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VIDEO: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV – Reducing the Coefficient of Drag

  Toyota has released a series of videos about its second-generation RAV4 EV, featuring engineers explaining various technical details of the vehicle, plus plenty of cool on-the-road footage. In this installment, Toyota’s team describes the many steps they took to reduce the RAV4’s Coefficient of Drag (CD). Reducing drag is important for any vehicle, at… Read more »

Researchers use world’s thinnest material to create quick-charging Li-ion anode

Yet another exciting advance in battery technology was announced this week. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar, made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result… Read more »

Single-crystal nanoparticles increase battery charging speed by 30 times [corrected]

The rush for a better battery is in full swing – every week seems to bring news of a new breakthrough, or at least a promising avenue of research. While most researchers concentrate on increasing energy density, and a few on improving thermal performance, a group of Korean scientists is attacking the issue of charging… Read more »

EVs to the rescue of the French auto industry

French President Francois Hollande has proposed a package of measures to revive France’s auto industry by encouraging the production of environmentally-friendly vehicles. The government will strengthen the reward-penalty system for the environmental impact of cars that has been in place since 2008. The incentive for EVs will increase from €5,000 to €7,000, and from €2,000… Read more »