Major car manufacturers have turned their attention to the electric car. It began when pump prices in the US rose above US$4.00/gallon in 2007. Some suggest this sparked the global financial crisis. Now it seems US$4/gallon is again not far off, and it’s unlikely to stop there. Nissan decided to jump the hybrids and go straight to all electric. Chevrolet’s Tony Posawatz describes the development of the electric vehicle as the charge, sparking the rebirth of auto cites such as Detroit Michigan. The idea is to displace as much petroleum as possible. Car companies are planning a future where electricity is the common currency of energy rather than oil.
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Elon Musk, the Founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and Chairman of SolarCity, speaks from his own experiences at the forefront of technology and innovation. This inspriational presentation at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre covers space travel, electric vehicles and solar energy.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced proposals for minimum sound requirements on hybrid and electric vehicles. They say the vehicles pose a safety issue for pedestrians and cyclists, especially for those who are visually impaired. If you have an idea for how the vehicles should sound, email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org