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Life-blood of Tesla batteries hits supply limits in Andean mine

December 31st, 2018 at 1:59 am » Comments Off

  For the past nine months, a U.S. company that is the world’s largest producer of lithium—a key ingredient in electric-car batteries—has been locked in battle with the Chilean government over pricing issues, production quotas, and environmental compliance. With no resolution in sight, the fight is sending tremors all the way up the electric vehicle […]



The future of travel? A self-driving mobile hotel room

December 17th, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Imagine taking a road trip and never having to stop for a food or bathroom break. Steve Lee, a designer at Toronto-based Aprilli Design Studio, has come up with an idea that could make that happen: The Autonomous Travel Suite. Think of it as a hotel room on wheels. The driverless mobile suite would have […]



Future of Formula 1 is on fumes claims report

December 15th, 2018 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

An interesting opinion on where Formula 1 is heading into the future by George Woods Baker, writing for Paddock Magazine, painting a bleak picture as the world moves towards electric cars rendering the pinnacle of the sport as we know it redundant in years to come. Baker wrote: “When Alejandro Agag launched Formula E in […]



Chinese company says it will soon cross $100 battery threshold, slaying the gasoline car

December 12th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

    Envision Group analysts discovered the price curve after purchasing Nissan’s battery division, Envision CEO Lei Zhang said. Getty photoGETTY Envision Energy will produce batteries for $100 per kilowatt hour by 2020, the Shanghai company’s founder and CEO said at Stanford University, predicting the price will drop to $50 only five years later and […]



Boeing just took a major step towards autonomous electric flights

November 28th, 2018 at 3:13 pm » Comments Off

Our skies will never be the same. Aeronautics giant Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company focused on the development of autonomous electric aircraft. The move confirms Boeing’s commitment to bringing their first self-flying commercial passenger vehicle to reality. Aurora won a significant amount of acclaim in 2016 when the Defense Advanced Research Projects […]



Large “Tesla ships” all-electric container barges are launching this autum

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]



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 […]



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