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

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