What Happens To Retired Electric Vehicle Batteries?

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian recently announced a project to use its second-life batteries as energy storage units in a microgrid initiative in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and has been struggling with power since then.  Rivian will be using 135kWh of battery packs from its development vehicles to support the solar microgrid project which is expected to launch ...

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Automotive Batteries: Unknowns and Certainties

It is certain that lithium batteries will be dominant over the coming decade and their chemistry will change in pursuit of reduction in cost and flammability and to obtain greater energy density. Uniquely, IDTechEx forecasts the biggest application – electric vehicles – in 101 categories, but any forecast has assumptions that matter a great deal. In the IDTechEx report, “Lithium-Ion Batteries ...

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Top Tips to Banish Driving Distractions

NEIL WORTH Recognizing the danger of distractions and knowing how to keep them to a minimum is a vital part of driving safely. Where drivers divide their attention between the main task of driving and a secondary, distracting task, there will be a negative effect on driving performance.  Sensible lane choice can disappear, reactions are slowed, observations become more fixed, ...

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Here Come 48V Full Hybrid Electric Vehicles

The new Hyundai Tucson switches off the engine when coasting or braking at under 30kph. This is a bridge to the 48V full hybrids that IDTechEx foresaw some time ago. IDTechEx correctly predicted that they would come sooner rather than later and not just as cars – thus the title of the new IDTechEx report embracing it all, “48V Mild ...

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Why Death of Internal Combustion is Imminent-Research

Electric aircraft have got there. Cars next. With no road resistance, the best electric aircraft, the Bye Aerospace eFlyer, achieves 1000km with its solar wing option. This range will be the final nail in the coffin of internal combustion cars. It is longer than some of them offer. With gasoline stations shutting down, guess who then gets range anxiety! See the ...

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Manned Electric Aircraft: IDTechEx Says Walk Before You Run

In the new IDTechEx report, “Manned Electric Aircraft 2020-2030” the analyst praises manufacturers such as Bye Aerospace for “walking before they try to run”. Like Tesla with cars, they started with two-seater pure-electric vehicles and progressed to four – in this case, fixed-wing aircraft. Sales of these as air taxis and pilot trainers are booming with Bye alone attracting $165 million in business in ...

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“We’re sitting on a Gold Mine”- Jacky Hathiramani, CEO, Kia Motors Nigeria 

The Nigeria automotive industry has the potential for the diversification of the economy with value-driven supply chain and scalable backward integration for the economy. Local automotive companies are looking to Nigeria not only for its burgeoning consumer market but also as an efficient supplier base. Rooted in advanced economies, the auto industry is a major driver for job creation. In ...

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Electric Car Tipping Point Will Delight and Destroy- Research Findings

It is nonsense to forecast pure electric cars costing the same as traditional ones, then life continuing much as usual. The up-front price of pure electric PE cars will be dropping below that of internal combustion engine ICE ones around 2025. The fundamentals are now clear. Short range electric cars will continue to sell badly, because of range and financial anxiety: their resale value after three years can be down 80%. 200 miles/ 320 km is ...

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