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: […]