The Truth About Cars » range http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » range http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 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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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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AAA: Extreme Temps Hurt EV Range http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/aaa-extreme-temps-hurt-ev-range/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/aaa-extreme-temps-hurt-ev-range/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:06:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=777009 Yes, we know water is wet too, but this study from the AAA provides some interesting findings regarding how extreme temperatures affect the driving range of electric vehicles. Apparently, the extreme temperature problem cuts both ways Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to better compare with EPA ratings listed on […]

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Yes, we know water is wet too, but this study from the AAA provides some interesting findings regarding how extreme temperatures affect the driving range of electric vehicles. Apparently, the extreme temperature problem cuts both ways Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to better compare with EPA ratings listed on […]

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Software Update Barely Makes Dent In Tesla Model S “Vampire” Issue http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/software-update-barely-makes-dent-in-tesla-model-s-vampire-issue/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/software-update-barely-makes-dent-in-tesla-model-s-vampire-issue/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:02:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=664186 Standby power — or vampire draw — allows consumer goods such as smartphones, cloud-enabled laptops and PS4s to wake up immediately to do whatever it is you need them to do. There are drawbacks, of course, such as the wasting of resources (money, electricity, the things that make electricity happen) and fires. Speaking of fires, […]

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Standby power — or vampire draw — allows consumer goods such as smartphones, cloud-enabled laptops and PS4s to wake up immediately to do whatever it is you need them to do. There are drawbacks, of course, such as the wasting of resources (money, electricity, the things that make electricity happen) and fires. Speaking of fires, […]

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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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QOTD: Is The EV Honeymoon Over? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/qotd-is-the-ev-honeymoon-over/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/qotd-is-the-ev-honeymoon-over/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474112   Now that the Nissan Leaf is being made in Tennessee, Nissan has decided that a big price drop is in order. While the 2012 car retailed for $35,200, the 2013 Leaf starts at $28,800, thanks to a new base model. Anyone who bought a 2012 must be pretty ticked off at the resale-ruining price […]

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  Now that the Nissan Leaf is being made in Tennessee, Nissan has decided that a big price drop is in order. While the 2012 car retailed for $35,200, the 2013 Leaf starts at $28,800, thanks to a new base model. Anyone who bought a 2012 must be pretty ticked off at the resale-ruining price […]

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Chevy Volt: Ask the Men and Women Who Own Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chevy-volt-ask-the-men-and-women-who-own-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/chevy-volt-ask-the-men-and-women-who-own-them/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:06:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407853 Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth As part of the festivities surrounding the Woodward Dream Cruise, GM organized a parade down Woodward and back up again made up of 50 Chevy Volts driven to the event by their owners, at their own expense, from around the country. As far as car company promotional events go […]

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Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth As part of the festivities surrounding the Woodward Dream Cruise, GM organized a parade down Woodward and back up again made up of 50 Chevy Volts driven to the event by their owners, at their own expense, from around the country. As far as car company promotional events go […]

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The EV Expectation Gap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-ev-expectation-gap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-ev-expectation-gap/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 16:16:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395838 Though an global Accenture study [via Green Car Congress] found that up to 68% of respondents would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next purchase, the issue of range continues to be the great unknown. And unfortunately for all the models and predictions of future EV sales, the issue of range points to some […]

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Though an global Accenture study [via Green Car Congress] found that up to 68% of respondents would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next purchase, the issue of range continues to be the great unknown. And unfortunately for all the models and predictions of future EV sales, the issue of range points to some […]

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DOE: The Cheap, Effective, Unsubdsidized Electric Car Is Coming http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/doe-the-cheap-effective-unsubdsidized-electric-car-is-coming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/doe-the-cheap-effective-unsubdsidized-electric-car-is-coming/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 15:37:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395831 Though The Department of Energy has offered only the flimsiest of evidence for the practicability of President Obama’s electric vehicle goals, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is out writing checks about the future of EVs that the industry may not be able to cash. Speaking at the installation of the 500th ChargePointAmerica charging station in Southern […]

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Though The Department of Energy has offered only the flimsiest of evidence for the practicability of President Obama’s electric vehicle goals, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is out writing checks about the future of EVs that the industry may not be able to cash. Speaking at the installation of the 500th ChargePointAmerica charging station in Southern […]

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Video Hints At Volt Performance: Just Over 40 Miles Of EV Range, Under 30 MPG Thereafter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/video-hints-at-volt-performance-just-over-40-miles-of-ev-range-under-30-mpg-thereafter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/video-hints-at-volt-performance-just-over-40-miles-of-ev-range-under-30-mpg-thereafter/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:33:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363712 TTAC has a long, proud tradition of tearing into puffy automotive journalism, so it was not without a little trepidation that I wrote in the comments section of Michael Karesh’s excellent review of Zero To Sixty that Toothless reporters put execs at their ease… which allows them to say naive or revealing things that toothy […]

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TTAC has a long, proud tradition of tearing into puffy automotive journalism, so it was not without a little trepidation that I wrote in the comments section of Michael Karesh’s excellent review of Zero To Sixty that Toothless reporters put execs at their ease… which allows them to say naive or revealing things that toothy […]

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Volt Birth Watch 174: Enough With The Prius Comparisons! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-174-enough-with-the-prius-comparisons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/volt-birth-watch-174-enough-with-the-prius-comparisons/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 22:55:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336941 As we saw in the last VBW, the Volt’s range-extender still needs some software work. But efforts to to keep the gas engine from acting like a thrashing, disembodied dervish will have to balance the desire for smooth operation and maximum efficiency.  And it’s looking like efficiency in charge sustaining (CS) mode won’t match the […]

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As we saw in the last VBW, the Volt’s range-extender still needs some software work. But efforts to to keep the gas engine from acting like a thrashing, disembodied dervish will have to balance the desire for smooth operation and maximum efficiency.  And it’s looking like efficiency in charge sustaining (CS) mode won’t match the […]

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