Electric Cars

  1. Tech

    Tesla Motors Allowed to Sell Cars in North Carolina, Because of Course They Should Be Allowed to Do That

    This week marked a big win for electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors as the company won the right to sell cars directly to consumers in North Carolina. While that may seem like a no-brainer -- after all, what would you expect a car company to do other than "sell cars" -- the company's fate in the Tar Heel State was up in the air since a bill passed the State Senate last month that would have made it illegal for companies to sell automobiles directly to consumers in the state, a practice only Tesla currently engages in. Earlier this week, though, the North Carolina House of Representatives killed the bill, which had become increasingly unpopular. Probably because of how stupid and unfair it was on its face.

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  2. Tech

    Traditional Auto Dealers Complain That Tesla Stores Are Illegal, Clearly Have Our Best Interests in Mind

    Tesla Motors is making quite a splash in the automobile industry. The announcement of their ambitious solar-powered Supercharger network for their Model S electric cars was a pretty big deal, and that's only one of their initiatives. It looks like the way Tesla is getting the word out there has upset some traditional auto dealer associations. See, it's basically illegal for an automaker to directly sell their cars to customers. That's what Tesla's opponents are saying they're doing with their high-end mall stores.

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  3. Science

    Tesla Unveils Solar-Powered Supercharger Network, Ambitiously Plans to Cover Entire United States

    Tesla Motors has apparently taken to heart the idea that they should go big or go home. The company behind the Model S electric car has announced their ambitious Supercharger network, which will allow their cars to charge at ludicrous speeds compared to other electric offerings. There are currently only six stations, all of which are in California, but Tesla is already planning on expanding across the continental United States. The kicker? Model S owners will get to charge free at any Supercharger station.

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  4. Tech

    Toyota Gets Cold Feet, Backs Off Big Electric Car Release

    Toyota introduced an all-electric variant of its iQ minicar, called the eQ, back in 2010, but the actual development of the vehicle hasn't apparently been all unicorns and sunshine. The car company has revealed that they've backed off their rather grandiose plans and will now only sell about 100 of the eQ variants in the United States and Japan.

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  5. Tech

    Indian Government to Invest $4.1 Billion Developing Electric Cars

    The Indian government has approved a plan to invest $4.1 billion dollars -- or an even more impressive 230 billion rupees -- in helping to develop technologies that will make electric cars a viable choice for more Indian consumers. Their roads are getting more and more crowded with vehicles every year, thanks to a growing and vehicle hungry middle class. But that surge in vehicles on the road has contributed to making India's air the most polluted in the world, according to a study published earlier this year. The government is hoping to stop, or at least slow that pollution by putting 6 million electric vehicles on Indian roads by 2020, and is putting its money where its mouth is to spur innovation and investment in next generation batteries and fuel cells to power those vehicles.

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  6. Tech

    This is the Future: Use Your Electric Car to Power Your Home

    In case you haven't noticed, we've been living in the future for a little while now. So while that means we have semi-affordable electric cars and computers that fit into our pockets, it doesn't mean that we've got all our problems licked. However, a new charging station for the all-electric Nissan Leaf does get us a little bit closer by allowing users to pull power from the car to for use in their home.

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  7. Tech

    Tesla Can’t Charge From 0% Battery, Can Be Permanently Bricked

    So it seems that Tesla cars have an interesting problem that you might not think an electric car would have; they can't charge from 0% battery. If you leave a Tesla parked for too long, its background systems -- which are permanently running  -- can drain the battery all the way down, at which point the car is effectively useless unless you purchase a new battery from Tesla for about $40,000. Your Tesla can get "bricked."

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  8. Science

    Single Molecule Electric Nanocar is Shocking

    There are tons of varieties of electric cars, from the DeLorean to the Roberts, but now there is also one that is microscopicSyuzanna Harutyunyan, of University of Groningen, and her team have been working on the smallest electric car ever and seem to have pulled it off by manipulating a molecule's tendancy to rearrange itself for maximum energy efficiency. Basically, through using this process, Harutyunyan and her team were able to create little electric wheel-like things that will run when powered by electricity.

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  9. Tech

    DeLorean Car Company Apparently Building an Electric Version of the Iconic Car

    So, after reading that headline you might be a little confused since, famously, the DeLorean Motor Company collapsed under the weight of an overly ambitious production scheme and a drug smuggling sting operation. However, that apparently wasn't the end of the iconic stainless steel vehicle famously used in Back to the Future, as the remaining parts and distribution rights were secured by a Texas company. Reborn, the new DeLorean motor company is now planning to offer an electric version of the car in 2013. Friends, this is amazing. Though only in prototype, the electric DMC-12 aims to follow in the footsteps of the Tesla roadsters. As such, the cars won't be consumer priced -- expect something more along the lines of $90,000 per vehicle. But these won't be just for show, since the company is hoping to not only match the (somewhat lackluster) performance of the original, but perhaps to even improve upon it. The car is also expected to need far, far less than 1.21 gigawatts to get going.

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  10. Tech

    This Electric Car Can Go 40 Miles on a Single Charge, is 115 Years Old

    While electric cars are just now starting to break into the mainstream auto market, it should be noted that they have a far longer history than most are aware. For instance, this is the Roberts electric car, from 1896. A mere 115 years ago, before Ford's model T or heavier-than-air flight, the one-of-a-kind Roberts could go for an impressive 40 miles on a single charge. Coincidentally, this is the same range advertised for the Chevy Volt, the combination electric-gas plugin hybrid car that much of the restructured General Motor's hopes are riding on. Of course, the Roberts lacks much of what we'd expect with a car today. Things like inflatable tires, safety belts, or a steering wheel -- instead, drivers use a control rod called a "tiller." Amazingly, this century-old vehicle is still on the road having recently competed in a 60-mile vintage automobile race from London to Brighton. Seeing what the Roberts is capable of, it's a testament to both 19th century engineering and how distressingly slow the development of electric vehicles has been. Read on after the break for a video of another electric classic, the 1914 Detroit Electric -- some of which were capable of running nearly 100 miles on a single charge.

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  11. Tech

    British Racing Team To Test On-The-Track Electric Car Chargers

    Drayson Racing Technologies and HaloIPT have teamed up to develop a new on-the-go charging system for electric cars. HaloIPT had previously announced that they were working on the technology and have now brought Drayson Racing Technologies into the project. The technology will be tested on race cars with the technology built into the track to wirelessly provide power so drivers don't have to stop to charge the vehicle. According to the companies, the technology deals with misalignment over the transmitter pads, which is a common problem with on-the-go charging. Primarily developed by HaloIPT (IPT standing for inductive power transfer), the technology got its start from UniServices a University of Auckland commercial subsidiary.

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  12. Science

    Flow Batteries Could Let You Fill Up Your Tank With Electricity

    When we think of electric cars, we tend to think fo zippy little vehicles that are recharged by plugging them in and waiting for the battery to be topped off. But some students at MIT think they can change that with a system that lets you fill up your tank with a liquid that gets you back on the road quickly, and fully charged. It's called a semi solid flow cell, and it is built on a oozing black substance the researchers have christened "cambridge crude." Far from being anything like oil, it is comprised mostly of solid particles suspended in fluid. These particles carry the battery's charge and are cycled through the battery system as it discharges. In an electric car powered by such a battery, drivers would have more options for how to recharge.

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  13. Tech

    First Car Constructed with 3D Printer, Kinda

    Stratasys and Kor Ecologic have built a prototype electric hybrid car, named Urbee, that has been entirely constructed using a 3D printer, making it the first drivable road car ever built using a 3D printer.

    It's not quite as awesome as it initially sounds, considering only the exterior parts in the two-passenger hybrid were constructed using the 3D printer, meaning if the construction was left entirely to the 3D printer, the car would be a big, useless model car. Though the 3D printing doesn't produce parts that actually make the car drive, it does make redesigns and aesthetic tooling a very quick and efficient process.

    Either way, a car that was printed is pretty neat. Also, it looks like this:

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  14. Tech

    The Chevy Volt Will Cost $41,000

    Chevrolet has confirmed that the Chevy Volt will cost $41,000 before taking tax rebates into account. Chevy says that the electric car, which has a range of 340 miles before recharging, will sell 10,000 units in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Michigan, and Texas, before expanding to the national market in 2012. It starts shipping later this year. [via CNET]

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