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VIDEO: Jay Leno gives Model S a thorough workout

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, our favorite TV personality and auto enthusiast takes an in-depth look at Tesla’s Model S, which he introduces as “the car they said would never be produced” and “the electric car that doesn’t look like an electric car.” Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen gives Jay the grand tour,… Read more »

Fleet of 50 BYD electric minicabs to start trials in London

Chinese automaker BYD and London minicab operator greentomatocars have signed a memorandum of understanding calling for BYD to supply 50 e6 electric vehicles to greentomatocars, which operates about 300 minicabs in Cool Britannia’s capital (“minicabs” are ordinary cars used as cabs, as opposed to the city’s famous diesel-powered black taxicabs). The new zero-emission taxis are… Read more »

CalBattery’s new Si-graphene anode triples Li-ion battery capacity

California Lithium Battery, a finalist in the DOE’s 2012 Start Up America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge, has announced the record-setting performance of its new “GEN3” silicon graphene composite anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Independent test results in full cell LIBs reveal an energy density of 525 Wh/kg and specific anode capacity 1,250 mAh/g. In… Read more »

IPC’s new bi-directional Battery Converter offers vehicle-to-grid capability

Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. V2G allows vehicles to exchange power with the electricity grid, providing benefits such as local peak demand reduction. IPC’s wall-mounted Battery Converter is based on a hardware platform… Read more »