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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Self-Healing Lithium-Metal Anodes for Higher Energy Density Batteries

April 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

As part of the ever-evolving improvement of battery technology, there's a lot of anode research going on around the world. One idea is to replace commonly used graphite with lithium metal for the anode, and that may have just gotten a notable boost thanks to some research out of New York State's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Is Sion Power’s Licerion Lithium Battery What The Electric Aviation World Has Been Waiting For?

April 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It sounds as if the electric aviation news industry has somewhat tapered down, giving a chance for other competing electric mobility industries to make it into the limelight. But that doesn't mean that the electric aviation industry is sitting idly either. In fact, Sion Power just announced a "breakthrough" in its Location Lithium battery chemistry


An Electric Bentley: “Charles, Please, Come Home … Quietly!”

April 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The last time we saw a Rolls Royce or a Bentley on a lift, we marveled at the structure of its underpinning. Triangles hold the behemoth together and assure a certain level of stiffness with just enough flexibility. Unfortunately, an electric drivetrain in either a Rolls Royce or a Bentley is still something we've never seen — at least, so far. There are now promises this will change soon


Do Electric Vehicles Have Better Overall Safety? Part 2

April 1st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the first part of our series on whether or not electric vehicles (EV) are safer than comparable gasoline cars, EVs seem to beat traditional cars at least on paper in terms of drivetrain layout freedom. Given that the overall appearance of electric cars typically isn't a dramatic departure from gas/diesel vehicles, normal people probably have no idea how this new vehicle layout is so different. But what can actually be done with that design freedom to make EVs safer


TRIPL: A Funky Urban Electric Scooter … With Cargo

March 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric bicycles with some pretty fun and even outrageous designs have been spun out there, and today's pick of the litter is no exception. The TRIPL Urban Cargo funky e-scooter blends the lines, offering cargo space elegantly


Where Are The Vehicle-To-Grid Cars?

March 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Do you ever feel like you're watching some of the most interesting technological development, but at the same pace as glaciers melting? Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) certainly holds a special spot in this department. It has been touted as practical for over a decade now, but we still don't really have it


The Retro Rayvolt Cruzer — A New Face On The Electric Bicycle Cafe Racer Scene

March 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

'60’s café racers and surfing beach cruisers have left an indelible mark on the psyche of a few generations, especially with The Beach Boys grooving on Fender Jaguars and hybrid Norton and Triumph sleekly going from one end of the avenue to the other. We're not talking about a Harley Chopper here. We're talking about British bikes rearranged for more cafe cruising efficiency


Self-Driving Lingo Got You Confused? Here’s What It Means For You

March 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Autonomous electric vehicles are great, but level 1 autonomous driving is yesterday's reheated spaghetti, while level 5 is the Holy Grail. The problem is that if you were to say this to someone or write it as I just did, most people out there would have no idea what you're talking about. So, how about a step back. Let's take a glimpse at the bigger picture. Let's start with a definition of the levels of autonomous driving that cars can offer


68,000 Premature European Deaths A Year From Diesel Vehicle Pollution

March 20th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Volkswagen board members must be wondering how to put away this never-ending diesel scandal, now in its third year. Despite trying its best to avoid the consequences, the auto giant was once again caught a few months back with emission tricks. Adding insult to injury, a German political scandal is brewing from citizens demanding politicians step in ... and many politicians not wanting to step in


Apple Maps Tries To Revolutionize Bikesharing Information

March 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Apple Maps has been around for some time, and thankfully is nothing like its awkward early days of spotty information and so-so accuracy. Today, Apple wants to make its Apple Maps part of the bike-sharing landscape by facilitating the sharing of information.



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