Honda back into the hybrid game after having lost the initial hybrid battles […]

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As of October, the most fuel-efficient mid-sized sedan in America is the Honda Accord. Or so Honda says. After all, Ford has been trumpeting a matching 47 MPG combined from their Fusion. Who is right? And more importantly, can the Accord get Honda back into the hybrid game after having lost the initial hybrid battles […]

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Review: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457237 Public beta tests are common in the computer world where a group of fanatics pound your beta to death and help you find the problems. In the automotive world this activity is not only rare, it runs contrary to the cash spent on dressing future cars in swirly vinyl. The Prius plug-in is different. Toyota […]

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Public beta tests are common in the computer world where a group of fanatics pound your beta to death and help you find the problems. In the automotive world this activity is not only rare, it runs contrary to the cash spent on dressing future cars in swirly vinyl. The Prius plug-in is different. Toyota […]

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EV Batteries Set For 70 percent Price Drop By 2025: McKinsey Study http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ev-batteries-set-for-70-percent-price-drop-by-2025-mckinsey-study/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ev-batteries-set-for-70-percent-price-drop-by-2025-mckinsey-study/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:21:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452299 A study by consulting firm McKinsey says that the cost of the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles could tumble by as much as 70 percent by 2025, thanks to a combination of factors. Widespread production of li-on batteries could be one of the main factors. Reuters explains that McKinsey predicts the price of a […]

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A study by consulting firm McKinsey says that the cost of the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles could tumble by as much as 70 percent by 2025, thanks to a combination of factors. Widespread production of li-on batteries could be one of the main factors. Reuters explains that McKinsey predicts the price of a […]

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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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Two Injured In Explosion At GM Battery http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/two-injured-in-explosion-at-gm-battery/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/two-injured-in-explosion-at-gm-battery/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:20:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439353 Two GM employees suffered injuries at the company’s Warren, Michigan battery research facility following an explosion and a small fire. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 8:45 A.M Wednesday, and found a small fire as well as two injured employees. One was treated at the scene for injuries, while another was taken to hospital […]

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Two GM employees suffered injuries at the company’s Warren, Michigan battery research facility following an explosion and a small fire. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 8:45 A.M Wednesday, and found a small fire as well as two injured employees. One was treated at the scene for injuries, while another was taken to hospital […]

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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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Volt And Consequences: GM Responds To NHTSA Volt Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/volt-and-consequences-gm-responds-to-nhtsa-volt-investigation/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420395 With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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With NHTSA opening a formal defect investigation into the Chevy Volt, GM is moving to defend its rolling lightning rod (no pun intended) and allay consumer fears about its safety. Yesterday I briefly appeared on Fox Business’s Your World With Neil Cavuto show to talk about what the intro to my segment referred to as […]

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NHTSA Triggers “Thermal Events” In Volt Batteries, Opens Formal Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/nhtsa-triggers-thermal-events-in-volt-batteries-opens-formal-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/nhtsa-triggers-thermal-events-in-volt-batteries-opens-formal-investigation/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:48:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420060 NHTSA has has opened a formal defect investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, on the grounds that  Intrusion in a crash may damage the battery, which may result in a substantial thermal reaction and fire We knew that NHTSA was already looking in to this type of defect after an earlier test incident, but the official investigation resume [PDF] […]

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NHTSA has has opened a formal defect investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, on the grounds that  Intrusion in a crash may damage the battery, which may result in a substantial thermal reaction and fire We knew that NHTSA was already looking in to this type of defect after an earlier test incident, but the official investigation resume [PDF] […]

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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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Review: 2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-infiniti-m35h-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-infiniti-m35h-hybrid/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:15:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410589 Let’s face it, hybrids are boring. They are slow, complicated, come with hard tires and soft suspensions, sloppy handling, and they look weird. We’ve heard the story before: this hybrid is different. First Lexus gave us the GS and RX hybrids claiming V8 performance with V6 fuel economy, but the result was more like V6 […]

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Let’s face it, hybrids are boring. They are slow, complicated, come with hard tires and soft suspensions, sloppy handling, and they look weird. We’ve heard the story before: this hybrid is different. First Lexus gave us the GS and RX hybrids claiming V8 performance with V6 fuel economy, but the result was more like V6 […]

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GM, LG Team Up For “Single Purpose” EVs. Will Mark Reuss Let His Kids Drive One? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/gm-lg-team-up-for-single-purpose-evs-will-mark-reuss-let-his-kids-drive-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/gm-lg-team-up-for-single-purpose-evs-will-mark-reuss-let-his-kids-drive-one/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409000 GM tightened its ties with Volt battery cell provider LG this week, announcing a deal to jointly develop next-generation electric vehicles. GM, along with the other Detroit-based OEMs, have been seeking closer ties with their suppliers, and as the JoongAng Daily reports, this deal helps LG at a time when the Korean conglomerate has been […]

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GM tightened its ties with Volt battery cell provider LG this week, announcing a deal to jointly develop next-generation electric vehicles. GM, along with the other Detroit-based OEMs, have been seeking closer ties with their suppliers, and as the JoongAng Daily reports, this deal helps LG at a time when the Korean conglomerate has been […]

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Your Tax Dollars At Work… On Korean Battery Dependence http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/doe-licenses-technology-to-deepen-korean-battery-dependence/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/doe-licenses-technology-to-deepen-korean-battery-dependence/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 04:37:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379778 GM and its Korean battery partner LG Chem have signed licensing agreements with the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, giving the two firms access to Argonne’s proprietary lithium and manganese-rich metal oxide mix for use in lithium battery cell cathodes. The material will need “several years of testing” according to The General, but could […]

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GM and its Korean battery partner LG Chem have signed licensing agreements with the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, giving the two firms access to Argonne’s proprietary lithium and manganese-rich metal oxide mix for use in lithium battery cell cathodes. The material will need “several years of testing” according to The General, but could […]

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VW’s Martin Eberhard Promises 500 Mile Range EVs By 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/vws-martin-eberhard-promises-500-mile-range-evs-by-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/vws-martin-eberhard-promises-500-mile-range-evs-by-2020/#comments Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:50:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362906 Not long ago, we explored the possibility of Audi taking out Tesla with its forthcoming brace of e-Tron electric sportscars. What we didn’t realize fully at the time, is how directly VW is going after Tesla. At a recent visit to Volkswagen’s Silicon Valley Electronic Research Lab though, I was shown the slide above, which […]

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Not long ago, we explored the possibility of Audi taking out Tesla with its forthcoming brace of e-Tron electric sportscars. What we didn’t realize fully at the time, is how directly VW is going after Tesla. At a recent visit to Volkswagen’s Silicon Valley Electronic Research Lab though, I was shown the slide above, which […]

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Fiat/Chrysler EV Program Loses Battery Supplier A123 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/fiatchrysler-ev-program-loses-battery-supplier-a123/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/fiatchrysler-ev-program-loses-battery-supplier-a123/#comments Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:07:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362904 Just weeks before Chrysler filed for bankruptcy last year, it announced a battery partnership with A123 Systems, which would have provided Lithium-ion batteries for Chrysler’s ENVI lineup of EV vapor. Needless to say, the ENVI program disappeared after bankruptcy, but A123 stuck around and was rewarded with the supply contract for Chrysler’s only prospective EV […]

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Just weeks before Chrysler filed for bankruptcy last year, it announced a battery partnership with A123 Systems, which would have provided Lithium-ion batteries for Chrysler’s ENVI lineup of EV vapor. Needless to say, the ENVI program disappeared after bankruptcy, but A123 stuck around and was rewarded with the supply contract for Chrysler’s only prospective EV […]

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Nissan Leaf Battery Packs Break The $400/kWh Barrier http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/nissan-leaf-battery-packs-break-the-400kwh-barrier/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/nissan-leaf-battery-packs-break-the-400kwh-barrier/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 22:28:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355470 AutoblogGreen‘s Sam Abuelsamid earns a tip of the blogger’s hat today for making sense of a fascinating nugget in a Times of London piece on the Nissan Leaf. The revelation by Nissan EV honcho Andy Palmer to the British paper that Leaf battery packs cost £6,000 (about $9k) to produce could have been missed, buried […]

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AutoblogGreen‘s Sam Abuelsamid earns a tip of the blogger’s hat today for making sense of a fascinating nugget in a Times of London piece on the Nissan Leaf. The revelation by Nissan EV honcho Andy Palmer to the British paper that Leaf battery packs cost £6,000 (about $9k) to produce could have been missed, buried […]

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Volt Birth Watch 183: A Crucial Clarification http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/volt-birth-watch-183-a-crucial-clarification/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/volt-birth-watch-183-a-crucial-clarification/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:36:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342328 In case you were wondering, Ed Whitacre’s assessment that the Volt will “make a margin” at a price point “in the low 30s” is the GM Chairman/CEO’s second big lie in as many weeks. Well, lie might be a bit harsh. Gross and willful misrepresentation is probably more accurate. GreenCarReports‘ John Voelcker got in touch […]

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In case you were wondering, Ed Whitacre’s assessment that the Volt will “make a margin” at a price point “in the low 30s” is the GM Chairman/CEO’s second big lie in as many weeks. Well, lie might be a bit harsh. Gross and willful misrepresentation is probably more accurate. GreenCarReports‘ John Voelcker got in touch […]

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The Cost Of Additional Porsche (Li-ion) Lightness: $132/lb. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/the-cost-of-additional-porsche-li-ion-lightness-132lb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/the-cost-of-additional-porsche-li-ion-lightness-132lb/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2009 19:54:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336726 Never one to shy away from expensive options, Porsche has announced that beginning in January 2010, a lithium-ion starter battery will be optional in the 911 GT3, GT 3 RS, and Boxster Spyder. Porsche is the first automaker to offer a li-ion SLI (starting, lighting ignition) battery, and given its cost, €1,904 (US$2,900), it may […]

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Never one to shy away from expensive options, Porsche has announced that beginning in January 2010, a lithium-ion starter battery will be optional in the 911 GT3, GT 3 RS, and Boxster Spyder. Porsche is the first automaker to offer a li-ion SLI (starting, lighting ignition) battery, and given its cost, €1,904 (US$2,900), it may […]

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