Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries
Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells.
Researchers drive towards cheaper fuel cells for electric cars
A million electric cars could be on roads across North America before the end of the decade with the help of research by the United States Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Waterloo.
Alternative-fuel cars are no carbon cure-all
(Phys.org) —Making cars more fuel-efficient is great for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather than promoting sales of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles, policymakers should turn their ...
'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings t ...
French electric car share program sets sights on Indy
A French electric car share program has set its sights on the home of one of the top US race car events: Indianapolis.
ZSW engineers build lithium-ion battery able to last for 27 years
Cybersecurity: Plugging smart grid weaknesses
Power companies are increasingly upgrading to smart grids—national or state-based intelligent computer systems that collect information from consumers and suppliers in order to automatically improve the ...
Economical non-precious-metal catalyst capitalizes on carbon nanotubes
(Phys.org) —Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline ...
Crash-testing lithium-ion batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, fully rechargeable, and can pack a lot of energy into a small volume—making them attractive as power sources for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Cheap leases offered to spur electric car sales (Update)
Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish electric car sales.
Study IDs benefits, potential environmental/health impacts of li-ion batteries for electric vehicles
Lithium (Li-ion) batteries used to power plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles show overall promise to "fuel" these vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but there are areas for improvement to reduce possible environmental ...
The EV way to clean up our cities
Electric vehicles could play a key role in driving down pollution in our cities after it was revealed daily levels of atmospheric Nitrogen Dioxide regularly exceed the recommended safety limits.
Electric cars slow to gain traction in Germany
Germany plans to have one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020, but so far that goal seems remote as the nation's motorists have shown little love for the quietly humming vehicles.
How low battery can you go?
With batteries still struggling to pack the same power as petrol one of the great challenges for electric vehicles is extending their range.