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Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

Over the past few days Tesla punters from different corners of the globe have claimed an update borked their acess to the iOS app, preventing them from connecting to their electric dream wagons. The thread of complaints first started on Tesla’s online forum on Monday and had continued into today, with customers based in North …
Paul Kunert, 8 Mar 2017

NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

NASA is working towards getting an electric-powered multiprop experimental aircraft off the ground, with an eye to future "greater fuel efficiency, improved performance and ride quality and aircraft noise reduction". The Sceptor (Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research) project will …
Lester Haines, 9 Feb 2016

Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

Vid While record numbers of people around the world are picking up injuries from wheeled "hoverboards" this Christmas season, aerospace company Arca Space thinks it has got the real deal. Youtube Video "I've always wanted to create a commercially available product for the masses, so I've put all my experience, all my skills, from …
Iain Thomson, 29 Dec 2015
Clever logo aped in the falcon doors

Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

Vulture at the Wheel Tesla will launch the Model X tonight. This is the third model the company has launched after the Lotus-built roadster and the amazing Model S. As a minivan with three rows of seats to fit seven adults, it’s a big deal for the US market, and has “Falcon” as opposed to “gullwing” doors. Falcons being much cooler than gulls, …
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2015
Hybrid aircraft

Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

Video The first hydrocarbon/electric aircraft has taken to the skies over Southern England as part of trials to find out if such combo systems have a place in aviation's future. Youtube Video The aircraft, a heavily modified microlight, uses a conventional four-stroke petrol engine as its main power source and an electric motor …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2014

Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

With preparations now almost complete for the start of Saturday's 90th anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Nissan has surprised the petro-heads by showing off a fully electric car that it will be entering into the competition next year. Nissan's ZEOD RC electric car Nissan goes to the home of motor sport to take …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2013

Tesla Model S named '2013 Automobile of the Year'

Elon Musk's much-anticipated, long-delayed, taxpayer-supported, company-critical Tesla Model S sport sedan has been named as the 2013 Automobile of the Year by the Motor City–centric Automobile magazine. "It's the performance that won us over," said the magazine's editor-in-chief Jean Jennings when announcing the award. "The …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Smart meters blamed for Wi-Fi, garage opener interference

Smart meters issued by an electric utility in Maine are interfering with a wide range of customers' electronic devices, including wireless routers, cordless phones, electric garage doors, and answering machines. The Central Maine Power Company has received complaints from more than 200 customers since the meters were installed …
Dan Goodin, 21 Nov 2011
GM Ampera

Electric car crash leads to battery blaze

A GM Volt e-car has burst into flames following a crash. To be fair, the crash was intentional. It was a side-impact test performed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May, but has now prompted a probe into e-car battery safety, Reuters reports. And the fire broke out more than three weeks after the …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Production electric motorcycle breaks 100 mile range

A California electric motorcycle manufacturer will start selling hogs – well, piglets – that are capable of a range of over 100 miles thanks to a new power pack that should outlast the bike itself, plus newly adopted energy capture technology. The new Z-Force power pack has 95 per cent more energy density than previous models …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2011
DeLorean DMC-12 e-car

DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

Great Scott! Doc Brown's DeLorean has jumped back to the future production line and will roll out across roads from 2013. The Delorean Motor Company of Texas - which previously has focused on selling the car secondhand, and providing servicing and spares - is to produce an all-electric version of the famous gull-wing door …
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2011

Yikes! It's the Yike Bike

A bunch of “entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers” have turned their backs on headline-grabbing e-cars to come up with an electrically powered shrunken penny-farthing. Yike Bike has supposedly been designed to “dramatically change” urban transport by providing city dwellers with a fast, safe and easy way to get around town …
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010
The Register breaking news

Globo-renewables all electric future touted again

Analysis Another American environment professor has asserted that the entire world can easily power itself using only pure-green generation methods - "wind, solar and water". As with other recent plans, the idea would seem to be to keep the developing world in misery - and the developed world in penury. The new scheme comes to us …
Lewis Page, 26 Oct 2009
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ESA proposes ion drive Sun-dodge Mars commsat ploy

Experts in interplanetary navigation have hit upon a novel scheme for maintaining communications with Mars, should a need to do so eventuate - as in the case of a manned mission to the red planet, for instance. Diagram of the proposed Mars commsat orbits, looking in the plane of the ecliptic. Credit: Universities of …
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2009
Tesla Model S

Elon Musk, Eberhard 'resolve' Tesla Motors wrangle

Famous electrocar firm Tesla Motors - known as maker of the Roadster battery supercar and as one of PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk's pet projects - has announced that the dispute between it and co-founder Martin Eberhard "is resolved". Eberhard had mounted a Californian lawsuit against the firm and against Musk personally in …
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2009
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Musk/Tesla Motors lawsuit by former exec dropped

Updated The lawsuit mounted by former Tesla Motors executive Martin Eberhard against the firm and its chief, renowned hecamillionaire tech-biz kingpin Elon Musk, appears to have been dropped. The San Jose Business Journal reports this week, quoting Eberhard's lawyer, that the suit was dropped two weeks ago at the former CEO's …
Lewis Page, 21 Aug 2009
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NASA announces $1.5m prize for eco-plane inventors

US space agency NASA has announced a competition for green aircraft designers, in which low-carbon flying machines will contend for a $1.5m prize at a contest to be held in California in two years' time. The Taurus Electro battery motor-glider from Pipistrel You didn't want that flying car, did you? Have an electric plane ( …
Lewis Page, 3 Aug 2009
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Deal inked in US Navy 'R2-D2' raygun robo-turret plan

One of the most critical questions in the world of seagoing death-ray technology today - that is, who would be selected to develop swivelling "R2-D2" robotic laser blaster gun turrets for US Navy warships - has now been answered. American weaponry megacorp Northrop Grumman, makers of the first electric solid-state "battle …
Lewis Page, 8 Jul 2009

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