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+.

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Chongqing Changan To Stop Selling Non-Electric Cars From 2025

October 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The China-based auto manufacturer Chongqing Changan Automobile will stop selling internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles — that is to say, it will stop selling non-electric cars — from 2025 onwards, company execs have revealed

Waymo/Alphabet Working With Law Enforcement Agencies On Collision Protocols For Self-Driving Vehicle Crashes

October 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following the extensive deployment of its self-driving vehicle test fleet in pilot testing programs around the US, Waymo/Alphabet (Google, more or less, for those who don't follow the tech industry) has now begun working with various local law enforcement agencies on the creation of new protocols related to self-driving vehicle collisions

Bosch Introduces 48-Volt Battery For Hybrids

October 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The prominent auto parts supplier Bosch has now introduced a new 48-volt battery product intended for use in hybrids, and designed to be easily integrated into new vehicle models

London Electric Taxis Now Performing Testing On London’s Streets

October 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The final phase of the testing of LEVC's electric black cab taxis has now begun in London — with 6 test vehicles now being put through the paces in real-world conditions in England's capital — according to a new press release from the iconic taxi company

Report: EV Manufacturers Must Be Careful As Demand Grows To Retain “Clean” Label

October 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While China is currently the key supplier for many of the components (~86%) found in automotive lithium-ion batteries, as electric vehicle production and sales pick up, this reality will be changing — potentially leading auto manufacturers to ultimately source from disreputable companies and countries involved in environmental destruction and/or human rights abuses (slavery, etc.). That's according to a new report from the UK-based risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft

Inaugural Island Renewable Energy Initiative Meeting Held In Maldives

October 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The inaugural meeting of the Island Renewable Energy Initiative (IRIE) was recently held in Malé, Maldives, in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) -- bringing together senior officials and ministers from 30 different countries and organizations to discuss ways of accelerating renewable energy deployment and addressing climate change

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