Tag: Batteries

5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and […]

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In the Van With the ‘Juicers’ Who Round Up and Recharge Lime Scooters

LOS ANGELES — Michelle and Gonzalo Cabezas begin their nightly scavenger hunt at 10. That’s when they start looking for the Lime scooters that people rent and ride by the minute — and leave wherever they please. “People take them to the darnedest spots,” Mrs. Cabezas said from the passenger seat of her husband’s cargo […]

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Lordstown Plant Is Idle, but It Hovers Over G.M. Strike Talks

In its negotiations with the striking United Auto Workers union, General Motors has put a seemingly tantalizing offer on the table: It has proposed building a new plant in Ohio to produce batteries for some of the one million electric cars it hopes to sell globally by 2026. The plant would be near the Lordstown […]

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IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones

Over more than a decade of writing about technology, reviewing a new iPhone has long been one of my simplest assignments. Year after year, the formula was this: I tested the most important new features of Apple’s latest smartphone and assessed whether they were useful. Assuming the newest iPhone worked well, my advice was generally […]

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The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show

FRANKFURT — Car executives are paid to be optimists, but behind the pomp and salesmanship at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this week lurked an unmistakable sense of angst. The talk among industry insiders at the show, one of the auto industry’s biggest events, reflected the existential threats that carmakers face. The European and global […]

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Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy in Darkness

Aaswath Raman was driving through a village in Sierra Leone in 2013 when an idea came to him as suddenly as, perhaps, a light bulb switching on. The village was not equipped with electricity, and Dr. Raman, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, was unaware he was in a village until […]

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the […]

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Apple’s Watch Is Smarter, but My Casio Keeps Getting the Job Done

IPhones haven’t been selling particularly well, Apple reported this summer, but its watches are becoming wildly popular. And no wonder. The Apple Watch is elegant, versatile and frequently gains new powers. It can track the distance you run, measure the noise you hear on the street, record your heartbeat, play your favorite tune and place […]

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A Stake in Tesla? Forget It, Says Volkswagen Boss

<img data-attachment-id="1624256" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496.jpg" data-orig-size="3712,2349" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Herbert Diess Jetta 2017" data-image-description=" Volkswagen ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-450×285.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-610×386.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1624256 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-610×386.jpg” alt=”Herbert Diess Jetta 2017″ width=”610″ height=”386″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-610×386.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-75×47.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-450×285.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-768×486.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Volkswagen_makes_rapid_progress_in_realigning_its_North_American_strategy-Large-7891-e1525706387496-120×76.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess shot down rumors of a potential investment in electric car maker […]

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Soap, Detergent and Even Laxatives Could Turbocharge a Battery Alternative

Living in a world with smartphones, laptops and cars powered by batteries means putting up with two things: waiting for a depleted battery to charge, and charging it more frequently when its once-long life inevitably shortens. That’s why the battery’s cousin, the supercapacitor, is still in the game, even though batteries dominate electricity storage. “There […]

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Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution

A million electric rickshaws sprang up out of nowhere and are now being used by 60 million people a day. The government and vehicle makers are struggling to catch up. Credit Photographs and Video by Saumya Khandelwal By Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh Aug. 22, 2019 NEW DELHI — It’s the morning rush hour […]

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A School Laptop Under $500 That Isn’t Junk

To get a laptop that’s usable for most schoolwork, you typically need to spend at least $450 to $500. Spend less, and you’d have a better experience browsing the internet on your phone. At this price, I’ve seen jangly trackpads, loose keys, unreadable screens, hinges that can’t hold a screen upright, and processors that buckle […]

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Automakers Need to Start Worrying About the Batteries Lurking in Older EVs

<img data-attachment-id="1669220" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Nissan Leaf EV charging" data-image-description=" bondvit/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1669220″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shutterstock_1302207787.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> After a few years, most of us begin to notice our smartphones have developed an inability […]

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The 7 Most Important Supplies for a Starter Earthquake Kit

Last Friday, Southern California experienced its largest earthquake in over 20 years, felt in places as far away as Phoenix, Ariz. and northern Mexico. As a West Coast resident for over 15 years, I know the constant, underlying anxiety that’s part of day-to-day living in earthquake country. Every time we hang a mirror or put […]

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Bosch’s Battery in the Cloud aims to reduce battery cell aging with AI

AI running in the cloud might be the solution to electric vehicles’ battery woes, if Bosch is on the right track. The Stuttgart, Germany-based company this morning announced a new service — Battery in the Cloud — designed to supplement vehicles’ battery management systems by implementing protections to reduce cell aging. It’s able to cut […]

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VW Says Battery Supply Problems Have Been Solved… for a While

<img data-attachment-id="1673388" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DB2019AL01096_medium.jpg" data-orig-size="1795,1185" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Friso Gentsch\/Volkswagen","camera":"","caption":"J\u00fcrgen Stackmann, Mitglied des Markenvorstands Volkswagen Pkw f\u00fcr den Gesch\u00e4ftsbereich Vertrieb, Marketing und After Sales, spricht am 08.05.2019 bei der Volkswagen ID pre-order Veranstaltung im drive in Berlin. Foto: Friso Gentsch\/Volkswagen","created_timestamp":"1557315066","copyright":"Volkswagen AG","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Volkswagen – pre-order ID","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Volkswagen – pre-order ID" data-image-description=" VW ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DB2019AL01096_medium-450×297.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DB2019AL01096_medium-610×403.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673388″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DB2019AL01096_medium-610×403.jpg” […]

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L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In

LOS ANGELES — You’ve heard it many times, from automakers, the energy industry and government officials: Electric vehicles are the cars of the future, essential to the fight against climate change. Yet that grand vision may founder on something most drivers take for granted: the pit stop. Most electric cars need to be plugged in […]

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Nokia reveals 5G-ready lithium nanotube battery with 2.5X run time

True breakthroughs in the battery world are rarer than announcements might suggest, but on occasion, a big innovation is as practical to manufacture as it is brilliant — and that will hopefully be the case with Nokia Bell Labs’ latest invention. Working with researchers at Trinity College Dublin’s AMBER center, the company has developed a […]

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