About James Ayre

James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

Author Archives: James Ayre

Nissan & Eaton Accepting 2nd-Life EV Battery Home Storage Pre-Orders

December 5th, 2016 | by James Ayre

Nissan and its partner Eaton have begun accepting pre-orders in the UK for its new xStorage Home portfolio of energy storage products. The product line — which includes a total of 6 different product configurations — was developed cooperatively by Nissan and the power management firm Eaton

Apple Sends Letter To NHTSA Revealing Self-Driving Tech Plans

December 4th, 2016 | by James Ayre

It's been an open secret for some time now that Apple was developing a car, and also developing self-driving vehicle tech. In recent months, though, there have reportedly been some shakeups at the company and a refocusing of its plans — with the rumor being that there was a complete shift to self-driving tech rather than on bringing an actual "Apple Car" to market

Nissan Exec Recounts Top German Auto Engineer Claiming EVs “Doomed To Fail” & Consumers “Didn’t Want Or Need Them”

December 2nd, 2016 | by James Ayre

It's not any sort of news that the top German auto manufacturers have been slow to embrace electric vehicles to date — well, basically all major auto manufacturers have been. The German manufacturers have largely opted to spend the last decade promoting diesel cars instead (and all that they entail), through legal means and otherwise

Girfalco Unveils 3-Wheel Azkarra EV — 0–62 MPH In 2.5 Seconds, 124 Miles Range

December 2nd, 2016 | by James Ayre

The Quebec-based electric vehicle startup Girfalco has now unveiled its high-performance 3-wheel electric vehicle, the Azkarra — providing us with a few surprises. The model is seemingly deserving of the moniker "high-performance" with its acceleration of 0 to ~62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds; its peak power of 225 kW (in the "S" version); its top speed of ~149 mph; and its range of ~124 miles per full-charge

Tesla Launches In Spain

December 2nd, 2016 | by James Ayre

Tesla has now officially launched in Spain. What this means is that those in the country who want to purchase a Model S sedan or a Model X SUV can now do so directly through the company's online design studio, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession

Unprecedented Safety Of Tesla Model S In Action — Crashed Into Truck Trailer, Lifted It Off The Ground, Yet Driver Walked Away Independently

December 1st, 2016 | by James Ayre

The Tesla Model S was designed to be the safest car in its segment, going by comments made by company execs including CEO Elon Musk. Its NHTSA crash test ratings were the highest in history — with 5 stars in every single category and a combined score of 5.4 (unofficial since official scores don't go above 5). Going by its performance in the real world to date, the goal and the rating seem to have lived up to the hype

Tesla Opening Richmond (Virginia) Store Following Legal Win

December 1st, 2016 | by James Ayre

Following the recent decision by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner to reverse a ruling made in September denying Tesla a local dealership license, the company has revealed that it will immediately begin work on a new store and service center to be located at 9850 West Broad Street

Key Glacier In West Antarctica Breaking Apart From Inside Out — “We May See Significant Collapse Of West Antarctica In Our Lifetimes”

November 30th, 2016 | by James Ayre

One of the key glaciers in West Antarctica, as far as the stability of the ice sheet there, Pine Island Glacier, was the site of an enormous 225-square mile iceberg calving in 2015. New research from Ohio State University has determined that this event was even more notable than first thought, as it was the result of a deep, subsurface crack that had formed approximately 20 miles inland — nowhere directly near the calving event

Lucid Motors (Atieva) Factory For 400-Mile Atvus To Be In Arizona

November 30th, 2016 | by James Ayre

Until now, it's been something of a mystery where Lucid Motors would be manufacturing it's rather appealing looking 400-mile Atvus electric vehicle, and if the company would actually be able to meet its goal to begin sales in 2018. Considering the people involved with the company, though, it seemed likely that there must be serious plans of some kind

Toyota Invents “Smart Key Box” For Carsharing

November 30th, 2016 | by James Ayre

Following on practically every other major auto manufacturer out there entering the carsharing business, Toyota has apparently decided to as well. They've decided to do it a bit differently than most, though — with the use of a "Smart Key Box" being integral to the idea

Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen Group, & Ford Sign Superfast Charging MoU In Europe (Up To 350 kW)

November 29th, 2016 | by James Ayre

A new joint venture has formed that will develop a high-power, EV fast-charging network in Europe has been signed by BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen Group (including Audi and Porsche). In other words, these major auto companies are looking to finally catch up to Tesla on one of the most critical components of a healthy and vibrant electric vehicle ecosystem

Porsche CEO: Hoping To Sell 20,000 Mission E Cars A Year

November 29th, 2016 | by James Ayre

The CEO of Porsche, Oliver Blume, stated in a recent interview with the German paper Automobilwoche that the luxury auto manufacturer was aiming for around 20,000 Mission E electric car sales a year following launch

Lobbyists Behind Elon Musk, Tesla, SolarCity, & SpaceX Attack Site Identified

November 29th, 2016 | by James Ayre

The lobbyists behind the Tesla + CEO Elon Musk attack website StopElonFromFailingAgain.com have reportedly been identified. While it was already public knowledge that the group "Citizens for the Republic" was backing the website, it wasn't clear that board members Craig Shirley and Diane Banister are integral parts of the public relations firm Shirley and Banister Public Affairs

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