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Temperature Swings Really Do Affect EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
4/1/2014  27 comments
A pure electric car with a lithium-ion battery can lose as much as 57% of its range when the temperature dips and 33% when the mercury rises, a new AAA study says.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2014  37 comments
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
Could Tesla 'Gigafactory' Bring EVs to the Masses?
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2014  38 comments
Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in hopes of making electric cars affordable for the general public.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Plugs in the New Golf
Captain Hybrid 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next piece of its multi-pronged sustainability strategy next week, rolling out the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
2/25/2014  44 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 
2/21/2014  57 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Captain Hybrid 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2014  34 comments
Electric car batteries can do more than power electric cars. They can send current to homes and buildings or send it back to the grid. They may one day store energy from wind and solar farms.
Slideshow: Plug-Ins Roll at Detroit Auto Show
Captain Hybrid 
2/5/2014  12 comments
Though plug-in introductions were down at this year's North American International Auto Show, hybrids and pure electrics still made their mark.
Will Parking Problems Slow the Rise of Electric Vehicles?
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2014  42 comments
Battery-powered vehicles may now face a different kind of stumbling block on the path to widespread acceptance.
When Will Electric Cars Reach the Tipping Point?
Captain Hybrid 
1/6/2014  55 comments
The battery is still the wild card for future electric vehicles.
Slideshow: Fuel Cells Inch Forward
Captain Hybrid 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Hydrogen fuel cells aren’t positioned to solve the world’s energy needs, but they are enjoying a revival of sorts.
Slideshow: Toyota Moves Closer to Fuel Cell Production Car
Captain Hybrid 
12/17/2013  37 comments
The auto industry’s fuel cell mini-trend gained a bit more momentum recently, as Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a close approximation of the hydrogen-powered car it plans to market in 2015.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Captain Hybrid 
12/13/2013  32 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Slideshow: Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai to Hit Showrooms in February
Captain Hybrid 
12/12/2013  29 comments
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover vehicle, with the intent of building and leasing 1,000 of them by the end of 2015.
Slideshow: Nissan's BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance
Captain Hybrid 
12/9/2013  25 comments
Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with race car-like performance.
Slideshow: Wireless Charging Comes to Automobiles
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2013  31 comments
Although a plug-in electric car has its advantages, some suppliers are betting that not all EV owners will want to plug in. Some, they say, will want to charge their cars wirelessly.
Slideshow: Urbee Developer Shooting for 290 MPG
Captain Hybrid 
11/6/2013  20 comments
Urbee, the 3D-printed car that has attracted international attention, now has a new task to conquer -- driving from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallons of gas.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Captain Hybrid 
10/25/2013  110 comments
Wireless EV chargers, designed by HEVO Power, have hit NYC streets. Park over one, and your electric vehicle could reach a near-full charge in about an hour.
Slideshow: Chevy to Roll Out CNG-Capable Impala
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2013  26 comments
Chevrolet plans to rolls out a bi-fuel version of its Impala next summer. It will join Honda’s Civic Natural Gas Car as the industry’s only factory-built CNG sedans.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Hydraulic Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/22/2013  36 comments
The hydraulic hybrid may not be grabbing headlines, but it’s a solid fuel-efficient technology with a potential future in heavy-duty vehicles.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
10/21/2013  25 comments
Hydraulic hybrids could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and may even find application in next-generation cars.
Slideshow: Cadillac's Plug-In ELR Will Sell for $75K
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2013  32 comments
Almost five years since its introduction as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is finally slated to hit the streets at a starting price of $75,995.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 
10/16/2013  8 comments
In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
EV Battery Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/15/2013  21 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North America’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
10/7/2013  39 comments
Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/3/2013  26 comments
The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 
10/2/2013  16 comments
General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
Captain Hybrid 
9/26/2013  22 comments
Electric vehicle makers are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 
9/24/2013  9 comments
These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 
9/20/2013  40 comments
If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Takes a Deep Dive Into Electrics
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2013  43 comments
Volkswagen’s introduction of two new electric cars is a legitimate step toward electrification for the giant automaker, and not just an effort to comply with government mandates, experts said this week.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
9/4/2013  10 comments
When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
Captain Hybrid 
9/3/2013  42 comments
Tesla's recent five-star sweep in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
GM Chops $5,000 From Chevy Volt Price
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  24 comments
In an attempt to find the economic sweet spot for electrified vehicles, General Motors announced this week it would cut $5,000 from the price of the Chevy Volt.
Ford to Roll With Natural Gas for F-150 Pickup
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  4 comments
Ford Motor Co. will bring compressed natural gas a tiny bit closer to the masses by rolling out a bi-fuel version of the F-150 pickup in 2014.
Is Range Anxiety Real?
Captain Hybrid 
8/2/2013  113 comments
Range anxiety applies to exceptional needs, not average ones.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
Captain Hybrid 
8/1/2013  16 comments
The venerable 12V electrical system is slowly being supplanted by higher-voltage architectures, especially in hybrids and electric cars.
Slideshow: BMW Unveils Premium Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
7/31/2013  31 comments
In a glitzy ceremony that featured a New Years’ Eve-style countdown in three cities around the world, BMW AG unveiled its all-electric i3 this week.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Captain Hybrid 
7/15/2013  28 comments
The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Captain Hybrid 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Captain Hybrid 
7/2/2013  51 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  62 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 
6/11/2013  41 comments
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
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