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    Official: Vocis' second-gen multi-speed transmission promises lower-cost EVs
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    UK-based transmission engineering and control specialist Vocis wants to take electric vehicles in another direction, one with dual clutch transmissions. Vocis says its dual clutch transmissions provide seamless shifting and up to 15 percent improvement in EV efficiency. Vocis' DCT is currently on ...

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    Report: Smart Fortwo ED will have battery rental option in US, price not yet disclosed
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    Next month, Smart USA will launch the first US market electric vehicle with a separate rental program for the battery pack. Those buying or leasing the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive will have the option of renting the lithium ion battery for a monthly fee. The US base price for the Smart Fortwo ED ...

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    Report: With blankets in cold weather, Nissan Leaf taxi experiment not working in Osaka
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    There are quite a few taxi operators testing out electric cars by adding Nissan Leaf EVs to their fleets – whether that be New York (pictured), Hong Kong or Mexico City. It's a channel for the global automaker to sell more of the cars and give more people their own experience of being ...

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    Replacing batteries in standard hybrids not all that expensive
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    If you've got an older car in your driveway, which experts say is getting to be more typical lately, what happens when the battery poops out? You'll be paying $100 to $200 to pick one up at a retail parts store. But what about hybrid electric vehicles? The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have ...

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    Study: R&D funding for better EVs more valuable than purchase incentives
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    Thomas Edison famously said that genius was one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. To get to the heart of what's holding back broader adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), though, it's even better to paraphrase one-time Bill Clinton advisor James Carville: "It's the battery, ...

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    Neal Saiki claims battery breakthrough gives more range, costs less
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    Engineering challenges are like a siren's call to Neal Saiki. Since leaving Zero Motorcycles in early 2011, the company he co-founded with his wife Lisa, he's spent lots of time and effort wrestling with the human-powered helicopter conumdrum. As engaging as that might be, however, he still ...

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    Report: Lithium-ion battery costs will still be about $400/kWh by 2020
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    Count Lux Research among the pessimists when it comes to the costs of lithium-ion battery packs. Lithium-ion battery costs will fall to about $400 per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade, more than double the $150 per kilowatt hour the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium says will be required for ...

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    Report: Need to replace a Nissan Leaf battery? How's £19,392 ($31,753 U.S.) sound?
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    UK-based news outlet The Times (sub. req.) is reporting that the cost to replace the 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides the go-juice for the Nissan Leaf is a staggering £19,392 ($31,753 U.S. at the current exchange rate). The Times arrived at this figure after Andy Palmer, ...

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    Renault turns to DHL for delivery of replacement electric vehicle battery packs
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    In a rather unusual sort of way, Renault will rely on the expertise of international logistics company DHL to keep the automaker's electric vehicles in action. Officially, Renault has inked a three-year deal listing DHL as the sole provider of a "comprehensive international solution for the ...

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    Video: Coda battery chief details electric Sedan's lithium-ion pack
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    Coda Sedan battery pack – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Coda Automotive wheeled out its electric Sedan at the LA Auto Show in mid-November. While Sean Blankenship, the automaker's senior vice president of marketing, was busy telling us how the Sedan's "production adjustment" was ...

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    GM's patent application could give new life to aging battery packs
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    GM-Volt.com found an interesting patent application from General Motors (filed a year ago) that entertains the possibility of refurbishing worn out lithium-ion battery packs such as the one in the Chevrolet Volt. While the Volt's 8-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty will cover a lot of people ...

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    More reasons why electric vehicle battery pack production is likely to move stateside
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    Coda Sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Here's a corollary to this morning's post about export hurdles. Not only will electric vehicles (EVs) and related components face logistical problems moving from the U.S. to overseas markets, there are a host of other reasons why it just ...

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    Battery warranties are the next piece of the EV puzzle, Nissan not talking yet
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    Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    During the drive for vehicle electrification in recent years there have been plenty of questions not everyone has the answers to: "where can I charge it?," "how much will it cost?" and "how long will the battery last?" ...

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    More details on the construction and production of the Volt battery
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    Chevrolet Volt battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While we were at the General Motors battery plant in Brownstown, MI yesterday, we learned more about the Chevrolet Volt battery pack from newly promoted director of global battery systems engineering Bill Wallace. Over the ...

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    Bake it, drown it, fire bullets at it - how batteries are tested in the real world
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    We know that General Motors has the largest battery lab in the world, one that's capable of carrying out all kinds of scientific tests, but that's a little boring, if you ask us. If you want to test a battery's durability, do you really need fancy lab equipment and sophisticated computers? Or can ...

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    My battery is better than yours - Daimler and Renault-Nissan quarrel over superiority
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    Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche sign the agreement
    Not much more than a week ago, Daimler and Renault-Nissan announced an alliance that was reported to possibly lead to more small cars from the two brands. We have visions of Twingos and Smarts sitting ...

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    Report: Ford to build battery packs in Ypsilanti, MI
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    At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Ford announced that it would be bringing production of battery packs for its hybrid and plug-in vehicles in-house by 2012 in time for the launch of its next generation models in 2012. At the time Ford would only say that the production facility would be ...

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    Gold, platinum and oxygen lead to lighter, more powerful lithium-air batteries
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    A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been focusing their efforts on advanced technology batteries for electric vehicles. Their work on lithium-air batteries has led to several recent discoveries, and gives "riding on air" a whole new meaning. Lithium-air ...

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    At Witz' End - It's the Battery, Stupid!
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    Research study says EVs have a tough road ahead Those of us who love smooth, silent, energy-efficient volt-powered vehicles would love to see them capture a major share of new-car sales ASAP. Only one thing stands in the way: The battery. Lithium-ion batteries appear to be on track to power ...

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    Is the Nissan Leaf battery pack under-engineered?
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    Although many have expressed a strong preference for having the cost of the battery pack included in the price of their electric auto, might a separate leasing arrangement be a more prudent approach? Darryl Siry certainly seems took think so, at least when it comes to the Nissan Leaf. In his ...

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