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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

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


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



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