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Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds

Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds

Two years ago BMW, Daimler and scientists at the Technical University Munich (TUM) announced that they had joined forces to create an everyday, affordable and safe electric car, called the Visio.M. It's

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Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy is known for producing some of the world's best supercars from automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, but it has yet to produce a fully-electric supercar. That may change now that Italian company

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Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

Many of our readers may know Foxconn as the controversial manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, but the company may soon be known as something else - a car manufacturer. Foxconn has announced plans to build an

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and

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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today's charging cables, the system can

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Porsche’s First Car Built in 1898 Was Electric!

Porsche’s First Car Built in 1898 Was Electric!

When Porsche fans think back to the history of the brand that is responsible for the iconic 911, most of us think the brand came to life in 1948 and in many ways it did. But long before the 911 was born,

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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional batteries within three years. The sugar battery is cheap,

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Tesla May Build the World’s Biggest Lithium-Ion Battery Plant

Tesla May Build the World’s Biggest Lithium-Ion Battery Plant

Tesla doesn't have enough lithium-ion batteries to keep pace with their booming electric vehicle sales. Although the car maker sold 5,500 Model S sedans in the third quarter, sales might have been stunted

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Tesla Buys Nearly 2 Billion Panasonic Lithium-ion Battery Cells

Tesla Buys Nearly 2 Billion Panasonic Lithium-ion Battery Cells

Tesla and Panasonic just announced a new agreement that will allow Panasonic to expand its supply of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to the EV manufacturer. The new agreement expands on the

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Tesla Releases CHAdeMO Adapter for the Model S Electric Vehicle

Tesla Releases CHAdeMO Adapter for the Model S Electric Vehicle

Tesla's new Supercharger network is a fast, free way for Model S drivers to quickly recharge their vehicles. Even though Tesla has announced plans to rapidly expand its network, CHAdeMO fast charging

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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Rubbee Electric Drive Gives a Boost to Any Pedal-Powered Bike

Rubbee Electric Drive Gives a Boost to Any Pedal-Powered Bike

Today's electric bikes represent a great alternative to traditional pedal-powered bikes, especially when you're traversing a hill or on a hot summer day. The biggest drawback is the larger investment over

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Mercedes Unveils Solar-Powered ‘Vision’ Golf Cart of the Future

Mercedes Unveils Solar-Powered ‘Vision’ Golf Cart of the Future

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision, which the automaker is touting as the golf cart of the future. Today's golf carts rarely set hearts on fire with their slab sided minimalistic designs, but the

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The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem, there is

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Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

When riding a stationary bicycle, it easy to feel as though you aren't getting anywhere or doing much of anything other than managing a quick workout. The cardio is great, but what if you could capture

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Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes

Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes

A group of Rice University mechanical engineering students recently created a pair of energy-generating shoes that are able to create and store electricity with every step. The team's kinetic

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

It's hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the "Low Battery Icon of Death" right in the middle of an important task - and charging up via wall outlets takes

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GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

GreenTech Automotive, manufacturer of the electric MyCar, and Chinese automaker JAC Motors have announced a new partnership that will include the development of a five-passenger electric sedan. The new

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs, but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin's car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko, originally called City Car, is planning to test run its

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

The world just got one step closer to renewable, cheap, and efficient large-scale energy production as researchers at Stanford University lead by engineer Yi Cui developed a grid-scale battery whose

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World’s Fastest Electric Airplane Breaks 200 MPH Record!

World’s Fastest Electric Airplane Breaks 200 MPH Record!

Chip Yates, who's known for setting speed records with electric motorcycles, has just set a new world record in his Long-ESA electric airplane. Yates now holds the world record for being the first person

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Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

I think we can all agree that smartphones are incredibly useful, and their benefits are only compounded by the wide range of applications we can download. However, a study has revealed that free

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Plug + Play: A Solar-Powered EV Charging Station Shaped Like a Cooling Tower

Plug + Play: A Solar-Powered EV Charging Station Shaped Like a Cooling Tower

HMMY's Plug + Play proposal for an electric vehicle charging station serves as an urban battery and renewable energy generating system. Oriented so the maximum surface area is facing the south, the

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“Bricked” Tesla Roadster Battery Launches Electric Vehicle Debate

“Bricked” Tesla Roadster Battery Launches Electric Vehicle Debate

The electric car community is up in arms about a story involving a "dead" Tesla Roadster and its owner. Max Drucker, a Tesla Roadster owner had the unfortunate experience of his beloved Roadster's battery

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University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

The University of California Riverside has one very dedicated alum who puts our measly $50 annual donations to our alma maters to shame. Winston Chung, founder and CEO of Chinese energy heavyweight

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Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii

Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii

Panasonic's Evolta robot recently proved that powerful technology can come in a pint-sized package as it completed a 230 kilometer (142.9 mile) triathlon in Hawaii. The active little robot has previously

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