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Are you killing your lithium batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are expensive, and large battery packs such as those in everything from electric cars to electric motorcycles and e-bikes usually make up the single largest cost of the entire vehicle. So it makes sense that you’d want to ensure your batteries live as long and happy a life as …

Batteries

“Electric cars are disasters; they are evil," says Hyundai union head

“Electric cars are disasters. They are evil."<p>Not something you'd hear every day, certainly not from a powerful executive in the auto industry.<p>Yet …

Nissan is using recycled Leaf batteries to power street lights

Nissan is using old Leaf batteries in a very meta way: To power streetlights that will make roads safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Called "The Light Reborn," it uses a solar panel that charges up a battery, which can then power the LED at night with no external connection required. Nissan is …

Clean Energy

‘Tesla is not a benchmark for us’, says Porsche after benchmarking Mission E against the Model S

Everything points to Porsche positioning the Mission E, its first all-electric, to compete against Tesla’s Model S, but now CEO Oliver Blume claims that it is not the case.<p>The executive said that ‘Tesla is not a benchmark for us’ even though Porsche was spotted benchmarking the Mission E against …

Report: Tesla is partnering with companies to build on-site charging stations for its Semi truck

Companies include Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, and UPS<p><i>Reuters</i> is reporting that Tesla is collaborating with several companies that have placed large orders of its Semi truck to build on-site charging stations to charge the vehicles when they’re rolled out next year.<p>Details of the partnerships haven’t …

Airbus Venture Begins Testing Its Autonomous Flying Taxi

Vahana, the electric autonomous flying vehicle in the works from an offshoot of Airbus in Silicon Valley, is officially off the ground. The new aircraft, which looks like a mashup of a flying car and a racing drone, took a 53-second maiden voyage at its Pendleton, Oregon-based test site last …

Aviation

China halts production of 553 car models over fuel efficiency

The new year is proving to be a headache for some car makers in China. As of January 1st, the country has suspended production of 553 car models that didn't meet its fuel efficiency standards. Some of these come from partnerships with foreign heavyweights, including Beijing Benz Automotive, Chery …

Apple CEO Tim Cook: This Is the Number 1 Reason We Make iPhones in China (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

Take a look at the back of the box from which you unpacked your iPhone and you'll see this: "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China."<p>Reading this tagline might trigger a vision in your mind of Jonathan Ive, Apple's legendary Chief Design Officer, dropping the drawings and technical …

Tim Cook

See the huge rocket set to launch Elon Musk's Tesla to Mars

The next big thing from Musk's commercial rocket company SpaceX has been unveiled at Cape Canaveral ahead of its planned inaugural launch in January.<p>Elon Musk has offered a first glimpse at the rocket that will launch SpaceX into the heavyweight class of spaceflight in 2018.<p>The CEO of the …

Elon Musk

Canadian dollar rallies the most in 21 months on jobs surge | Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar scored its biggest gain in 21 months against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, after stronger-than-expected domestic jobs data fueled expectations for further Bank of Canada interest rate hikes early next year.<p>FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known …

Business (Canada)

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge

A Volkswagen AG manager scheduled to be sentenced next week for violating U.S. environmental regulations told a judge he was coached by company …

Judiciary

Tesla's biggest threat is now GM

Earlier this week, General Motors and its Cruise self-driving-car division staged their first demonstration for the media of all-electric Chevy Bolt vehicles that can handle the streets of San Francisco without anybody's hands on the wheel or feet on the pedals.<p>As Business Insider's Troy Wolverton, …

Tesla

GM plans driverless ride-hailing service for 2019

by Peter Holley<p>A General Motors executive said Friday the company is rushing to launch autonomous vehicles for a ride-hailing service that could …

All new Tesla Roadster will be fastest production car ever

Future Shock: A Closer Look at Volkswagen's EV Strategy

15 new electric Volkswagens by 2025<p>Bruised and battered by the #Dieselgate scandal, VW wants to be seen racing away from diesels as fast as it can. The company brought three battery electric vehicle (BEV) concepts to the L.A. Auto Show—a Golf-sized hatchback called I.D., a reincarnation of the …

Kim Jong-un 'bans drinking, singing and Mothers' Day celebrations' in wake of North Korea sanctions

North Korea has reportedly banned gatherings that involve drinking alcohol and singing, in new measures designed to stifle the impact of crippling international sanctions over the hermit kingdom’s ongoing missile tests.<p>The apparent ban on fun was reported by South Korea’s National Intelligence …

North Korea

The new Tesla Roadster is the halo car for the entire EV industry (+360 Test drive)

I’m just waking up after last night’s Tesla Semi and next gen Roadster Event and it feels like a dream in a lot of ways. If you would have told me yesterday that there would be an EV that met any of the following specs, I would have said “Vaporware!” Keep in mind these are base specs (!!) and the …

Roadsters

BMW Recalls 1 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Recommends Parking Outside

DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 1 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood, and it's recommending that they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.<p>A spokesman for the German automaker says the risk of fire is very low in both cases, but the vehicles …

BMW

Commercial Spaceflight Is About to Get Real

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar mission, during which three Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon and gave the U.S. …

Space Travel

Soviet submarine officer who averted nuclear war honoured with prize

Vasili Arkhipov, who prevented escalation of the cold war by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo against US forces, is to be awarded new ‘Future of Life’ prize<p>A senior officer of a Soviet submarine who averted the outbreak of nuclear conflict during the cold war is to be honoured with a new prize, …

War

8 Innovative Industries That Will Really Boom in 2018 | Inc.com

The world is constantly in flux, and new developments in the social and technological spheres mean we're about to see a boom in innovation across many different industries. If you're thinking about starting a business or changing careers, or if you just want to keep up with new developments in the …

Digital Marketing

A robot threw shade at Elon Musk so the billionaire hit back

A robot poked fun at Elon Musk but the billionaire didn't take it lying down.<p>On Wednesday, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin spoke to Sophia, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics. It's a robot with a human face that has the ability to respond to questions.<p>Sophia said that she wants to use artificial …

Robotics

Silicon Valley is struggling to understand Tesla's Model 3 production problems — here's why

Tesla could be dealing with some new assembly-line welding problems that are slowing down production of its Model 3 sedan, Automotive News reported on Monday.<p>The carmaker produced only 260 Model 3s in the third quarter; it expected to build 1,500 in September alone and ramp up to 20,000 a month by …

Tesla

GM's latest layoffs highlight the company's failings in one key area

Back in 1999, the plant produced over 200,000 Cadillacs and Buicks a year. This year, it might barely produce 80,000 vehicles.<p>The Detroit-Hamtramck plant has already been subject to temporary layoffs earlier this year when an evening work shift was eliminated - part of the 10,000 layoffs that were …

GM creates new EV VP role, appoints Chevy Bolt boss Pam Fletcher

She'll oversee the launch of more than 20 EVs by 2023.<p>General Motors is finding some success with the Chevy Bolt EV, which was launched under the guidance of Pamela Fletcher as the company's Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles. In fact, the Bolt has outsold the Chevy Volt for three months in a …

Tesla is asked by DMV to stop giving test drives out of Charlotte gallery

Tesla has a really big location in Charlotte, North Carolina – pictured above. In most other states, it would be considered a Service plus location, which includes both a store and service center, but due to direct sales restrictions and Tesla’s inability to obtain a dealer license, the location is …

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk shares images of the production line

After misleading reports suggested that Tesla was hand-making the Model 3 based on the fact that some components required manual labor, Elon Musk shared images of the Model 3 production line for the first time.<p>Over the last week, several reports came out claiming that Tesla was being misleading …

Tesla confirms having completed electric semi truck prototype, Musk says specs are better than expected

After CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is delaying the unveiling of Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electric truck, Tesla clarified that they have already completed the prototype.<p>Musk also gave some color on the specs of the vehicle without confirming any detail.<p>Like Musk said on …

GM Will Launch 20 Electric Cars By 2023

The first two could arrive within the next 18 months.<p>General Motors might not be ready to put traditional internal-combustion vehicles on notice, as some automakers effectively have done, but it is announcing a major commitment to electric vehicles. Over the next 18 months, GM will introduce two …

Professional translators aren't worried about Google's language-translating headphones

In Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" series, a Babel Fish is a small yellow fish that will automatically translate any language in the universe for you if you shove it in your ear.<p>In the real world, of course, that's the job of interpreters and translators — tasked with the job of …

Language