Tesla’s next Supercharger could charge electric cars in mere seconds

December 27, 2016 by  
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When it comes to electric vehicles becoming the norm, many people scoff at the idea of having to plug in their cars and wait around for the batteries to recharge. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have a solution in the form of a next-gen Supercharger capable of recharging a Tesla vehicle battery in mere seconds. Over the weekend, Musk hinted (on Twitter, of course) that the Supercharger V3 would serve up at least 350 kW, which is more than twice the output of current Superchargers on the Tesla network. The teasing began when another Twitter user asked Tesla ‘s head idea man when solar panels would be installed on the existing Supercharger stations, to which Musk said , “There are some installed already, but full rollout really needs Supercharger V3 and Powerpack V2, plus SolarCity. Pieces now in place.” When Electrek writer Fred Lambert wondered whether the V3 chargers would hit the 350 kW mark, Musk laughed it off, implying he may have something even more powerful in mind. “A mere 350 kW … what are you referring to, a children’s toy?” Musk tweeted in response. Related: Tesla Model S drivers use self-driving features on record-breaking road trip Tesla’s current Superchargers are already the fastest electric car battery-charging units on the planet, capable of recharging a car battery in minutes rather than hours, but there is always room for improvement. The current Superchargers top out at 150 kW, so if V3 can offer up 350 kW (or more, as Musk may have been suggesting), Tesla drivers won’t have to wait around while their car batteries get juiced up. Instead, the new Superchargers could potentially be capable of charging the batteries in just a few seconds, a practice recently named “flash charging.” If such charging speeds could be obtained without sacrificing performance, Tesla drivers will be able to recoup tons of time, especially on long-distance journeys. And, if the Supercharger V3 is installed at stations across the US, a cross-country Tesla road trip will be even faster. Given how eager some Tesla drivers are to set records, we bet it will only take a few days after the install until someone beats the current coast-to-coast record . Via Autoblog Images via Tesla

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Woven "Totora Cube" in Ecuador explores new materials for indigenous architecture

December 27, 2016 by  
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We love experiments in vernacular design and sustainable materials, including this fascinating project from Ecuador. Artisans and architects with the Archquid think-act tank teamed up to design and build a colorful, inhabitable cube using Totora, a fibrous plant native to South America. Working with the indigenous community of San Rafael de La Laguna parish, the architects played with different weaving techniques for the panels, creating a multifunctional structure installed along a busy road in the Otavalo province of Imbabura. For centuries, the Totora plant has been used to make floats, mats, fans and baskets throughout South America. The art of weaving this abundant vegetable fiber has been a part of Ecuador ‘s cultural vernacular since pre-Incan times. Related: Nikolay Polissky Creates Massive ‘Beaubourg’ Sculpture Using Traditional Basket Weaving Techniques Inspired by these ancient practices, which are deeply rooted in the local community, the architects set out to explore the Totora’s architectural potential. The resulting cubic volume features a wooden structure formed by two beams with support strips and joints, and nine panels on each side handcrafted using different weaving techniques. The project has been recently honored in the Twentieth Pan-American Biennial of Architecture in Quito, with the International Award in the “Habitat and Development” category. + Archquid think-act tank Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Federico Lerner and Archquid

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Tesla reveals ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for the Model S

July 17, 2015 by  
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  Just when you thought the Tesla Model S couldn’t get any faster, along comes Ludicrous Mode. What’s that you ask? Tesla revealed today that the Model S is getting a major upgrade with a new battery pack that will take the car from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds. The upgrade, appropriately called Ludicrous Mode is a step up from the  Insane Mode  and will be available for $3,000. The new battery will also amp up the car’s range by 15 miles for a total of 300 freeway miles on a single charge. Read the rest of Tesla reveals ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for the Model S

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Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

July 17, 2015 by  
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Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW

June 16, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever , and the home battery has already sold out through 2016 . The company is currently constructing the “ Gigafactory ” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be among the largest structures in the world. But that doesn’t mean that criticism of their game-changing technologies fall on deaf ears—according to GreenTech Media , Musk recently told shareholders that the capability of the Powerwall is going to be lifted from 2kW to 5kW, but the price will remain the same. Read the rest of Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , Gigafactory , home battery , powerpack , powerwall , powerwall capacity , powerwall kW , solar battery , tesla , tesla battery , tesla energy , tesla shareholders

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Chinese teens create $13 door handle that instantly kills 99.8% germs on contact

June 16, 2015 by  
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Soon you may be able to toss your hand sanitizer. Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing the extent to which bacteria spreads on public door handles, shopping carts and other objects touched by hundreds if not thousands of people each day, 17-year-old Sun Ming (Simon) Wong and 18-year-old King Pong (Michael) Li sought a material that could eliminate bacteria. Turns out titanium oxide does the trick, but they had to come up with an innovative way to activate it. Read the rest of Chinese teens create $13 door handle that instantly kills 99.8% germs on contact Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $13 door handle kills germs , $13 UV light , clean tech , eco design , germ-zapping door handle , green design , Intel Science Fair , King Pong (Michael) Li , Sun Ming (Simon) Wong , sustainable design , Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School , titanium oxide

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Zaha Hadid unveils design for sinuous skyscrapers on Australia’s Gold Coast

June 16, 2015 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled designs for a pair of proposed sculptural skyscrapers for Mariner’s Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast. Designed with Hadid’s signature sinuous forms, the eye-catching mixed-use towers are tapered at the bottom to minimize the building footprint. The Queensland towers share a striking resemblance to Hadid’s trio of “blossoming” Brisbane towers that were commissioned by Sunland Group—the same developer for the Mariner’s Cove project. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid unveils design for sinuous skyscrapers on Australia’s Gold Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Gold Coast , Hadid skyscrapers , Mariner’s Cove , mixed-use , sunland group , tapered buildings , zaha hadid

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Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

June 16, 2015 by  
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Ever since the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars arrived last year, there has been a lot of speculation about what other models BMW could introduce to the electric i-sub brand. There have been several reports about a model dubbed the i5 that could compete with the Tesla Model S , but now a new report claims that the third “i” model could actually be an electric SUV. Read the rest of Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , Audi Q6 , BMW , BMW electric car , BMW electric SUV , BMW i , bmw i3 , bmw i8 , electric car , electric SUV , tesla , Tesla Model X

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Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016

May 9, 2015 by  
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Only a week has gone by since Elon Musk announced Tesla’s new, much-hyped Powerwall home battery on April 30, and the company is reporting that they’ve already sold out of their batteries through mid-2016, booking 800 million in revenue, according to Bloomberg . On an investor earnings call on May 6th, Musk reported that the demand is so high for their batteries that in the past 7 days alone they’ve taken already reservations for 38,000 home batteries and 2500 of the larger commercial scale batteries intended for industry. Musk says that this means that Tesla will have to expand the current Gigafactory that is under construction or build another one, as the originally-planned 5-million-square-foot battery factory they’re working on will not be big enough. According to Musk, the production of batteries alone will easily consume the entire capacity of the $5 billion, 50 GWh Gigafactory in Nevada, which is slated to open next year. Read the rest of Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already sold out through 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , Gigafactory , power wall , powerwall , reserving the Powerwall , solar city , tesla , tesla battery , tesla factory , Tesla Gigafactory , tesla home battery , Tesla nevada factory , tesla powerwall , tesla powerwall home battery

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

March 31, 2014 by  
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Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a four-month investigation , which is now being closed due to Tesla’s design change. Read the rest of Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car safety , electric car , elon musk , green car , green transportation , NHTSA , tesla , tesla battery , Tesla fire , tesla model-s        

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