Tag: green

Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Lithium-ion batteries have massively improved in the last half-decade, but there are still issues. The biggest, especially for EVs, is that charging takes too long to make them as useful as regular cars for highway driving. Researchers from th……


Toyota’s next EV motor could use 50 percent less rare earth metals

Toyota has designed a magnet that halves the amount of rare earths needed in its electric cars, which could help mitigate the fall out of a looming materials shortage. Like other electric carmakers, Toyota has traditionally used neodymium, ter……


UK National Grid plans superfast country-wide EV charging network

Range anxiety could soon be a thing of the past for electric vehicle drivers in the UK, as National Grid is proposing a network of superfast charging points that would mean 90 percent of motorists would always be within 50 miles of a charging ……


Tesla’s latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Tesla’s experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada’s Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batter……


Water purification could be the key to more electric cars

Humanity is going to need a lot of lithium batteries if electric cars are going to take over, and that’s a problem when there’s only so much lithium available from conventional mines. There may be an oddball solution for that, however: turn t……


Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US

Just over two years ago, Google announced it would convert a 1,300-acre former Hemlock Semiconductor facility in Clarksville, Tennessee into a new $600 million data center. Today, the search giant broke ground on the site — and Google CEO Sun……


Smart Fortwo EV Cabrio is the tiny car for the big city

There are cars out there that fill a need in someone else’s life. Maybe you live in a large city and don’t have the room or desire for a truck with a powerful diesel engine. Or you’re part of a couple that has no need for an SUV with seats for……


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Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSI……


Facebook will invest tens of millions in community leaders

At its Communities Summit in Europe today, Facebook launched its Communities Leadership Program, an initiative meant to “invest in people building communities.” The social network has pledged “tens of millions of dollars,” including up to $10 ……