BYD Blade battery for upcoming Han electric sedan keeps cool, aims for safety

BYD Han EVChinese automaker BYD has revealed a new battery pack, to be used in its upcoming flagship sedan. BYD claims the new battery pack, dubbed “Blade” will be a significant step forward in safety. The battery pack did not overheat or catch fire during nail penetration tests, according to BYD. In the same test, the automaker said other designs either…

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Aptera’s hyper-efficient, solar-charged car: Does $2 gas change its appeal?

Design for new Aptera electric car, Aug 2019Is it a good idea to market an efficiency-focused car around oil dependence when national-average gas prices are headed toward $2.00 a gallon? A video recently last Tuesday by Aptera takes exactly that angle—introducing the company’s electric three-wheeler in light of international conflict and climate change, as related to the oil…

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Battery-powered electric trains will soon bring cleaner air—especially in Europe

Siemens battery-electric trainTrains are about to go electric. Battery-electric, that is. While electrical propulsion has been the preferred way to move trains for most of a century, the idea of moving them longer distances via battery is one that’s just now being realized. Like long-range electric cars, it’s a reality afforded by the energy density and longevity…

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Keep your parked electric car and its battery healthy with these simple tips

2018 Nissan LeafMany EV commuters are suddenly affected by orders to stay at home and, if possible, to work from home. With the electric car parked for extended times, what’s the best strategy for not damaging the battery? The general advice hasn’t changed much over the years, and it just requires knowing a few key pieces of information about your car. Both…

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2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets more electric range, new home-charging options

2021 BMW 330eThe 2021 BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid gets a redesign, migrating to the G20-generation 3-Series platform and gaining more electric range in the process. BMW will offer the plug-in hybrid sedan, which was first announced in 2019, in both rear-wheel drive 330e and all-wheel drive 330e xDrive guises. Both models use the same powertrain, consisting of…

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Sims sets up relief effort amid coronavirus pandemic

A small group, including Sims and his performance engineer Andrea Ackroyd, are seeking unopened stock such as face masks, goggles, gloves, shoe covers, plastic aprons and detergent wipes.
The channels to donate these resources directly to the NHS have already been set up, and they do not need to be sourced from pre-agreed supply chains.
Donations will be taken from across the country …Keep reading

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Nissan Leaf as home energy device: Wallbox will soon enable it in the U.S.

Wallbox Quasar, for bi-directional DC chargingIn the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquakes, Nissan was particularly proud of the ability set its new Leaf electric car was given from the start, and how it could be utilized—to keep the lights on in an office building for a short time, or power a home for a full day, or even aid traffic lights in a pinch. The Leaf’s capability to…

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2021 Honda Insight again has highest city mpg of any sedan, gets more safety tech

2021 Honda InsightThe 2021 Honda Insight hybrid enters the new model year with minor changes, including more safety tech. Gas mileage ratings remain unchanged, at 52 mpg combined (55 mpg city, 49 mpg highway) for all trim levels except the top-level Touring, which is rated at a slightly lower at 48 mpg combined (51 mpg city, 45 mpg highway). That gives the 2021…

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London FE venue to become temporary hospital

At present, the 70,000-capacity exhibition centre in the London Docklands is still set to stage a double-headed FE event on the July 25-26 weekend as the series returns to the UK.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence, the venue will open next week as a two-ward makeshift hospital that can accommodate 4,000 beds.
Along with other identified …Keep reading

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Prototype drive: Magna e4 EV is a 300-mile Jaguar I-Pace with reworked dynamics

Magna e4 technology demonstrator (Jaguar I-Pace)Scalable and modular has been the future for top-tier automotive suppliers like Magna for the better part of this century so far. But in the march toward electric cars, those resourceful suppliers are acutely aware that it takes more than that to get automakers interested. What suppliers offer to global automakers needs to perform better and be…

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