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Technology giant Google has announced that it will launch its own range of driverless cars.

The vehicles will not have a driver. Therefore they have no controls, steering wheel or brakes; just a ‘stop-and-go’ button.

Google’s Electric Vehicles will seat two people and begin with a speed limiter of 25mph to ensure safety.

Building of the first 100 prototype vehicles will be start this summer. They will be equipped with manual controls during initial testing in California. Ultimately, these vehicles should be able to merge with general traffic rather than be restricted to purpose built lanes.

Driverless technology is not new to Google. Testing began in 2009, however it has always introduced its technology to existing EVs. This is the first car completely designed and planned by Google.

“We’re really excited about this vehicle – it’s something that will allow us to really push the capabilities of self driving technology, and understand the limitations,” said Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving project.
”They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them.”

Take a look at the YouTube video of Google’s self-driving car. Driving without drivers is really happening!

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A new, carbon-based battery has been developed by Japanese company Power Japan Plus.

With production planned for later this year, the Ryden dual carbon battery will charge twenty times faster than a lithium ion battery. It offers a much longer functional lifetime with drastically improved safety and sustainability reports EV News.

 

“Power Japan Plus is a materials engineer for a new class of carbon material that balances economics, performance and sustainability in a world of constrained resources,” said Dou Kani, CEO of Power Japan Plus. “The Ryden dual carbon battery is the energy storage breakthrough needed to bring green technology like electric vehicles to mass market.”

The Ryden battery offers a potent mix of advantages not previously available:

- Performance – more powerful and faster charging than other batteries

- Safety - this is the safest high performance battery ever developed

- Sustainable – the Ryden battery is fully sustainable and 100% recyclable

- Reliable – rated for more than 3000 charge/discharge cycles. This battery can be fully charged and discharged without damaging the battery.

- Cost Effective – no changes will be required to existing manufacturing lines

“Current advanced batteries have made great improvement on performance, but have done so by compromising on cost, reliability and safety,” said Dr. Kaname Takeya, CTO of Power Japan Plus. “The Ryden dual carbon battery balances this equation, excelling in each category.”

For the Electric Vehicle industry, Power Japan Plus will operate under a licensing business model, providing technology and expertise to existing battery manufacturers to produce the Ryden battery.

If you are thinking of driving an Electric Vehicle and would like to discuss the incentives available, please contact the team at EValu8.

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The UK government is to invest £500 million in the Electric Vehicle market during 2015 – 2020. This announcement follows the extension of the £5000 incentive to buy Electric Vehicles which was confirmed last week.

These steps plan to make the UK one of the most EV-friendly countries in Europe. As noted by Pure Green Cars, the automotive sector is worth £11.2 billion to the UK economy.

The production of ultra low emissions vehicles is a major part of growth both now and for the future. The government’s investment is intended to create jobs, reduce emissions and keep the UK involved with leading edge green technology.

Full details will be published this autumn, however the key areas of investment are:

  1. Extension of the £5,000 cash discount financial incentive to buy EVs.
  2. ‘Ultra Low City Status’: local areas coming up with the most ambitious plans to become “Ultra Low Cities” can win a share of £35 million.
  3. The government will invest £100 million in research and development in ULEV.
  4. An additional £32 million will be invested in charging infrastructure. There will be a DC fast charger at every motorway service station by the end of 2014, and a network of 500 rapid chargers across the country by March 2015 – the best network in Europe.

“Ultra low emission vehicles bring together our most successful manufacturing sectors with our biggest long-term challenge – climate change,” said Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to Charged magazine. “Britain can be the leading country in the world in developing, manufacturing and using ULEVs.”

There is more about the government’s Go Ultra Low scheme here.

To find out how you can benefit from these exciting developments, talk to the team at EValu8.

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