Cheap Material Could Radically Improve Battery Charging Speed

Discovery could accelerate adoption of electric cars and solar energy, as well as helping to recharge your smartphone in minutes. A newly identified group of materials could help recharge batteries faster, raising the possibility of smartphones that charge fully in minutes and accelerating the adoption of major clean technologies like …

UK Electric Car Drivers Face Paying More to Charge at Peak Times

British electric car drivers face having to pay more to power their car if they refuse to shift their charging to off-peak times, in a move designed to lessen their burden on the electricity network. There are currently 160,000 plug-in cars on UK roads but rapid growth means their impact …

Majority of Londoners Prefer Electric Taxis to Diesel Models

The majority of Londoners say they would choose to get into an electric taxi over a traditional diesel model. That’s according to new research from ESB EV Solutions, which found 50% of the public would actively choose to ride in an electric vehicle (EV), with only 14% opting for a …

Tesla to Open Shanghai Electric Car Factory, Doubling Its Production

Tesla is to open a new electric car production plant in Shanghai, its first outside the US, chief executive Elon Musk said from the city on Tuesday. The new auto plant is slated to produce 500,000 cars a year, taking Tesla’s total global manufacturing capacity to 1m vehicles a year. …

Electric Vehicles Mean First Responders Have to Deal with Battery Fires

Last week, federal investigators reported that the battery of a Tesla Model S reignited twice after the car’s fiery crash in May. This isn’t the first time an electric vehicle battery has caught fire again after being put out. Why does this happen — and how are first responders being …

Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Fast Becoming the Worlds New Oil

For an energy source that’s been around for three decades, the lithium-ion battery is only just hitting its stride. It’s worked its way up from primitive cellular phones to cameras and laptops before entering everyone’s pockets inside smartphones. But only now that the electric car has arrived is this energy …

Tesla Reportedly Hits Model 3 Manufacturing Goal Hours after Its Deadline

Tesla just barely missed its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 electric cars a week, according to Reuters, which says that the company reached the mark “several hours after the midnight goal,” while Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that the company manufactured 7,000 vehicles in a week. Reuters …