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A123 Systems ev battery

Electric car battery maker A123 filed for bankruptcy today, just a few hours after warning it was about to default on its loans, and will be taken over by auto supplier Johnson Controls.

As a recipient of $249 million in loans from the Obama administration, the company's bankruptcy will no doubt become another embarrassment heading into the November elections. Republicans have already battered the Obama administration for investing $535 million in solar panel maker Solyndra, only to see the company fail just two years after receiving the loan. The company shut its doors and fired all its workers in August 2011.

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Chevy Volt

No matter what the outcome of the investigation into a recent Chevrolet Volt fire following an NHTSA crash test, the discussion about the Volt and its battery is already proving useful.
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DOK-ING XD

At this year's LA Auto Show, it was obvious that more EVs are on their way. But not just from the big automakers, like Audi and BMW. In this week's episode, we show you two EVs from lesser-known upstarts that we think have some serious potential: DOK-ING and CODA.
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MET Concept
Two of the biggest problems with today's crop of electric vehicles are maintaining a charge and delivering the juice. Designers of the MET Concept have taken a stab at both these problems in one fell swoop.

The three-wheeled people mover features a removable and interchangeable back wheel that's integrated with the battery pack, allowing the entire unit to be switched out at will for a freshly- juiced wheel/battery combo. While there are still plenty of real-life challenges to face when owning a small EV, the designers and the adopters have to evaluate their habits, and with that in mind, designers have made the MET a solo rider – maybe two in a pinch – explaining that it's for "single person families of the future."

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To make the most of the Volt and its unique powertrain, Chevy engineers gave the car three driving modes, Normal, Sport and Mountain. Normal and Sport are easy enough to figure out – Normal is the most efficient for everyday driving and Sport delivers a little extra off-the line spunk. However, Mountain Mode is really interesting because it goes against much of what we've read and assumed about the Volt. Here's how it works and why it's necessary.
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