Editor Blogs

November 2023
Hyundai and Kia Create New EV Wheel Drive System
Hyundai

The new Uni Wheel system

­ In my opinion, one of the most disappointing things about the current range of EVs on offer is a lack of innovation in how vehicles are designed. From the outside, it is often hard to tell the difference between an EV and its corresponding ICE variant. The way the vehicles work is usually similar too. The engi
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11/30/2023
GreenPower to Deliver 35 Electric Buses to California Schools

GreenPower to Deliver 35 Electric Buses to California Schools

­California isn’t just electrifying their personal vehicles – they’re also expunging gas-powered engines from their public transportation. Case in point: GreenPower is set to deliver 35 all-electric school buses to two school districts in Cali. Back in 2018 (which thanks to COVID, feels like a different century), the
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11/27/2023
Sodium-Ion Battery Validated at 160 Wh/kg Energy Density
Northvolt
  Its only a few weeks since I last wrote about lithium-free batteries, but it a subject of intense interest to the industry and things move fast. Lithium is not exactly scarce, but it is hard to find in extractable quantities. That extraction process is also normally very damaging to the environment.
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11/23/2023
Electric SUV Would Have Longest Range on the Market at 440 Miles

The forthcoming Lucid Gravity

­EV maker Lucid has unveiled what could be the longest-range electric SUV on the market – the California-based automaker’s crown jewel, the “Gravity”, allegedly gets 440 miles per charge. Lucid is sparing no hyperbole with its all-electric, three-row SUV, claiming it “heralds the dawn of a new era for
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11/20/2023
Inflation Reduction Act Helps the US Go Green
adobe
Just over a year ago, the US passed two pieces of regulation, which among other things, were intended to stimulate the country’s economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, bring manufacturing back to the US, secure supply chains and ensure that critical capabilities were kept in the country. The CHIPS and Science Act
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11/17/2023
Tesla to Build Low-Cost EV in Germany

Tesla’s Model 3, their best-seller, runs about $39K, while the company’s hypothetical budget model, should cost about $27K.

­Honda and GM might’ve punted on their low-cost EV project, but Tesla is stepping in to fill the void. According to a Reuters report, Tesla plans to build a $27K EV, their first budget vehicle, at their Gigafactory in Germany, near Berlin. This is very welcome news, since – even with the global bid for electrification – cons
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11/13/2023
What Net Zero Roll-Back Say UK Businesses
adobe
Its been around a month since the UK PM, Rishi Sunak decided to roll back the country’s Net Zero commitments. It was an unpopular decision with both citizens of the country and its industry. Even one of Sunak’s predecessors, Boris Johnson, slammed him for the decision. Sunak gave two reasons for the decision
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11/10/2023
New Battery Packs Save Money by Eliminating Cells and Modules

Naoki Ota, 24M President and CEO

­A new technology from the Massachusetts-based 24M could dramatically lower the cost of battery packs by eliminating individual cells and modules. By far, the most expensive single component of electric vehicles is the battery pack, and having to purchase a replacement can push the “break even point”, rela
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11/06/2023
Magnet-Free Electric Motor
ZF

The new I2SM motor from ZF

Electrical motors are used in a multitude of applications. They are so widely used that research estimates that they are the main energy consumer globally and use almost half of all electricity generated in the world. Almost all motors depend on magnets to operate, and those magnets contain rare-earth minerals,
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11/06/2023
US Regulates the AI Industry
adobe
AI is going to have a huge impact on all of our lives in the near to medium-term future. What we have seen so far in current AI implementations has been pretty impressive, for example, in medical applications, AI systems have proven more accurate at diagnosing some ailments than trained laboratory staff. Howev
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11/04/2023

 


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