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

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

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… » 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

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