Category: electric transport future

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

First of more than 100 solar-powered electric forecourts planned for Essex

It is part of GRIDSERVE’s £1bn UK-wide programme to make EV charging ‘as easy as using petrol stations’ he first of more than 100 electric forecourts powered by solar panels to be built in the UK has been announced for Braintree in Essex. The news follows GRIDSERVE’s previous commitment for a £1 billion UK-wide programme…
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26th June 2019 0

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

How much does it cost to charge an electric car? EV running costs explained

There are several benefits to owning an electric car in 2019; along with environmental brownie points, electric vehicles (EVs) get tax grants and are also exempt from certain congestion charges in some cities. However, one of the most obvious – but often unquantified – benefits of owning an EV are the low running costs. We’ll…
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18th June 2019 0

Volkswagen invests €900m in Swedish battery maker

Volkswagen AG has announced a €900 million ($1.467 billion) investment into an electric vehicle battery joint venture with Swedish firm Northvolt AB. According to VW, part of the above sum “is intended for a joint venture” with the battery producer, while a further portion of the investment will go directly to Northvolt in return for…
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17th 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

Taking urban transport to the NXT level – a new concept from Scania

Welcome to the NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night. In a bold display of innovation, Scania’s engineers have taken the company’s DNA –…
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11th 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

IEA Predicts 250 Million EVs On The Road By 2030

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the International Energy Agency annual report predicted there would be 125 million EVs on the road worldwide by 2030. Its new 2019 report is out and it has doubled that prediction to 250 million electric vehicles by 2030, assuming the 25 nations that are part of the…
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31st May 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