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Self-Driving Cars Are Great, But Who Drives You When They Don’t?

April 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Technology is great and we often celebrate tech breakthroughs and ingenious advances as we wait for even better electric vehicles (EV) and autonomous vehicles (AV), aka self-driving cars. But using services also means dealing with interruptions and breakdowns. Simply put, everything breaks down and can leave you waiting

Is Converting Old Cars To Electricity A Collector Crime?

April 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Disclaimer: I'm writing an electric vehicle (EV) conversion book and come from a classic car collector background, where purity, provenance, and historical significance are the prime values. It wasn't until driving a Tesla Roadster that it became clear to me that the electric motor has more untapped potential and is a lot of fun to drive. That puts my purist nature at odds with my preference for an electric future

Testosterone-Packed KingKong Pro Electric Skateboard = Huge Smiles On Your Face (#CleanTechnica Review, Part 1)

April 9th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Disclaimer: up until now, I've always shied away from electric skateboard tests since the choice was limited with a quality that didn't appeal to me. In an industry that is just starting, one exception is the KingKong Pro electric skateboard (e-skateboard). I've been following of its successful IndieGoGo campaign, which is ending soon (hurry up if you want to jump into that, by the way), and then I landed a review board. As you can guess, 1,800 MW of power spells oodles of fun and smiles! Read on for more details and a short bloopers video

Current SF-to-LA High-Speed Rail Cost Estimate = $77 Billion

April 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric skateboards, bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, and trains — no matter where we look, all aspects of mobility have been touched or will be touched soon enough by electric powertrains. Ironically, trains were early to electrify, but we're still behind the times in the

To Lease or Not To Lease (EV Batteries)

April 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

To lease or not to lease, that is the question. And it has been the question running in the minds of many carmakers as they ponder how to turn their gasoline car business model around to embrace the relatively low-maintenance electric vehicle (EV)

Self-Healing Lithium-Metal Anodes for Higher Energy Density Batteries

April 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

As part of the ever-evolving improvement of battery technology, there's a lot of anode research going on around the world. One idea is to replace commonly used graphite with lithium metal for the anode, and that may have just gotten a notable boost thanks to some research out of New York State's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Is Sion Power’s Licerion Lithium Battery What The Electric Aviation World Has Been Waiting For?

April 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It sounds as if the electric aviation news industry has somewhat tapered down, giving a chance for other competing electric mobility industries to make it into the limelight. But that doesn't mean that the electric aviation industry is sitting idly either. In fact, Sion Power just announced a "breakthrough" in its Location Lithium battery chemistry

An Electric Bentley: “Charles, Please, Come Home … Quietly!”

April 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The last time we saw a Rolls Royce or a Bentley on a lift, we marveled at the structure of its underpinning. Triangles hold the behemoth together and assure a certain level of stiffness with just enough flexibility. Unfortunately, an electric drivetrain in either a Rolls Royce or a Bentley is still something we've never seen — at least, so far. There are now promises this will change soon

Do Electric Vehicles Have Better Overall Safety? Part 2

April 1st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the first part of our series on whether or not electric vehicles (EV) are safer than comparable gasoline cars, EVs seem to beat traditional cars at least on paper in terms of drivetrain layout freedom. Given that the overall appearance of electric cars typically isn't a dramatic departure from gas/diesel vehicles, normal people probably have no idea how this new vehicle layout is so different. But what can actually be done with that design freedom to make EVs safer

TRIPL: A Funky Urban Electric Scooter … With Cargo

March 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric bicycles with some pretty fun and even outrageous designs have been spun out there, and today's pick of the litter is no exception. The TRIPL Urban Cargo funky e-scooter blends the lines, offering cargo space elegantly

Where Are The Vehicle-To-Grid Cars?

March 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Do you ever feel like you're watching some of the most interesting technological development, but at the same pace as glaciers melting? Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) certainly holds a special spot in this department. It has been touted as practical for over a decade now, but we still don't really have it

The Retro Rayvolt Cruzer — A New Face On The Electric Bicycle Cafe Racer Scene

March 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

'60’s café racers and surfing beach cruisers have left an indelible mark on the psyche of a few generations, especially with The Beach Boys grooving on Fender Jaguars and hybrid Norton and Triumph sleekly going from one end of the avenue to the other. We're not talking about a Harley Chopper here. We're talking about British bikes rearranged for more cafe cruising efficiency

Self-Driving Lingo Got You Confused? Here’s What It Means For You

March 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Autonomous electric vehicles are great, but level 1 autonomous driving is yesterday's reheated spaghetti, while level 5 is the Holy Grail. The problem is that if you were to say this to someone or write it as I just did, most people out there would have no idea what you're talking about. So, how about a step back. Let's take a glimpse at the bigger picture. Let's start with a definition of the levels of autonomous driving that cars can offer

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