WednesdayAug 12, 2020 11:45 am

Toyota and Subaru to Collaborate on Fully Electric SUV

Electric car enthusiasts are in for a treat after Toyota recently filed a patent for a fully electric Toyota SUV which looks quite similar to a Subaru concept shown earlier this year. Back in April, Japanese auto website Spyder7 revealed the name of a medium-sized crossover SUV that Subaru had co-developed with Toyota, the Subaru Evoltis. Subaru had trademarked the Evoltis moniker in the United States and Spyder7 claimed that the vehicle could make its world debut as early as October 2021. The website claimed at the time that the car would be based on an unnamed concept vehicle Subaru…

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TuesdayAug 11, 2020 3:30 pm

Researchers Use Hot Butter to Understand Battery Structure

Over the years, it has become apparent that fossil fuels, while quite effective, aren't easy on the environment. Although solar and wind-generated energy coupled with battery storage systems have shown great promise as a clean, renewable replacement, we are a long way from full-scale adoption. One thing that stands in the way of widespread adoption of battery storage systems is slower charging and discharging speeds. However, a team of scientists in Switzerland have found an interesting way to image the inside of a battery that could help find new ways of improving them. After pouring liquid butter into a battery…

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TuesdayAug 11, 2020 1:30 pm

Rapid Battery Charging Set to Transform EV Sector

Electric vehicles have grown quite popular over the past few years, especially as the effects of global warming become more apparent. They run on clean energy and produce zero emissions, and most developed governments are planning on phasing out internal combustion-engine vehicles in favor of EVs over the next decade. However, conventional cars have been around for over a century, and replacing them with EVs is not without its challenges. A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University has found a way to eliminate one of the roadblocks to widespread EV adoption, slower recharging times compared to traditional vehicles. Chao-Yang…

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MondayAug 10, 2020 3:30 pm

AI and IoT Solutions Could Boost EV Customer Experience

The electric vehicle (“EV”) industry represents one of humanity’s greatest attempts at cutting down on carbon emissions and making sure the planet remains habitable for future generations. However, carbon based energy has powered humanity to civilization, and the young electric vehicle industry has a long way before seeing 100% adoption. For that to happen, EVs must become more affordable and efficient than internal combustion engine vehicles. Unlike conventional vehicles, EV makers haven’t had decades to research and perfect their technology. It's still a work in progress, with firms constantly tweaking and improving on the technology to make it more efficient…

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MondayAug 10, 2020 9:15 am

Why EVs Are Safer Than Conventional Cars

Each year, approximately 1.35 million people die as a result of road traffic accidents. On top of that conventional vehicles run on non-renewable fossil fuels, and the impact they have on the environment is massive. Still, roads remain a crucial aspect of most countries’ infrastructure, especially developing nations that don’t have a countrywide railway system. Governments are tackling the issue of carbon emissions and global warming by phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles for electric cars. As electric vehicles (“EVs”) become more mainstream across the world, one question that has crossed the mind of anyone who considered making the switch…

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FridayAug 07, 2020 3:30 pm

Expected Improvements to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Electric cars represent humanity's next phase of automobiles. While very popular, the technology is still young and manufacturers are constantly tweaking it to get the best product. One area that has received quite the attention is the lithium-ion battery which powers electric vehicles. As EV makers and battery manufacturers work on perfecting battery designs, there have been increasing concerns about the future supply of key materials. According to Hans Eric Melon, founder of Circular Energy Storage, a consultancy focused on battery end-of-life management, concerns over cobalt, are especially forcing battery makers to move toward cobalt-light lithium-ion formulations. Cobalt is sourced…

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FridayAug 07, 2020 9:30 am

Are Sun-Tracking and Transparent Solar Panels Close to Becoming a Reality?

Solar energy will play a crucial role as governments phase out carbon-based energy in favor of green energy. They are more mainstream than wind energy and electric cars, and they have been around for much longer. Despite that, however, solar has a long way to go before it can fully replace conventional energy sources. Sure, solar energy is clean, renewable and doesn't harm the environment. And for the past few years, the market has enjoyed an average annual growth rate of 49%. But, solar still represents a tiny portion of the U.S. energy market with renewables as a whole making…

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ThursdayAug 06, 2020 3:25 pm

Why EVs Need Unique Tires

Most developed countries have plans to phase out carbon based energy in exchange for a renewable, less damaging source of energy over the next decade or two. While solar and wind generated energy have emerged as the cleanest and most efficient energy to run homes and businesses, electric vehicles have provided a much needed alternative for internal combustion engines. Their main difference, of course, is that electric vehicles are powered by either lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries but did you know they require an entirely different type of tires as well? Both electric and traditional vehicle tires are designed to…

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ThursdayAug 06, 2020 11:30 am

UK Advisers Call for Additional Car Taxes for Environmental Reasons

To help the UK achieve net zero emissions by 2050, an independent government body is calling for a hike in car taxes. The Committee on Climate Change (“CCC”), an independent body formed in 2008 following the Climate Change Act, says lawmakers should increase tax rates for conventionally fueled cars to help raise money to fund climate change initiatives in the country. What’s more, the independent group of government advisors has restated its previous call to the government to move the proposed ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles from 2035 to 2032. The CCC called for this actions…

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WednesdayAug 05, 2020 3:15 pm

How the Ongoing Pandemic Has Affected the Renewable Energy Sector

It will be years before most industries recover to pre-pandemic levels. While certain select industries like online marketplaces and video call platforms have weathered the storm fairly well, sectors such as airlines and food service shouldered the brunt of the coronavirus. As coronavirus cases remain on the rise and people stay sequestered in their homes, the economy is sure to decline even more. The renewable energy market, on the other hand, has had a rough go at it, and the industry's ultimate fate will be determined by how the world handles the coronavirus pandemic. Like most industries, the biggest threat…

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