Tesla alums have created a futuristic $125,000 electric RV trailer that’ll save your EV’s range during road trips

Lightship’s L1 travel trailer.

Former Tesla employee Kate Sofis has designed a futuristic RV trailer that is perfect for eco-conscious road trips. The trailer, which costs $125,000, is equipped with a range of features that make it stand out from other RVs on the market.

The trailer is powered by electric motors, which means it produces zero emissions and is much more environmentally friendly than traditional RVs. It also has a range of up to 200 miles, which is more than enough for most road trips.

Inside the trailer, there is a spacious living area with a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable bed, and a bathroom with a shower. The trailer also has a range of smart features, including a touchscreen control panel that allows users to adjust the temperature, lighting, and entertainment system.

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Electric ferries and trucks could be charged like toothbrushes with this tech breakthrough

Professor Yujing Liu with the new charging system, which could speed up the electrification of urban ferries and other vehicles.

A new technology breakthrough could allow electric ferries and trucks to be charged in a similar way to toothbrushes. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have developed a system called “pucks” that can charge electric vehicles wirelessly.

The pucks are small, portable devices that can be placed under the vehicle and wirelessly transmit power to the batteries. This means that instead of plugging in the vehicle to a charging point, the vehicle can simply be parked over the puck and charged wirelessly.

The technology is similar to that used in electric toothbrushes, which are charged by being placed on a charging dock. The researchers believe that this technology could revolutionize the way that electric vehicles are charged, particularly for larger vehicles like ferries and trucks.

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Electric vehicles can now power your home for three days

The next generation of EV batteries will feed energy to your home — and the grid

As electric vehicles (EVs) become increasingly popular, a new trend is emerging: repurposing EV batteries to power homes during power outages. This idea is gaining traction as the demand for backup power solutions grows.

According to experts, a standard EV battery can store enough energy to power a home for several hours or even days, depending on the battery’s size and the household’s energy usage. This has led companies to explore ways to develop technology that allows EV batteries to be used as backup power sources.

Tesla has been at the forefront of this trend, experimenting with using EV batteries to power homes since 2015. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has expressed enthusiasm for the idea on Twitter, stating, “It’s just a matter of time before EVs become a primary source of home power.”

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The Wireless Charging Revolution Is Just Months Away. Here’s How It Starts.

The first public test of an electrified road could change everything.

The article you shared discusses a new technology that enables electric vehicles (EVs) to be charged wirelessly. The technology, developed by Australian start-up, Power Transfer, uses magnetic induction to charge EVs without the need for cords or cables.

According to Power Transfer CEO, Luke Delaney, the technology is “a game changer” that could make EVs more practical and convenient for drivers. “Wireless charging is the missing piece in the puzzle for electric vehicles. It’s just like Wi-Fi for your car,” he said.

The wireless charging system works by using an induction pad installed in the ground, which generates an electromagnetic field that is picked up by a receiving pad on the underside of the vehicle. This then converts the electromagnetic energy into electricity, which is used to charge the vehicle’s battery.

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European Union approves sales ban on new petrol and diesel cars

It takes effect in 2035.

The European Union has approved a proposal to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035 as part of a package of measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change. The proposal, known as “Fit for 55,” is a comprehensive plan to cut the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

The ban on petrol and diesel car sales is a significant step towards reducing emissions from the transport sector, which is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Frans Timmermans, the EU’s climate chief, emphasized the importance of this move, stating, “We are going to need a massive transformation of our transport sector. It’s a huge challenge, but it’s also a huge opportunity. If we do this right, we can create jobs and we can make our economies more sustainable and more competitive.”

The “Fit for 55” package also includes other measures such as tightening emissions standards for new cars, increasing the use of renewable energy, and introducing a carbon border tax on imports of certain goods from outside the EU.

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Wireless Charging for Autonomous Electric Buses — World 1st

How many buzzwords can you fit into one story or title? Wireless charging for autonomous electric buses is about as good as it gets. (Perhaps we could squeeze “AI” in there somewhere.) Well, it certainly caught my attention. The news comes from WiTricity, which calls itself “the leader in wireless EV charging.” Unsurprisingly, the setting for this news is China. WiTricity partnered with YuTong Bus, the largest bus producer in China (and presumably the world), to charge up YuTong’s autonomous electric buses.

The article discusses a world-first demonstration of wireless charging technology for autonomous electric buses in Oslo, Norway. The project is a collaboration between public transport company Ruter, electric vehicle infrastructure company Momentum Dynamics, and bus manufacturer Volvo.

Arild Hermstad, Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport for the City of Oslo, emphasizes the importance of electric and autonomous buses in achieving cleaner, quieter, and more efficient public transportation. “Wireless charging technology will make it even easier to operate these buses, and we are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking project,” Hermstad notes.

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Ford CEO: Future EVs will be “radically simplified,” use smaller batteries

Ford CEO Jim Farley recently shared his perspective on the future of electric vehicles in an interview with CNBC. According to Farley, the future of EVs will be characterized by “radically simplified” technology and smaller battery sizes.

In the interview, Farley discussed how Ford’s new electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, was designed with a focus on simplicity. He stated, “It’s not about a lot of software features that people can’t use. It’s about the ones they can use.” Farley believes that EV technology will become more simplified as automakers focus on creating vehicles that are easy to use and understand for customers.

Regarding battery size, Farley stated that smaller battery sizes will become the norm in the future of EVs. He stated, “We don’t need the range that’s in the market today, we just need to right-size it for the use case. And that’s what we’re doing.” Farley believes that automakers should focus on creating EVs with the appropriate battery size for their intended use, rather than trying to create vehicles with the longest range possible.

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Auto Expo 2023: Liger Mobility Unveils World’s First Self-Balancing Scooters

The company says that the Liger X and Liger X+ are fitted with its patented self-balancing system and will be launched in India by end-2023. 

Engineering and Tech start-up Liger Mobility has unveiled the world’s first self-balancing electric scooters – the Liger X and Liger X+. While self-balancing technology isn’t new to the two-wheeler space developments in the technology have been focused on the motorcycle space with brands having previously showcased prototypes of the same.

Liger says that its self-balancing system (AutoBalancing technology) allows riders to ride the scooter and low speeds and even come to a full stop without requiring to place their leg on the ground. Additionally, the system works in conjunction with a reverse gear allowing users to reverse the scooter without needing to use their feet for balance. The scooters will additionally be offered with a learner mode restraining the top speed.

Speaking on the occasion Ashutosh Upadhyay, Co-founder of Liger Mobility said, “Liger Mobility’s team of passionate engineers have worked hard over the last several years to make our AutoBalancing technology for two-wheelers, technically and financially viable. All aspects of Liger X and Liger X+’s AutoBalancing technology, including the hardware and software, have been developed in-house, further underlining India’s ambition, determination and quality of engineering talent.”

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Rollo introduces electric delivery fleet in Las Vegas, Nevada

A Rollo delivery van.

The launch marks the first test market for the company, which plans to expand the service to other metropolitan areas.

US-based shipping service provider Rollo has launched an electric vehicle (EV) delivery fleet in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The company will offer free collection for legacy carriers, tracking via global positioning systems (GPS) and same-day deliveries for packages within the city.

The launch marks the first test market for Rollo, which plans to expand it into other metropolitan areas.

Rollo will use an entirely electric delivery fleet as part of its efforts to make its last-mile deliveries more efficient.

The service will be available for all customers using the Rollo mobile app. It does not require a Rollo printer or shipping materials.

Rollo founder and CEO Kevin Faro said: “We are bringing legacy shipping into the 21st century, which of course includes using electric vehicles to prove that shipping can and should be painless for everyone, including the environment.

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Denver gave out huge rebates on electric bikes. Now it’s making the bike lanes they need


By Micah Toll

Denver grabbed headlines earlier this year when it launched an ambitious program to help city residents replace cars with e-bikes. Now the city is struggling to ensure it can provide sufficient cycling infrastructure to support the influx of electric bikes.

The program initially offered generous rebates from $400 to $900 off the price of a new e-bike depending on the style of bike, with cargo e-bikes receiving higher incentives. 

Low-income city residents were offered even higher incentives of $1,200 toward the price of an electric bike.

Unlike mail-in rebates or e-bike tax credits, Denver’s program used point-of-sale rebates that were applied instantly, making it easier for new riders to afford what can often be expensive electric bikes.

The goal of the program was to help get more of these car-replacing electric bikes out onto Denver’s streets to cut down on traffic and reduce emission-spewing vehicle use.

Nearly 5,000 electric bikes have been purchased as part of the program, with around half of those e-bikes going to low-income riders.

It’s been widely praised as a successful model for increasing the adoption rate of low-impact alternative vehicles. But it’s also shined a light on another issue surrounding personal EVs like e-bikes and e-scooters: that they require investment in infrastructure to make riders feel safe using them.

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Creating an identity for the world’s first fully electric high-speed ferry

A positive user experience is the basis for good design. When it comes to this electric high-speed ferry, the aim is that passengers shall feel that they are traveling in a transport system of the future, and enjoy it.

By Håvard Egge

Scientists have now found out how to optimize the functional and aesthetic character of the world’s first fully electric high-speed ferry. The aim is to persuade passengers to opt for fossil-free transport.

The world’s first fully electric high-speed ferry has arrived. It was launched only recently in Stavanger in south-western Norway, where it will be transporting the inhabitants to and from the islands that lie north of the city. The ferry can carry 147 passengers and 20 bicycles and has a cruising speed of 23 knots.

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Flywheel energy will help charge rental EVs in New York

Chakratec flywheel-based Kinetic Energy Storage systems for EV charging, grid-balancing

By STEPHEN EDELSTEIN

Zooz Power will use its flywheel technology to charge electric rental cars at New York City’s LaGuardia airport, the Israel-based company formerly known as Chakratec announced earlier this month.

Zooz recently announced a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed car rental company to pilot flywheel energy charging at LaGuardia beginning in the second quarter of 2023.

The partner rental company “is operating thousands of car rental sites in over 100 countries,” Zooz said in a press release, adding that more sites will be considered if the 12-month New York pilot program is successful.

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