Production delays and quality issues marred the launches of Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles, and the company blamed production problems for a shortfall during the second quarter of this year. Musk has said a simpler Model 3 design will greatly reduce potential assembly-line problems. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk hands over first Tesla Model 3 electric cars to buyers
Tesla’s Model S has an advanced cruise control feature called Autopilot, which uses cameras and radar to detect the car’s position in lane, the proximity of other cars and the speed limit. It can control the car’s speed and steering to keep it in the middle of the lane, reacting to other cars and changing lanes on command. … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work?
The biggest problem is energy density – how much energy can be stored in a given size and weight. Lithium-ion batteries, first introduced in 1991 and used in phones, cars and other rechargeable devices, store between 150 and 250 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg). To put that in perspective, a fridge uses around 1,600 Wh a day, and petrol stores about of 13,000 Wh/kg – or more than 50 times the energy of even the best lithium-ion batteries. … [Read more...] about Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology
The risk, as he puts it, is that one day, “you’re left with the whole £3bn bill landing on one old lady in Cornwall”. To avoid that, regulator Ofgem is looking at how paying for the energy network might change in the future, such as a phone-line rental-style charge, rather than being based on the amount of energy used. … [Read more...] about Electric cars key to driving change in UK’s energy supply industry