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Apple iCar?

There's been much speculation over recent weeks that Apple are ramping up to enter the car market.  The best guess scenario to date is that they will produce an electric vehicle around 2020 under the codename 'Project Titan', possibly shaped like a mini-van, that will compete with Tesla & GM and that it will be autonomous.

Tesla Home Battery Storage

Elon Musk casually announced Tesla's official entry into home battery storage.  Since the announcement of the Gigafactory there has been a deal of speculation that Tesla would move to home storage systems as it makes perfect sense for the company to enter the energy market. He stated the home battery packs could be in production in

February 15th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

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

Good News for Leaf Owners

Resale Value Just Improved Nissan have announced a replacement cost for their battery packs for the inevitable day when a replacement pack is required.  The battery pack is currently guaranteed against capacity loss for 5 years or 96,500kms and 8 years or 240,000kms against defects.  For Leaf owners the new announcement means they can replace

300 Miles on Cotton Batteries

Power Japan Plus - a Japanese startup - makes some incredible claims for an organic cotton battery.  Cotton?  Yes the same stuff that's in your clothes, bless your cotton socks. By changing the structure of the cotton fibre, PJP states unique properties are created that lead to a battery technology they claim is superior in

May 15th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

VW Battery Breakthrough?

It is widely known that Volkswagen plan to dominate the EV world by 2018.  CEO, Dr Martin Winterkorn, has stated: "We have the most comprehensive approach to tomorrow's mobility. From highly-efficient, eco-friendly diesel, gasoline and natural gas-fuelled engines to classical hybrids, purely battery-driven vehicles and plug-in hybrids - no other automaker can match the broad range