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 lithium-ion chemistry. But could one of those alternatives be a combination of junkyard scrap metal and household chemicals? That’s what a group of researchers are proposing, in the hope …

Tesla’s Boss Elon Musk Unveils Solar Roof Tiles

The Tesla chief executive, Elon Musk, has unveiled new energy products aimed at illustrating the benefits of combining his firm, which makes electric cars and batteries, with solar installer SolarCity. The billionaire entrepreneur showed off solar roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and a longer-lasting home battery, …

Plans for an Electric Car Charging Point in Every New Home in Europe

Car manufacturers welcome plans by the EU to boost the convenience of electric cars by increasing recharging facilities. Every new or refurbished house in Europe will need to be equipped with an electric vehicle recharging point, under a draft EU directive expected to come into effect by 2019. In a …

Electric Vehicles Will Help the Shift Toward EU’s Green Transport Future

A large scale roll-out of electric cars on European roads would result in significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower levels of certain air pollutants, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment released today. However, widespread use of such vehicles would pose challenges for Europe’s power grid in meeting …

The weird, secret history of the electric car and why it disappeared

Ferdinand Porsche might have founded his famous car company in 1948, but he designed his very first car all the way back in 1898, when he was just 22 years old. Officially the 1898 Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton, Porsche’s first car is more affectionately known as the P1. Incredibly, …

VW Shifts to Electric Cars

To catch up with rivals, Volkswagen plans to introduce more than 30 electric cars by 2025. It forecast sales of as many as 3 million of its battery-powered vehicles annually by then, the equivalent of as much as 25 percent of its global sales. Volkswagen also plans to establish a …

Welcome to Formentera, the Island that Wants all its Cars Electric

  The tiny Mediterranean island of Formentera has taken delivery of six electric cars as part of an ambitious plan to be the first island in Europe to banish traditional cars from its shores. At 12 miles (19km) from end-to-end and with a population of about 12,000, Formentera is the …