UK Launches Open Trial For Wireless Charging For Electric Taxis
One of the bottlenecks of electric cars is the need to recharge them. Unlike pumping gas, recharging an electric car takes considerably longer. While this might not be a big deal for regular drivers, it might prove a problem for taxis where anytime they are not fetching passengers, it is income lost.

Wello Family, Smart E-Cargo Bike with Solar-powered AssistanceEditor's Pick
French start-up Wello attracted some attention at CES 2020 with its solar-powered three-wheeled electric cargo bike that aims to combine a bicycle and a car to address the last mile issue while respecting the environment.At the French Tech Pavilion, I met the founder and CEO of Wello, Arnaud Chéreau, who told me how his idea and 3000 euros for the first prototype (2015) brought him from a shipping container office in […]

Microsoft’s Next Surface Pro Could Be Powered By Solar Energy
Solar energy is a great idea as it means that we don’t need to draw from our finite resources. However, apart from it being used to power homes and offices, we haven’t really seen it make its way into consumer electronics, at least not in a very big way, but Microsoft could be looking to change that.

MyFood Family, Solar-powered Aquaponic Smart GreenhouseEditor's Pick
The MyFood Family Smart Greenhouse got a lot of traction at CES 2020, so much that the unit exhibited at the FrenchTech pavilion was sold during the show! Given that the price tag for such a large model (Family model, 22 m² / 242 ft²) varies between 8,600 to 22,000 euros (VAT incl.), that sale was a great validation of the product and the technology powering it.Mickaël Gandecki, co-founder, CTO […]

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This Is Toyota’s Vision For A City Of The Future
It’s hard to imagine what the world will look like in the future, but that isn’t going to stop Toyota from trying. At CES 2020, the company has announced their plans to build what they are calling a prototype city of the future, which will be located at the base of the very iconic Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Volkswagen Shows Off EV Charging Robots That Can Come To Your car
There are many malls and apartment complexes that come with electric vehicle (EV) chargers and parking bays. The only problem is that you need to go look for them, and given that they aren’t exactly many around, this can be an issue. However, Volkswagen might have solved that problem with EV charging robots.

IBM Created A New Battery That Does Not Use Heavy Metals
The quest to find a new battery type beyond lithium-ion has been going on for years. This is because while li-ion batteries are commonly used in our electronics, they do come with their own set of problems. One of which is that they can be volatile and can explode when damaged. They also lose their charge over time.

Google Maps Can Now List The Right EV Charging Stations For Your Car
One of the problems with electric cars is that they need to be charged, and unlike gas stations, EV charging stations still aren’t quite as ubiquitous just yet. To make matters worse, there still doesn’t seem to be a standard connector, meaning that depending on the car you drive, you may or may not be able to find an EV that supports it.

A Fully-Electric Ferrari Won’t Be Coming Anytime Soon
In the early days of electric cars, these vehicles had terrible range and weren’t particularly powerful. All of that has changed now, where cars have considerably longer ranges and can achieve pretty incredible top speeds, but it seems that not all carmakers are ready to hop on board just yet.

New ‘Blue Energy’ Tech Could Soon Replace Nuclear Power Plants
While nuclear energy definitely gets the job done, the fact of the matter is that nuclear energy isn’t “clean” and there is always the danger that should these plants ever meltdown, it could be disastrous, as we have seen in the past. This is why many governments around the world are looking to replace existing nuclear power plants with cleaner energy sources.

Apple Goes Greener By Purchasing The First-Ever Carbon-Free Aluminum
Aluminum is a popular metal that is used in many tech products today. Apple is a company that uses the material extensively across its product lineup, like in the iPhones, iPad, Apple Watch, MacBooks, iMac, and so on. However, the manufacturing process of aluminum isn’t necessarily the most environmentally-friendly, but that has changed.

Researchers Create A Battery Better At Storing Renewable Energy
Due to the fact that renewable energy sources aren’t always consistent or available (like the sun or the wind), it means that in order to make full use of them, we need to capture the energy they generate and store it in batteries. These batteries are known as flow batteries where the energy capture is stored in a tank of liquid electrolyte.

Scientists Create An Artificial Leaf That Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel
Plants are incredibly useful because not only do they help create a soothing effect and looking pleasing to the eye, but because they are also incredibly functional, where plants have the ability to take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into oxygen, something that the majority of living beings need in order to survive.

US Navy Could Be Making Our Sci-Fi Dreams Come True With Compact Fusion Reactor Patent
There are many forms of energy generation at the moment, but one of the ideal forms of energy generation that has been pursued by the scientific community comes in the form of nuclear fusion. This is because unlike nuclear fission, fusion, at least in theory, is thought to be safer. It is also thought to be cleaner as it does not produce any radioactive waste.