Shell buys Sonnen, Tesla’s competitor in the home battery business

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village Wildpoldsried, southern Germany, is pictured on July 5, 2016. (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) On Friday, oil major Royal Dutch Shell and German energy storage company Sonnen announced that Shell would acquire Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Sonnen has […]

Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019

Samsung We weren’t impressed with this year’s Notebook 9 Pen, Samsung’s attempt at a high-end ultrabook, but the company will be trying again in 2019. Samsung announced two new versions of the Notebook 9 Pen—a 13-inch and a 15-inch model—that it will show off at CES in January and release sometime in 2019. At first […]

Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. (credit: Energy Vault) A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, and stores energy much like pumped hydro does, but it does it with bricks. If […]

Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. (credit: Energy Vault) A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, and stores energy much like pumped hydro does, but it does it with bricks. If […]

Masseur files lawsuit against Kevin Spacey accusing him of sexual battery and false imprisonment

Kevin Winter/Getty Images Kevin Spacey is being sued for false imprisonment and sexual battery in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.  The lawsuit stems from an alleged incident at his Malibu, California, home in 2016.  Spacey is already being investigated by police in the US and UK over other alleged sexual assaults. Actor Kevin Spacey […]

Pininfarina PF0 motor and battery tech comes from Rimac

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Filed under: Green,Misc. Automakers,Coupe,Crossover,SUV,Electric,Future,Luxury,Performance,Supercars Ex-Porsche and Bugatti engineers sign on; first SUV to pack 940 hp. Continue reading Pininfarina PF0 motor and battery tech comes from Rimac Pininfarina PF0 motor and battery tech comes from Rimac originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Sep 2018 08:15:00 EDT. Please see our […]

Faltering BMW i3 Gets Bigger Battery, Better Range for 2019

Originally dubbed the “Mega City Vehicle,” BMW’s i3 garnered a lot of positive attention for its modern styling and adherence to alternative-energy powertrains when it launched in 2014. This did not translate into sales, however. As its former name implies, the i3 isn’t incredibly useful outside of an urban environment due to its meager range. […]

After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries

Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world’s largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. (credit: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images) In the first half of 2018, energy […]