Autonomous Electric Vehicles: Recharging ‘on the Go’ Makes ‘Cents’

(DGIwire) – Many people envision a viable future for driverless or autonomous vehicles—with seven out of 10 Americans expecting them to be common within the next 15 years, according to a recent survey reported by The Washington Post. Yet as exciting as this technology may be, there is still a challenge to be overcome. If […]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge […]

Japan Races to Embrace an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – What is the biggest threat to traditional car manufacturers in Japan? As The New York Times recently reported, it is the advent of battery-powered electric vehicles. According to the Times, conventional auto part suppliers are nervous: they and the carmakers they work with provide one in 10 Japanese jobs and account for a […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes: What’s Going On?

(DGIwire) – Malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries have caused an alarming increase in the number of smoke and fire incidents on airplanes, according to a recent article in Consumer Reports. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that, on average, one of these fires occurs every 10 days. Any given flight might contain hundreds of Li-ion cells in phones […]

Electric Cars: A $2.7 Trillion Price Tag for Charging Infrastructure?

(DGIwire) – As various nations turn away from gas-powered cars and trucks toward a future of electric vehicles, some are asking about the cost. According to Bloomberg, financial services firm Morgan Stanley has estimated that the world will need to spend a dizzying $2.7 trillion on charging infrastructure if it is to support 500 million […]

Professional Power Tool Users: Time to Look Beyond Lithium-Ion

(DGIwire) – Reliable power tools are crucial to maintaining the reputations of electrical, cable and telecom companies. However, as recently reported in Utility Products magazine, engineers and field technicians are bound by the technical limitations of Lithium-ion battery packs, which present a series of drawbacks. For example, if there has been insufficient time to recharge […]

Beyond Lithium-Ion: What’s Next for Battery Technology?

(DGIwire) – Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the current industry standard—but it’s starting to look as if they might not be around forever. Although they are capable of holding a charge for a relatively long time, Li-ion batteries are expensive and—as several recent high-profile news items have shown the world—they have a tendency explode and put […]

Fidget Spinners in Flames: Mishaps Show Need for New Power Options

(DGIwire) – The last thing anyone wants from a fidget spinner is a third-degree burn. Unfortunately, the risk seems to be a real one. As recently reported in The Telegraph, multiple cases have arisen of Bluetooth fidget spinners—variants of the popular toys with inbuilt speakers that play music streamed from a mobile phone—were found to […]

Smartphone Getting Hot? Read This Now

(DGIwire) – By now, the image of a smartphone engulfed in flames is firmly embedded in the public’s mind, thanks to some unfortunate headlines over the past few years. Being aware of the issue of phones catching fire is one thing—but what if the problem hits a lot closer to home? Here are some important […]

Dyson Invests $1.4B in Battery Tech: Does This Company Have an Answer?

It has been reported recently that Dyson will spend $1.44 billion (£1 billion) on Li-ion battery development over the next five years. But is an Oxford, UK-based company already closer to a revolutionary breakthrough in this area of technology which may cause Li-ion to be ultimately obsolete? Zap&Go has the first Carbon-Ion™ cell that is […]

A Smartphone’s Departure Puts New Focus on Batteries

(DGIwire) – January 5, 2017 was the last day many owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone were able to use their devices. As widely reported, the phone is under a worldwide recall after many overheated and caused fires. On January 5, Verizon and AT&T rolled out a software update to prevent the phone […]

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