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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


LAPD Redesigns 20 Bulls Sentinel eBikes For Its Unique Needs

June 27th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

More electric bicycles (e-bikes) are finding their way to law enforcement — to help law enforcement. Although police officers riding bicycles might not seem like the ideal pursuit approach, e-bikes are perfect for many instances when a car is just too big and motorcycles too loud


Jaguar Breaks Speed Record, But Not On Land — With Electric Boat!

June 27th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Like most people here, I associate Jaguar racing with four-wheel cars. So, when I saw Jaguar broke a speed record, I didn't think much of it. But then I noticed the word "boat" and the word "electric" next to it. Jaguar + boat + electricity — now that got our attention!


Safran & Bell Helicopter Collaborating On Future eVTOL Air Taxi

June 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric aviation has been a nonstop media affair this past year. It is riding on strong tailwinds from the growth and improvement of the electric car and electric bus industries. Overall, 2018 has been a dominant year in the field of electric mobility, after 2017 and prior years laid the foundation. With regard to air travel and aircraft designs, that means getting closer and closer to commercial viability


Zero Motorcycles, Jaguar Electric Boat, Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, & EV Charging For The Masses (Cleantech Talk Today #6)

June 20th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Welcome to today’s “Cleantech Talk Today” discussion of fresh electric vehicle (EV) news. In this daily podcast and video series, we talk about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips. Today we take a closer look at Zero Motorcycles, jump into an interesting Jaguar Electric Boat world speed record, and circle the topic of what it takes to go on a Tesla Model 3 road trip and what we need in the EV charging space overall for the masses to join the fun


Jaguar I-PACE, SpaceInvader, and … Elon Musk (Cleantech Talk Today #5)

June 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Welcome to today’s “Cleantech Talk Today” discussion of fresh electric vehicle (EV) news. In this daily podcast and video series, we talk about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips. In this episode, #5 of Cleantech Talk Today, we cover CleanTechnica's fresh review of the Jaguar i-PACE, Elon Musk's recent comms regarding Tesla and other matters, and Denmark squeezing cargo space!


Is Mercedes Finally Ready To Roll Out Its EQ Electric Cars?

June 13th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Mercedes has been raising the news alarm to let us know it is still here and has decided to work on getting its tiny two-door electric vehicle, the EQA, out the door. I has just shown the electric EQA Concept, which is part of the new EQ electric sub-brand from Mercedes-Benz


Google Founder Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk Flying Car Project Resurfaces

June 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

We were wondering why we hadn't heard anything from the Kitty Hawk project recently in the midst of a big wave of autonomous aircraft and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft news. Then Google Co-founder Larry Page came out of the woodworks to tell us that it is indeed still alive and is actually kicking with major improvements. You just won't believe who they reached out to in order to discuss the matter


Texas Bullet Train Connects To Regular Amtrak Routes To Reach More

June 7th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The state of the railroad system in the US is a mixed bag. The cargo and freight segment is competitive for a number of routes and purposes, but has basically just chugged along with incremental improvements. The rail passenger industry in the U.S. is easily 70 years behind Europe and on par with developing countries. Amtrak knows it. Everyone knows it. Bullet train projects have abounded since the 1970s and are still tantalizing us, but are hard to get rolling. Nonetheless, there may be progress


BMW Jumps Into Wireless EV Charging — For Real

June 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) should be as convenient as refueling a gasoline car, if not better. While many carmakers try to find the best solutions, the simplest option is often overlooked. If you don't have to plug in to charge, you never even have to realize that you are doing so. Wireless charging is a great out of sight, out of mind solution to keep your EV humming along. It has long been a bit of a distant option, but BMW is now offering it for new plug-in models


Tragic Siemens Magnus eFusion Prototype Accident

June 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Ironically, as I was gathering notes for an upcoming article on the state of the electric air propulsion industry, I read about the tragic electric Siemens Magnus eFusion prototype crash that recently took the lives of its two passengers in Hungary


The State Of EV Batteries: LG Chem, SK Innovation, & Tesla–Panasonic Improvements

May 30th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The state of electric vehicle (EV) batteries can get confusing. Although internal combustion engine (ICE) aficionados talk about engine displacement and horsepower, EV drivers often consider energy storage as the most important part of their decision making. Today, there are more lithium battery chemistries than ever and figuring out which one is used where and what appears after the dust settles can be difficult. Here's a brief look at what's in store tomorrow from the major EV battery OEMs



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