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Oct 24, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear

Samsung Stripe and Band batteries are flexible, target wearables

Oct 24, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear
When it comes to wearables, batteries are one of the biggest limitations. For all their features and flashiness, smartwatches still suffer from relatively poor battery life, and those batteries represent design limitations (or, conversely, the wearables’ designs limit the battery choices).  Read more...
Oct 24, 2015, by UDResearchEurekAlert!

Capacitor breakthrough

Oct 24, 2015, by UDResearchEurekAlert!
In the movie 'Back to the Future,' Doc Brown and Marty McFly landed in the future in their DeLorean, with time travel made possible by a 'flux capacitor.' Today, capacitors are key components of portable electronics to electric cars, providing fast delivery of energy but poor storage capacity. However, researchers from UD and the Chinese Academy of Sciences report a new approach to increasing ... Read more...
Oct 23, 2015, by nasdaq.com

Why We Need to Rethink Energy Parity

Oct 23, 2015, by nasdaq.com
MoneyMorning.com Report - Over the past two days, I've been wrestling with a problem. That made the 19 hours it took me to drive down to our residence in Florida a bit easier. Nothing like a little exercise for the mind when the rest of you is being held hostage by an automobile. And the problem I've been thinking about is the shortcoming in the way the values of energy sources are currently measured. Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by Viknesh Vijayenthiranthecarconnection.com

2016 Acura TLX, 2016 Chevy Camaro, Electric Aston Martin: What's New @ The Car Connection

Oct 22, 2015, by Viknesh Vijayenthiranthecarconnection.com
From The Car Connection: 2016 Acura TLX Review The 2016 Acura TLX sedan straddles two size segments, replacing two previous Acura models--the TL and TSX--in a car that has the interior volume of a mid-size car in a footprint closer to that of a compact sedan.  Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by Ariel Boglemashable.com

Australia may become top market for solar home battery storage

Oct 22, 2015, by Ariel Boglemashable.com
Australia's many hours of sunlight, combined with new home battery storage technology, could seriously overhaul the way the country consumes energy, a new report claims. The research , undertaken by independent climate change research non-profit, the Climate Council, suggests Australia will become one of the world's largest markets for solar energy storage.  Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by H. Christine RichardsTechCrunch

Business Models For Sustainable Electricity

Oct 22, 2015, by H. Christine RichardsTechCrunch
As varied as the quirky spectrum of people dressed from t-shirts and shorts to suits and ties at SXSW Eco in Austin was the spectrum of sustainability topics covered — from improving fashion’s supply chain to building transportation hyperloops. For the first time ever, though, the workhorse of energy sustainability, the electric grid, was also tackled as a focal point.  Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by Angelo YoungInternational Business Times

As Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Stock Trades Near Six-Month Low, Model S Maker Sweetens Referral Deals In Bid To Boost Sales

Oct 22, 2015, by Angelo YoungInternational Business Times
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) hit their lowest closing price in six months Wednesday, a day after Consumer Reports issued a sobering reliability report on the Model S electric car. In a bid to meet its 2015 sales goal of at least 50,000 vehicles, the Palo Alto, California, car company sweetened its referral program. Read more...
Oct 22, 2015, by #!/JHHargermlive.com

Holland's LG Chem and GM show off 2016 Volt's new, improved battery

Oct 22, 2015, by #!/JHHargermlive.com
The two companies hosted a rare media tour of its 3-year-old battery plant in Holland to promote the improvements made to the rechargeable lithium ion batteries that power Chevrolet's plug-in hybrid. Read more...
Oct 21, 2015, by upi.com

GM and LG team up to make Chevrolet Bolt EV

Oct 21, 2015, by upi.com
Tomas Monzon SEOUL, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- General Motors and LG Electronics announced a partnership to build the new Chevrolet Bolt EV that will travel more than 200 miles for a single charge. Read more...
Oct 21, 2015, by Terry Tamminencnbc.com

Solar batteries—are they really green?

Oct 21, 2015, by Terry Tamminencnbc.com
Solar batteries sound like a good, sustainable idea. But are they as green as they seem? Read more...
Oct 21, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear

Toyota built this amazing "Back to the Future" gullwing Mirai

Oct 21, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear
Are fuel-cells the future of eco-friendly transportation? Toyota certainly thinks so, and it's cranking up the Mirai's cool-factor with a one-off Back to the Future special edition for the hydrogen car's official launch for preorder customers in Los Angeles.  Read more...
Oct 16, 2015, by Erik AndersonKPBS San Diego Public Radio & TV

San Diego Researchers Push To Build Better Batteries

Oct 16, 2015, by Erik AndersonKPBS San Diego Public Radio & TV
UC San Diego is joining the push to develop better batteries because advancements in the emerging industry could change the way people live their lives. Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by Stephen Shanklandcnet.com

Electric boost puts e-bikes on the fast track

Oct 15, 2015, by Stephen Shanklandcnet.com
From CNET Magazine: Purists might scoff, but batteries and motors can help casual riders get more out of the great outdoors. Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by Stephen Shanklandcnet.com

Specialized Turbo e-bike gives your ego a boost, too

Oct 15, 2015, by Stephen Shanklandcnet.com
Commentary: CNET's Stephen Shankland barely broke a sweat on a battery-assisted ride around Paris on a Specialized Turbo e-bike geared for commuters. Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by Matthew RoccoFox Business

Toyota Sees End of Gas-Only Cars

Oct 15, 2015, by Matthew RoccoFox Business
Toyota, known for its Prius hybrid vehicles, recently launched a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The Japanese automaker announced its boldest move yet, saying it will phase out almost all of its conventional gasoline cars by 2050. Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by Chris Perkinsmashable.com

The FAA isn't worried about your portable battery charger

Oct 15, 2015, by Chris Perkinsmashable.com
Tuesday's FAA safety recommendation of not packing spare batteries got us worried; how could we survive a long flight without our precious electronics? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday urged airlines to tell their passengers not to pack spare lithium-ion batteries because of a fire risk.  Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by Yahoo! Sports

Tesla unveils autopilot system, but don't let go of the wheel

Oct 15, 2015, by Yahoo! Sports
By Alexandria Sage PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Newer Tesla Motors Model S sedans will be able to steer and park themselves under certain conditions starting Thursday, the carmaker said, although Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk cautioned that drivers should keep holding the steering wheel.  Read more...
Oct 15, 2015, by pcmag.com

Toyota to Ditch Gas-Only Vehicles by 2050

Oct 15, 2015, by pcmag.com
Toyota is eyeing a fleet of hybrid and fuel-cell cars by 2050, but is not investing in electric-only vehicles. Read more...
Oct 14, 2015, by upi.com

Toyota to phase out gas-powered cars by 2050

Oct 14, 2015, by upi.com
Ed Adamczyk TOKYO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Corp. announced it intends to gradually phase out its gasoline-powered cars, currently 85 percent of its sales, by 2050. Read more...
Oct 13, 2015, by Bloomberg

Aston Martin Seeks `Beauty and Soul' in All-Electric Sports Cars

Oct 13, 2015, by Bloomberg
Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., the 102 year-old maker of high-performance cars featured in the next James Bond film, is envisioning a future when its engines are fueled by electricity instead of gasoline. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by willknightMIT Technology Review

How Might Apple Manufacture a Car?

Oct 09, 2015, by willknightMIT Technology Review
Apple could subcontract the manufacturing required to produce a car and focus on the software, which is becoming ever more important. Automobile production might seem a stretch for a company more accustomed to making handheld electronic gadgets and software. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015, by TU_MuenchenEurekAlert!

Faster design -- better catalysts

Oct 09, 2015, by TU_MuenchenEurekAlert!
( Technical University of Munich (TUM) ) While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Therefore, catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. Read more...
Oct 06, 2015, by Jeffrey D. SachsMarketWatch

Project Syndicate: Our generation's moonshot: A clean-energy world by 2050

Oct 06, 2015, by Jeffrey D. SachsMarketWatch
Just as JFK challenged the U.S. to land a man on the moon within a decade, our generation must rise to the challenge of replacing fossil fuels with clean energy by 2050, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs. Read more...
Oct 06, 2015, by HarringtonBeccaBusiness Insider

Here's what to do with your dead batteries

Oct 06, 2015, by HarringtonBeccaBusiness Insider
Most people have some kind of drawer full of junk, and in almost all of those drawers you'll find a dead battery or two. But luckily, in many places you can now actually throw those used AAAs into the trash. You can also recycle them at tons of locations across the country. Here's how to know if you can toss those batteries or not.  Read more...
Oct 06, 2015, by Jamie FineEDF Voices

A Stealth Tool to Modernize the Electric Grid

Oct 06, 2015, by Jamie FineEDF Voices
By Jamie Fine Electricity regulators , clean energy innovators, and rappers have all lamented poor communication. And some have pushed for cleaner, cheaper, more reliable solutions for meeting our energy needs. This is particularly so with the much anticipated emergence of a new kind of non-event based, price-responsive demand response (DR), or flexible DR.  Read more...
Oct 06, 2015, by METRO Magazine

2015 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets Survey

Oct 06, 2015, by METRO Magazine
With public transportation usage growing around the nation, many agencies are looking at ways to attract millennials, who are looking for more options and driving less and less, according to respondents of METRO's Top 100 Bus Fleets survey. Read more...
Oct 05, 2015, by tsimoniteMIT Technology Review

Gadgets Could Get Longer Lives by Combining Batteries

Oct 05, 2015, by tsimoniteMIT Technology Review
Microsoft researchers show that batteries that can be more actively managed by software might make our devices last longer. Mobile devices such as tablets and smart watches could become quicker to charge and slower to run out of juice thanks to a new approach to designing batteries from Microsoft researchers. Read more...
Oct 05, 2015, by nasdaq.com

How Big of a Threat Is This Deal to Tesla?

Oct 05, 2015, by nasdaq.com
Source: Tesla. Tesla Motors has been driving hard over the past few years toward revolutionizing the auto industry, but an announcement it made earlier in the year presented a new direction. Diversifying the uses for its battery technology, Tesla announced that it was entering the energy-storage market. As with its auto endeavors, Tesla faces strong -- some say overwhelming -- competition. Read more...
Oct 05, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear

Microsoft envisions a battery system that adjust to your habits

Oct 05, 2015, by slashgearSlashGear
We've said it before and we're saying it again. Batteries have now largely become the bottleneck of mobile computing and the new obsession for engineers. Being able to offer battery life that exceeds more than half a day, with the same amount of computing power and usage, and without bulking up the device is sort of like the holy grail. Read more...
Oct 05, 2015, by Matthew DeBordBusiness Insider

The Model X is on a crucial mission for Tesla

Oct 05, 2015, by Matthew DeBordBusiness Insider
This past week, Tesla pulled the cover off its hotly anticipated new crossover SUV , the Model X. Elon Musk's startup electric-car maker threw a very big, very Tesla party in Fremont, California, where Tesla is headquartered and operates its main factory. We already knew pretty much everything about the Model X, but seeing was definitely believing.  Read more...
Oct 04, 2015, by Engadget

Meet the electric bus that could push every other polluting bus off the road

Oct 04, 2015, by Engadget
By Adele Peters This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission. Electric cars might be sexier. But Ryan Popple, who was an early employee at Tesla, is now convinced that electric buses are more interesting. Read more...
Oct 04, 2015, by International Business Times

China Hastening Rollout Of Car-Charging Network: Xinhua

Oct 04, 2015, by International Business Times
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, as it seeks to reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, the official news agency Xinhua said Sunday, citing a senior energy official. A shortage of charging facilities has long been a roadblock for sales by the makers of electric cars, ranging from the domestic. Read more...
Oct 02, 2015, by Andy Boxalldigitaltrends.com

Two years of research led to a discovery that could change Li-ion batteries forever

Oct 02, 2015, by Andy Boxalldigitaltrends.com
Research carried out by a team at Stanford University has disproven an, until now, industry accepted science. A previously disregarded material inside Li-Ion batteries could be the key to faster charging times and greater efficiency. The post Two years of research led to a discovery that could change Li-ion batteries forever appeared first on Digital Trends . Read more...
Oct 02, 2015, by Jon Keegangraphics.wsj.com

Graphic: Lithium Ion vs. the World's Other Energy Sources

Oct 02, 2015, by Jon Keegangraphics.wsj.com
Gas? Coal? Body fat? Compared to the world's other popular energy sources, lithium-ion batteries have a long way to go. Read more...
Oct 01, 2015, by Discovery News

Radio Waves Turned Into Electricity

Oct 01, 2015, by Discovery News
A multi-band antenna and a type of battery that converts alternating current to direct current is turning Wi-Fi into power. Read more...
Sep 30, 2015, by RMartinBoulderMIT Technology Review

Race for a New Grid Battery Hits a Speed Bump

Sep 30, 2015, by RMartinBoulderMIT Technology Review
A promising battery startup has run into problems commercializing its novel technology. One of the most promising startups working on new types of grid-scale batteries, Ambri, has revealed disappointing test results for its novel technology, forcing it to lay off one-quarter of its staff in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and push back commercial deployment indefinitely. Read more...
Sep 30, 2015, by cnbc.com

Tesla delivers Model X electric SUV

Sep 30, 2015, by cnbc.com
Telsa Motors delivered the first of its long-awaited Model X electric sports-utility vehicles on Tuesday. Read more...
Sep 27, 2015, by philly.com

Driver's Seat: BMW has a stylish take on going green

Sep 27, 2015, by philly.com
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Read more...
Sep 27, 2015, by Matthew J. Kiernanhuffingtonpost.com

What Volkswagen - and all car makers - must do next

Sep 27, 2015, by Matthew J. Kiernanhuffingtonpost.com
Volkswagen's U.S emission standards scandal will test the company's previously successful co-determination model at a time when it is struggling to manage a well-publicised power struggle. The scandal also raises significant questions about the practices of other car makers. As investigations continue our expectation is that the demand for tighter regulations will intensify. In a year when the world hopes to make serious progress on climate change, Volkswagen will become the poster child for a call for further action. Read more...
Sep 26, 2015, by upi.com

Harvard researchers announce cleaner flow battery safe for homes

Sep 26, 2015, by upi.com
Marilyn Malara CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A team of researchers from Harvard University have uncovered an even cleaner solution to storing green energy from the sun and wind. Read more...