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This month, federally sponsored scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) publicized their creation of an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery with about four-times the energy density of a lithium-ion battery – and this one is being prepared for commercial applications. Stories of close-but-not-quite-ready battery chemistry promising to one day multiply electric car range and vault
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This week we spent a couple of days in Washington, D.C. to attend the annual Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference that took place June 10-12. The synergistic get-together of EDTA’s 110 members is a who’s-who list of key players pushing forward the electrification of transportation, and it is an eye opener. Here one gets
Culture & Market
The advent of the electric car is upon us, but despite implications to the contrary, don’t look to Uncle Sam to be as much of a direct driver of this anticipated paradigm shift as some may have previously supposed. In other quarters, there has been much talk of automakers needing to develop electrified cars to
Hybrid Car News
Four college teams achieved more than 1,000 miles per gallon in specially designed vehicles during the SAE Supermileage event held June 6 and 7 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. This is the 34th year for the competition, which challenges teams to build a one-person, fuel efficient vehicle based around a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine.
Nissan and Rio de Janeiro are studying the possibility of producing, selling and charging zero-emission vehicles in Brazil. Nissan said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today among Rio de Janeiro State Government and leaders from Brazil’s public-private sectors to accelerate zero-emission transportation in Rio de Janeiro. The partners for this deal are the
After the first day of practice, all three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars are at the front of the field. Frenchman Loïc Duval managed to beat the best time from last year by almost 1.5 seconds. The diesel-hybrid race cars with the four rings, which have been undefeated in the current season so far, dominated
Lexus’ LS flagship luxury sedan received the highest score among all models in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) With 59 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), the LS shows the lowest average problem level among all models in the study. This is the sixth year in a row the LS has
Today Tesla issued a partial recall for Model S cars built between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013. The recall is for a potentially weakened mounting bracket for the left hand latch of the second row seat, and concerns are that if a crash occurred, the left-hand rear seat may not be properly retained.
Let’s share news on a very different type of electric vehicle. As hurricane season begins, the employees of NRG Energy are preparing to help affected coastal areas by championing a new concept called “Power2Serve.” Power2Serve is composed of a 42-foot disaster relief vehicle and 26-foot trailer combination designed to deliver immediate power, emergency shelter, access