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Altair’s lithium titanate battery finishes 500th full depth cycle

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in Altair Nanotechnologies announced this week that the new lithium titanate battery it is developing for the U.S. Navy has completed its 500th full depth cycle and, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, lost just one percent of its total capacity. The Navy (thanks to U.S. taxpayers) is paying Altair .5 million for these batteries. [...] [...]

Nissan develops new inverter technology for EV applications

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Hydrogen, Nissan Nissan has announced the development of the first inverter using SiC (Silicon Carbide) diodes for vehicle use. These inverters were first tried on a Nissan X-Trail FCV. According to Nissan, inverters on electric-powered vehicles control the electricity coming from the power source, and their size has often set limitations on [...] [...]

ABG speaks with PowerGenix about NiZn batteries

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Manufacturing/Plants, On Two Wheels Click above to enlarge We recently got on the phone with Dan Squiller from PowerGenix, a company which hopes to “revolutionize the battery industry” with its new nickel-zinc batteries. The firm’s batteries will soon make an appearance in power tools and in lawn and garden machinery, with [...] [...]

Paris Preview: Honda readies refreshed Civic Hybrid and i-DTEC gearbox

Filed under: Concept Cars, Economy, Hybrids/Alternative, Sedans/Saloons, Green, Paris Motor Show, Hatchbacks, Honda click above for more shots of the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid It’s the impending debut of the all-new Prius-assaulting Insight hybrid that’s got our hearts all aflutter over Honda’s booth at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, but that’s not all the automaker will be [...] [...]

Toyota launches plug-in Prius hybrid in UK

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Toyota Click above for high-res gallery of the plug-in Prius Toyota has been testing plug-in versions of its Prius hybrid sedan on public roads in Japan for quite some time and the models have made it Stateside for testing, as well. Now Toyota has begun testing its PHEV in the U.K. Along with [...] [...]

Tesla ends development of Drivetrain 1.5, ready to ramp up production

Filed under: Convertibles, Hybrids/Alternative, Green Click above for high-res gallery of the Tesla Roadster The Tesla Roadster launch has been anything but silky-smooth, but the upstart EV automaker hopes its problems are in the rear view mirror with the completion of Drivetrain 1.5, which includes an upgraded electric motor and swapping the original two-speed automatic transmission for [...] [...]

AutoblogGreen for 09.10.08

Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative, Green click to visit AutoblogGreen The Paris Motor Show is still a few weeks away, but we’re getting a good idea what we’ll see there: eco-friendly freshness from Chevrolet, Mazda, Ford and Volvo. Back in the U.S., looks like it’s time for Tesla to start building real cars. Finally. ABG speaks with PowerGenix about [...] [...]