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28th March 2019 | International Centre | Telford | The Future of Energy Management Technology

Volkswagen will make electric cars in Tennessee, at expanded plant

Volkswagen today announced that it would use Chattanooga, Tennessee as its North American base for assembling electric cars. The decision to expand its Chattanooga facility means that many, if not all, of the vehicles that will be sold in the U.S. under Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle initiative will also be built in the U.S., not…
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15th January 2019 0

Here’s what we learned driving Volkswagen’s I.D. electric car

Could this really be as big a deal as the Beetle and Golf? We drive the I.D. Stare at this wrap too long and you’ll get a migraine. But please stare a bit, because beneath it lurks the car that has to transform Volkswagen into its third era. In the mid-1970s the Beetle company became the…
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18th December 2018 0

Volkswagen to bid for electric Nurburgring lap record

Converted 671bhp ID R Pikes Peak is to tackle the legendary German track – and the outright record could be under threat Volkswagen Motorsport is planning an assault on the electric lap record at the Nürburgring with the 671bhp ID R prototype it used to win this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – and data simulations suggest…
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10th December 2018 0

Aston Martin offers electric conversion to “future proof” its classic cars

In answer to tightening air quality and fuel efficiency regulations in many countries, British heritage sports carmaker Aston Martin has taken the step of ensuring its iconic motor vehicles can stay relevant as the transition to electric mobility gains speed. Drawing on technology the automaker has refined throughout the development of its all-electric Rapide E…
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7th December 2018 0

Electric scooters are flimsy, so Superpedestrian is making more robust ones to sell to operators

If you’ve been on an electric scooter from Bird, Lime, Lyft, JUMP via Uber, Skip, Scoot or others, you’re probably familiar with that feeling of impending doom. Superpedestrian, makers of the Copenhagen Wheel, is today emerging with a sturdier, safer and smarter electric scooter. But instead of operating a shared electric scooter network, the plan…
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6th December 2018 0

Why aren’t there electric airplanes yet?

As electric cars and trucks appear increasingly on U.S. highways, it raises the question: When will commercially viable electric vehicles take to the skies? There are a number of ambitious efforts to build electric-powered airplanes, including regional jets and planes that can cover longer distances. Electrification is starting to enable a type of air travel…
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28th November 2018 0

Is it Time for Electric Cars to Take Over?

Electric Vehicles or EV’s Are Entering The Mainstream There’s no doubt about it, electric vehicles, or EV’s, are becoming increasingly popular and a more common sight on the roads today. With fuel prices rocketing, ever-present concerns about pollution and various cities being very expensive places to take petrol or diesel vehicles, the move to electric…
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27th November 2018 0

Tesla Has 20% Battery Cost Advantage On Competition, Says UBS Analyst

According to a report by the Financial Times (subscription), UBS has conducted an analysis of battery production costs for various manufacturers and concluded that Tesla enjoys a 20% cost advantage over its closest competitor, LG Chem. The analysis applies specifically to the battery cells produced at Gigafactory 1 for use in the Tesla Model 3.…
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22nd November 2018 0

Battery prices will go down by 52 between 2018 and 2030, according to BNEF

Lithium-ion batteries will see their price going down by 52 per cent between 2018 and 2030, and this (together with the rise of electric vehicles market) will drive the global energy storage market growing to a cumulative 857GWh by 2040 (now we are at 198 gigawatt hours) Lithium-ion batteries will see their price going down by 52 per cent between…
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13th November 2018 0

A new battery technology could make batteries five times lighter and half the size

Electric cars could be the primary application Highly anticipated: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are increasing in power density at a rate of around 8% per year, and if that continues then they’ll be approaching gasoline densities in around ten years. Aluminum-air batteries, on the other hand, almost match gasoline, while being substantially lighter and cheaper than lithium-ion.…
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12th November 2018 0