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20 Jul 2014 - AllCells Technology Chairman and CEO Said al-Hallaj talks about his company's efforts to prevent lithium-ion battery thermal runaway through the use of a phase-change material that limits the damage to other cells in the pack.


David Bernardo and his classic converted all-electric VW Beetle featured Roads&Rides video.


Bill Moore

Bill Moore


There are certain inconvenient truths that way too many of us would like to ignore. Peak oil is one of those geophysical facts of life that we wish very much would just go away. It won't, so we use the second oldest trick in the book to ignore it: denial.


The Evolving American Dream: Why Millennials Don't Buy Cars

Fewer Millennials aged 16-34 own cars or even have driver's licenses than previous generations as what they consider their 'American Dream' evolves and that's impacting a lot of companies from network television to big box stores to auto giants like Ford Motor Company.


50 Total Articles for Week of 20-Jul-14 to 26-Jul-14

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Dan Tynan On Cadillac's 'Cost V. Carbon Conundrum'
For $90K you can own either a Cadillac ELR electric hybrid sport coupe or a Tesla Model S. Which you choose depends on how you feel about your carbon footprint.
Total Page Views: 64

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Here Today, Not 10 Years From Now
While the general American public thinks hydrogen fuel cell cars are at least a decade away, two automakers currently lease small numbers of them, while two more will be introducing them within months, not years.
Total Page Views: 321

Hyundai, Tesla Trade Shots Over Who Paid for the Supercharger Network
Hyundai's Michael O’Brien alleges the network of 100 Superchargers were built with public funds, two which Tesla's Diarmuid O’Connell asserts all the funds came from Tesla.
Total Page Views: 81

Tesla Shuts Down Fremont Factory to Prepare for Model X Production
he $100 million upgrade will add 25 robots and modify the factory’s body and general assembly lines to speed up production of both Model S and Model X.
Total Page Views: 80

Better Batteries Coming for Original Roadster & Other Changes Ahead for Tesla Motors
Improved battery technology will give the Tesla Roadster a range estimated at up to 400 miles.
Total Page Views: 138

What Tesla's Done for Electric Cars, Italy's Energica Wants for Motorcycles
Compared to top-of-the-line Ducata Superbike at $25,000, the Energica Ego has a base price of $40,000USD.
Total Page Views: 78

More Two-Wheels Go Electric
While electric motorcycles and scooters still can't compete on price and range with their gas counterparts, interest in them is starting to build.
Total Page Views: 72

University of Calgary Team Zeus Looking to Fund Racing E-Cycle
Team Zeus is aiming for a top speed of 160 km/h and a range of 20-30 kilometers. They hope to raise $25,000CAD from Kickstarter campagin.
Total Page Views: 70

NSW Solar Car Aims to Set Guinness Record
Sunswift, built by students from the University of New South Wales hopes to set new record for highest average speed over 500 km (310 mi).
Total Page Views: 74

Two Key Technological Advances Make Possible Hybrid Supercars
From Bugatti to Porsche, the world's most famous hyper-expensive, high performance car builders are finally introducing hybrids. Here's why it took them so long, writes Alexander George for Wired.
Total Page Views: 103

Sun Flyer Electric Flight Trainer Completes First Flight Test
Based on the PC-Aero Elektra, the battery-powered electric airplane will also make its US public debut during July 27th press conference at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Total Page Views: 167


Five Ways Electric Cars Are Altering the Status Quo Right Now
From the demand for lithium to how cars are sold to buyers, electric cars are altering the automotive industry landscape in important ways.
Total Page Views: 186

First Announced in 2011, India's Electric Mobility Plan Still Awaiting Roll Out
Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 electric vehicle manufacturers are to get incentives worth Rs 14,000 crore over the next six years
Total Page Views: 92

Electric Cars Represent Major Growth Opportunity of Electric Power Companies
Despite warnings that distributed generation from wind and solar mean the 'death spiral' of centralized electric utilities, Elias Hinckley contends the emerging EV world offers them an unprecedented opportunity capture market share from the oil industry.
Total Page Views: 118

US Electric Car Sales Continue Positive Growth Trend
So are in 2014, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales are experiencing a 33 percent rise in sales with Nissan's LEAF leading the pack.
Total Page Views: 135

Nicolas Carnot and Why Electric Cars Are Inevitable
Rye, Massachusetts resident Don Cavallaro's letter to the editor explains why, ultimately and despite today's challenges, electric-powered vehicles will succeed over their ICE-age competitors.
Total Page Views: 153

Electric Car Competition Mounts Among China's Automakers
BYD isn't the only Chinese carmaker out to take advantage of government incentives promoting electric cars, the nation's other auto manufacturers are quickly rolling out their own models, some priced as low as $12,000USD.
Total Page Views: 379

Japan Planning to Use Its Technological Advantages in Hybrids, Electric Cars to Regain Market Share in China
Japanese carmakers jointly held a market share of 19.4% in 2011, down from their peak in 2008 of more than 30%
Total Page Views: 270

A Check List for Buying a Used Hybrid Car in India
A pretty straight forward set of recommendations that apply equally in India and elsewhere on the globe where used hybrids cars are for sale.
Total Page Views: 240

American Sport 'Ute Lovers to Get Hybrid, Plug-In Choices Starting in 2015
Until now, the number of hybrid and plug-in SUVs and crossovers have been pretty limits, but that's about to change late this year and into 2015.
Total Page Views: 298


Knesset Committee Approves Electric Bikes, Nixes E-Scooters
Electric bicycles must comply with European standards with a motor output of 250W and a pedal-activated top speed limited to 25 km/h.
Total Page Views: 284

RUMORED: GM Considering Ending Ampera Sales in Europe
According to Automotive News Europe, declining sales of the Ampera version of the Volt, have sparked internal discussions of ending sales there.
Total Page Views: 315

Electric Hybrid Metrocab Set to Roll in London
The Metrocab REE is powered by 1L petrol engine and twin electric motors on the rear wheel, giving it a range of 80 km in EV-mode and an overall range of 450 km.
Total Page Views: 762

LG Chem Said Aiming for 200-Mile Electric Car Battery By 2016
Manufacturers currently using LG Chem lithium-ion cells includ GM, Renault and Volvo.
Total Page Views: 451

The Future of the Electric Car Depends on 'Trickle Down' Technology
Until the 'size' of the battery tank can go from 200 Wh/kg to 440 or 500 Wh/kg and the costs drop, pure-electric cars won't penetrate the market much, Charles Murray argues.
Total Page Views: 324

Why BMW Will Win at the Electric Car Game
Contrary to Peter Cheney's views at The Globe & Mail, Travis Hoium thinks BMW's foray into electric cars is a smart, forward-thinking move.
Total Page Views: 558

What Is BMW Thinking 'Messing' With Electric Cars?
After driving the i3, Peter Cheney of The Globe and Mail likens BMW's electric car initiative to a beautiful, smart, successful woman marrying a high school dropout.
Total Page Views: 501

Test Drive: Renault ZOE Electric Car
Dublin-based Campbell Spray finds much to fault in his review of The ZOE electric car from Renault from the fact you have to rent the battery to it driver visibility issues.
Total Page Views: 421

Daimler Reveals Next Generation Smart Car Line That Includes ForFour Model
With sales declining, Daimler hopes the new design and addition of a four-passenger version will be a consumer success. Plans for electric versions not announced at this time.
Total Page Views: 300

London Electrical Contractor Adds Smart ED Electric Car to Fleet
the Mercedes Benz Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be used to transport electricians across London to carry out electrical inspections, repairs and installations, as well as emergency repairs.
Total Page Views: 415

Renault 16-Ton Electric Truck Takes to Paris Streets
Experimental all-electric truck is will be used to make deliveries to Maison de Parfums & Cosmétiques boutiques around Paris over next two years.
Total Page Views: 1202

Washington, D.C. Considering Replacing Circulator Bus with Electric Models
Nearing the end of their service life, the DC Circulator may be replaced by electric buses: both BYD's k9 and Proterra buses are in the running.
Total Page Views: 310

Renault Delivers 30 Electric Delivery Vans to Uruguay
the 30 Kangoo Z.E.s will be used by UTE for missions in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and elsewhere in the country
Total Page Views: 323

The Experts: Why I Believe Electric Cars Will Rule the Road
Next Generation VP Kate Gordon weighs in on the question of what technologies will power the cars of the future and in her view they will be electric.
Total Page Views: 343

Growth of US Charging Network: Credit President Obama
GlobalData report credits U.S. President Barack Obama as the catalyst for a surging electric vehicles (EV) charging market.
Total Page Views: 276

Tesla Model 3 Seen Changing the Course of Electric Car Development
Now officially named the 'Model 3', Tesla's third generation electric car will be priced roughly half the cost of the base line Model S.
Total Page Views: 441

Tesla Electric Car In The Running for UK Gov't Fleet
UK government's Government Car Service has been authorized under £5 million program to purchase 150 ultra-low emission vehicles.
Total Page Views: 245

Tesla Symposium Highlights Positive News for Emerging EV World
Dennis Taylor reports from TMC Connect gathering in Monterey, California, the focus of which is the future of EV technology.
Total Page Views: 342

Japan Opens First Commercial Hydrogen Fueling Station
The station is located in the Hyogo Prefecture, where the city of Kobe is located.
Total Page Views: 232

Japan to Offer ¥ 2 Million Subsidy for Fuel Cell Cars
Subsidy would reduce the cost of Toyota's fuel cell car to ¥5 million or just under $50,000USD.
Total Page Views: 219

Peak Minerals: Interview with Extracted Author Ugo Bardi
Peak oil isn't the only challenge facing modern society; University of Florence professor Ugo Bardi discusses also the problem of peak minerals.
Total Page Views: 136

China Approves Toyota Battery Joint Venture
Joint venture will focus on producing NiMH batteries, presumably for hybrid cars.
Total Page Views: 183

California Firms Team Up to Develop High Energy-Density Lithium Battery
CalBattery/CALEB joint venture will develop and produce a 3rd generation lithium sulfur battery primarily for EV and energy storage applications.
Total Page Views: 310

Could Apple Be Partner in Tesla's Gigafactory?
Panasonic may not be the only player in Tesla's Gigafactory plans: Samsung and even Apple could be taped to participate in $5 billion project.
Total Page Views: 150

Tesla Model S: Maybe Not Quite the Perfect Automobile
Some potentially serious mechanical issues have reportedly started to crop up in the Tesla Model S, at least for the folks at Edmunds.com.
Total Page Views: 267

BYD Still Faces Uphill Climb to Success
Shanghai-based business writer Doug Young thinks investors need to look at company's international sales efforts to gauge BYD's investment prospects.
Total Page Views: 150

Test Drive: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
G. Chambers Williams III reviews Honda's new Civic Hybrid, noting its fuel economy rating has improved between 2013 and 2014.
Total Page Views: 174

Mercedes C350: More Frugal Than Toyota's Prius
Mercedes-Benz anticipates launching the C350 PHEV in early 2015.
Total Page Views: 328

TEST DRIVE: BMW 'Born Electric' i8
The Guardian's Martin Love flies to remove Inverness to test drive the BMW i8 performance electric hybrid coupe.
Total Page Views: 236

5 Exciting Hybrids That Will Wow You
Think hybrids are under-powered and bland? Take a look at these super-performance models from BMW to Volkswagen.
Total Page Views: 243

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