Day: February 13, 2021

New electric car battery can recharge in five minutes, company says

Israeli electric car battery manufacturer StoreDot claims it can now produce batteries that can be charged in as little as five minutes, assuming that you can find a rapid enough charging source.

Better still, the company claims this is not a mere laboratory-bench process, but one that can be applied to factory-produced batteries and can potentially be in service on the roads within a couple of years.

In what could be a breakthrough for the growth in electric car sales, StoreDot chief executive Doron Myersdorf says that his company has made 1,000 demonstrator battery packs, and that these are now being distributed to potential clients.

One of those is Daimler-Benz, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, which has invested in StoreDot.

Speaking to the Guardian, Myersdorf said: “The number one barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles is no longer cost, it is range anxiety. You’re either afraid that you’re going

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Five insights on the future of energy from America’s forecasters

In late January, I highlighted how McKinsey sees the near future of the global energy system. On February 3, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) did the same, with a specifically American perspective, in its Annual Energy Outlook. Like any forecasts, those of the professionals at the EIA are subject to error; the pace of change could accelerate, or slow down, depending on many factors. In short, these are guesses, or as the authors put it, “modeled projections of what may happen given certain assumptions and methodologies.” But they are well-informed guesses.

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It’s also important to remember that the job of the EIA is not to make policy but to gather and analyze data. But that data does inform the government, and given that the Biden administration’s energy policy is certain to be different than that of its predecessor, I thought it would be interesting to examine

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Our Favorite Super Bowl Car Ads of All Time

For decades the Super Bowl has come down to three things: the actual game, the halftime show, and the ads. Companies spend millions every year to produce and air a spot (or series of spots) hoping to make a big enough impression on viewers to make their ad enter into the zeitgeist (like Apple’s iconic 1984 commercial) and maybe sell some of their wares.

It’s no surprise that automakers are keen to get in on this cash-burning attempt to lure us into parting with our hard-earned dollars. Sure, there are the typical ads showing cars driving down a winding back road while a famous actor spouts off about freedom and horsepower, but there are also some amazing pieces of advertising that have come out of the car world over the years. So while you’re waiting for the kickoff, take a rubber-melting trip with us down memory lane and check out

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$265k Bowlus Terra Firma Trailer Is a Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel on Wheels

Almost nine decades ago, Hawley Bowlus was an accomplished designer, aerospace engineer, and the builder of the legendary Spirit of St. Louis aircraft. Additionally, he was the creator of the original Bowlus Road Chief luxury trailer – an aerodynamically-shaped camper with a polished aluminum body.
Today, modern Road Chiefs are being equally lightweight but also a bit larger than an original Bowlus; the tradition is kept, but also adapted to contemporary standards. And the shiny premium metal houses on wheels have just welcomed a new member into the family – the Bowlus Terra Firma.

It’s a play upon known words, as the company took its Bowlus Endless Highways Performance Edition and instilled even more features so the owner can “seek the simplicity and solitude of off-grid and enjoy the thrill of exploration.” Better yet, the pets can also be taken along and will be treated just as well

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