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It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 
5/17/2013  29 comments
The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Hydrogen Car Future
Captain Hybrid 
5/8/2013  28 comments
Large-scale production of hydrogen cars may still be years away, but that hasn't stopped automakers from testing the feasibility of the technology.
Slideshow: Lithium-Ion's Rise to Prominence
Captain Hybrid 
4/19/2013  45 comments
A decade ago, the term “lithium-ion” meant little to consumers. Now, it’s everywhere.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Slideshow: Spotlight on Plug-In Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
4/16/2013  34 comments
Automakers large and small, from Detroit Electric to Fiat and Volkswagen, have unveiled pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the past six months.
Slideshow: Detroit Electric Unveils 'World's Fastest' Electric Sports Car
Captain Hybrid 
4/15/2013  38 comments
Detroit Electric is rolling out a racy new EV that will be its first in 74 years.
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Captain Hybrid 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Captain Hybrid 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Captain Hybrid 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
Slideshow: Powertrain Technology Moves to the Forefront
Captain Hybrid 
2/6/2013  32 comments
From tiny three-cylinder engines to massive V-8s, these engines demonstrate that fuel efficiency is the biggest motivator for automakers going forward.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
2/1/2013  12 comments
At the recent North American International Auto Show, automakers from around the world displayed technologies aimed at enhancing fuel efficiency and luxury.
Slideshow: Cadillac ELR Trades Efficiency for Power
Captain Hybrid 
1/30/2013  21 comments
The new Cadillac ELR will offer more power and torque than its cousin, the Chevy Volt, but it may have to trade some efficiency to get it.
Slideshow: Tesla's Model X Blends Electricity & Function
Captain Hybrid 
1/22/2013  28 comments
Tesla Motors will blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014.
EV Battery Market Could Hinge on Plug-In Hybrid Success
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2013  8 comments
Growing demand for plug-in hybrids could mean good news for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers over the next eight years, possibly enabling them to avert a battery oversupply, a new study says.
'EV Triumph' Needs More Perspective, Less Hype
Captain Hybrid 
1/10/2013  55 comments
Many news stories about a Pike Research study of electric vehicle sales use accurate figures but need more context.
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
Captain Hybrid 
1/3/2013  75 comments
The Chevy Volt and other electrified vehicles dominated a Consumer Reports survey asking if people would buy their cars again.
Why Ford Chose Lithium-Ion for 2013 Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
1/2/2013  19 comments
When Ford Motor Co. announced in 2012 that its new hybrids would use lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride, many experts raised an eyebrow.
Slideshow: BMW's All-Electric Concept Coupe
Captain Hybrid 
12/13/2012  35 comments
BMW AG took another step toward electrification at the Los Angeles Auto Show by rolling out a concept version of an electric, three-door coupe.
Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day
Captain Hybrid 
12/12/2012  30 comments
Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries could find new life in energy storage applications outside the vehicle.
Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars
Captain Hybrid 
12/5/2012  51 comments
Electric vehicle sales are anemic, and EV battery makers are fighting for their lives. Why are automakers rolling out a steady stream of new battery-powered cars?
Slideshow: Chrysler Rolls Out All-Electric Fiat
Captain Hybrid 
12/3/2012  34 comments
Chrysler Group LLC took a small step in the direction of electrification this week, rolling out a battery-powered, mini-compact hatchback.
Slideshow: GM Debuts Pure-Electric Spark
Captain Hybrid 
11/29/2012  29 comments
General Motors rolled out the battery-powered Spark EV, marking the first time it has introduced an all-electric car since it scrapped the infamous EV1 a decade ago.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
11/28/2012  56 comments
Taking a page from the world of aviation, Nissan Motor Co. plans to enter the "by-wire" world and control the steering of a future Infiniti vehicle with electronic signals.
Could Pure Electrics Emit More Than Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
11/15/2012  54 comments
After studying the life cycle of electrified cars, researchers have concluded that hybrids with smaller batteries pollute less than pure EVs.
Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  67 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
Video: Compressed Air Powers Hybrid Engine
Captain Hybrid 
11/5/2012  9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor demonstrated an air-electric hybrid at the recent Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.
Slideshow: Scenes From Convergence 2012
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2012  14 comments
The Society of Automotive Engineers' Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit provided a glimpse of future automotive electronics.
Battery Management Technology Could Boost EV Performance
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2012  18 comments
Researchers are working on a math-based battery management technique that could dramatically cut charging times for electric vehicles, while boosting useable battery energy and power.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Captain Hybrid 
10/12/2012  14 comments
To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
Slideshow: Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Hits the Highway in 2014
Captain Hybrid 
10/9/2012  8 comments
Audi AG says it's getting closer to knowing the configuration of the powertrain and battery cooling system for its new A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will reach production in 2014.
Big Battery EVs Under Fire
Captain Hybrid 
10/1/2012  92 comments
The latest news from the world of electric cars can't be good for EV battery makers.
Slideshow: Fuel-Stingy Technologies Set Sights on 54.5 MPG
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2012  94 comments
From fuel injectors and air conditioning compressors to tires and power steering systems, we offer a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting CAFE to 54.5mpg.
Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic
Captain Hybrid 
9/12/2012  77 comments
Is GM really losing $49,000 on each Chevy Volt?
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Captain Hybrid 
9/11/2012  94 comments
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Lead-Acid Batteries Seek New Role in Hybrids, Plug-Ins
Captain Hybrid 
9/10/2012  27 comments
Using a souped-up version of a chemistry that's been around since the days of Edison, a Detroit-area startup wants to slash the costs of batteries for hybrids and plug-in cars.
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Captain Hybrid 
8/30/2012  56 comments
General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
Breaking: 54.5 MPG Standard Finalized by Obama Administration
Captain Hybrid 
8/28/2012  88 comments
The Obama Administration announced today that it has finalized a fuel economy standard that calls for automakers to meet a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average by the year 2025.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2012  227 comments
The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
Slideshow: Microcars Provide a Glimpse of Yesterday's Fuel Efficiency
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2012  49 comments
Long before lawmakers tussled over corporate average fuel economies, auto companies produced tiny, fuel-efficient vehicles. "Petite Performance: Microcars," a new exhibit at the Studebaker National Museum, offers a look at some of them.
Slideshow: Top 12 Most Fuel-Efficient EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2012  36 comments
We collected 12 of the top fuel-efficient vehicles, as determined by the MPGe rating system. From battery-powered electrics to plug-in hybrids, we present some of the auto industry's best.
Tesla's CEO: 'Half of Cars Will Be Electric in 15 Years'
Captain Hybrid 
7/19/2012  81 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects half of cars to be electric in 15 years, despite the long odds against it.
How Would You Cope With High Gas Prices?
Captain Hybrid 
7/17/2012  95 comments
Imagine if gas prices shot up to $5, $6, or even $7 a gallon. How would you respond? Would you buy a hybrid? An electric car?
Big Battery Means Big Range, Cost for Tesla's Model S
Captain Hybrid 
7/11/2012  39 comments
The recent introduction of Tesla Motors' Model S electric vehicle (EV) raises an important question: How is Tesla able to get a 300-mile range when other EVs are lingering around 100?
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
EV Battery Chemistry Could Eliminate Cooling Systems
Captain Hybrid 
6/14/2012  13 comments
A123 Systems Inc. says its new lithium-ion cells could allow carmakers to produce electric vehicles without cooling systems.
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