This is another story that keeps on doing the rounds - a claimed perpetual motion engine. The idea is simple: push an electric current through water to get two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen and then burn them to get water (with a power stroke). The idea is so simple that it cannot work effectively! However that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists from thinking up some pretty wacky reasons why we are not using this power source and why the people who “created” them are either dead or in hiding. Motoring Weekly has written in general about the idea of a water powered car and the most famous of these systems was created by Stanley Meyer in Ohio. Meyer was born and appeared to have lived all his life around Columbus having attended school and university there before joining the military. It was the aftermath of the 1973 Oil Crisis that spurred him to find a solution to the reliance on oil for powering cars - a noble cause. One story says that Meyer found an occupied house … [Read More...]
Mercedes-Benz have launched their EQC range – fully electric vehicles starting with an SUV. Production will commence in January at a European factory first.
With more and more electric cars being manufactured in Europe, there is a growing demand for lithium-ion batteries. With new battery manufacturing plants opening up to satisfy demand, the world could run out of lithium quite quickly.
Elon Musk has made a mess of this year – his arrogance has just cost him $40M in fines with the SEC and there is more pain coming his way.
Subscription based usage contracts are starting to creep in to the automotive market. Some US States want to put legislation around them to protect the dealer networks.
Ford upset some of the media when they introduced a “drift” mode on the Focus RS, however all the grumbling missed the technology that made it happen!
Coventry Climax were a provider of racing engines during the 1950s and early 1960s including for Formula 1 and Formula 2. They dropped their support of Formula 1 when the series moved to a 3-litre class in the mid 60s.
McDonalds and Nuon will install two fast charging stations at every restaurant in the Netherlands. It is part of the food chain’s corporate social responsibility plan and will help to use more green energy through wind power.
A partnership has come up with a way to re-use existing infrastructure to provide electric charging points in urban environments.