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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

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


Lightyear Drops Its One Top To Show How It Was Designed & Produced

April 21st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

An electric car that runs on sunlight is bound to get the press going and commenters seething about whether the possibility is practical or not. But even if the technology is not 100% there yet, is it not reasonable to pay attention to the early startups that could potentially become tomorrow's established electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) leaders? In a rarefied field, Lightyear proposes the One, an EV that runs on sunshine ... somewhat


Political Shenanigans Got You Down? These 5 Global Trends Are Positively Changing The World Right Now

April 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Reading, seeing, watching, or listening to what passes off as news these days can inevitably bring a sense of doom, uncertainty, and fear (FUD) that some politicians love to bathe in to justify their middlemen role and push whatever pet project they have for their business buddies. But there is also good quality news out there if you let independent journalists communicate what they know best, fields they master for the purpose of bringing more light to important matters



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