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amazonRivian Will Make Electric Amazon Delivery Trucks

Amazon has led a $700 million investment in electric truck and electric SUV company, Rivian. Amazon and Rivian will develop Amazon delivery vehicles and build out its logistics network. General Motors might also invest in Rivian. Rivian’s CEO R.J. Scaringe …

citiesElectric Heavy Equipment is Good for Underground Cities and Space Colonies

A Norwegian distributor of CAT heavy machinery has converted a CAT excavator to electric power using 3.4 tons of batteries. This was 300 kWh of batteries. A Tesla 85 kWh battery pack weighs 1,200 lb (540 kg) and contains 7,104 …

air pollutionFlying between small airports will be faster, cleaner and cheaper with hybrid electric planes

Zunum Aero is a startup backed by Boeing and Jet Blue who is developing hybrid electric and all-electric aircraft of varying sizes. The planes would fly between the thousands of small airports around the USA. Southern California-based charter air services, …

carsUS is not buying regular cars so Ford will stop making them and shift to more SUV, trucks, SUV and new electric vehicles

By 2020, almost 90 percent of the Ford Motor company portfolio in North America will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles. Given declining consumer demand and product profitability, the company will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans …

batteriesGeneral Motors will self driving ride sharing service with electric cars in 2019

General Motors plans to introduce an autonomous ride-sharing service to several big cities in 2019. GM outlined its vision to reinvent itself. GM wants a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. GM sells 2.7 million cars a …

batteriesFirst self-assembled 3D superconductor structure created

Prof. Ulrich Wiesner, material science and engineering, created the first ever self-assembled, three-dimensional superconductor with a research group of graduate students and professors of different disciplines. This is the first time a superconductor has self-assembled into a porous, three-dimensional gyroidal …

airplaneFirst new US reactor since 1996 is nearly ready to start

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has approved the expenditure of a further $200 million on the completion of Watts Bar 2, which would bring final spending on the project to a total of up to $4.7 billion. The scope of …

batteriesMicrowave absorbing circuit can enhance plane stealth

A team of Chinese researchers have made a breakthrough in stealth plane technology that could be so significant even local military sources say it should be kept out of the public realm. The team released the technical and design details …

airplanesTrans-Formers for exploring dark and extremely cold areas of the moon

NASA NIAC has a phase 2 funding for a transformer lunar exploration robots. Imagine an oasis of warm sunlight surrounded by a desert of freezing cold darkness. Robots inside the oasis perform scientific lab analyses and process icy regolith brought …

electricBest ever images of Pluto and Charon show unusual dark spots

The closest-ever pictures of Pluto and its moon Charon shows two separate hemispheres in color. There are unknown dark spots that look like pepperoni slices. New Horizons is now less than 9.5 million miles (15 million kilometers) from the Pluto …