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Electric Car Battery Costs, Don’t Believe What You Read

A cutaway of the Nissan Leaf reveals the vehicle’s 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If you want to know when electric cars are within reach of everyday car shoppers, keep your eye on the cost of batteries. According to projections from the Department of Energy and others, the tipping point for mainstream adoption of electric vehicles […] […]

2011 FORD FIESTA ON LATE-NIGHT STAGE TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH ABC’S ‘JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!’

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is taking to late-night TV to mark Cinco de Mayo, joining the cast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and a dance troupe to show off just how much fun Ford’s newest small car can be. […]

FORD DELIVERS ON 2006 PLEDGE TO DOUBLE FLEXIBLE-FUEL VEHICLE PRODUCTION IN AMERICA BY END OF 2010

Ford Motor Company will deliver on its 2006 pledge to double the number of 2010 model year flexible-fuel vehicles it produces in the U.S. Flexible-fuel vehicles are capable of running on E-85 (a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), gasoline or any mixture of the two fuels. […]

Rosy predictions, yet no top 10 hybrids

Can it the Top Ten again? Only if gas hits $4.50+? When the Toyota Prius broke into the top ten of monthly best sellers back in 2008, many auto analysts were shocked. Despite gas prices well over $4.00 in many hot hybrid markets, such as California, most analysts still couldn’t believe that a hybrid could break into […] […]

The Death of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

Will the Gulf oil spill lead more consumers to adopt fuel-efficient and petroleum-free alternatives? It’s been a little more than a month since President Obama announced that he had reversed his position on offshore drilling, deciding to back an expansion that would open up most of the Eastern seaboard to oil exploration. The move was widely […] […]

US energy consumption “no longer viable”, NZN’s to the rescue?

The American dream? More expensive than a loaded sedan? Claiming America’s energy consumption is “no longer viable”, Dr. Gil Weigand of Oak Ridge National Laboratory presented the Net-Zero Neighborhood (NZN) as a new path towards energy independence and security at the “Beyond Lithium Ion: Computational Perspectives” conference held at Argonne National Laboratory. Under the Net-Zero Neighborhood plan “You […] […]

A little Sanyo battery production conjecture

Ready to push the envelope? Sanyo’s plug-in ACE card? Sanyo is making big battery moves, including deals with a number of automakers, most notably, Toyota, which makes Sanyo’s 2012 lithium battery mass production plans compelling. Perhaps some huge battery breakthrough or charging technology will defy the plethora of plug-in and hybrid evidence, if not; however, then hybrid cars […] […]

Big 3 still don’t get hybrids?

A niche within a niche 25 percent hybrid by 2025 The other day I came across the Research and Markets report on hybrid and electric cars. By 2025, according to the report, 35 percent of all vehicles will be battery powered. 25 percent will be hybrid cars, while 10 percent will be EVs. How will the Big 3 […] […]