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GM is getting into the electric bike business

November 8th, 2018 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

General Motors said it plans to bring two new electric bikes to market next year — one folding and one compact — as the automaker makes a broader push into electrification and other ideas that try to move beyond its traditional business model of producing and selling gas-power vehicles. The automaker didn’t have a lot […]



What is Volkswagen’s MEB platform?

November 6th, 2018 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The electric car offensive from Volkswagen will soon begin. After years of laggin behind other carmakers because of the research it needed to do, the German auto giant promises that thanks to its new modular platform, there will be ten million electric Volkswagen group cars on the roads in the coming years. This new platform, […]



120-kW wireless charging proves 97% efficient

October 29th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

High power wireless charging efficiency reaches 97%. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) upgraded its previous 20 kW wireless charging system to 120 kW, and through a new design and a silicon carbide power electronic device, it was able to achieve 97% efficiency.



The electric future will run on two wheels

October 23rd, 2018 at 4:34 pm » Comments Off

For much of the emerging world, the key to reducing pollution is making the transition to battery-powered motorcycles and scooters. Even those who can afford cars often prefer two-wheelers. Given recent market turmoil, it would easy to overlook the upcoming IPO of Niu Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer of electric mopeds. The $95 million the company […]



Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

October 18th, 2018 at 1:11 am » Comments Off

Driverless taxis – the transport of the future? I’m guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me. A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we’ll all have stopped owning cars, and, what’s more, the internal combustion engine will have […]



The man behind the scooter revolution

October 12th, 2018 at 9:15 am » Comments Off

Like so many inventions, the scooter was a child of necessity: Specifically, the need to get a bratwurst without looking like an idiot. One night in 1990, Wim Ouboter, a Dutch-Swiss banker and amateur craftsman, was “in the mood for a St. Gallen bratwurst at the Sternengrill in Zurich,” or so the story goes. He […]



New Volvo Trucks autonomous semi is a cables tractor pod

October 8th, 2018 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

Unlike any other autonomous semi trucks concepts out there – from Daimler Trucks, Tesla or California startup Thor – Volvo’s Vera has no driver’s cabin and looks like a flat Tesla S with space for just the powertrain and the battery pack.VOLVO Volvo Trucks, the world’s second-biggest heavy-duty truck maker behind Daimler Trucks, unveiled Wednesday […]



How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground

October 4th, 2018 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

It wants to fly you around cities as in the Jetsons, but there are still roadblocks to overcome before UberAir can take flight. It’s 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late. Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, […]



The world’s first hydrogen train is now in service

September 21st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

  Two Coradia iLint trains have begun running a line in northern Germany. The world’s first (and second) hydrogen-powered trains have entered service in northern Germany, marking the start of a new era for sustainable travel. Two Coradia iLint trains, made by Alstom, have begun working the line between Cuxhaven and Buxtehude just west of […]



Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes

September 21st, 2018 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Tenfold improvement in liquid batteries mean electric car refuelling could take minutes. Big companies from around the world have already shown interest in Prof. Lee Cronin’s energy-dense liquid battery. One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles – that they require hours and hours to charge – could be obliterated by new type of liquid […]



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