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AddTesla crash survivor says he's proof Model S is 'safest car ever'

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is starting to investigate the cause of the Tesla Model S battery fire, the driver of another crashed Model S thinks it's "the safest car on the road hands down." That comes from a Tesla Motors Club forum entry published with a slide show by Treehugger.

AddBankrupt A123 Systems can ask creditors to vote on repayment plan

Details of the A123 Systems bankruptcy proceedings are getting ironed out, and have been given the green light by US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey. The federal judge approved an outline of lithium ion battery maker A123's liquidation plan to be used by creditors, who will decide whether to vote for or against the repayment plan.

AddWith blankets in cold weather, Nissan Leaf taxi experiment not working in Osaka

There are quite a few taxi operators testing out electric cars by adding Nissan Leaf EVs to their fleets – whether that be New York (pictured), Hong Kong or Mexico City. It's a channel for the global automaker to sell more of the cars and give more people their own experience of being transported in a Leaf. But there can be a downside.

AddA123, Wanxiang deal under scrutiny by Republican Senators

Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems continues to be a source of drama and intrigue, from bankruptcy and court filings to investor relations and national security.

AddNissan's Andy Palmer discusses Leaf battery degradation crisis [w/video]

Chelsea Sexton, founder of the Lightning Rod Foundation, a co-founder of Plug In America, and star of Who Killed the Electric Car, recently sat down with Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, to discuss the Nissan Leaf and its battery degradation crisis in Arizona. You can watch the 16-minute video below, but here's the gist.

AddNissan says class action lawsuit over Leaf batteries "lacks merit"

The plot thickens on the health and durability of the Nissan Leaf's battery pack. A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court by a Leaf owner accusing Nissan of covering up the electric vehicle's range reality. California plaintiff Humberto Klee says Nissan is advertising the Leaf as being able to drive up 100 miles on a charge, depending on variables such as road conditions and weather, but Klee alleges that Nissan has not been honest about the car's real-world range.

AddA123 Systems brings in Chinese investor to calm the waters

If you're lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems and have been through the public image ringer with the Fisker Karma battery pack recalls and an explosion at General Motors' Warren Tech Center, what do you do? After all, getting U.S. Dept. of Energy Grants, rolling out a resilient Nanophosphate EXT phosphate battery and signing a deal with Smith Electric Vehicles, can only get you so far. So, how about bringing in a Chinese investor? That is working pretty well for Volvo.

AddRenault, LG Chem will make next-gen batteries in 2017; Zoe has software glitch

We already knew that the Renault-Nissan alliance is willing to invest over $5 billion in electric vehicles. Details on how all that money will be spent has been trickling out, and today's announcement is one more piece of the pie.

31Study says EV battery pricing could plunge by 70% by 2025

Reuters is reporting on a new study that suggests the cost of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles could plummet dramatically by 2025. Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. conducted the study, which indicated increasing oil prices and tougher fuel economy standards could force automakers to build more electric cars, thereby increasing the scale of lithium-ion battery manufacturing by significant margins. In addition, the research predicts consumer electronics companies like Apple may le

AddBMW, Toyota mulling expansive partnership for fuel-efficient vehicles

In December of 2011, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to collaborate on lithium-ion battery development, and the deal included a provision where BMW would small-displacement diesel engines for Toyota products sold in Europe. It was brought up at the time that the partnership could expand further, and seven months later, it apparently has: Reuters reports the two companies "have now agreed several projects" in "other fields of cooperation."

83BMW, Toyota mulling expansive partnership

In December of 2011, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to collaborate on lithium-ion battery development, and the deal included a provision where BMW would small-displacement diesel engines for Toyota products sold in Europe. It was brought up at the time that the partnership could expand further, and seven months later, it apparently has: Reuters reports the two companies "have now agreed several projects" in "other fields of cooperation."

AddAdvanced vehicle battery costs dropped 14% in the past year; down 30% since 2009

Electric-vehicle lithium-ion battery-pack costs fell 14 percent during the past year and are down 30 percent from three years ago because of technological improvements and increased production capacity, Bloomberg News reports, citing a study from its sister entity Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

AddClassic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

Saying the Toyota 2000GT holds a special place in our hearts is akin to calling oxygen and water kind of important to our survival. The long-nose two-door was envisioned as a suitable competitor to the likes of the European sports cars rolling out Italy and the UK at the time, and in many ways, the Toyota was far superior. Built at a time when Japan Inc. wasn't exactly known for beautiful automobile designs, the 2000GT may have been influenced by European cars of its day, but it has stood the te

AddClassic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

Saying the Toyota 2000GT holds a special place in our hearts is akin to calling oxygen and water kind of important to our survival. The long-nose two-door was envisioned as a suitable competitor to the likes of the European sports cars rolling out Italy and the UK at the time, and in many ways, the Toyota was far superior. Built at a time when Japan Inc. wasn't exactly known for beautiful automobile designs, the 2000GT may have been influenced by European cars of its day, but it has stood the te

AddBMW and Toyota agree to collaborate on future green technology

BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas. BMW has also announced the company will supply Toyota with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014. That doesn't mean we'll be seeing a clean-diesel Prius in the U.S. any

33BMW and Toyota agree to collaborate on future green technology

BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas. BMW has also announced the company will supply Toyota with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014. That doesn't mean we'll be seeing a clean-diesel Prius in the U.S. any

AddAnalyst says limits on batteries mean electric vehicles are doomed

Here's an unsurprising lede: A big part of the cost of electric vehicles lies in the batteries. The good news is that this may soon change. Expectations have been that those costs will fall with increased production, and there have even been predictions of battery oversupply in the near future. Combine that with the rising cost of gasoline and – somewhere down the line – it appears that purchasing an EV shouldn't be green just in terms of the good you do for the environment, but also

AddWill plug-in cars ruin roads with their heavy batteries?

We've heard some pretty interesting arguments against the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, but this is perhaps one of the more interesting. In an Op Ed, Tainted Green has outlined just how the weight of those vehicles will ultimately lead to the degradation of our nation's infrastructure. Seriously.

AddLi-ion battery maker, Axeon, considers addition of North American plant

UK-based Axeon, Europe's largest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems, has raised an additional £5 million ($7.8 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) in equity to support its expansion goals. The funding, though not substantial enough to allow the company to accomplish all of its goals, should help Axeon expand its electric vehicle (EV) technology development centers in Europe and kick off the early stages of planning a lithium-ion production facility in North America.

AddJapan to offer financial, technical assistance to Bolivia's lithium operations

With sales of hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) predicted to soar into the multi-million range by 2015, it's now becoming quite apparent that a potential shortage in battery-related materials could present some problems. First, there's a reasonable concern that supply of essential battery components (i.e. anodes, cathodes and electrolyte materials) may not be able to keep up with the rising demand. There's also a valid argument suggesting that supplies of natural resources (i.e. lithium and ot

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