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5 Injured In Electrical Explosion At Iowa Plant

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured five people performing electrical work at a manufacturing plant in northwest Iowa. The Osceola County Sheriff's office says the explosion happened at the Timewell Tile plant in Sibley, Iowa, Saturday morning while workers were switching some power lines to a newer transformer.

Death By iPhone Not Likely, Say China's Microbloggers

July 18, 2013 4:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The alleged electrocution of a Chinese woman who made a call while charging her iPhone has some netizens looking to Apple and others conducting their own tests. Reuters' Anita Li looks at the online response.

Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

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Ford To Recalibrate Hybrids, Improve Fuel Economy

July 17, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is offering free upgrades to U.S. and Canadian hybrid customers to improve their fuel economy. The company plans to recalibrate the vehicle control systems on 77,000 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids and Lincoln MKZ hybrids from the 2013 model year.

Maker Of 787 Transmitter Joining UK Fire Probe

July 16, 2013 10:17 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honeywell said Monday that it has joined the investigation into last week's fire on a 787 at London's Heathrow Airport amid reports that investigators are eyeing whether its emergency transmitter played a role in the incident. The emergency location transmitter sends a signal with the plane's location if it's involved in a crash. It's meant to help rescuers find the plane.

UK Agency: 787 Fire Not Caused By Battery Fault

July 15, 2013 9:59 am | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 plane at London's Heathrow Airport didn't appear to be caused by faulty aircraft batteries, a British investigative agency said Saturday. Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared that Friday's blaze meant that a battery overheating problem that grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed.

Investors Buying Bankrupt Israel Electric Car Firm

July 10, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of investors has taken over the remains of Israel's bankrupt electric car venture, pledging to give the project another boost. The electric car company Better Place filed for liquidation in May, less than six years after unveiling a plan promising to revolutionize the auto industry by reducing the world's oil dependency.

CT Seeks To Boost Electric Vehicle Stations

July 10, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut is seeking to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year, the state's top environmental and transportation officials said Tuesday. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are making $200,000 available to install charging stations.

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New Electric Scooter To Synchronize With Smartphone

July 10, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors Corp. unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple Inc.'s iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Its Journey

July 8, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered aircraft has completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse touched down at JFK at 11:09 p.m. Saturday, completing the final leg of the cross-continental journey that started in California in early May. For Saturday's final leg, the aircraft left Dulles International Airport a little before 5 a.m.

Scientist Pleads Guilty In PA Trade Secrets Case

July 3, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A scientist working on solar cell technology has pleaded guilty to several counts in an indictment that charges he stole trade secrets from his employer and tried to take them to a competitor in China. Tung Pham, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia to seven counts of wire fraud, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Apple To Build Solar Plant To Power Data Center

July 2, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology giant Apple Inc. will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada. The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission outlining the utilities integrated resource plan.

GM, Honda To Collaborate On Fuel Cell Vehicles

July 2, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The two companies said Tuesday they plan to develop new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies by 2020. They will also push for more hydrogen fueling stations.

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China Launches EU Dumping Investigation

July 1, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Commerce Ministry announced Monday it has launched a formal investigation into claims that European Union countries are selling wine at unfairly low prices, as a prolonged dispute over Chinese solar power products continues to affect trade relations. The ministry said in a notice late Monday that it had accepted the complaint brought by the Chinese wine industry in May following a review.

Letter To The Editor: OMG...It's A Tesla

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Stuart Koford | Blogs | Comments

I have a Tesla Roadster, which I have had for four years and which has 75,000 miles on it. My impressions: Compared to the various other sports cars I have owned – Porsche, RX-7, 3000 – the car has far better acceleration and has instant response to the throttle pedal compared to the lag and roughness of all gas engine cars.

IEA: Global Renewable Energy Growing Fast

June 26, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydro-electric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems.

Canadian Solar Shares Rise On Samsung Deal

June 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Solar's U.S. shares soared Wednesday on news of a deal with Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. to open a new manufacturing facility in London, Ontario. The facility will produce solar modules and power stations and supply Samsung's Ontario solar projects. It also will serve as a hub for Canadian Solar to conduct research and product development related to solar energy generation.

OMG…It’s A Tesla

June 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

How many electric cars are on the U.S. market today? I can think of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt – and, of course – the Tesla Model S. Despite these other zero-emission vehicles (that are also a bit more affordable), Tesla always tops this list.

4 Ways Manufacturers Can Cope With Rising Energy Prices

June 25, 2013 8:05 am | by Michael Lewis | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers require tremendous amounts of energy to power equipment and light and heat facilities, and move raw materials to their plants and finished goods to store shelves. Chemical, fertilizer and plastics manufacturers use carbon-based fuels as feedstock, so accurate projected costs and ready availability is essential to adequate pricing.

Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 24, 2013 1:20 pm | by TeslaMotors | Videos | Comments

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.

High-Voltage Battery Simulator & Test Systems

June 24, 2013 9:08 am | by Randall Beattie, President of SAKOR Technologies | Articles | Comments

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage DC power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid or electric drivetrain, you need to be able to provide precise, repeatable high-voltage DC power.

Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

VT, Quebec Announce Electric Car Corridor

June 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this fall, people who drive electric vehicles should be able to travel the 138-mile route between Burlington, Vt. and Montreal without worrying they'll run short of a charge thanks to a planned electric vehicle charging corridor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced in Montreal.

U.S. Official: Solar Plane To Help Ground Energy Use

June 18, 2013 10:06 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized toy. When it's in flight, there's no roar of engines. It's strangely quiet. And as it crisscrosses the U.S., the spindly plane doesn't use a drop of fuel. Day, and even night, it flies on the power of the sun.

Boeing's 787 Nightmare Is Over

June 17, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It wasn't that long ago that the Boeing 787 was having some problems with its battery, leading to many airlines grounding their 787s. Now, the Dreamliner maker's stock is the 2nd best performer in the Dow this year as worries about Boeing's 787 battery problems fade.

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