Showing posts from December, 2019

All Electric, Submarine Car: World 1st

All-Electric Submersible Convertible for Land and Sea

Swiss Mobility Innovation This is the ultimate, all-electric concept car for land and sea from Switzerland.  The sQuba is an all-electric vehicle that's the world's 1st fully submersible car that drives perfectly on land and underwater.  And, the travel from land to underwater is seamless.  It's a concept vehicle designed to demonstrate the future of mobility
Straight Out of James Bond 007 The car designer is Frank Rinderknecht and his Swiss team at the Swiss mobility lab Rinspeed.  Rinderknecht has been creating innovative concept cars for forty years. The inspiration for the sQuba comes from the Lotus submarine car "Wet Nellie" that James Bond 007 drove in the 1977 movie "The Spy Who Loves Me".  That car was pure fiction.  The sQuba is the real thing.
Submersible Convertible The sQuba is powered by three electric motors charged by lithium ion batteries.  One e-motor provides propulsion on land and the…

Calling All Frogs for the Environment

Australia's FrogPhone for Science

FrogPhone Science Calls to Remotely Monitor the Environment
This new innovation is a call for science. Australian researchers have developed the FrogPhone system, which once installed at a frog pond location,enables scientists to call in on their cell phones and remotely  listen in on frogs in the wild.  Why is that important?  It provides great access and data to monitor the health of the environment.  Frogs are widely recognized as one of the best barometers of how healthy local environments are.  The FrogPhone is a novel device and a technological first.

Frogs and the Quality of the Surrounding Environment
The FrogPhone allows scientists to call a frog screening site and monitor the frogs, real-time, in nature.  This is the world's first solar powered device that provides environmental data via text while conducting real-time sound surveys over the phone.  The quality of an area's frog population reveals the health of the surrounding envi…

VW Going Electric Vehicles

2020 Offering of VW ID.3 EV

One of 15 New EVs Set to Launch in 2020 A new wave of high style, long range and attractively priced electric vehicles will start rolling out in 2020 and throughout the new decade.  Of the 15 new Electric vehicles set to launch in 2020, a top contender is the VW ID.3.
Electric Driving Future The all-electric, VW ID.3 is a five door hatchback that will hit showrooms in early 2020.  The vehicle is much anticipated and has been cited as one of the top five entrants into the electric vehicle driving market. VW has four electric vehicle concepts that it's been developing.  Besides the VW ID.3, the ID.Vizzion, ID.Crzz and ID.Buzz are in the development pipeline.  All of these vehicles will have a 250 mile range on one charge.
2019 EVs In 2019 there are about 50 EV models for sale in the US.  The new decade will usher in 100 new EVs during the first few years.  VW is a big part of the picture.  The automaker says it will produce 22 million EVS by 2029.  As VW pu…

Hot Electric Vehicles for the 2020's

Top EV Vehicles in the Pipeline and Readying for Market

EV News You Can Use The 2020's will be the decade of all-electric vehicles with zero emissions.  As journalists, Ed Kane and I are closely watching and reporting on the EV mega-trends.  EVs are a top means of fighting toxic fumes from gas guzzling cars, planes, motorcycles and fighting Climate Change.  EV technology is poised to make a positive difference for the global environment.
Handy Book for 2020's EVs We've  just published a new book "Hot Electric Vehicles for the 2020's" by Edward Kane and co-authored by me, Maryanne Kane.  It's being published now as an e-book on Kindle.  The book showcases the hottest EVs in the pipeline for rollout in the 2020's.  EV vehicles included in the book are SUVs, sedans, pickup trucks, planes, flying cars, scooters, motorbikes, motorcycles, watercraft and more from global companies. To check for availability, free borrows and reads, go to…

India Pushing Electric Vehicles for its Roads

Targets 200 Million Vehicles to be Electric by 2026

India's Government Sees EV Future India is working on a plan to require that all 2-wheel vehicles, such as mopeds, motorbikes and scooters, be electric by 2026.  That is a very big deal.  2-wheel vehicles are the dominant form of transportation in India.  Of the 250 million registered vehicles, 190 million are 2-wheel.
Global EV Capital The government of Prime Minister Narenda Modi is strongly committed to an EV future.  In fact, the government is accelerating incentives to produce and buy EVs.  A number of new startups are springing up creating e-scooters, e-mopeds and e-bikes.  India has a goal to become a global capital of EV manufacturing.
Cleaner, Greener Driving For India much is at stake.  It is a huge consumer of crude oil to power the 250 million vehicles, which in turn spew toxic emissions into the air.  A recent study indicates that vehicle emissions in India caused 74,000 premature deaths and more than $20 billion in dam…

Developing EVs by Mass Producing E Batteries News

One of the World's Largest:  $2.3 Billion EV Battery Plant for Lordstown, Ohio

GM and South Korea's LG Chem Joint Venture GM and South Korea's LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion to build an electric vehicle battery cell plant in the Lordstown area of Ohio, USA.  The plant will be one of the world's largest EV battery cell producing plants.  GM and LG Chem will break ground for the new facility in mid-2020 and the new plant will create 1100 jobs at the start of operations. The companies say this plant will be flexible enough to respond to rapid changes in EV battery technology needs.  Those needs are accelerating with demand for greater range on less charge times, advancing with electric car technology and they are very expensive.
GM CEO Mary Barra's Electric Vehicle Commitment This is a very significant investment.  GM CEO Mary Barra believes that the future of driving is electric.  The lack of lithium-ion battery supplies, persistent production problems and the pres…

Electric Vehicles Driving into 2020

Tesla Gets a Run for its Money

Big E-Competition from Volvo and BMW The 2020's are expected to be the decade of electric vehicles.  Every major automaker is planning to electrify its vehicle lineups.  For the first time, some global automakers will offer more electric and hybrid than conventional, gas and diesel powered vehicles.  There are projections that by 2030 electric cars will amount to more than 20% of new cars sold in the US.
Mass Market Electric Vehicles Two electric cars expected to be important to a wide consumer audience are coming out during 2020 from BMW and Volvo.  These cars are designed and priced to give Tesla a run for its electric vehicle money.
BMW i4 The 2020 BMW i4, 4 door, fastback styled electric vehicle is expected to hit the market in 2020 and be an important factor.  Entry level models will be priced at less than $40,000.  Reports indicate this vehicle can get 340 to 435 miles on a single charge, which offers Tesla significant competition.  More details w…

Porsche E-Car to Deliver Record Sales

Porsche Forecasts Record 2020 US Sales Led by All Electric Taycan

Electric Sports Car that's Eco Friendly with Speed
Porsche says its new, all-electric sports car Taycan is getting a lot of surprisingly big interest from Tesla electric car owners.  This may be the first lap of the all-electric global car races for customer sales.  According to VW owned and German based Porsche, of the thousands of potential customers expressing interest in the Taycan, Tesla owners rank first among non-Porsche owners. Tesla is based in the US and founded and run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.  The Taycan electric sports car is one of the most anticipated EVs of 2019 and of the upcoming decade for many tech reasons.

Electric Stats
The Taycan all-electric sports car delivers everything and all the power that you'd expect from a Porsche.  It has 670 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds.  Acceleration, speed by electric motors and zero free emissions.  It has an estimated bat…

China Pushes Facial ID by Mobile Phones

New China Regulations: Facial Recognition Reaches Mobile Phones

May Prevent Fraud in Cyberspace But Does it Increase Citizen Surveillance?
This is a new use of facial recognition technology that the world is watching.  China put new regulations into effect on Sunday that require Chinese telecom operators to scan the faces of people registering for new mobile phone services in China.  The consumer or business could be buying a new SIM card or any new mobile phone services.  The purchaser has no choice but to have their face scanned.  The Chinese government says it's combating cyber-fraud and protecting its citizens from being hacked.  This is facial recognition at the cutting edge of use, controversy and possibly usefulness. Once your face is scanned on your mobile phone, anyplace you use it, such as in your home and stores, could be tracked.

This could be viewed as a legitimate and ongoing push by China to ensure people are using the internet under their real names in o…

Electric Vehicle News

3 Global Automakers Tie-Up on Electric R&D

LA Auto Show Showcases New EVs
Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi just announced that they're intensifying their R&D alliance to develop advanced auto technology.  At the top of the list is a common platform for electric cars across the three brands.  Nissan's new CEO Makoto Uchida said today that the R&D alliance is the key to future growth.  They're setting up a separate company and will appoint a General Secretary to run the R&D innovation operation.  Nissan also announced that it's going to launch an all-electric SUV.

LA Auto Show Electrified
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the annual LA Auto Show is underway and a number of new electric vehicles are being showcased. The big story is the number of high-end electric SUVs on display. Examples include the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC.  There are also several electric hyper-cars including the BMWi8 and the Acura NSX.

E-Honda and E-Toyota Debuts
At the LA Show, H…

World 1st HD Cam Tech for Safer Roads

World's 1st Camera System to Spot Drivers Handling Mobile Phones

New South Wales Using Tech to Cut Road Fatalities Australia's state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, today rolled out new technology along the roads to cut fatalities caused by distracted drivers on mobile phones.  They're deploying high definition, AI-enabled detection cameras to spot drivers handling their mobile phones, which is illegal in New South Wales (NSW).  45 portable cameras, including fixed and mobile trailer mounted cameras, are being set-up in undisclosed locations.  Authorities believe that within two year the surveillance system will cut the number of fatalities on its roads by one-third. This HD, AI camera system tech and application are a world first.
24-7 Roadside Detection The high tech cameras work day, night and in all types of weather to detect if a driver going by is handling a mobile phone.  The cameras use artificial intelligence to analyze images in order to spot drivers b…