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EV Pollution

A study conducted in the US has come to conclusions which do not sit well with EV ownership depending on the source of energy. If an electric vehicle is powered via a coal powered power station the pollution results are worse than for a gasoline powered  vehicle and cause 86% more deaths due to air pollution.

Death by Diesel

We've made a point many times about the toxicity of the current global fleet.  Outdoor air pollution, much of which is caused by vehicle exhaust has led to 3.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2010, 1.2 million of which were in China.  The densely populated cities of India are not faring a great deal better

An Affordable 500km Electric Car?

2017 Nissan Leaf The range of electric cars has been one of the major hurdles preventing greater uptake.  Unless you can afford a Tesla (range of 500kms) you're currently stuck around the 160kms range with today's production vehicles.  Although today's range is more than enough for the average driver range anxiety is a definite deterrent.  (According

Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars?

Electric Car dreaming Androids? Move over Electric Sheep and forgive me Philip K Dick but Tesla recently came out with an update to their Model S that warrants the reference.  The Tesla Model S Dual Motor P85D with Autopilot has just advanced vehicle technology into the realms of scifi. The original Model S was rightly awarded Car of

November 17th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

BYD Biggest Electric Bus

Chinese battery company BYD have announced the worlds largest electric bus  - the articulated or 'bendy' Lancaster ebus.  The bus has been designed and built in the US town of Lancaster and is powered by iron phosphate batteries.  This gives the 18 meter long people mover, a range of around 240kms with a payload of 120

November 13th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Is Tough Oil too Tough?

Some now suggest that M King Hubberts theory of 'Peak Oil' first developed in the 1950's is dead and buried.  The theory suggested that as oil fields ('easy oil') were discovered and developed the production would meet a peak and then taper off as the oil became increasingly more difficult to extract. With new technologies

Breath Taking EV Supercar

This is one of those OMG moments in the evolution of vehicle technology - this has to be the most incredible futuristic car that has been produced on the planet.  The technology is still under wraps but it's a radical new way to thrust an exotic machine through its paces.  With a reputed acceleration of

July 19th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Australia Dreaming

Tesla Supercharge Stations 2015 Time to Wake Up ...More and more the advance of EVs and EV infrastructure is gaining ground seemingly everywhere except for sleepy old Australia.  With just a few notable exceptions, for example Tritium with their powertrains and fast chargers, there is limited activity in the local marketplace - EV

Car Jacking a Self Drive Car

We've all heard of car-jackings but could a driverless car be hijacked by a hacker?  Apparently it's already been done and manufacturers developing this technology are beefing up security systems to prevent it.  It's predicted there could be as many as 20 million of these vehicles by 2020 so the concern is quite serious. Looking