Wednesday 31 July 2019

French startup develops tech to convert diesel cars to electric

French startup Transition-One has developed retrofitting technology that adds an electric engine, batteries and a connected dashboard into numerous older models of popular motor vehicles.

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New Zealand's future is electric not hydrogen-powered

The process of creating hydrogen uses more energy than can be created from burning the hydrogen that is then produced, concludes Z Energy.

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Formula Hybrid champions built their race car with new drivetrain tech

After months of building a high-performance hybrid vehicle and a 5,138 km drive across North America, the University of Victoria’s Formula Hybrid team won the best overall hybrid design.

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SA urged to seize massive platinum-boosting fuel cell opportunity

South Africa is being urged to seize the massive opportunity that the new fuel cell and hydrogen economy present at a time of slumped local wealth creation and horrific job starvation.

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Why EV fans should rethink Hydrogen cars

People tend to think about hydrogen cars as closer to fossil fuel cars than battery cars, because you fill up a tank. In reality most Hydrogen cars are not all that different from electric cars.

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UK orders for MG's ZS EV hits 1,000

MG Motor UK has smashed its new car pre-sales records by securing 1,000 orders for its sensational MG ZS high-tech electric SUV in just two weeks. 

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Energica planning smaller, more affordable electric motorcycles

Energica, the Italian manufacturer of high power electric racing motorcycles, has a new target in sight. The company has just announced plans to develop a series of smaller, lighter-weight electric motorcycles - and South Africa has a local distributor...

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Rimac C_Two electric hypercar to debut in September

The Rimac C_Two all-electric hypercar is set to make its world debut in September. Production of the C_Two will be limited to just 150 units worldwide, with delivery scheduled to commence early next year.

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Car buyers want electric vehicles. Automakers: No, they don’t

While traditional automakers push the notion that nobody wants to buy electric vehicles, 63% of prospective car purchasers in the USA disagree. 

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Mobility confidence study finds people wary of EVs & self-driving cars

J.D. Power's first ever Mobility Confidence Index Study reveals consumers aren't yet overly excited about embracing either electric vehicles or self-driving cars.

What’s going on at BMW?

BMW has established a long list of future and current cars it plans to kill off, including a next-generation Z4.

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Monday 29 July 2019

Formula E vs Formula 1: Microcosm of the tussle for mobility's future

In the world of motorsport, Formula 1 is described as the pinnacle of racing. But how does its fledgling electric cousin, Formula E, compare?

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Porsche’s battery-powered Taycan on track to overtake 911

Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car, which shaped the German brand’s luxurious appeal for decades, may soon be eclipsed by the battery-powered Taycan.

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It’s time for a holistic approach to vehicle electrification

Technological progress means we are closer than ever to transforming vehicle propulsion, from delivery vans and trucks to trains and construction applications.

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Lithium boom is coming, just not overnight

Lithium miners are bulking up for a booming future when electric cars go mainstream. But, prices are tumbling on a burst of new production and demand growth slowing in China.

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SiC crystal targets rapidly expanding electrical vehicle market

GTAT Corporation, an advanced materials company, is introducing its CrystX SiC material for use in power electronics applications such as electric vehicles. 

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Electric vehicle fleet operators key to UK adoption

A UK report highlights the need to support electric vehicle fleet operators in order to drive uptake of electric mobility across the country.

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Curtiss Psyche electric motorcycle takes aim at Harley

While Curtiss Motorcycles has shown off an array of wild electric motorcycle designs over the past year, but the company’s newest design will be sold for less than half its others - and it's designed to directly compete with Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire.

Sunday 28 July 2019

Tesla bakkie in the works, unveiling in just a few months

Details about Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck are relatively few and far between, that said, Elon Musk recently revealed the final details are underway and it should be unveiled within in two to three months.

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6 ways Tesla ruins everything for incumbent automakers

When traditional automakers lose a sale to Tesla, it's much worse for them than if they lose the sale to another traditional manufacturer. 

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Saturday 27 July 2019

Tesla has 7-year head start over legacy automakers

The automotive and oil industries dominate the global economy - and both are on the cusp of revolutionary change. The ramifications of this are endless.

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How and why EVs will change the way cars look

Once a novelty, electric vehicles have moved into the mainstream thanks to high-profile companies like Tesla and best-sellers like the Nissan Leaf. These cars are feature-packed and technology heavy, but the innards aren’t the only part of the car that’s changing. 

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Friday 26 July 2019

Transparent solar panels could replace car windows

A transparent solar panel that can take the place of glass in windows could be used to power electric cars and homes, according to its developers at the University of the Free State.

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Westfield and Chesil to launch pioneering electric kit car

Track car manufacturer Westfield has bought renowned Porsche replica producer Chesil Speedsters and will show an electric reproduction of the iconic 356 at this weekend’s Silverstone Classic event.

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New tyre technology could generate electricity as it rolls

Sumitomo Rubber is developing a new tyre that recaptures static electricity generated when the tyres deform and return to their original shape as they roll down the road.

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