Keeping electric cars charged away from home is an annoyance, but a new concept in parking lots presents an eco-friendly solution.
Ah yes, another amazing battery technology guaranteed to make everything from electric cars to cell phones charge instantly. This one comes from boffins in South Korea, who have added carbon networks to lithium-ion batteries to make them charge anywhere from 30x to 120x faster.
We were head over heels when BMW showed off its electric i3 SUV and hybrid i8 coupe last summer and we're even more in love with its latest creation. The i8 Spyder is a convertible that loses the roof, two seats and stows two little surprises in its glass trunk, while maintaining the sporty and sleek look of the original i8.
We're big fans of electric cars here at DVICE, so when Rolls Royce rolled out its electric luxury car concept — the Phantom 102EX — at the Geneva Motor Show last year, we all got super excited. Turns out the car's going to remain a concept forever. Rolls Royce ain't producing it.
Valmet Automotive is a Finnish company that builds cars for other people. The company is assembling Karmas for Fisker, for example. It's fairly easy to see why this is the case: left to their own devices, Valmet engineers came up with this bizarre "Dawn" concept car that even they can't explain.
Say goodbye to range anxiety with the electric car you don't have yet if Stanford makes this project a reality: by embedding resonating magnetic coils under roads, you'd be able to charge your car while you drive and get to your destination with more juice in your batteries than when you left.
Look who we spotted from the future! It doesn't have a flux capacitor and Doc Brown wasn't sitting in the driver's seat, but DMC's electric DeLorean is still looking as futuristic as it did in the '80s.
When we test-drove our Chevy Volt last year, we didn't experience any side-impact accidents. We also didn't experience any instances of the battery pack catching on fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that sometimes both of these things can occur back-to-back, so GM has had to come up with a fix.
Way back in 2009, when Syfy was spelled "Sci Fi" and DVICE was spelled "device," Tesla Motors promised us all that their forthcoming Model S electric sedan would cost $49,900 after federal tax credits. Now, it's nearly 2012, and the final price might shock you.
There are a bajillion smartphone cases out there that come with extended battery packs, as well as all manner of other accessories of varying degrees of usefulness that let you tailor your phone to your needs. So, why not just extend that concept to electric cars? Makes total sense, right? Right!