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Cal on August 2nd, 2017

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Cal on July 27th, 2017

Britain announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. This follows a similar recent announcement by France.  The British ban will also include new hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on July 21st, 2017

US consulting firm AlixPartners says Chinese automakers are on track to produce 49 of the 103 new electric car models that will be launched globally by 2020. Chinese automakers account for 96% of the EVs sold in that country. Automakers sold about 330,000 electric vehicles in China in 2016 – or 1.4% of total light vehicle […]

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Cal on July 20th, 2017

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications. Described in a paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials, the approach involves substituting germanium in the solid electrolyte for two […]

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Cal on July 19th, 2017

    Drivers in central London, UK will be able to charge electric and hybrid cars through lampposts as part of a unique pilot project in Westminster. (see photo above)  The idea comes from ubitricity which has developed charging points to fit inside ordinary streetlights. Additional lampposts are planned for Hounslow, Richmond, Kensington, Chelsea, and Barnes. […]

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Cal on July 17th, 2017

The Daily Beast tells us How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age. Although many say Tesla invented the twentieth century, it is more fitting to say he invented the twenty-first century, Kenny Breuer, Professor of Engineering at Brown University says most of Tesla’s inventions became “winners” later, “so for years no one really appreciated his achievements. […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2017

Recent estimates of methane gas hydrate deposits around the world suggest that they contain perhaps more organic carbon than all the world’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal combined. Once extracted, 1 cubic metre of methane hydrate releases 164 cubic metres of conventional natural gas. Estimates very from 10,000 trillion cubic feet to more than 100,000 […]

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