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.
Tesla’s plan to mass-produce batteries will jumpstart their overall production of electric vehicles, that much is certain. the $30,000 Model 3? That’ll help, too. Rounding out those ambitions, Tesla is also going to bring more charging stations to the world, and will be blanketing North America in enough chargers to get you through almost any trip.
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.
Bacteria that feed on pure electricity are all around us, say researchers who have demonstrated their findings by growing the bacteria directly on battery electrodes. In their habitat, the bacteria survive on -- and subsequently excrete -- pure energy.
Solar power is perhaps the most well-known alternative source for power, but because of cost and the puzzles of physics itself, it is still quite far from becoming a completely sustainable and practical replacement. Sharp, however, may be on the breakthrough of creating solar cells that are twice as efficient as currently existing cells, at least in theory.
This week the folks behind SmartMio are aiming to bring some extra in-depth fitness tracking to the public. They’ll be doing this with EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, also known as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or NEMS. In practice, this means that the SmartMio device won’t just be on your person, it’ll be attached to your body, sending nerve impulses "to engage your muscles during a workout."
This afternoon Tesla shared the results of their financial fourth quarter for 2013, making clear their successes in selling their electric Model S vehicle worldwide. Tesla made clear that this quarter they’ve sold 6,892 Model S automobiles, a record for the quarter for the company. They’ve also shown that with 22,477 vehicles sold, they’re rolling quite comfortably into 2014.
NASA this weekend all but abandoned a money-saving technology due to a lack of money. You read that correctly. The space agency's budget woes are so suffocating that it can't even get the funding to develop ways to make missions more efficient. In this case, the efficiency would have been massive: the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG)--the program that just effectively got the ax--would have let many space missions require just one-fourth the fuel they currently need.
After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.