Electricity

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

Volta offers free electric car charging, supported by advertising

While electric cars are slowly becoming more and more common in the US, easily accessible charging stations are taking even longer to catch up. While manufacturers like Tesla are working to build more stations across the country, Honolulu-based Volta is looking to make a contribution as well. The startup offers to build charging stations that are free to use for drivers, and are supported with advertising. They already have over 100 stations set up in five different cities, and have plans to increase that to 400.

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Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Solar powered electric vehicle charging stations launch in SF

Electric vehicle owners in San Francisco now have a new option to charge their rides thanks to some good old solar power. Making it even better than charging from your home power outlet is that it's completely free. Thanks to company Envision Solar, three Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Chargers have been installed in San Francisco, allowing completely off-the-grid charging. The solar powered units each generate 3.3 kilowatts of electricity, and are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack capable of storing 22.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

iPad stays strange with INKO: electric ink and tatooed leather

Straight from the crew at Appropriate Audiences, the iPad cover/keyboard known as INKO uses electric ink to create a unique approach to tapping out sentences. This piece of equipment functions as a cover for the iPad as well as a full-functioning keyboard and is made primarily of leather. Standard ink was applied to the inside to create a keyboard with a 3D printer hacked to be a tattooing machine - a marvel in and of itself. Under the hood, electric paint makes circuits and sensors on leather to make for a truly odd piece of work.

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VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

VW announces pricing for 2015 E-Golf

Today, Volkswagen has announced pricing for their 2015 E-Golf, an all-electric version of their already popular Golf. The fully-loaded SEL Premium version will set you back $35,445, placing it in-line with other electric cars in its class. What sets it apart are a few key features that those in the market for an electric car will want to take note of.

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tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

tinyTesla: the tiny coil that sparks, sings and teaches

A lot of things today are about building things on your own, with things like Raspberry Pi and MakerBot. But how about building your own Tesla coil right at home, or preferably in school? tinyTesla is trying to deliver just that, but, instead of shipping something educational but boring, oneTesla, the startup behind it, will be helping you build a Tesla coil that can sing.

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