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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Alieno Arcanum, The Proper Hyper EV For Aliens!

August 4th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

A little EV dreaming and rubbing some salt into the wounds of struggling carmakers can have great consequences. This is where hyper EVs — or electric hypercars — fit in. Although they might have little direct effect on most people, their outrageous performance stunts send a serious messages to carmakers insisting on gasoline technology — that era is ending. Alieno Arcanum shows what an electric drivetrain can deliver, and you won't believe how outrageous it is

Are Humans Really Ready For The Automation Of All Things, Including Self-Driving Vehicles?

July 31st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The advent of automation means we went from foraging grub with our nails millions of years ago to regularly flying across nations. Automation has been heralded as the freer of time, opening a world of creativity over mindless drone-like activities. While automation certainly has eased many tasks, it has also offered a new set of complex problems mostly due to adaptation. Humans want changes, but are we ready for the automation of all things? Moreover, what does this mean for the future of electric mobility and how will we use it

The Future Of Electric Aviation Is Developing In Scandinavia

July 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

These northern European countries continue to be at the forefront of electric vehicle (EV) adoption — electric cars, buses, boats, and trucks — and they have also started to tackle the final frontier, that of the demanding electric aviation industry

23 More Volvo 7900 Electric Buses Ordered In Europe

July 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Volvo Buses has announced a few new electric bus contracts, for a total of 23 electric buses. The electric bus in demand is the Volvo 7900. It will be going to the Dutch public transportation company Arriva and to Sweden for another order

How VW’s Infamous Dieselgate Scandal Settlement Funds Are Being Allocated For A Cleaner Mobility Future

July 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Although the now infamous VW dieselgate scandal has tapered somewhat, the news media has turned its full attention from rightfully highlighting what the company did wrong to now, what it is doing right, or at least, what it has been imposed to do to benefit all of us. There are indeed things to be thankful for regarding how the VW settlement funds are being allocated

Faraday Future Extends Lifeline With $2 Billion In Financing

July 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

I'm sure e-mobility history will have a passage or even chapter dedicated to the incredible Faraday Future story. The question is where that story will go from here. Once a promising bright light in the bustling electric vehicle world, it was left for dead a year ago. Now it has come back at the 11th hour. It hopes another $2 billion will save the day. So, what is next for

Porsche Inches Into Superfast Charging — 800 Volt Chargers

July 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

We have some positive and concrete news from Germany's electric car industry — Porsche's installation of four 800V superfast chargers in Berlin, which hint that it is ready to catch up to leading EV producers. This is still a test run, though, and we hope to see more concrete news to follow

BMW Electric Car Sales % Is Impressive. So What Is The Company Doing About It?

July 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

BMW stunned the world in 2009 with its Vision Efficient Dynamics. We couldn't get enough of the shapes, the lines, the numbers, the possibilities. What resulted, the i3 and i8, have helped take the company to a new electric vehicle US sales number — those two cars plus other plug-in models account for 7%. Surely, BMW must be paying attention

Electric Cars Offer Passenger Safety Advantages — EV Safety Benefits, Part 3

July 9th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

CleanTechnica has just launched a detailed report on the EV safety advantage. The short and sweet of it is: electric vehicles are safer than gasoline/diesel-powered vehicles. The report actually follows the first two parts of a series we've been writing on whether electric vehicles (EV) are inherently safer than their internal combustion engine (ICE) car cousins. The first article introduced the idea of why EVs could be designed to be safer than traditional gasoline cars. The second article dove a bit deeper. And we saved this third part of the series for after the publishing of The EV Safety Advantage

The Netherlands Aerospace Centre Stuns The World, Opens Research Facility For The Future Of Electric Mobility

July 5th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Urban electric air mobility has taken to the skies with fury, so more airports are taking a closer look at the future of electric air mobility. What was once thought of as something that could only happen in 20 years has already been making great strides the past two years. The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) believes in the future of electric aviation so much and is so eager to contribute to the cause that it opened its research facility in Marknesse, Netherlands, to help develop the future of electric mobility

BP Keeps Painting Its Face Greener

July 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

I had to smile at the news of BP getting more into e-mobility because I remember being selected for a BP panel years ago when the company decided to "become green." It basically painted its logo green, in perfectly logical corporate fashion. A decade later, BP Downstream has acquired UK electric vehicle (EV) charging station network Chargemaster. But this acquisition hasn't been BP's only EV move in recent months. 

CHAdeMO Shows It Is Still A Relevant Fast Charging Protocol

July 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Good old CHAdeMO. CHAdeMO fast charging has been powering electric vehicles since 2009. I remember my first charging experience with one of the first LEAFs — charging with a hefty cable and pouring the electricity into the car in just 40 minutes. It was a revolution and instantaneously made long EV drives a possibility

Volvo Jump-Starts Polestar As Performance Electric Car Brand

June 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Volvo's indelible print on the history of cars has earned it a good place in the eyes of many. Volvo was the carmaker that invented the three-point seatbelt found in every car today. Instead of keeping the IP, it opened it up to everyone — the right thing to do. But Volvo and electric haven't mixed too much so far ... yet

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Performance Breathes Competition For Ferrari

June 29th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

That the new and improved Tesla Roadster was a direct taunt to the sleepy performance giants is obvious. To date, sorting through the sensational Tesla headlines for the core points can be daunting. Thankfully, though, Tesla has shown a bit more of the Roadster to outsiders now, and it is even more ludicrous than previously hoped for

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