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The Importance of Professor Goodenough

John Goodenough is not a household name, yet the majority of households in the developed world make use of his discoveries virtually every day. It was Professor Goodenough who oversaw the major breakthrough in lithium ion battery technology during his time at Oxford University where he brewed the secret sauce for modern lithium batteries back in the late seventies

Electrikhana Perth 2017 – Test Drive an EV

It's on again! Electrikhana is being staged at the RAC driving centre, 16 Grogan Road Perth Airport. It runs from 9am - 4pm on 11th March.  This event is staged annually by the Perth branch of the Australian EV Association and is drawing bigger crowds every year. Its success can be partly attributed to the ability

February 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Technological Breakthrough in Energy Storage

An opinion blog by MEC as our contribution to the 2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition: Technology for a Sustainable Future. We often hear climate deniers and those opposed to renewable energy state "the wind doesn't blow all the time and the sun doesn't shine at night" as a kind of dismissive mantra on clean energy

January 1st, 2017|

Four Major Cities Ban Diesel

Dieselgate, the scandal that exploded the myth of clean diesel, was the final nail in the coffin for this highly toxic carcinogen. Dead but not yet buried the writing has been on the wall for some time that diesel is 'fuel non grata' in many cities of the world with Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and

December 5th, 2016|

41 Insane Facts About Tesla Motors

The case for electric cars may seem clear to many of us, even while the authorities and sworn petrol-heads refuse to see sense. The truth is that we rely on a handful of visionary industrialists and politicians to invest in infrastructure, publicity and incentives while we try to enjoy the benefits and spread the word

Electric Vehicles – A Missed Opportunity for Australia?

The Slow Shuffle toward Electric Cars The emergence of electric cars as a viable alternative to fossil fuel based vehicles is an exciting and most needed environmental intervention in Australian society today. Unfortunately, despite the obvious benefit this new mode of transport offers to proactive climate change initiatives, it has taken a while for the

September 1st, 2016|Tags: |

Tesla Auto-Pilot Death

On May 7th the first US fatality was recorded with a Tesla Model S with autopilot engaged.  The accident occurred when a truck made a left turn in front of the vehicle.  The Model S struck the bottom of the tray which sheared off the roof with the car continuing some distance beyond the accident spot.

New Zealand Announces EV Incentives

  We've just had an election based budget in Australia and not a mention of climate change.  Our head in the sand government hasn't a clue or is simply bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry.  Amazing how a few brown paper bags stuffed full of "political bribes donations" can corrupt a democracy.

May 7th, 2016|Tags: , |

The End of the Beginning

  The astonishing success of the launch of the Tesla Model 3 with over 325,000 pre-orders in one week has caused ripples throughout the automotive industry. The runaway success of a vehicle that will not be delivered for two years and possibly longer marks the end of the beginning to the change in our toxic

Who’s Trying to Kill the Electric Car?

  Perhaps you saw the movie based on the GM's EV1 "Who Killed the Electric Car".  Was it a conspiracy or was it a business decision based on economics?  Whatever the truth behind the demise of the EV1 it seems a new conspiracy is being hatched to kill off the electric car once again. It