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    Rumormill: Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive

    If rumors are to be believed, big changes are in store for the next Toyota Prius. UK outlet Auto Express recently spoke with a Toyota engineer who leaked details concerning the development of the popular hybrid's successor. According to that engineer, "The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as ...

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    Report: Battery maker A123 systems defaults on loan, files for bankruptcy

    After a long and bumpy road, battery-producer A123 Systems has officially filed for bankruptcy. This news comes immediately after word that the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company may not have enough cash to fund operations, or even seek bankruptcy protection. This news has ramifications ...

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    2012 Ford Focus EV to use liquid-cooled lithium-polymer battery

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    When the 2112 Ford Focus Electric debuts in late 2011, it and the Chevrolet Volt will have a common feature in addition to their LG Chem lithium polymer cells. Ford confirms that the Focus EV will employ a liquid-cooled battery pack ...

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    General Motors announces 8-year/100,000-mile warranty for Chevy Volt battery

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    During a media briefing at its Brownstown Township, MI battery plant this afternoon, General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens announced that the lithium ion battery pack for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt would be warranted ...

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    LG Chem to build lithium ion cell factory in Holland, MI

    LG Chem has made it official. The South Korean manufacturer is moving forward with plans to start production of lithium ion cells in Michigan. LG Chem and its U.S. subsidiary, Compact Power Inc. (CPI), will spend $303 million to build the cell plant in Holland, on the west side of the state. By ...

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    General Motors builds first Volt battery pack on production line [w/video]

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    It was exactly three years ago today that the original Chevrolet Volt concept rolled onto the stage at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Last summer, we visited a facility in Brownstown Township, MI that General Motors ...

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    REPORT: Panasonic to follow the Tesla model of laptop batteries in cars

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    While the lithium ion battery technology that everyone expects to be at the heart of the upcoming generation of electric vehicles was initially used in consumer electronics devices, only one company so far has committed to using ...

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    Officially Official: GM lithium ion battery plant goes to Brownstown Twp, MI

    As was speculated several weeks ago, General Motors announced this morning that it will build a factory to manufacture lithium ion battery packs in Brownstown Township south of Detroit. The plant will produce the packs for the Chevrolet Volt and other upcoming vehicles using the Voltec ...

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    New lithium-ion process could lead to super fast charging, but still needs BIG pipe

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been researching where the bottlenecks are inside lithium-ion batteries that limit charging and discharging rates, and they've learned some interesting things. Lithium iron phosphate chemistry is particularly promising in terms of high ...

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    Geneva 2009: Clever EDAG "Light Car Open-Source" is like safety television for tailgaters

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    EDAG has presented its new "Light Car – Open Source" concept here at the Geneva Motor Show, and while it outwardly appears to look like any other nondescript electric bubble car, there's a lot of innovative content on the ...

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    LA Preview: 204-hp lithium battery-powered MINI E revealed!

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    BMW has finally unleashed some information and photos of the much anticipated MINI E set to debut next month at the LA Auto Show. For those who haven't been paying attention, late last spring BMW announced plans to build and lease a fleet of 500 ...

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    GM looking for Volt tax break to bring cost below $40k

    GM is working hard to produce a game-changing electric vehicle for the masses, but the General's precarious cash flow situation, coupled with the high cost of development, is conspiring to the push Volt's retail price to around $40K at launch. In an effort to mitigate this particular issue, GM is ...

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    Audi to offer electric vehicles within ten years

    Audi has been quietly going about the business of preparing its lineup for a green future, with cleaner and more efficient diesels in Europe, and oil-burners scheduled for the US in the near future. While the German automaker realizes diesel will be big in the next 10 years, it's also planning for ...

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    Charge! GM gives update on Volt development, describes interior

    If the Chevy Volt were a 150 mpg dairy cow, the General's marketing department would have a hand on every udder. The Volt is still more than two years from production, and the series hybrid is all over the Internet, TV, and magazines. When a vehicle promises as much as the Volt does, though, any ...

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    New York '08 Preview: Nissan to give Big Apple a charge with Denki Cube EV

    Click image for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Denki Cube concept var digg_url = ''; We've known for several weeks now that Nissan was planning to show off an all-electric car based on the JDM Nissan Cube at ...

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    Li-ion? Puhleeze. Toyota working on next-next-gen batteries

    Much has been made of the fact that Toyota is seemingly behind General Motors and other manufacturers in the race to adopt lithium-ion batteries as the future battery of the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Lithium-ion batteries pack more energy into less space than nickel metal hydride ...

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    GM may lease Chevy Volt batteries

    In order to sell the Chevy Volt for $30,000 or less, General Motors is considering leasing the lithium-ion batteries to customers who buy the car. As AutoblogGreen points out, renting car parts is an innovative strategy to get the Volt to market in time and at the right price. Having a car payment ...

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    Toyota delays launch of third-generation Prius

    According to Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Toyota is going to postpone the launch of its next generation Prius. Originally planned for fall 2008, the release has been pushed back to spring 2009. This will be the third generation of the popular hybrid-only model, and it was expected that we'd see the first ...


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