Author Archives: Steve Hanley

Carbon Fiber Electric Bus Unveiling Next Week

April 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

On April 20, Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters will host a private event at its headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, to introduce its first 42 passenger electric bus. Crafted using carbon fiber extensively, it will feature a 350 volt drivetrain that uses 96 lithium-ion batteries supplied by China's Thunder Sky Winston Group. The innovative bus features a central driving position and an all-glass cockpit for maximum visibility all around


Faraday Future Shows Off FF91 In Long Beach

April 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Last weekend, people at the Mother's Car Wax show in Long Beach, California, were treated to an unexpected visitor — a fully functioning Faraday Future FF 91 beta car in frozen black livery. Looking like a cross between a Jaguar I-Pace and a Toyota Matrix, the all-electric SUV claims to have a 130 kWh battery and 1,500 horsepower. Without providing details, the company says it has created “the world’s highest energy density battery.”


Solar Sets New UK Record In March

April 10th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Last weekend for the first time ever, demand for electricity during the day was lower than at night, thanks to an influx of solar power on a sunny English afternoon.


SolarCity (ahem, Tesla) Unveils New Rooftop Solar Panel System

April 10th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

SolarCity will offer its pioneering SolarRoof system later this year. But it is not ignoring conventional rooftop solar panel system customers. Not everyone may want to completely remove a home's existing roof to install a SolarRoof, but many are put off by the changes in appearance a conventional rooftop solar system causes. SolarCity (now part of Tesla) is keenly aware that appearance matters to homeowners, so it is introducing a newly redesigned rooftop solar system that goes over an existing roof without ruining how a home looks


Tesla Supplier Buys 21 Tesla Model S Company Cars

April 8th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Ohio entrepreneur Stanley Chlebowski and owner of Tesla supply company Maumee Assembly & Stamping has purchased a fleet of 21 Tesla Model S sedans to be used as corporate cars across three companies that he runs


Hyperloop One’s “Plan For America”

April 8th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

On April 6, Hyperloop One hosted a conference on American infrastructure in Washington, DC, where it released details about the role it intends to play in bringing rapid, low-cost transportation to the nation. President Trump is proposing to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure during the next several years and those who want to participate in that plan are flocking to Washington to present their ideas. Elon Musk last week told administration officials that he can bore tunnels from coast to coast to help solve America's congestion problems


Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Rocks It, Lives Up To Fuel Economy Rating

April 7th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first -- and so far only -- hybrid minivan available in America. On the surface, this should be an incredible car. Rated 84 MPGe by the EPA, it promises to give families with kids and stuff to haul around the option of reducing their fuel usage significantly while contributing fewer carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Chrysler says the Pacifica Hybrid gets 32 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The conventional Pacifica is rated 19 city, 28 highway, and 22 combined


Bollinger & XL Hybrids Plow Forward With Electric Trucks

April 7th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

If Elon Musk is going to build an electric pickup truck, he better get busy. Two US companies — Bollinger and Workhorse — say they have an all-electric truck/SUV coming to market soon, and XL Hybrids will have plug-in hybrid conversions for pickups on the road soon. Light-duty trucks and SUVs now make up over half of the US new car market, which makes any options that lower the carbon emissions they produce welcome news for the environment


Hybrid Electric Airplane Startup Zunum Aero Collects Investments From JetBlue & Boeing

April 7th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

JetBlue has made an investment in Zunum Aero, a Kirkland, Washington, startup that hopes to have a hybrid electric airplane flying in about two years. It will be like “Tesla for the air,” says Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, but she declined to say how much of an investment her company has made. Boeing is also an investor in the company


Mercedes & Bosch Team Up For Self-Driving Tech, While Audi & Porsche Commit To Work Together More Than Ever

April 7th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The world's largest auto manufacturers and parts suppliers are banding together to bring self-driving cars to market as quickly as possible. The scope and complexity of the undertaking means it is more economical to combine forces rather that continue to work toward the goal separately. Bosch and Daimler have recently agreed to work together, and the heads of Porsche and Audi have announced their companies will work more closely together


FedEx CEO To Trump: National Security Needs Fuel Economy Standards

April 4th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump likes to brag that not contracting a sexually transmitted disease during the Vietnam era was his burden to bear. While he was dodging the draft, as only a person with enormous inherited wealth can do, Fred Smith was a Marine platoon leader and forward air controller in Vietnam. Today, he is CEO of FedEx. As head of the world's largest air cargo fleet, he is highly aware of fuel costs and the impact of fuel sources on national and international politics


3D-Printed Electric Motorcycle — Italian Volt’s Lacama

April 4th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Italian Volt is bringing a new fully customizable electric motorcycle to market. Called the Lacama, it has many unique features. The bodywork, frame, and swing arm of the Lacama are all 3D-printed. Customers can make modifications to any or all three of those components when placing their order


UPDATED: Sakti3 & Dyson Still Rolling

April 4th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Just 18 months ago, Dyson, the British maker of bladeless fans and ridiculously expensive vacuum cleaners, shelled out $90 million to acquire Sakti3, a super secretive battery company based on patents held by the University of Michigan. Sakti3 claimed years ago that it had developed a solid-state lithium battery that is less expensive than a conventional lithium-ion battery and has double the power density. It also won't explode or burst into flames the way a conventional battery can. (See: Samsung Galaxy Note 7.) However, none of its claims have ever been proven publicly in the real world and the company has been reluctant to allow outsiders to independently validate its technology. The Dyson Sakti3 battery deal has now been abandoned, says a report in Quartz



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