Electric cars: What are solid-state batteries?


As technological progress on lithium-ion battery technology slows, car makers are starting to turn their heads towards solid-state batteries.
Recycling electric car batteries could reduce mining of metals by up to 55%

Harmful cobalt mining could be reduced by a third


Widespread recycling of electric car batteries could reduce the need to mine some earth metals by as much as 55%, according to a new report.
How to jump start a car

How to jump start a car


Knowing how to jump start a car is essential for any driver, and it's perfectly safe for both you and your car as long as you know what to do.
Material used to make EV batteries now mined in UK

Researchers find way to produce lithium in UK


British researchers working on ways to source lithium for electric car batteries have extracted a precursor compound from UK rocks.
EU to impose tighter environmental restrictions on EV batteries

EU's tough new eco standards for EV batteries


The EU will next month set regulations that aim to make Europe into a centre for environmentally friendly electric car batteries.
Tesla supplier creating million-mile battery

Tesla supplier creating 1.24 million-mile battery


A Chinese company has created a battery that it claims will take your car two million km (1.24m miles) before it needs replacing.
Car Clinic: What could be causing my BMW not to start?

Car Clinic: My BMW is hard to start. Why?


It’s increasingly hard to start my BMW. I’ve replaced the battery and had the fuel line checked. What next?
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How do I take a reading from a battery analyser?


Q. After electrical problems with my Citroën C3 Picasso I bought a battery analyser, but the device has come with minimal documentation. How can...
Cobra Jumpack review

Products: Cobra JumPack CPP 7500


We are well and truly into the season of short, dark days. Winter brings damp weather, a lack of sunshine and cold snaps that have the potential to...
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When will the hybrid battery in my BMW 5-series need...


Q. My hybrid BMW 5-series is three years old and has covered 12,000 miles. When will the hybrid battery require replacing? And is a swap covered under...
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What is an “Error 174” message displayed in my...


Q. Can you tell me what my five-year-old Vauxhall Astra means when it displays an “Error 174” message? My garage’s response was to charge the...
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When are electric motors and hybrid batteries likely...


Q. The five-year warranty on the electrics on my Lexus Hybrid RX 400h ran out two years ago. The car has been well maintained by Lexus main dealers...
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Car clinic: Will the battery of my Mercedes C180 stand...


I’m planning a six-week trip, during which I intend to leave my 62-plate Mercedes-Benz C 180 parked on the drive. Will the battery run out of charge...