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Researchers may have figured out a way to keep batteries from draining when not in use, while also setting them for faster recharge times. The patent-pending tech uses a thin plastic membrane to prevent battery discharge by controlling how charge flows within a battery. Developed by Ohio State engineers, the so-called “smart” membrane was inspired […]

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There is little to know about Apple’s secretive Project Titan, the company’s alleged electric car project, but a report by South Korean technology news source ETNews may give a peek inside. According to the report, Apple may be working with an as yet unidentified Korean battery company to develop a new hollow core lithium-ion battery for […]

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BMW’s i division is hard at work building a secret prototype battery-powered i8 sports car which could result in the coupe discarding the plug-in hybrid powertrain and going fully electric in the future. According to sources speaking to British publication Autocar, the plan is the electric i8 will be based on the i division’s carbon […]

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You can still get your kicks on U.S. Highway Route 66, at least on some parts of it. And, the historic highway, (also known as the Mother Road, the Main Street of America or the Will Rogers Highway) could one day inspire someone to call it the Solar Highway, if a pilot project pans out. […]

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If Nikola Motor Company’s plans come to pass, its Nikola One series hybrid electric truck threatens to do to trucking what Tesla’s Model S has done within the auto industry. Among a list of touted benefits, the natural-gas turbine powered rig could attack one of the biggest sore spots in the global transportation picture with […]

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Arriving next summer, a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz S 550e will be available with wireless battery charging. The technology being used works on a principal similar to wirelessly charging cell phones, and requires no cords or plugs to handle. British publication, Autocar, reported that the induction charging system will consist of two coils: one placed on […]

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Perhaps there’s some magic when applying famous electrical engineer Nikola Tesla’s name to an electrified vehicle. Salt Lake City-based startup, Nikola Motor, said in a press release it received 7,000 pre-orders last month for its Class 8 electric truck. That translates to $10.5 million in reservation funds, and $2.3 billion in sales if all of […]

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Mercedes-Benz has previewed a plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel-cell GLC for 2017. Yes, you read that right. Unlike other fuel-cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai, Honda FCX Clarity, or the like, Mercedes’ GLC fuel-cell vehicle will utilize a 9 kWh battery pack, making it rather unique. The merging of a li-ion battery with about 30 […]

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Since the first funky looking hybrid cars came on the U.S. scene in late 1999, Americans have now purchased over four-million examples of these gas-electric fuel savers. Today there are three-dozen hybrid vehicles on offer – some which sell negligible numbers, others that pull more weight in the market – and despite inexpensive gas presently […]

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Tesla Motors’ chief technology officer and co-founder, JB Straubel, was the keynote speaker at the recently held International Transport Forum held in Leipzig, Germany. During his address at the ministerial session, Straubel touched on a number of subjects that circled around electric transportation and electric vehicles — mainly the innovations regarding batteries and autonomous driving. […]

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