Tag: Electric Cars

Electric Black Cabs Are Available In London From Today

The world’s cleanest and most-advanced taxi has taken to the streets of London today, for the first time, to carry fare-paying passengers.The electric TX, produced by iconic black cab manufacturer LEVC, is now fully certified ahead of TFL’s…

Electric Black Cabs Are Available In London From Today

The world’s cleanest and most-advanced taxi has taken to the streets of London today, for the first time, to carry fare-paying passengers.The electric TX, produced by iconic black cab manufacturer LEVC, is now fully certified ahead of TFL’s…

Elon Musk Teases Idea Of Tesla’s Insane Roadster Becoming A Flying Car

If the Tesla Roadster’s frankly astonishing 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds didn’t blow you away then this almost certainly will.

Tesla’s founder Elon Musk has revealed on Twitter that the incredible performance figures listed for the Roadster (620-mile range, 0-60mph 1.9 secs and 250+mph top speed) are actually just for the ‘base’ model.

For those of you willing to spend a bit extra the Roadster will in fact come with a “special upgrade” package that as Musk puts it: “Will take it to the next level.”

Should clarify that this is the base model performance. There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017

Considering 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds is faster than just about any car you think of, it’s hard to imagine what Musk could have in mind when you want to make something like that seem like an entry-level option.

Well the entrepreneur very kindly decided to elaborate on his point a little further and it while he could well be pulling our leg, he’s definitely hinting at the idea of a flying car.

Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …

Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017

That’s right, imagine the Tesla Roadster but with SpaceX’s rocket technology.

It sounds absolutely mad and yet given everything we know about Musk, this is just the kind of idea that he could actually pull off.

The response has been, understandably, pretty positive.

Go for it! ️ pic.twitter.com/R1tWFCgcZp

— Rocket League #RLonSwitch (@RocketLeague) November 19, 2017

Now the reality is probably that Tesla’s Roadster will indeed come with a ‘special upgrade’ package and instead it will simply make the car faster, or give it an even longer range.

Another theory is that it could come with the above and then one of the easter eggs in the car is that it will transform the dashboard into a mock-up of a SpaceX flying car.

Finally there’s the third option which is that Musk wasn’t even remotely joking and Tesla is in fact hard at work on a Tesla flying car that can make short trips using an as-yet unknown SpaceX rocket technology that’s safe, easy to use and reliable.

If we’re being completely honest, all three sound amazing.

Bula From The UN Climate Change Talks In Bonn

“Bula” is a Fijian greeting; it means “hello”, but also means “life” and being alive. Today in the German city of Bonn, Fiji takes over the Presidency of COP. COP, or the Conference of the Parties, is the UN’s annual climate change summit – following on from COP22 in Marrakech and COP21 in 2015 when the ground-breaking Paris Agreement was born. The Paris Agreement committed to collective leadership and shared responsibility to solve the climate change challenge. Now, almost two years after the Paris Climate Agreement was reached, its time to turn pledges to climate action and reduce our carbon emissions for a 1.5°C future.

In Paris, countries said they would do a whole host of important (but mainly) technical things by 2018 to ensure that global temperature rise was limited to well below 2°C with efforts towards 1.5°C. Over the next two weeks COP23 aims to progress these – including more clarity on the rules to implement the Paris Agreement and the design of the 2018 “Talanoa dialogue” on how the necessary tightening of countries’ emissions reduction targets will work. “Talanoa” is derived from “tala” meaning “talking or telling stories,” and “noa” meaning “zero or without concealment” – so a frank and open dialogue.

2017 has seen unprecedented extreme weather events – from the deadly monsoonal flooding in South-Asia, to hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria flattening cities in the Caribbean and US, and the “Lucifer” heatwave in Europe. The science is increasingly clear that the increased likelihood and severity of these extreme weather events can be attributed to climate change. There is demand for urgent climate action from communities across the world, especially those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted. This urgency needs to be felt in the negotiations.

Two events in the climate world happened on Saturday, 4th of November. First, it was the one-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement becoming international law- the Agreement has been ratified by 169 countries and covers almost 88 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Second, the climate march in Bonn saw an estimated 25,000 people call for the end to coal-fired power (coal is the most polluting fossil fuel and the main source of electricity in Germany) Rapidly removing coal from the energy mix and replacing with renewable energy is crucial to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Some countries are starting to commit to phase out coal power, including the UK and Italy by 2025 and Canada the Netherlands by 2030. Other countries, such as China and India, are delaying or cancelling planned coal-fired power stations as they seek to cut pollution and are instead turning to cheaper renewable energy sources like solar.

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The UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report 2017 looks at the gap between the current country pledges and the total emissions reductions needed to limit temperature rise to 2ᵒC. It finds significant potential for this gap to be closed if contributions from businesses, cities, sub-national governments, civil society, investors, and many others are made. Efforts by these groups are collectively referred to as the Action Agenda, and COP23 will have a significant focus on them. WWF itself will be hosting important discussions and events with many groups at COP23 (see www.panda.org/cop23).

Climate action is happening. For example, record amounts of renewable energy generation are being built worldwide as their costs continue to fall, and most vehicle manufacturers have indicated that they will bring out fully electric models in the near future.

This is the good news.

The bad news is that much more needs to be done. We are not yet on a path that will see us limit to 2°C warming let alone the target of 1.5°C that is essential if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To do this, we need bold leadership, political will and further ramping up of climate action.

Every nation also has a part to play. The UK Government needs to be doing more as a global leader on climate action – for example through more energy-efficient houses, more renewable energy and a faster rollout of electric vehicles. Last month the UK Government outlined its plan to reach its current targets to 2030 in the Clean Growth Strategy. Worryingly, the strategy won’t actually get us all the way to the targets we’ve already agreed to 2030, let alone the more ambitious targets we’ll need to set to meet the Paris agreement.

As COP23 kicks off today it is important that the frank and open “talanoa” spirit infuses the discussions to ensure our ambition for a 1.5°C future is reached.

Bula from Bonn.

Apple Electric Car: Concept Photos

Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationRecent rumours that suggest Apple may be working on an electric car have inspired the website carwow to produce some concept images of what the vehicle may look like. Speculation that Apple may be in ta…

The Bigfoot Electric Monster Truck

Electric Cars | Transportation

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Some Friday fun… we discovered this intriguing electric beast while covering this week’s Vancouver Auto Show. It’s not really going to do much to help the environment, but we think it’s kind of neat that many manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. If anything this could help expose new technologies to a completely […]

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Transportation

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This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]