Concepts Reviews Solar 

Manipal University and Tata Power Solar unveil solar car prototype

Tata Power Solar and Manipal University have unveiled the SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle) prototype in Bangalore. The prototype – built by a team of 27 students from the university in collaboration with Tata Power Solar – aims to explore commercial viability for solar powered cars. The solar car prototype is built on a tubular spaceframe chassis with a glass fibre reinforced body and gets bespoke solar panels made by Tata Power Solar along with a complex data management system. The four-wheeled prototype weighs in at around 590kg and gets…

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BUTTON-SIZED BATTERIES TO POWER CARS, DEVICES

The garnet-based battery has been developed by Venkataraman Thangadurai and his colleagues at University of Calgary in Canada. PIC: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY Rechargeable, can operate safely at a higher voltage than existing batteries Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a button-sized, garnet- based rechargeable battery that may power vehicles, electronics and grids for storing renewable energy. The new battery developed by Venkataraman Thangadurai and colleagues at the University of Calgary in Canada is chemically stable, nonflammable and can operate safely at a higher voltage than existing batteries. Electric…

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The Mill Blackbird – A Customizable Car rig

With the advent of technology in every imaginable component, its difficult to tell what is real and what is special effects. Advertising is one such domain which is extracting every drop of technology to be one step ahead of their competitors. A London based special effects company named ” The Mill ”  have come up with ‘Blackbird’. It allows advertisers, filmmakers to render any car they require for their scene on top of this special rig and without the car itself having to go anywhere near the set, yes you…

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UC Irvine Accidentally Invents a Battery that Lasts Forever

what do Viagra, popsicles, Corn Flakes, Ivory soap, the kitchen microwave, and champagne have in common? They were all discovered by accident. Add ultra-long-lasting nanowire batteries to that list, thanks to a team of researchers at the University of California Irvine. The average laptop battery is rated anywhere from 300 to 500 charge cycles – completely full to completely empty to completely full again – longer if you don’t use it all up before recharging. The UCI nanobattery endured 200,000 charge cycles over three months “with 94–96% average Coulombic efficiency.” It was effectively still brand new at the end…

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Cars Concepts Electric Cars 

This Swedish electric car is coming to save the world

A premium short range city car with two seats in tandem, designed for sustainability with a futuristic user experience. The first high-end L7e vehicle with a target price of 200,000 SEK The basics are as follows: 130kph max speed, super sporty 15kW AC motor 11kWH Na-Ion battery 400kg weight Predominantly made of biomaterials 150km range Induction or plug-in charge EU L7e classification (city car) An ‘unusual’ driving experience Designed for autonomy Replacing the mechanical linkage between driver and the wheels with electronics yields multiple benefits, including… Driver interface based on human biomechanics…

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Hyperloop One has unveiled its plans for the world’s first Hyperloop system

A US startup pursuing Elon Musk’s futuristic vision of insanely fast pod-based transport announced this week that it intends to build the world’s first Hyperloop system in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 159-kilometre (99 miles) route between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi usually takes about 2 hours by car, but according to engineers at Hyperloop One, a Hyperloop pod could get you there in just 12 minutes – reaching a top speed of 1,220 km/h (760 mph). The system, which Hyperloop One says could be ready as…

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Bonus Concepts Electric Cars 

RESEARCHERS ACCIDENTALLY MAKE BATTERIES LAST 400 TIMES LONGER

The gel surrounding the gold nanowires with manganese oxide coating protects from corrosion, allowing the battery to last 400 times more cycles. Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery. Instead of lithium, researchers at UC Irvine have used gold nanowires to store electricity, and have found that their system is able to far outlast…

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