Category: testing

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Electric planes start small as industry wrestles with emissions

LE BOURGET (Reuters) – An all-electric commuter plane and a small Airbus-backed hybrid are among aircraft programs being touted at the Paris Airshow, as the industry tries to convince a sceptical public it can deliver on a pledge to halve carbon emissions by 2050. Israeli startup Eviation has wheeled out Alice, a battery-powered nine-seater due…
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20th June 2019 0

Lime and Uber fight over London with rival electric bike schemes

Lime could expand its electric bike hire scheme outside London, the company has said as competition hots up in the growing market in the capital. The US-based tech startup launched Lime-E, the capital’s first fleet of electric-assisted bikes hired through an app, in 2018 but Uber unveiled its similar Jump scheme last month. Uber, which…
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14th June 2019 0

Audi E-tron recalled for battery seal, potential “thermal event”

Audi confirmed Monday that it is recalling 1,644 E-tron electric SUVs, including 544 vehicles that have been delivered to customers, due to an issue with the battery pack’s seal that it says could lead to “a short circuit or thermal event.” Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting…
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13th June 2019 0

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover team up on next-generation electric drive tech

BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover have agreed to partner on the development of future electric vehicles, the latest in a string of collaborations between automakers to bring advanced, and often expensive technology, to the mass market. The two automakers confirmed the collaboration Wednesday, which they said is central to the industry’s transition from traditional…
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7th June 2019 0

The most complete study of battery failure sees the light

An international team of researchers just published in Advanced Energy Materials the widest study on what happens during battery failure, focusing on the different parts of a battery at the same time. The role of the ESRF, the European Synchrotron, in France, was crucial for its success. We have all experienced it: you have charged…
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4th June 2019 0

Scientists design organic cathode for high performance batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new, organic cathode material for lithium batteries. With sulfur at its core, the material is more energy-dense, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly than traditional cathode materials in lithium batteries. The research was published in Advanced Energy Materials on April 10, 2019. Optimizing…
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3rd June 2019 0

These Lithium-Ion Batteries Can’t Catch Fire Because They Harden on Impact

Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged. These incidents occasionally have grave consequences, including burns, house fires and at least one plane crash. Inspired by the weird behaviour of some liquids that solidify on impact, researchers have developed a practical and inexpensive way to…
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30th May 2019 0

If Electric Car Maker Enovate Can Produce An EV With A Solid-State Battery, Everything Changes

Chinese electric vehicle maker Enovate, which already has an all-electric SUV on the market, says they will bring a new vehicle to market in 2021 that will feature a holy grail of sorts in terms of its power source: a solid-state battery for motive power. Enovate currently offers the Sky ME-7 all-electric SUV, which uses mainstream battery…
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10th May 2019 0

BorgWarner invests in battery startup Romeo Power founded by Tesla and SpaceX engineers

BorgWarner, a large automotive supplier focused on powertrain components, is expanding into battery packs through a new investment in Romeo Power, a battery pack startup founded by former Tesla and SpaceX engineers. The companies have created a new joint venture to sell full electric powertrains. The electric vehicle revolution is not only affecting automakers but…
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9th May 2019 0

Lithium-Ion vs Lead Acid Battery Life

For years, lead-acid batteries have been the “go to” source of power for electronics, vehicles and equipment. However, thanks to several features that promote efficiency and safety, lithium-ion batteries are becoming a popular choice across several industries. One of the most important characteristics for a company that uses batteries in its forklift fleet is the…
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7th May 2019 0