Category: Cars

Sucks to be you, Dyson — company repays grant money back to UK government


It must suck to be Dyson at the moment. The UK government has recouped nearly all of its £8 million grant it gave to the British vacuum cleaner manufacturer to develop an electric vehicle, the Telegraph reports. Dyson was given the money back in 2016 as part of government plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs. In part, the money was going to help Dyson‘s development and expansion into the electric car market. The vacuum maker reportedly put $2.5 billion into developing its electric vehicle. [Read: The Dyson V11… or how I learned to stop worrying and love vacuuming]…

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Engineers bet on hydrogen-fueled zero emission rocket to break land speed record


Engineers behind the British Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) vehicle are turning their eyes to hydrogen power for their next record attempt. The team plan to use a zero emission rocket powered by concentrated hydrogen peroxide, all that will be emitted is water and oxygen Motoring Research reports. [Read: New hydrogen trains could put an end to diesel] But how does it work? I hear you ask. According to the Bloodhound team, the rocket will use hydrogen peroxide, water with an extra oxygen molecule (H2O2), which will be pumped at very high pressures through silver gauze. When the H2O2 comes…

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The UK now has 30,000 EV charging connectors — but there’s a long way to go


The United Kingdom‘s electric vehicle charging network continues to grow. There are now more than 30,000 EV charging connectors located across the nation, according to a tweet from UK-based online vehicle charging point locator Zap-Map. EV charging #milestone reached! ⚡️🚗 There are now over 30,000 charging connectors across the UK #EV Find them on Zap-Map ➡️https://t.co/rGNYvocPZj pic.twitter.com/TSKPiWEoXC — Zap Map (@zap_map) January 23, 2020 As of today, there are now 30,140 connectors spread across 10,753 locations, listed on Zap-Map. This means, on average, that there are just under two connectors per device, and between one and two devices per location.…

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US to inject $300M into research for cleaner transport tech


The electric vehicle market looks like it’s going to get a boost in the United States. The Trump administration has just announced that it’s set up a $300 million grant to research clean vehicle technologies. Mark Menezes, an official from the US Department of Energy announced the grant earlier today at the Washington Auto Show, Washington Examiner reports. The DoE is also partnering with an energy utility research group. [Read: Tesla Model 3 drives surge in UK’s battery-powered vehicle registrations] Most of the money, $133 million, will go toward research of electric and battery technologies. Whilst another $100 million will…

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Scientists invent a faster and cheaper way to repurpose EV batteries


While electric cars are great at reducing emissions, they aren’t a totally perfect solution. With the rise of EVs, the world will have to deal with an influx of worn out batteries creating a new waste problem. But thankfully, scientists are already coming up with ways to tackle the issue. Researchers from Warwick University’s manufacturing arm WMG have developed a new system for testing the potential life of used Nissan Leaf batteries to determine whether they should be reused, recycled, or disposed of, Warwick University writes. Importantly, the new process is far faster than current methods. Grading a batch of…

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Tesla says there’s no unintended acceleration in its vehicles, blames short seller


Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has fought back against claims that some of its cars have accelerated suddenly without driver input. Over the past week, a petition was submitted to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which contained 127 complaints of incidents where Tesla vehicles had allegedly accelerated without warning. [Read: Half-a-million Teslas could be recalled after sudden acceleration complaints] In an announcement published late yesterday, Tesla said the petition “is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller.” A detail TNW pointed out in its original report on the matter. In every case where we had the vehicle’s…

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China wants to make swappable electric vehicle batteries mainstream


Driving an electric car is, for the most part, exactly like driving an internal combustion engine vehicle, except when it comes to refueling. Charging an electric car can often take hours at a time, but China is making a push to support technology that could cut that down to just minutes. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites sources close to the matter, the Chinese government is pushing for common industry standards on battery swapping technology. The standards would allow EV drivers to change the depleted batteries in their cars for fully charged ones, rather than having to charge from…

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Half-a-million Teslas could be recalled after sudden acceleration complaints


Half-a-million Tesla vehicles could be recalled as part of an investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This follows reports the cars are accelerating suddenly without warning. The NHTSA said last week it will review a petition to recall 500,000 Teslas amid the sudden acceleration claims, Reuters reports. A number of Teslas are thought to be affected by the issue, including Model S‘ produced between 2012 and 2019, Model X‘s produced between 2016 and 2019, and Model 3’s made between 2018 and 2019. [Read: Tesla Model 3 drives surge in UK’s battery-powered vehicle registrations] The petition specifically…

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VW knows it must become a tech company to compete with Tesla


German marque, and the world’s largest car maker by sales, Volkswagen (VW) appears to be wising up to the changing landscape of the automobile world. In a meeting with more than 100 company managers in Berlin this week, VW CEO Herbert Diess said that the company will have to “slaughter some sacred cows” and transform into a tech company if it’s to survive, the FT reports. In other words, VW is going to have to retire beloved vehicles in favor of greener alternatives. It seems that VW is growing increasingly aware of how companies like Tesla are shaking down the…

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Accidental Tesla ‘butt dial’ upgrade highlights confusing future of car maintenance


Upgrading an internal combustion engine vehicle typically requires the help of a mechanic or a visit to the car’s dealership. But with Tesla‘s over-the-air software updates the future of vehicle modifications looks very different. Earlier this week, author, scholar, statistician, and self-professed flâneur, Nassim Nicolas Taleb, tweeted about his interactions with Tesla after he accidentally upgraded his EV with his posterior. According to Taleb, he “butt dialed” the Tesla app and bought the $4,333 Full Self Driving upgrade accidentally. He subsequently shared his correspondence with Tesla‘s customer support, and it’s, erm, concerning. Elon @elonmusk, your Customer Support at Tesla is…

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