#ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

The cost of owning an electric vehicle will draw level with that of a fossil fuel-powered car as early as next year. According to Swiss bank UBS, this will lead to sooner than expected adoption of EVs. An analysis by UBS concluded that the total cost of ownership, which includes fuel and other running costs, will draw level with traditionally powered vehicles next year in Europe, and in 2023 in China and 2025 in the United States. The bank predicted an “inflexion point for demand” for battery-driven cars and raised its expectations for global electric vehicle sales by 50 percent, … Continue reading #ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

#Exploding #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 battery issue – new lithium-ion non-exploding solution – an annotated infographic

Scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing element which is released if the battery overheats. This could be crucial for all manner of applications: not just exploding smartphones, but also electric vehicles. E&T news recently covered Samsung’s official explanation of why the Galaxy Note 7 batteries had a tendency to explode. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Exploding #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 battery issue – new lithium-ion non-exploding solution – an annotated infographic

High fives all round @TeslaMotors as company secures 325,000 orders for new @TeslaModel3 – an annotated infographic

Tesla Motors, the upstart electric car maker sending shivers of apprehension through the traditional automotive industry, has unveiled its first venture into the mass market with its prototype new Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s home town press conference was interrupted by the now traditional whooping and hollering of approval from the assembled employees and early adopters of its electric cars. Musk announced more than 100,000 Model 3 orders with $1,000 deposits had been made, zooming to 276,000 after the press conference. This is unprecedented for a car which hadn’t been seen before and won’t appear in showrooms in any … Continue reading High fives all round @TeslaMotors as company secures 325,000 orders for new @TeslaModel3 – an annotated infographic

Will @TeslaMotors new Model X give #electriccars a major boost – an annotated infographic

Tesla’s electric Model X SUV can sprint to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, features radar and sonar to enable hands-free autopilot driving and can travel 400km on a single charge – at a fuel cost of just €4. The new Tesla Motors Model X SUV is so packed with headline grabbing features like the “falcon wing” doors, mind-boggling performance and a giant windscreen, that you might forget the fact that it is all electric, too. It might even protect you if biological warfare breaks out. The Fremont, California-based battery-powered car pioneer led by charismatic entrepreneur Elon Musk has cornered the market … Continue reading Will @TeslaMotors new Model X give #electriccars a major boost – an annotated infographic

#FormulaE Championship 2014-2015 – race season details – two annotated infographics

Later this year, ten cities around the world will play host to an experiment to use racing to push electric vehicle design as Formula E takes to the streets. In the spring of 2011 Jean Todt of Formula One’s organising body FIA said it was time for the organisation to look at a type of race that would showcase technologies designed to deal with the environmental problems of motor transport. In September of this year, the 11 teams with all-electric open-wheeled race cars will head to one of the most polluted cities on Earth – Beijing – to kick off … Continue reading #FormulaE Championship 2014-2015 – race season details – two annotated infographics

#ProjectLivewire electric motorbike competition tour announced by Harley-Davidson

Iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson has introduced its first fully electric motorcycle, offering bikers the chance to test and provide feedback on what would they expect from an electric motorbike. Part of the company’s Project LiveWire, the innovative eco-friendly motorbike was unveiled by Harley Davidson’s chief marketing officer Mark-Hans Richer during an event in New York on Monday. Capable of driving at up to 150 km/h, the bike has a range of 130 miles before it needs recharging – a procedure which would take between 30 minutes and one hour. Harley-Davidson says the vehicle will be able to accelerate to 60mph … Continue reading #ProjectLivewire electric motorbike competition tour announced by Harley-Davidson

#Google debuts self-driving cars – electric two-seater prototype to hit the roads within a year – an annotated infographic

The world got a little bit stranger recently, as the hitherto science-fiction dream of driverless cars cruised closer to reality with the announcement by Google that it is building a self-driving car with no steering wheel, no brake and no accelerator pedals – just buttons for go and stop. You can’t simplify the driving experience much bey0nd this. That’s the bare essentials right there. The electric-powered two-seater will have a top speed of 25mph. The car will not be sold publicly, but Google hopes to build 100 prototypes and use them in a “pilot programme”. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, … Continue reading #Google debuts self-driving cars – electric two-seater prototype to hit the roads within a year – an annotated infographic