Category: testing

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Why are oil majors investing in electric transport?

There is a cliché in business that if you cannot beat the enemy, you might as well join them. Oil majors appear to be waking up to the new reality that the future of road transport is pivoting to electric – some would say hydrogen. And they realise that if they sit still, not only…
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2nd April 2019 0

Sweden modified a road to recharge EVs while driving

You’ll need to install a retractable arm that dips into an electrified rail, though. You can now charge your electric vehicle as you drive in Sweden, but only for about 2km (1.2 miles). That’s the length of a road outside Stockholm that’s been embedded with electrified rail, which is the first length in a government-planned…
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1st April 2019 0

Scientists find new way to power electric cars using cobalt

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell developed a technique that uses only water, carbon dioxide and cobalt metal particles that have surface nanostructures measuring billionths of a meter in size, to produce hydrogen on demand at relatively low temperature and pressure and to use to power the next generation of electric vehicles. According to…
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25th March 2019 0

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

People don’t ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it’s needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don’t burst into flames. A rash of cell phone fires in 2016 jolted consumer confidence in lithium-ion batteries, a technology that helped usher in modern portable electronics but has been plagued by…
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18th March 2019 0

Mophie’s Palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

It costs $59.95 and your dignity The Palm phone is not a good phone. It is not a good replacement of a phone. But it is now a phone to join an incredible rare club: it now has a $59.95 Mophie Juice Pack battery case, making it the only device to get a custom case…
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13th March 2019 0

Cobalt’s “Perfect Storm” Rattles Electric Car Supply Chain

Cobalt has been enjoying a booming bull run as the auto industry gears up for a major EV push, but now it’s hit a speed bump. So what happened? Over the last few years cobalt has emerged as one of the most critical materials powering the shift to electric vehicles, and as automakers have announced…
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4th March 2019 0

How to charge your electric car from the sun, at home

With the big upturn in electric-car adoption driven by the Tesla Model 3, incoming Kia and Hyundai options, and the highly competitive Chevrolet Bolt, many drivers will be moving to vehicles that will be primarily charged at home. This means that their household electric bills are likely to show a significant increase—a big and obvious…
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8th February 2019 0

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