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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

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


SUV Explosion & Pedestrian Fatalities Linked, New Study Finds

May 29th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are all the rage. Sport? Well, not really. In fact, most of them never leave the comfort of paved roads. Utility? Sometimes, once or twice a year, or you could include kids in that definition. Vehicles? Definitely, they are vehicles, and lot of them! So much so that SUVs have become Detroit's bread and butter for decades. It's more profitable building big heavy cars than it is building fuel-efficient vehicles


Shell & Others Invest $70 Million Into Sonnen

May 28th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

A highly accomplished grid-edge startup, Sonnen, has just received a significant investment from European energy giant Royal Dutch Shell. The investment will help it to develop its U.S. and Australian solar + storage market share


Electric Buses A Crucial Portion Of Our Mobility Needs

May 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the race to electrify vehicles, electric buses (e-buses) and other utility platforms have been kept in the specialized news media. Despite the low profile, this market segment has the industrial and financial might to catapult EVs into mainstream use earlier than predicted


BP Gets Greener & Invests In Ultra-Fast Charging Company StoreDot

May 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

BP Ventures invests $20 million into an ultra-fast-charging battery developer called StoreDot that targets a battery for electric vehicles that charges in just 5 minutes. The goal is to commercialize a flash battery for mobile communication devices as early as 2019 followed by an EV battery. Who said petroleum companies were sitting on a goldmine and not taking advantage of it


Aston Martin’s Lagonda Revival — The Exotic, High-End, Electric “Vision Concept”

May 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Hang onto your hats, we may be entering the era of the electric SUV. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, BMW X5 xDrive40e, and of course Tesla Model X have been around for a while, but we now have the Kia Niro EV, Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-PACE, Audi E-Tron Quattro, VW ID Crozz, Nio ES8, Weltmeister EX5, Nissan iMx, Byton's first entry into the market, and others on the way. The latest to join the club? Aston Martin. As Jo Borras writes, Aston Martin is planning to revive the legendary Lagonda brand. The electric SUV concept it is ... slick


California Requires Solar Panels On New Homes 5 Years After 1st California City Did

May 10th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

California can stand up against whatever flavor of the year Washington, D.C., tries to impose on the rest on the country. As the world's 5th largest economy, it continues to push for renewable energy and electric vehicles despite an unruly political landscape that has slowed down cleaning up our pollution. Once more, California has forged ahead, with the latest news being that it is requiring most new homes to be solar energy ready


General Motors Turns To 3D Printing

May 9th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

General Motors is not the only carmaker suffering from manufacturing inefficiency and significant contributions to runaway pollution. But it is reported to have a plan that tackles both


Electric Aviation Is The Next Big Thing

May 7th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The future of electric aviation seems so far off and yet so very close that I think the only possible similarity would be to compare it to the electric vehicle (EV) rebirth of 2008. But just as back then, how many get the importance of electric aviation and its most urgent breakthroughs


Boooh! California Bows To Industry Pressure, Reduces HOV Lane Access For EVs. Fight Back!

May 5th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

California might be on the leading edge of renewable energy and electric mobility, but sometimes even the Golden State bows to industry pressures and powerful lobby arms. The highly successful access greener drivers get to dedicated high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on California roads are now being pulled away from those greener drivers (drivers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. EV drivers aren't being kicked out of the lanes immediately, but the same usual carmaker suspects have apparently been successful in lobbying for anti-EV changes — they only get three years in the lanes


Lynk & Co Reveals Superbly Connected Plug-In SUV (In China)

April 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Lynk & Co is finally revealing what it has been teasing for a year or so — its very first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The Lynk & Co 01 PHEV SUV (enough acronyms for you?) wraps together its own experience with PHEV drivetrain systems and Volvo's



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