$200 Million Says Solid-State Batteries Will Soon Crack Gasmobile Death Grip
The holy grail of electric vehicle propulsion is a lightweight battery that charges rapidly and has an excellent power to weight ratio. Sure, you can drop 100kwH of battery into your car if you want a longer range (Mercedes EQS) but it’ll still take quite a while to recharge that battery even on a very high powered charger.
So scientists (and product developers) have been looking at solid-state batteries for quite a while. They’ve never really been ‘there’, though. Until now.
A company called Factorial Energy has developed a battery
which the likes of Daimler and Stellantis are taking a long, hard look at. Just last month the company popped up when its proprietary energy storage platform FEST™ (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) caught the eye of Daimler (think Mercedes-Benz among others) and Stellantis (Dodge, Fiat, Chrysler, etc.)
Nissan to End Internal Combustion Engine Development… Sort Of
This is one of those ‘good news/ bad news’ moments. One of the larger vehicle manufacturers on the planet is finally looking to radically downsize the number of internal combustion engines
it manufactures. However, the largest market - the US - is going to remain as an ICE market for the foreseeable future.
Why is Nissan doing this? Because it has decided making internal combustion engines that comply with the next round of European emissions regulations will just be too expensive.
Germany has become the largest plug-in vehicle market in the world after China. Nissan is also not planning on any new internal combustion engines for Japan or China, although it will apparently keep refining existing engines and continue to work on hybrid powertrains.
Porsche Taycan Breaks the Guinness World Records Title for Coast-To-Coast Charging
How many times have you heard the retort ‘I can do 700 miles in my ICE car and recharge in five minutes.’?
Well - apart from the fact that the 5-minute recharge is a myth (and we’ll talk about why in an episode of next season’s podcast) - the ding on this is that charging over longer distances will drastically slow down the time taken on a journey.
This was 100% accurate back ‘in the day’. The first LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’ Groats) journey in a MkI Tesla Roadster took 33 hours, most of which was waiting for the charges.
That’s right, 2834.5miles crossed and less time spent charging than you’d spend watching Avengers: Infinity Wars
The car selected was a standard 2021 Taycan equipped with the Performance Battery Plus as well as nice to have luxury items for a coast-to-coast adventure, such as the Premium Package, Adaptive Cruise Control and Porsche Electric Sport Sound. To prepare for the drive, the driver plotted the route across America using Plug Share and the Electrify America app. He benefited from the ease of use of Plug-and-Charge for the majority of the trip
These 12-Mile-Deep Holes Could Convert Power Plants From Fossil Fuel to Geothermal
As we move towards a future with more and more renewables powering our daily lives, we will continue to expand the use of certain key technologies such as wind and Solar. But some of the ‘lesser-used’ renewables will also play a part in that transition.
The demand is huge, baseload power needs to be guaranteed and resources such as Nuclear have a bad political wrap as a source of ‘clean’ energy
When we think about the scale of the energy transition, we measure that in terawatts—trillions of watts—that’s what it takes to cover the world,” says Carlos Araque, CEO and co-founder of Quaise Energy. “So when you look at that scale, it is very evident that we’re not going to be able to transition energy on wind and solar alone.”
Uses “millimetre wave” drilling systems to go as far as 12 miles underground—that’s 3 to 5 times deeper than typical oil and gas drilling—reaching a layer of rock, which is more than 700 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat can be used as a constant power source essentially anywhere on the planet.
The company is targeting a cost of 1 to 3 cents per kilowatt-hour, cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels and, ultimately, replace them for baseload power when other renewable electricity isn’t available.
Most power plants, “you burn a fossil fuel to heat water up, make it into steam, and use the steam to make electricity with a turbine,” he says. “Geothermal replaces the burning of the fossil fuels—the steam comes from the ground.” By going to existing power plants and drilling holes there, the company can avoid rebuilding other infrastructure
Skoda Announces It’s Ditching PHEVs, Going All-In on Pure EVs
More and more legacy car manufacturers are moving away from fossil fuel production. Whilst dinosaurs such as Toyota, Lexus and, Land Rover appear to be oblivious to the onset of the EV age, Skoda is looking to embrace it quite fully. It has committed to focusing on pure BEV only
and stopping making hybrid and plug-in vehicles.
This is good news - although the date isn’t actually clear for when this will happen. Tye will have 3 more EVs in the range by 2030.
It’s worth noting that despite having many cars based on the VW brand, unlike VW and Seat - through Cupra - they have not chosen to create a vehicle based on the ID3. They have the ID.4 based Enyaq, though