There is still a lot of low-hanging fruit to be plucked in the bid to increase fuel economy, including wider application of micro-hybrid start-stop systems. Rather than providing any forward motion, micro-hybrids allow engines to shut down at idle, eliminating the waste of fuel when the vehicle is stopped. Johnson Controls has announced a smaller […]
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Call it the worst case scenario come true. After going through a court-managed bankruptcy and auction, defunct EV battery maker A123 Systems has been (mostly) sold to Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang group The selling price of $256.6 million was the highest bid, though the sale still has to be approved by the government.
[social_buttons] August is hotter than ever for those of us who envision a future where the streets are populated with plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles and powered by renewable energies. The month began with the unveiling of Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle. On Wednesday, President Obama and the Department of Energy announced $2.4 billion in grants […]
[social_buttons] Battery provider Southern California Edison (SCE) has demonstrated a lithium ion battery with a lifespan of more than 180,000 miles, a major milestone in advanced battery performance that opens the door to a new generation of electric cars. Since the average U.S. family car travels less than 15,000 miles each year, the battery could […]