Electricity

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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Fisker lends official statement to Karma fire

Fisker lends official statement to Karma fire

An official statement has been released regarding the Fisker Karma roadside fire incident that occurred back on the 10th of August. This incident has been provided with a detailed account by none other than Fisker representatives who speak in detail on what caused the fire and how a recall on a cooling fan inside the vehicle will be conducted. At the moment it appears that the recall campaign will not have a financial impact on Fisker.

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Nikola Tesla Museum crowd-funded project gets Elon Musk bump

Nikola Tesla Museum crowd-funded project gets Elon Musk bump

This week Matthew Inman from the illustrated blog and comic The Oatmeal initiated a funding project which would help pay for the public purchase of Nikola Tesla's original laboratory site for use as the first USA-located Tesla museum. In Inman's request (which of course took the form of an illustrated comic-like plea), he suggested that the Tesla auto company donate to the cause. The auto company is owned by none other than Elon Musk, who the folks at Jolopnik got in contact with, who agreed just this morning to donate online.

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Fisker investigates second Karma auto fire

Fisker investigates second Karma auto fire

This week the folks behind the Fisker Karma electric car have begun investigating the second auto fire since the launch of the next-generation vehicle. The incident occurred on Saturday in Woodside California for yet-unknown reasons, but Fisker has made it clear that they know it was neither "the lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components nor unique exhaust routing." No injuries were recorded and no deaths occurred, and the statement from Fisker lends a small amount of information to the case as it stands now.

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Hiriko Electric car folds up for ultra-tiny sharing

Hiriko Electric car folds up for ultra-tiny sharing

The Folding Hiriko electric car has been introduced to the world firmly intent on taking up only a fraction of the space a conventional automobile does. This beast is made not only to be friendly to the environment, but friendly to the auto sharing community popping up around the globe as well. You'll see this vehicle floating around Europe at the moment, but we'd certainly welcome it into our own homes here in the USA should they ever decide to bring it on in - it's small enough, after all!

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One million dollar Jaguar C-X75 set for four-cylinder turbo and 500 horsepower

One million dollar Jaguar C-X75 set for four-cylinder turbo and 500 horsepower

This week the folks at Jaguar are letting the car-loving world know that they mean business when it comes to limited-edition vehicles. The auto you're seeing here is the Jaguar C-X75, part of an edition of 200 vehicles that'll ring in at around $1 million USD each when they go up for sale. Each C-X75 will have four-cylinder turbo and more than 500 horsepower so you can beat up the streets in heavy style

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The Mu folding plug re-revealed and detailed

The Mu folding plug re-revealed and detailed

This week a fabulous new device which takes the undeniably fat design of the modern wall plug anf folds it down to a much more flat and much more transportable card. This design at the moment works only with the UK version of the wall plug, but the application to multiple plugs across the earth is not difficult to see. Once you have a peek, and see how simple it is to flip the plug you know so well down to a disk of great transportability, you'll come to understand the simplicity of the truth!

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