White Tesla Model S at the NAIAS. Front view.

The Tesla P85D’s ‘Insane’ Mode Scares The Pants Off People

The next iteration of the Tesla Model S — The P85D, has an ‘insane’ mode which is their equivalent of a ‘sport’ or ‘turbo’ button. A man named Brooks drove friends and family in a Tesla P85D after turning on insane mode, and they screamed. All of them were shocked. Reactions included flailing hands, a […]

The Solar Impulse 2 on the ground on a sunny day.

Solar Impulse 2 Will Fly Around The World On Sunlight Only

In February or March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2  will begin its flight around the world in Abu Dhabi, UAE in late February or March. It will return in late July or August 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) is a battery-electric plane  powered by an array of solar panels mounted on its wings. The […]

The Chevy Bolt EV.

GM Unveils The Chevy Bolt At The NAIAS

GM has unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show). This hatchback is a potential game changer due to an unusual combination of qualities — a price tag in the $30,000 USD range (after rebates), and a range of 200 miles (without the use of a combustion engine). All the other […]

A 3.7 volt, 3.8 Wh, 1.02 Ah Nokia cellphone battery (lithium-ion). Image Credit: Kompulsa.

New Phone Battery Recharges In Under 2 Minutes

It’s happening again! Another one of many companies (StoreDot) has claimed to invent a charger and battery that can recharge in under 2 minutes. This time, it is a smartphone battery. I’m not saying that these technologies aren’t real, because they are, but there are obstacles impeding commercialization, and I think it is safe to say […]

BMW i3 smartwatch park assist feature.

BMW Is Developing An i3 That Can Be Parked Via Smartwatch

You’ve heard of self-parking cars, but if you’re like me, you’ll want your car parked in a shady spot, and you’ll want it as close as possible to the store’s exit so you won’t have to carry your groceries or other goods all the way across the parking lot. That’s one potential benefit of parking […]

Lithium-ion cell.

Image obtained with thanks from Argonne National Laboratory on Flickr.

Queensland Researchers Develop Supercapacitor For EVs

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia have developed a new carbon-based supercapacitor (otherwise known as ultracapacitor) film technology with an improved power density. This enables it to provide larger bursts of power for acceleration. This just means it can discharge its energy more quickly. According to the Queensland University of Technology’s website: […]

A Model S in Wale. This vehicle got a Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating.

Tesla Model S Receives A Euro NCAP 5-Star Safety Rating

The Tesla Model S electric car has achieved a 5-star safety rating from both the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the NHTSA. This says a lot about the unusual technology behind this car. Every vehicle has its strengths and weaknesses, and unfortunately: manufacturers skimp on one thing or another to meet their design […]

New Battery Tech Recharges In 2 Minutes And Lasts 20 Years

I’ve been monitoring and writing about battery technology advancements for years, and was let down so many times. This time, a li-ion battery technology that can be recharged to 70% in 2 minutes has been developed, and it can theoretically last 20 years! This technology is facilitated by the use of a titanium dioxide-based gel […]

Abu Dhabi Will Host The First Solar Impulse Flight Around The World

The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered airplane that will make the first solar flight around the world. The flight will start and end in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Masdar. H. E. Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar said: ‘Abu Dhabi, Masdar and Solar […]

Tesla Gigafactory Might Achieve $100/kWh Battery Cost

Electric vehicle battery technology is usually of the lithium-ion chemistry, and it costs $400 to $500 USD per kWh, down from $1,000 a few years ago. They have certainly made strides, and they are set to make even bigger strides in the near future, possibly to $100 per kWh of batteries. Tesla Motors has aimed […]

Solar-Powered Planes Could Change How Airlines Work

Brainstorm Project The operation and maintenance (O&M) cost of solar-power plants is very low compared to that of fossil-fuelled power plants in general, and this has had a significant impact on the energy market in some regions (such as Texas, United States). The article pertains to that effect and how it could apply to solar-powered […]

Cadillac ELR Vs Chevrolet Volt (With Video)

By Nicholas Brown. Matt Farah and Zack Klapman of The Smoking Tire went on an electric car test drive to compare the value of the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. Zach Klapman drove the Cadillac ELR, and Matt Farah drove the Chevy Volt. Video Credit: The Smoking Tire on Youtube. Unsurprisingly, the ELR was found […]