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Articles tagged with: electric

BMW Unveils 2 Electric Concept Cars

BMW has unveiled the design and features of 2 Electric Powered Concept Cars in Frankfurt. These are the first one to come from the E-Mobility Division of BMW.

BMW unveiled electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8 models which BMW claims to launch in a period of 3 years. Norbert Reithofer, board chairman said, “We are marking another milestone in the history of the BMW Group. As chairman of the board and an engineer myself, I am very proud of this project.”

Suzuki Soon Releasing Electric Every Van (EV)

Suzuki has decided to launch its battery powered electric van known as “Every Van” (not pictured) after Mitsubishi launched its electric MiniCab i-MiEV.

The Every Van is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery while the Toshiba MiniCab is powered by Toshiba SCiB battery.

Samsung Combines Display & Semiconductor Businesses

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung will combine its flat-panel display and semiconductor businesses into a single unit. What’s the reason? Well, Samsung didn’t have too good of profits during its first quarter, and mediocre performance during its second quarter.

However, when you combine the two businesses, the semiconductor aspect of Samsung made up 70% of Samsung’s operating profits and 44% total of the company’s revenue. Those are some pretty impressive statistics, and allows its flat-panel display business to piggy back off the semiconductor manufacturing successes.

Pen That Can Doodle Live Circuits On Paper

Gel pens, beloved by middle-school kids, are good for doodling in class, and not much else. But if you replace that metallic ink with real silver, you get something quite remarkable: a pen that can draw functioning circuits on paper.

Engineers at the University of Illinois have built such a device and used it to put together several clever electronic doodads. Silver is a conductor, so it ferries electrons from a power source, like a battery, to an outlet, like an LED light, even when it’s just a line on a piece of paper instead of a wire.

Learn How A Hybrid Engine Works!

By now, you’ve definitely heard about hybrid vehicles, but do you know how they work? Well, a hybrid vehicle uses a mixture of gasoline and electricity. The electric part of the engine gets the vehicle started and the gas kicks in once the vehicle reaches a certain speed.

The concept is fairly easy to understand, but a graphic posted by AutoMD explains the procedure in depth. If you’re not in the mood for reading a colorful chart, I’ll summarize it for you.

U.S. Invests In Smart Grid Tech + Security

According to eWeek, The United States government has recently came forth with a series of initiatives to implement information technology to the national power grid to make it “smarter”, more efficient, and secure. The council of National Science Technology outlined plans to create a smart grid innovation hub, in a report released yesterday called “Building the 21st Century Grid.”

The innovation hub will be composed of federal researchers, companies, and utility executives and will support research, development, and deployments of smart grid technology.

Best Buy Will Begin To Sell Electric Cars

Best Buy is considering to offer electric vehicles in the future for customers. The popular electronics store has already started talks with smaller automakers about the idea, mainly startups. Best Buy has claimed that the “conversations are going well” and that they are excited about several partnerships, although they are unable to disclose specifics at this point in time.

Best Buy notes that it is a reasonable progression for the company since they started selling charging stations for electric cars as well as electric motorcycles of the past few years. Not only does it seem logical from this point of view, but given the fact that Best Buy receives so much traffic on a weekly basis…

Google Spends Like No Tomorrow, Drops Another $100 Million On Wind Farm

Following two investments in solar technology, Larry Page is showing who’s boss in making a third investment since taking over the reigns as CEO. Google’s latest investment brings its total spending to just under $300 million dollars so far this year. Google will now be investing in a nearby state to Silicon Valley, Oregon. The high tech giant will be spending $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Arlington, Oregon.

Google will be joining the project with Caithness Energy, General Electric, Tyr Energy, and Sumitomo Corporation of America. The wind farm is still under construction but is expected to be the largest wind farm in the world! One the project has been completed, the farm will produce 845 megawatts of energy, allowing power to be saved in 235,000 homes.

Google Spends $168 Million On New Solar Plant

Google announced yesterday that the company has invested a large amount of money in a new solar energy power plant located in the Mojave Desert, California. How much was the investment you ask? $168 million big ones. The initiative follows Google’s recent investment in a German solar plant. Google’s project is called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) and was developed by BrightSource Energy.

Tesla Sues Top Gear For False Claim

Tesla is suing Top Gear over a “false claim” made during a 2008 show. The lawsuit against the BBC network is for libel and “malicious falsehood”, claiming that Top Gear created a false portrayal of the “performance if its all-electric Roadster sports car.” Of the many ways Top Gear misrepresented the sports car, the primary problem against BBC’s top show is that the roadster can travel 200+ miles, rather than the…