ELECTRICITY

  • NASA's new robot car can drive sideways Yesterday

    Washington: NASA has developed a new robotic electric car that can drive sideways, park itself and even spin on the spot. The remote-driven Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) can gain speeds of up to 64 kph and weighs 990 kilogrammes. The car has four liquid-cooled wheel motors that can run independently, which...
  • Google working on improving battery technology 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Google is trying its hands at developing better battery technologies that could help power the Web mogul's next set of consumer electronics and other hardware. A team, led by former Apple battery expert Dr Ramesh Bhardwaj, began testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices. In 2013,...
  • An electric bike that doesn't need you to plug in or swap batteries April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: First it was rechargeable electric bikes that turned heads, then came in swappable batteries. Now, welcome the Solar Bike. Redefining the way we perceive electric bikes, this new type of bike is aimed at a sustainable alternative to the electric bike. The Solar Bike, as the name goes,...
  • 'Lifenology' for India: How to manage electricity today for safer tomorrow April 4, 2015

    Shortage of electricity is one of the most critical problem that people of India are family today after the 67 years of Independence. Toshiba has brought to India to solve this problem. India's energy problems are not just managing transmission and distribution, it is about managing electricity today for safer...
  • Electric scooter with swappable batteries to hit markets this summer March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: An electric scooter developed by Taiwan-based Gogoro is soon to hit Taipei City this summer. The all-electric scooter, dubbed Smartscooter, uses batteries that can be swapped at the company kiosks. The environment-friendly scooter was announced at the CES earlier this year but the launch date or location was unannounced...
  • Pakistan to purchase 4,000 MW of electricity from China March 24, 2015

    Islamabad: Energy-starved Pakistan will purchase 4,000 megawatt of electricity from China to meet its power crisis, media reports said on Tuesday. The country has been hit by some of the worst power cuts in recent years, shutting businesses and enraging the domestic consumers. China has offered to export 4,000 MW of electricity...
  • Toyota's new iRoad is a two-seater electric car March 23, 2015

    Vancouver: Steve Gundrum was grinning when he climbed out of a Toyota some might call a cross between a zippy scooter and an eco-friendly electric car. Gundrum was among the TED Conference attendees who test drove one of the company's i-ROAD prototype "personal mobility vehicles" on a course set up in...
  • NASA working on electric plane with 18 propellers March 23, 2015

    Washington: While the world is awestruck at the success of the sun-powered plane called Solar Impulse 2, NASA is working on a more efficient, electric-powered plane that has 18 propellers attached to it. As part of NASA's Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology project (LEAPTech), these 18 small engines sit atop the...
  • I will not seek vote if power situation doesn't improve in Bihar: Nitish Kumar March 22, 2015

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he will not seek votes in the assembly elections to be held later in 2015 if he cannot improve the power situation in the state. Nitish Kumar, in his latest Facebook post, said he was reiterating the stand he had made three...
  • Unexpected rains pull down peak power deficit to 2.8 per cent in February March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Unexpected rains across the country brought down the peak power deficit -- shortfall in electricity supply when the demand is maximum -- to 2.8 per cent last month. Peak power demand during February was 1,37,948 MW, of which 1,34,102 MW was met, leaving a deficit of 3,846 MW,...
  • Coal or solar, what will power India's future? March 17, 2015

    India's electricity supply in order to match the country's development ambitions (high growth of 8%+ p.a. with industrialization, better quality of power, better energy access) would have to grow by around 7% every year. Then the country would need to grow from 1,050 TWh in 2012 to almost 5,000 TWh...
  • Electric vehicles may take 2-5 per cent of the Indian market in few years March 16, 2015

    Miami: Eco-friendly electric vehicles are a new concept but have the potential to occupy about 2 to 5 per cent of the Indian market in the next few years, a top official at auto major Mahindra has said, underlining the need for significant incentives to make them commercially viable. "We remain...
  • A concept tyre that could generate electricity to power cars March 8, 2015

    New Delhi: A concept tyre introduced at the recently concluded Geneva Auto Show is capable of generating electricity that could power the very electric car it is fitted into. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. introduced the concept tire, BHO3, which offers the possibility to help recharge the batteries of electric cars...
  • Pizza ordering fridge magnet to fingernail-sized 200GB SD card: 5 quirky gadgets at MWC 2015 March 5, 2015

    Barcelona: The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn't join the tens of thousands in Barcelona for the four-day event, here is a look at some...
  • Facebook unlikely to get into car-making, solar power; CEO Zuckerberg focuses on providing Internet connectivity around the world March 5, 2015

    New York: No cars and solar power for Facebook, it seems. Asked at a town hall event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, if the world's biggest social network had ambitions outside of social media and the Internet, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is "pretty focused." Apple has created phones,...
  • Here's how you can reduce electric car 'range anxiety' March 4, 2015

    London: The one thing that is always on the mind of drivers while buying a battery electric vehicle (BEV) is the range of the vehicle. Researchers call it "range anxiety" - the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. However, hands-on BEV experience can reduce drivers' stress, a new study...
  • Apple considering settlement with electric car battery maker over talent poaching dispute March 4, 2015

    San Francisco: Apple is discussing a settlement in a lawsuit brought by electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which accused the iPhone maker of poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division. Apple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in...
  • Delhi government slashes power tariff, gives 20,000 litres water free per house February 25, 2015

    In ten days Arvind Kejriwal has kept two of his big promises. The price of electricity has been reduced by half for upto 400 units and free water is being given till 20,000 litres. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia made the announcement on Wednesday. ...
  • Arvind Kejriwal keeps poll promises, slashes power tariff, gives 20,000 litres water free per house February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's government on Wednesday slashed power tariff by 50 per cent for consumption up to 400 units per month and launched a free water scheme in line with election promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party. The government also announced free 20,000 litres of water...
  • Mitsubishi's 2016 iMiev will remain cheapest electric car, starting at $22,995 February 25, 2015

    Detroit: Mitsubishi's 2016 iMiev will remain the cheapest electric car on the market when it goes on sale in the U.S. next month. The tiny four-seater starts at $22,995, the same as the previous model year. With a $7,500 federal tax credit, the price drops to $15,495. Standard features include heated front...
  • Budget 2015 should include a package of low-cost financing, subsidies to support renewable and clean energy technology February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: India is the 6th largest country in terms of power generation and consumption. According to Central Electricity Authority (CEA), at the end of March 2014, the installed power generation capacity of India stood at 243028.95 MW, while the per capita power consumption stood at 917 KWh (2012-13). The...
  • Low water, power tariff very soon, free Wi-Fi likely by year-end: CM Kejriwal February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government will very soon make an announcement on reducing water and electricity tariff while free Wi-Fi may be activated by year-end. "People are expecting a lot on water, power and Wi-Fi. We have prepared a blue print on water and...
  • Delhi: Good news very soon on power tariff cut, free water, says CM Kejriwal February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: After a week in office, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government was going to cut power tariff and launch a free water scheme "very soon" in line with election promises made by Aam Aadmi Party. Kejriwal said his government has already finalised a "blue-print"...
  • Apple aims to start making an electric vehicle as early as 2020: Report February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Apple aims to begin producing an electric vehicle as early as 2020, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying, a seemingly aggressive target for a mobile devices maker with little experience in car manufacture. The iPhone maker is pushing its "car team" of about 200 people...
  • Apple sued by A123 Systems for poaching auto engineers to build a large-scale battery division February 19, 2015

    San Francisco: Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that offered further evidence that the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Apple has been poaching engineers with deep expertise in car systems, including from...
  • Delhi government will bid for coal block to produce it's own electricity February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to bid for coal blocks with an aim to set up new power plants and increase its own electricity generation from current 1,000 mega watts to 4,000 mega watts. Sources said Delhi government will write a letter to the Centre seeking its view...
  • BMW i8 hybrid electric supercar launched at Rs 2.29 crore in India February 18, 2015

    BMW India has launched the i8 hybrid electric supercar at a cool Rs 2.29 crore ex-showroom, pan-India. The car is built on an eco-friendly platform and has organic fibres and leather dyes. There is also lots of carbon fibre including the chassis. A twin-scroll turbo 231PS 3-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol motor powers...
  • Japan now has more electric car charging points than petrol pumps February 18, 2015

    Tokyo: Green-car sceptics take note: Japan now has more electric vehicle charging spots than gas stations. The country's number-two automaker Nissan says there are now 40,000 charging units - including those inside private homes - across the nation, compared with 34,000 petrol stations. While gas stations have multiple pumps and can service...
  • This new headset can lift your mood, relieve stress by sending electrical current via smartphone February 18, 2015

    Washington: Feeling low and lethargic? Worry not -- a new device can lift your mood at the touch of a button. Scientists have developed a headset that uses electrical impulses to alter your mood by using a smartphone. The device consists of a set of electrodes connected to a phone and...