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

Daimler To Do Pilot Run Of Mercedes-Benz Urban e-Trucks

February 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

Daimler will be manufacturing a small run of Mercedes-Benz Urban e-Trucks following the positive reception of the concept at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show, and in anticipation of a further large-scale rollout of the technology, according to a new press release from the German giant


Refreshed Volkswagen e-Golf Now Available For Order In Germany

February 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

The new, refreshed Volkswagen e-Golf is now available for order in Germany, according to a press release from the company. The model features a new 35.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack (upgraded from the previous 24.2 kWh battery pack), allowing for a range rating of 300 kilometers from the NEDC — the "practical range" according to Volkswagen is closer to 200 kilometers


Chevy Bolt Review From BMW i3 Owner (Test Drive Review)

February 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

I recently came across an interesting account of a BMW i3 owner's test drive of a Chevy Bolt EV. It's not the most generous review that I've read of the Bolt EV by any stretch of the imagination, and most of the "negatives" seem to be the sort of thing that you would expect someone who seemingly likes BMWs to say about a Chevy. Not all of the complaints relate to the use of plastic, though.


New Research On “Ice Age Paradox” Suggests Sea Levels Will Rise More (& Faster) Than Current Models Predict

February 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

New research on the behavior of the Laurentide ice sheet that once covered a great deal of North America — long something of a puzzle for researchers, owing to the fact that it often melted and splintered into the ocean at very cold points during the last ice age — suggests that sea levels may rise more than current models predict as a result of anthropogenic climate change


Study: Melting Glaciers In Canada Now Major Contributor To Sea Level Rise

February 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

During the time period of 2005 through 2015, the surface melt of glaciers and ice caps associated with the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Northern Canada grew by around 900% — to around 30 gigatons a year, up from around 3 gigatons a year in 2005 — according to new research from the University of California, Irvine


GM, Lyft, & Toyota Pushing For National Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation Standardization

February 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We reported recently on the news that Toyota, GM, Lyft, and others would be providing testimony to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on the subject of self-driving vehicle regulations. The general gist of the testimony as understood beforehand was that regulations needed to be relaxed if the technology was going to be developed and commercialized at a decent rate


Los Angeles Maven To Get “More Than 100” Chevy Bolt EVs

February 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

With Chevy Bolt EV production now occurring at a large scale, GM has seemingly begun allocating more and more of the production to end points other than retail customers. Case in point: there was a recent announcement revealing that the Los Angeles branch of GM carsharing service Maven will be getting "more than 100" Chevy Bolt EVs


Kia To Introduce All-Electric Niro In 2018

February 17th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Kia will be bringing an all-electric version of the Niro to market in 2018, going by recent comments from the chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe, Michael Cole


Chevy Bolt EV Owner Logs 300 Miles On Single Charge (Videos)

February 17th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While the Chevy Bolt EV's EPA-rates range of 238 miles per single charge is pretty impressive when taken on its own, that figure is by no means the farthest that you can go on a single charge in a Bolt EV. Depending on the way that the Bolt EV is driven, and in what environment it is driven, owners can no doubt get far more out of the battery-pack than 238 miles


Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Update — More Cleanup Delays, Continually Rising Costs, & Extremely High Radiation Levels Destroying Cleanup Robots

February 15th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We haven't reported on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in a while, so it seems worth providing an update here. The short form? Plans to remove spent nuclear fuel have been delayed again, this time until fiscal year 2018 at the earliest; new fuel leaks continue to be discovered; cleanup cost estimates continue to rise; 300 tons of radioactive water are still pouring into the Pacific Ocean every day; and cleanup robots are still being destroyed by extremely high radiation levels


Highly Concentrated Levels Of Toxic Industrial Pollution Found In Animals Living In Mariana & Kermadec Trenches (Deepest Ocean Trenches In World)

February 15th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Extremely concentrated levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been found in amphipods living in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana and Kermadec trenches — each over 10 kilometers deep and 7,000 kilometers away from each other — according to new research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution



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