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Jul 29, 2020

Yamaha YDX Moro unveiled as full suspension e-bike from the future

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Yamaha has finally unveiled its new Yamaha YDX MORO electric mountain bike line. The new models feature Yamaha’s latest mid-drive e-bike motor and a brand new frame design unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Jul 29, 2020

A Crazier Crazy Straw for Science

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What do the loopy straws that children like to sip drinks through have in common with cutting-edge science? Ask Ryan Murphy and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where the team has thought up a creative way to explore the properties of fluids under extreme conditions.

The team invented a device that can push fluids through a narrow tube at the velocity of a car hurtling down a rural interstate — about 110 km per hour. This might not sound overly fast to a road tripper, but the tube’s inner diameter is typically 100 micrometers — about the thickness of a human hair. Scaled up, that would be like a train hurtling through a subway tunnel about 100 times faster than a rocket blasting its way into orbit.

To add to the fun, the meter-long tube is coiled up like a spring, so the fluid careens around loop after three-centimeter-wide loop, as though that rocketing subway were a blindingly fast roller coaster that turns somersaults from start to finish.

Jul 27, 2020

Elon Musk’s nickel supply challenge for Tesla batteries answered by Canada miners

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During the second quarter earnings call, Elon Musk called on miners to efficiently mine more nickel. According to Musk, nickel miners could be assured of massive contracts with Tesla, provided that their mining practices are efficient and environmentally conscious. If recent reports are any indication, it appears that a Canadian mining company has recently answered the CEO’s call.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Toronto-based Canada Nickel Co. stated that it is poised to build a facility that has the capability to process zero carbon nickel. The need for such a product was highlighted by Canada Nickel Chief Executive Officer Mark Selby to the publication. “The electric vehicle chain and broader market in general is crying out for zero-carbon product,” he said.

Jul 27, 2020

Tesla’s next vehicles have the potential to usher in the extinction of gas cars

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Goodbye gas stations.

During the second quarter earnings call, Elon Musk tentatively confirmed that Tesla would be making a compact car and a vehicle with high capacity. Granted, it would probably take a few more years before such vehicles are produced, but one thing seems certain. Considering Tesla’s speed and pace, it would not be surprising if Tesla’s compact car and high capacity EV causes the extinction of the internal combustion engine.

Tesla’s current lineup of vehicles, which comprise the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, are great EVs, but they are still fairly large for their class. This includes the Model 3 and the Model Y, Tesla’s “smaller” vehicles in its lineup. This, together with the vehicles’ premium price, end up blocking the company from reaching its full potential in the auto market. With a compact car and a high capacity vehicle, however, things could drastically change for Tesla.

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Jul 26, 2020

Audi is testing out bidirectional charging technology for electric vehicles

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation


Audi has announced that it is testing out bidirectional charging technology for electric cars, this would incorporate the electric car into the domestic power grid and could provide additional power to the grid when not in use.

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Jul 25, 2020

Los Angeles-To-Las Vegas High-Speed Train Wins $200 Million Nevada Bond Allocation

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The $5 billion XpressWest project will connect Southern California to Las Vegas with electric trains traveling up to 200 miles an hour.

Jul 24, 2020

Ford reveals an electric Mustang Mach-E SUV with 1,400 horsepower

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Looking to explore how far it can push the limits of electric vehicle performance, Ford has created a version of its Mustang Mach-E SUV with seven electric motors that can produce a total of up to 1,400 horsepower.

The Mach-E 1400 is a one-of-a-kind demonstration car that was created to show the potential of all-electric vehicles and to help engineers research ways to increase their power, said Mark Rushbrook, head of Ford Performance Motorsports. The Mach-E 1400 is based on Mustang’s Mach-E SUV, which Ford will begin selling next year. The street legal Mach-E GT SUV will produce 459 horsepower from two electric motors.

Jul 24, 2020

Apple commits to carbon neutrality by 2030

Posted by in categories: materials, transportation

Apple, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, is already carbon neutral for its corporate facilities, a goal achieved in April 2020. However, the consumer electronics giant now intends to make every product and its entire supply chain – from manufacturing to transportation to end-of-life material recovery – net zero by 2030.

Jul 23, 2020

Charging hundreds of EVs parked at a condo is a solvable problem, here’s how

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Skeptics like to point out that most EV drivers live in single-family homes that make charging easy. And they point to the current lack of charging stations at condos as an impenetrable obstacle to EV adoption. But this viewpoint reflects a lack of understanding of how daily EV charging works. I recently chatted with Jason Appelbaum, chief executive of EverCharge — the biggest EV charging network you never heard of.

Several hundred electric cars, all parked in the same condo garage, can easily get their daily dose of electricity. It requires a smart load-balancing system.

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Jul 22, 2020

Army Eyes Replacing Apache With FARA As Its ‘Kick In The Door’ Attack Helicopter

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The AH-64 Apache has long been the Army’s alpha dog, the aircraft you go to war in on day one. But the Army appears to be planning a wider role for its Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft than previously revealed, with a top officer saying it will be its first-day penetrating attack helicopter.

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