500-mile range electric car will soon be possible, says Elon Musk

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Tesla to create a 500-mile range electric car.

Tesla Electric cars have the highest energy density battery in the world. That’s twice of the Nissan Leaf. But their range is more than twice that of the Leaf so we come into other factors: what’s the drag co-efficient of the car, how much does it weigh, what’s the efficiency of the motor and gearbox, what’s the rolling resistance? All those factors affect the range.

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Electric car sales growing 100% every year

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Actually, electric car sales are growing a little bit more than 100%.

Every year more and more electric car models are hitting the market. As more consumers begin to adopt the technology electric car sales continue to improve. EV sales are currently growing at a rate of more than 100 percent a year according to a recent report.

 

 

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BYD Qin plug-in hybrid electric car is demolishing the competition in China

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BYD Qin Plug-in Hybrid Electric Car 

It’s hard to keep up with the Chinese electric car market — it’s harder to find a good, reliable source for Chinese EV news. But wait, there were hardly any EV sales in China last year — not much has been going on there.

 

 

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The rapid growth of electric car charging stations (Infographic)

An electric car charging station.

Electric cars and hybrid cars have gone pretty mainstream. But is the charging infrastructure keeping pace? Especially since there are lots of proposals for how we could transition away from the gas station model.

 

 

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It’s all about the eGallon when it comes to electric vehicles vs. hybrids

The first few full electric vehicles (EVs) have come to market over the last few years that consumers are actually interested in buying. Before that, the closest any car maker ever got was a hybrid vehicle. But as the cost of gasoline remains stubbornly high, EVsare becoming big business. The main reason for that is the stability of the eGallon — it averages just $1.18 while regular gasoline is sitting at $3.49.

 

 

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World’s first practical flying car

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Dreamers and aviation geeks have been fascinated by the idea of a flying car ever since humans first got off the ground with powered flight. There are obvious advantages to the concept: the “go anywhere, anytime” freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis. (Photos)

 

 

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Clay Christensen looks at how online learning will shape the future of education

“The future of learning is blended learning for the majority of students.”

Will brick-and-mortar schools as we know them be on their way out? It’s easy to think they will when you hear disruptive economics guru Clayton Christensen’s prediction that by 2019 half of all K-12 classes will be taught online.

 

 

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Urbee II – 3D printed car drives toward mass production

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While major car manufacturers are exploring 3D printing for prototyping car parts, it’s inevitable that a road-worthy 3D printed car is not too far into the future.  Thanks to KOR EcoLogic the future of 3D printed cars could arrive soon. KorEcoLogic has teamed with Stratasys’s RedEye On Demand 3D printing business unit to fabricate a lightweight electric car that could take to the streets in about two years.

 

 

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Wave Glider SV3 – world’s first wave and solar powered unmanned ocean robot

Wave Glider SV3

Liquid Robotics has announced the Wave Glider SV3, what it calls the worldʼs first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. These super-smart robots have been revamped with Wi-Fi and cellular communications and are primed to compete in a series of industries, and might eventually create a couple new ones while they’re at it. (Pics)

 

 

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Mix of hybrid and electric vehicles varies greatly across different regions of the U.S.

15 metropolitan areas have accounted for 41% of all U.S. electric vehicle registrations through the first 10 months of 2012.

The mix of new hybrid and electric vehicles varies as much among the different regions of the United States as does the mix of makes and models, if not more so. The 15 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) with the highest percentage of hybrid powertrains together account for almost 30% of all hybrid registrations nationally, yet these same 15 markets include just 12.5% of all new vehicle registrations. Nine of these 15 hybrid-rich areas have a hybrid penetration greater than 6%, while the national penetration is 2.97%. In San Francisco, the market area with the highest hybrid mix, almost one of every 10 new vehicles sold is a hybrid.

 

 

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