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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

Solar, Wind, Batteries To Attract $10 Trillion to 2050, But Curbing Emissions Long-Term Will Require Other Technologies Too

Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector…
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19th 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

UK’s biggest battery ever seen to cover area half the size of a football pitch at Glasgow wind farm

‘This is a significant step forward on the road to baseload for renewable energy,’ says ScottishPower chief executive A vast “super battery” is set to be installed at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm where it will store power generated by 215 turbines. The battery – which will be half the size of a football pitch – has twice the…
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12th 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

Solar Energy: How a Small Patch of the Sahara Desert Could Power the World

Covering a patch of North Africa’s Sahara desert in solar panels could provide an abundance of clean renewable energy for the world, a new analysis argues. A vast sunlight-powered installation could help humanity meet its targets for reducing carbon emissions and avoiding a climate disaster, but it would face a number of real-world issues before…
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10th 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