Electricity

Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

There's a petition out there in Washington summond by the public on behalf of Tesla Motors, and as of the first of July, it's reached 75,000 of the 100k it needs to be seen. While the end result of the petition gaining its full set of signatures isn't entirely clear*, the sheet's aim is this: allow Tesla - and all other vehicle manufacturers - to sell their vehicles direct to consumers. At the moment, if you did not know, 48 states in the USA restrict or prohibit direct sales between automobile manufacturers and consumers.

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US energy industry under cyberattack by Iranian hackers

US energy industry under cyberattack by Iranian hackers

Unnamed United Stated officials, both current and former, spoke with the folks at the Wall Street Journal, revealing that hackers backed by the Iranian government have ramped up cyberattacks against the US, specifically zeroing in on the control systems that manage the energy industry. Unlike the Chinese hackers who have infiltrated various US companies, the intent behind the Iranian hackers appears to be sabotage.

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Tesla becomes “only American car company to have fully repaid the government”

Tesla becomes “only American car company to have fully repaid the government”

In an announcement let loose today by Tesla Motors, they've made it clear that they're claiming to be "the only American car company to have fully repaid the government." As over the past several years it's been a big subject of controversy that the government gave "bailout" funds to companies in many different industries, it's important to note that this particular loan was not part of the so-called "bailout" rounds given to GM and Chrysler.

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Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that by combining Graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides, a material that can react to light, they are able to create a product that can generate electricity from sunlight. They can form thin sheets of the product that can be placed on buildings to absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity.

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DIY Thor’s Hammer blasts 80,000 user-friendly volts

DIY Thor’s Hammer blasts 80,000 user-friendly volts

Now that you're all about dressing up and heading out to your local Avengers movie opening - Iron Man 3 coming up quick(!) - you'll want to know how to make a prop that's above and beyond the pale. This week a custom-made and home-made Thor's Hammer has appeared amongst the DIY ranks, bringing with it 80,000 volts of electricity to boot. All it takes is some foam and teeny tiny tesla coil!

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Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Nissan and New York have conspired together to bring 6 new electric taxis to the city today. The Nissan Leaf is the model for these taxis and it's repainted to look right for the job. Nissan and New York worked together to launch these new electric taxis today in celebration of Earth Day. These taxis will test out the waters of New York to see if electric cars are equipped to take on the taxi world.

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New microbatteries can jump-start your car battery and still charge your phone

New microbatteries can jump-start your car battery and still charge your phone

The researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed new microbatteries that are extremely small in size, but pack a huge amount of power. Not only do they pack a huge punch, but they recharge "1,000 times faster than competing technologies", according to the research team. The team wanted to find a solution to the dilemma that afflicts current power sources, where power sources can either have a lot of power, or have a lot of energy, not both at the same time.

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Cadillac ELR introduces “Regen on Demand” for extended electric range

Cadillac ELR introduces “Regen on Demand” for extended electric range

With the Cadillac ELR we saw the company blend luxury with electricity in a vehicle ready for sale in early 2014 - this week we're being introduced to the vehicles Regen on Demand feature. This feature allows you to regenerate energy and store it as electricity for later use in the vehicle's battery pack. This is done with the vehicle's paddle shifters, an alternative to traditional performance vehicles use of steering wheel mounted paddles for upshift and downshift of their mechanical transmission.

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Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner revolutionizes vacuum cleaning

Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner revolutionizes vacuum cleaning

Gtech has just released its Gtech AirRam High-Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, and its going to make vacuuming up your house more easier than ever. The AirRam vacuum is cordless, but possesses just as much power, if not more, than a corded vacuum. It boasts a 3-inch, slim profile and only weighs 7.7 pounds, making it easy to move around, even around the trickiest places like under your couch.

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iPhone 5, Galaxy S III cost less than $1 per year to charge

iPhone 5, Galaxy S III cost less than $1 per year to charge

If you're buying an iPhone 5, you're probably paying a lot of money for the handset. That's especially true if you're buying the phone directly from Apple without a two-year contract, as the cost of the 16GB model is set at $649 - and that's the least expensive model on offer. That certainly isn't cheap, but there's one aspect of the iPhone 5 that isn't expensive at all: the cost to charge it.

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