The problem with using regular silicon as an anode is that the particles expand by as much as 400 percent as the battery charges, and then return to normal as it discharges, which causes them to rupture. The scientists at the Institute for Energy Technology say they have overcome this problem with a new silicon alloy that uses a careful mix of silicon nanoparticles and an unnamed material, with work underway to patent the technology.
Meet the C5-Blast Ultimate, which Daymak says will be capable of sprinting to 60 mph (98 km/h) in a neck-snapping 1.5 seconds. That makes the Tesla Model S P100D, which took 2.28 seconds to hit the same mark in Motor Trend testing, look leisurely. At the moment, the fastest accelerating EV in the world is Grimsel, which hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 1.513 seconds, but Daymak has that title in its sights.
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is not expected to reach the hands of anxiously waiting customers in the pre-order line until the final days of August. It appears, however, as though Waymo has jumped that queue. According to TechCrunch, the mobility arm of Alphabet, A.K.A. Google, has taken delivery of the first three examples and they can now be seen driving about the streets of San Francisco.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded $20 million in grants for demonstrations of zero-emission off-road equipment in the freight, agriculture and waterborne mass transit sectors.
“We expect construction to begin in the near future after we get all the necessary approvals and permits,” a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek. “From there, it will take roughly two years until we start producing vehicles and then another two to three years before the factory is fully ramped up to produce around 500,000 vehicles per year for Chinese customers.