Tag: Transportation

Uber To Start Focusing More On Electric Bicycles And Scooters

Uber is a brand that’s synonymous with taxis, and yet the company could soon be shifting away from the vehicle that has helped make its millions and instead be offering you an electric scooter or bicycle.Speaking to the Financial Times, Uber&rsqu…

Electric Cars Could Soon Be Charged In Seconds With New ‘Flow Battery’

A revolutionary new battery technology could allow electric cars to be fully charged in seconds, instead of the hours it currently takes.

Developed by chemists at the University of Glasgow, the ‘flow battery’ contains a liquid filled with nano molecules that can release energy as either electrical power or hydrogen.

As opposed to its solid form, the liquid nano molecules have two clear benefits for electric cars. The first is that it can store up to ’10 times’ the energy as its solid counterpart. The second is that it could in theory allow electric cars to be charged in seconds.

For example when a car needs to be charged the liquid can simply be pumped out of the vehicle and exchanged for charged liquid in much the same way that you would fill up a car with fuel.

The old battery fluid would then be charged and made ready to be used in another car.

Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin, the University of Glasgow’s Regius Chair of Chemistry lead the team who made the discovery.

“Our approach will provide a new route to do this electrochemically and could even have application in electric cars where batteries can still take hours to recharge and have limited capacity,” explained Professor Cronin.

While it is becoming quicker and easier to charge an electric car the simple truth is that it can still take several hours to fully recharge a vehicle with a range of only a few hundred miles.

The introduction of new ultra-fast charging stations around the country in the future will help to alleviate this but the team at Glasgow believe that their liquid battery solution could solve the problem permanently.

In addition, because it’s a hybrid system the liquid can be used for both electric cars and hydrogen cars which turn the substance back into electricity.

Westminster Terror Incident: Video Shows Moment Car Crashes Into Barriers

Video from a rooftop camera shows the moment a car involved in an alleged terror incident crashed into barriers next to the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Two vehicles, which appear to be police vans, can be seen behind the car shortly before the crash.

The silver Ford Fiesta is seen coming along the road next to Parliament Square before moving to turn right towards Westminster Abbey, the footage from BBC News shows.

Rooftop camera shows moment car crashes into barriers outside Parliamenthttps://t.co/CprbiGZgrg#Westminsterpic.twitter.com/0noYclQNaR

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 14, 2018

As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, the vehicle swerves left, crossing oncoming traffic and a pavement before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.

A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said the vehicles behind the suspect’s car were not following it and the ambulance seen in the clip was on its way to an unrelated incident.

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

No other suspects have been identified and there is “no intelligence at this time of further danger” to Londoners, Scotland Yard counter-terrorism head Neil Basu said.

He added the suspect was not known to intelligence services and was “not cooperating” with police.

Police on Westminster Bridge.

The incident began just after 7.37am (BST). The London Ambulance Service confirmed they had treated three people at the scene for and two people had been taken to hospital. 

One woman has “serious but not life-threatening” injuries and the other has since been discharged.

Scotland Yard said: “The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.

“He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

“There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.”