What actually happens to electric-car batteries once they leave the…

Skeptics repeatedly ask a legitimate question: What happens to all the battery packs? Do they just end up in landfills?http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1093810_e... » 8/12/14 5:41pm 8/12/14 5:41pm

​Tesla And Panasonic Strike A Partnership For Gigafactory

We still don't know where Tesla will build its Gigafactory, but Panasonic has officially signed onto the project, and is slated to invest up to $300 million in the plant – just for starters. » 7/28/14 6:45pm 7/28/14 6:45pm

​Ford Wants To Kill The Lead-Acid Battery Dead

Ford and Samsung showed off a prototype for a lithium-ion battery that could finally spell the death of ye ol' lead acid brick for good. And it's about damned time. » 6/03/14 10:08pm 6/03/14 10:08pm

Tesla Getting Two Billion Battery Cells, Could Quadruple Production

Tesla has been on a roll over the last couple of years, proving critics wrong and selling a shit ton of electric cars. They're going to start selling a lot more: They made a deal with battery supplier Panasonic for two billion more cells over the next four years. » 10/30/13 1:20pm 10/30/13 1:20pm

Where the Most Important Part of Your Battery Comes From

Lithium's kind of a big deal. It powers everything from our gadgets to our cars—really our entire modern world. And that's not changing any time soon; some analysts estimate that demand could grow up to 25% over the next several years. But how does one harness the power of a metal that bursts into flame every time it… » 7/02/13 3:57pm 7/02/13 3:57pm

Why Drone Engineering Sucks (And How It Gets Better)

Despite our international obsession with drones—both their awesome powers and terrifying repercussions—the truth is that they're an incredibly immature technology. And, like most immature technologies, that means they’re not quite all they’re cracked up to be. » 6/26/13 10:30am 6/26/13 10:30am

How To Boost A Dead Battery

We've done Parking Lot Mechanic before, and that was both great and great fun. But I am no certified mechanic, nor do I have a parking lot, so why not kick back, relax, and watch some movies? » 6/01/13 3:04pm 6/01/13 3:04pm

Fisker Halts Karma Production After Running Out Of Batteries

You can sell toys with a "batteries not included" stipulation, but apparently that won't fly with electric cars; especially not a $100,000 ride like the Fisker Karma. So Fisker is suspending production of its luxury plug-in hybrids because its battery manufacturer filed for bankruptcy. » 11/30/12 9:30am 11/30/12 9:30am

How To Turn Caves Into Giant Batteries

How do we build a world that's less dependent on fossil fuels? One solution is right under your feet. Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is a very boring name for a very awesome system that turns the Earth itself into a giant battery. Experts say it's one of the most cost-effective ways to store energy on a massive… » 3/16/12 10:45am 3/16/12 10:45am

Volvo's 660-Pound Electric Battery Gets a Crash Test

What happens when a 660-pound electric car battery hits an offset wall while traveling at 40 mph? Not much, to be honest with you. Still, things crashing—in slow motion! » 1/17/11 10:15am 1/17/11 10:15am

Neil Young's LincVolt Damaged In Fire Started By... LincVolt?

Rocker Neil Young has spent years converting a 1959 Lincoln Continental into a turbine-charged electric hybrid, even releasing a green-car song album. Last week, a fire at his California warehouse severely damaged the LincVolt. The apparent cause? The LincVolt's charger. » 11/15/10 12:30pm 11/15/10 12:30pm

How Henry Ford And Thomas Edison Killed The Electric Car

The electric car is nothing new. Ninety years ago, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, two of America's greatest innovators, tried building one and failed. Daniel Strohl of Hemmings Blog tells us how they killed the electric car. —Ed. » 6/16/10 12:30pm 6/16/10 12:30pm

Porsche's New $1700 Car Battery: What You Get

Porsche recently announced it would offer a thirteen-pound lithium-ion starter battery for select models. The battery saves 22 pounds over a conventional lead-acid unit. Here's what you get for your money. » 4/30/10 10:30am 4/30/10 10:30am

Prius Has Enough Neodymium To Crush Your Hand, Stress World Reserves

Hybrids have become the public perception of the pinnacle of efficiency, though they may become victims of their own success. A recent Reuters report details how hybrid sales growth is spurring fears of shortages in the rare earth elements market. » 9/02/09 3:00pm 9/02/09 3:00pm

Homemade Tilting Electric Car Built For $500

The homemade Balanced-Over-Batteries car works like a skateboard tilting its chassis when it steers. The electric car's batteries are slung underneath the cockpit as counterweights and the whole thing leans 45 degrees. Oh, and it was built for only $500. » 8/24/09 10:40am 8/24/09 10:40am

New Toshiba Battery Recharges In 90 Seconds, Faster Than Gas Pump

Toshiba has improved it's Super Charge Ion Battery technology to the point where a 90 second recharge is possible. With enough amperage it would actually be faster to recharge than to fill up with gas. » 4/16/09 1:00pm 4/16/09 1:00pm

Could Cars Be Used As Batteries For Cities?

There's an idea kicking around in the egghead community about a notion called V2G, or vehicle to grid, where parked hybrid or electric cars would be plugged into the city grid and used as a distributed power storage medium. Car owners would collect a fee as the cars would be used as a buffer to store power generated… » 10/30/08 6:00pm 10/30/08 6:00pm

A Peek Under The Tesla Roadster’s Hood

Ever been curious what takes place under the Tesla Roadster » 8/29/08 3:30pm 8/29/08 3:30pm’s hood in the absence of internal combustion? Well, here’s an explanation of what the parts are and and what they do, conveniently numbered so you can follow along at home. Make the jump to see why "Tesla mechanic" would be a totally cush job. Number 1: This…

John McCain Thinks We'll Have 100-Mile-Per-Charge Batteries By Election?

So we had the Today Show on in the background this morning while getting ready to run over to NPR when we heard some story about gas prices. We glanced up and noticed a guy who looked exactly like John McCain talking to Matt Lauer. We mean, it looked like McCain, it sounded like McCain — he even moved his cheeks like… » 6/11/08 10:20am 6/11/08 10:20am

Toyota Building Hybrid Battery Plant In Japan

The current state of gas prices may not be as big of a ball-buster for Prius owners, but recent reports suggest that there aren't as many Priuses on the road as there could be because of manufacturing shortages. One move by Toyota to try and combat this shortage is by building a $192 million battery plant in the Japan… » 5/23/08 1:00pm 5/23/08 1:00pm