First live shots of the Nissan ESFLOW charge out

Before it takes to a turntable in Geneva, the electric-powered Nissan ESFLOW has to get some glamour shots done, several of which were spread across the Internet today, including the first interior pics. Still. Want. More here. » 2/17/11 3:30pm 2/17/11 3:30pm

This Electric Motorcycle Can Reach a 100 Miles Per Hour

Brammo's new electric motorcycle, the Empulse, is the big brother bike to the Brammo Enertia. Compared to other electric motorcycles, it's faster, lasts longer and still surprisingly affordable. Not to mention that it actually looks like a motorcycle. » 7/15/10 3:14pm 7/15/10 3:14pm

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

Jump Start Your Car Easily...Too Easily

There's nothing more gratifying as a man (well, maybe a few things, but work with us here) than opening up the hood of a vehicle — any vehicle — and fixing something. For example, jump-starting some poor waif's Cavalier in a dark parking lot. But technology is once again threatening to emasculate us all: The process… » 6/09/08 1:40pm 6/09/08 1:40pm

Get On Your Hydrogen Bus and Ride

Those crazy Welchmen. A development team at the University of Glamorgan have created a "tribrid" 16 passenger bus that will be pressed into duty as a short range student and faculty hauler. A tribrid, in case you're slow, is a vehicle that relies on a three part motive system. In this case we're looking at power from… » 1/04/08 1:15pm 1/04/08 1:15pm

The Li-Ion In Winter: Companies to Attempt Lower Cost Hybrid Battery

One of the major costs associated with hybrid vehicles is the Lithium-Ion battery pack that powers the electric motor. In that spirit, Ricardo and QinetiQ are teaming up with the UK's Department for Transport to create a dramatically cheaper battery. The project, cleverly called RED-LION (REDuced cost LIthium-iON),… » 11/07/07 3:15pm 11/07/07 3:15pm

The Aggressor: A Hybrid for Iraq

Popular Mechanics reports on The US Army's new a hybrid-electric drivetrain, which is battery-dominant and employs a diesel engine as generator. It's the driving force behind the Aggressor, the latest in a string of prototype alternative mobility vehicles (AMVs) for military ground operations requiring speed and… » 5/23/07 10:37am 5/23/07 10:37am

Breaking! Toyota Wants A Hetero Life-Mate To Help With Hybrid Battery…

Although Toyota's been interested in "looking at" a plug-in hybrid for a while now, they've only now decided it needs some help on the batteries needed for real long-range driving. Thus, we've got the following Reuters report of a convo they had with Jim Press, US President of Japan's super best number one awesome… » 3/02/07 3:49pm 3/02/07 3:49pm

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Parts: Battery Maintenance


The battery in a modern automobile is not of very modern technology. Despite promises of atomic cars and everlasting power, the old tech lead-acid battery still rides under many hoods. So-called maintenance-free batteries are really just updated versions of the first automotive lead-acid battery used to kick over a… » 12/30/06 2:06pm 12/30/06 2:06pm

If We Only Had A (Battery) Brain


Yes, it's junk. It's yet another random gadget for our car we don't really need, but for some reason, really want. It's called the Battery Brain and it's a little box that attaches to the positive terminal of our battery. It monitors the level of charge in the bigger box that helps us to start our car. If for some… » 7/18/06 11:00am 7/18/06 11:00am

Lashing out the Action, Returning the Reaction: New Batteries Could…

What's the biggest problem with electric cars? Sure, some would say it's that they're too quiet, making them a danger to pedestrians, but that's been solved by a simple technology called Baseball Cards in the Spokes (or something like that). The real biggest problem is battery technology. But one company is testing a… » 3/24/06 7:32am 3/24/06 7:32am

Subaru Parent's New Hybrid Battery Reported to Last 150,000 Miles

According to AutoWeek, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries will market a new manganese lithium-ion battery hybrid battery with an estimated life of 15 years or 150,000 miles, in contrast to eight years or 100,000 for that of the Toyota Prius. Still, to make the venture profitable Fuji needs to get the batts into more… » 8/24/05 1:35pm 8/24/05 1:35pm