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    Report: Chevy Volt battery catches fire at NHTSA [UPDATE]

    As a tipster put it: "Crap." Even though there is plenty of evidence that the Chevrolet Volt is a safe car (one just protected its occupants in a recent crash with a bus), there are now new and seemingly legitimate worries about the safety of the 16-kWh battery pack after a crash. Bloomberg ...

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

    Click above for high-res gallery of the MINI E
    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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    Whoa, says Toyota. Plug-ins won't be that good

    If you read our post yesterday that talked about a lithium Ion-powered plug-in Prius for 2010, thoughts of 100 mpg cars may have danced in your head. Well, take it easy, because the think tank over at Toyota doesn't want you to get your hopes too high. Toyota Advanced Technology manager Bill ...

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    Toyota delays next-gen lithium-ion Prius

    Right now, it seems we're in the calm before the hybrid storm due to be unleashed shortly by automakers the world over. GM may have taken nearly a decade longer than Toyota to get into the game, but now it's ready to talk the talk with its two-mode hybrid system. The bigger development is the use ...

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    Toyota delays introduction of Li-ion batteries for Prius

    When talking about the (hopefully coming in 2010) Chevy Volt, Bob Lutz repeatedly said he was waiting on battery makers to provide GM with battery packs that were up to the challenge, seeing as the show car relies on technology that doesn't exist. GM isn't the only maker with battery issues -- ...

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    Detroit Auto Show: Chevrolet Volt Concept

    click on the image above to view AutoblogGreen's high-resolution gallery var digg_url = ''; GM's much-rumored electric vehicle introduction for the North American International Auto Show has ...

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    Time waster of the day: Stupid-fast RC car

    For those of you who haven't kept up with radio-controlled car technology since the days of the original RC10 and Tamiya Grasshopper, well, things have changed just a bit. Thanks to lithium-polymer (LiPo) batteries and inexpensive brushless DC motors, RC enthusiasts now have access to more power ...

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    Jerry Flint takes on the issue of plug-in hybrids

    The lovable curmudgeon Jerry Flint directs his keen analytical eye towards plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and why the market shouldn't expect them any time soon. The concern seems to mainly revolve around battery technology, or rather the lack there of. If one simply looks at the current ...


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