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Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air travel a reality. Sometimes billed as the Tesla of the airplane industry, Zunum is developing a relatively small regional aircraft with about 700... read more

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2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla granted patent on metal-air battery charging

When it comes to Tesla and electric-car batteries, the eyes of most analysts are currently on the automaker's "Gigafactory," which began battery-cell production earlier this... read more February 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2017 Hyundai Ioniq to have lifetime battery-failure warranty

Hyundai is extending the lifetime battery warranty offered on previous electrified models to the 2017 Ioniq lineup as well. The warranty applies to all versions of Hyundai's... read more February 13, 2017 by


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

Electric-car batteries: $100 per kwh before 2020, $80 soon after?

Modern electric cars have developed to the point where range itself may become less of an issue than the cost of providing it. Automakers can create longer-range electric... read more February 9, 2017 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity energy storage array on Ta'u, American Samoa

3 California battery storage sites come online, one from Tesla

Long a leader in the push to reduce vehicle emissions and switch to renewable energy, California marks another milestone this week. The last of three battery energy-storage... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Samsung SDI battery plant in Xi'an, China

Samsung lithium-ion cell to recharge to 80 percent in 20 minutes

The limitations of current lithium-ion battery-cell technology pose a hindrance to more widespread adoption of plug-in electric cars. Relatively short ranges and long... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
Lithium-ion cell and battery pack assembly for Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland, U.K., plant

How much have electric-car battery costs fallen? This much!

High costs of lithium-ion battery cells have been one of the main hindrances to large-scale electric-car adoption, as they typically lead to higher purchase prices for... read more January 8, 2017 by


 
Tesla gigafactory, March 2016, shown in drone footage posted to YouTube by Above Reno

Tesla starts cell production at Gigafactory, shows it off to investors

Slightly less than three years after it was first announced, Tesla is now producing lithium-ion battery cells at its massive "Gigafactory." Billed as the largest factory of... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
contact lens (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Supercapacitor energy density could soar using contact-lens polymer

Engineers are nothing if not creative. Significant research is going into improved ways of storing electricity, including alternatives to the currently dominant lithium-ion... read more December 8, 2016 by


 
Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

Used electric-car batteries should be recycled, not reused: report

Even after they have degraded too much for continued automotive use, the lithium-ion battery packs in electric cars still have significant useful storage capacity. That's led... read more December 8, 2016 by


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one... read more December 6, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

Toyota battery R&D will allow all-electric car in 'a few years,' likely 2020

The signals are now unmistakable: Toyota will offer a battery-electric car for sale in 2020. After a decade of condemning electric cars as suitable only for the smallest... read more November 27, 2016 by


 
Scrap metal (Photo by Daniel Bubois/Vanderbilt University)

Batteries from junkyard scrap metal and household chemicals?

The increasing importance of batteries for electric cars, renewable energy, and consumer electronics has researchers looking for alternatives to the currently-dominant... read more November 13, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Electric cars pose 'resoundingly negative' threat to oil companies: analyst Fitch

It goes without saying that mass adoption of electric cars would lead to a massive decrease in oil consumption over time. So far, though, the oil industry hasn't seemed to... read more October 26, 2016 by


 
Concorde (photo by Eduard Marmet, via Wikimedia Commons)

So how about all-electric supersonic aircraft, then?

Supersonic airliners haven't flown since 2003, when the last Concorde was retired. But could supersonic planes carrying large number of passengers make a comeback—and... read more October 23, 2016 by


 
NanoFlowcell Quantino concept

Nano Flowcell liquid-battery car briefly driven by outsider

Nano Flowcell Holdings hasn't been shy about promoting its flow-cell battery technology. It's displayed flashy concept cars at multiple auto shows, offering bold performance... read more October 19, 2016 by


 

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