Dyson drops out of the EV race

The commercialization of new technologies often follows a trajectory that looks something like this: a startup brings the new tech to market, surprising everyone and catapulting it to corporate stardom; industry incumbents realize they need to embrace the new tech, but find themselves unable to do so, thanks to the pesky Innovator’s Dilemma; other startups, and companies in other industries, decide to get into the new tech too, saying “How hard can it be?”

In the case of electromobility, the answer to that question
explains why the wave of would-be Tesla imitators that reared up a couple of
years ago is now crashing. Building automobiles is pretty hard. Selling automobiles
in volume is orders of magnitude harder, and selling them at a profit
consistently is almost impossible.

Apple seems to have figured this out, and a handful of Chinese-backed startups probably will soon. Now we learn that vacuum cleaner innovator James Dyson has given up the quest.

Dyson said the failure was one of economics, not engineering.
The company built “a fantastic car,” but “though we have tried very hard
throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make
it commercially viable,” Sir James wrote in an email to staff.

“We have been through a serious process to find a buyer for
the project which has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful so far,” he continued.

In 2015, Dyson acquired solid-state
battery pioneer Sakti3
, and was apparently counting on its innovative battery
tech to give it an edge in the EV game. Although it’s giving up on EVs, the
company says it will continue to develop solid-state batteries, presumably for
use in its consumer electronics products.

In 2017, Dyson said it had committed
some $2.7 billion
to its EV program. Media observers noted that Volkswagen
has announced 80 billion euros of investment in its tentative EV efforts, and
that Tesla has burned through many billions since its 2003 founding and, despite
the phenomenal success of its brand, has yet to achieve consistent
profitability.

Pick up a Greenworks 16-inch electric chainsaw for $39, more in today’s Green Deals

Amazon offers the Greenworks 16-inch 12A Corded Electric Chainsaw for $39.39 shipped. Regularly up to $80, today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low. This model features a 12 amp motor, 16-inch bar, and no oil or gas. Great for small clean up jobs around your property this fall. Rated 4/5 stars. Don’t forget to leverage your savings and grab an extra extension cord to accompany your new electric chainsaw. More Green Deals below.

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EV/HEV traction motor encapsulation with Demak Group technologies

Sponsored by The Demak Group

The Demak Group is a global leader in the resin dispensing field. Since 1984, Demak has been innovating and manufacturing state-of-the-art machines for the meter and mixing of epoxy, polyurethane, polybutadiene and silicon resins, designed specifically for encapsulation, gluing, insulation, and industrial components sealing. Additionally, Demak can supply customers with the most suitable resins for their production processes, thanks to Demak’s sister company S.E. Special Engines Srl, a chemical formulation and production company founded in 1976.

The Demak Group therefore proposes itself to the EV / HEV automotive market as a supplier of equipment and resins for the encapsulation of traction electric motors and other electrical-electronic components. The electric motors encapsulation is becoming more and more commonplace in the automotive world due to the rapid ongoing development of EV and HEV technologies. The Demak Group in recent years has acquired tremendous successes in the encapsulation of traction motors for fully electric and hybrid cars.

The use of vacuum encapsulation technology is becoming increasingly essential to provide the best protection and increased performances of the electric motor. With the formulation and application of a suitable resin, it is possible to guarantee thermal dissipation of the motor and a greater resistance to shocks, vibrations, chemical agents, water, dust and other external agents.

In addition to specific equipment systems, The Demak Group has developed resins specially formulated to guarantee thermal dissipation, an increased thermal resistance during continuous operation and during thermal shock cycles. This is critical because the resin has to resist the heat developed by the motor in action and potentially to extreme temperatures conditions. Encapsulation, compared to other resin methods, guarantees better protection of the windings and to the motor as a whole, as well as greater resistance to shocks, vibrations, chemical agents, water, dust and much more. Moreover, encapsulation guarantees much greater thermal dissipation compared to other methods of resin coating, such as impregnation and trickling.

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Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate in China

A new study published in Nature Sustainability finds that China’s fleet of electric vehicles could save lives. In other words, “Fleet electrification in China could have more health benefits than net climate benefits in the next decade, which should be realized by policymakers to develop cost-effective strategies for EV development.”

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FREY unveils pricing and takes orders for its 31 MPH and 1,500W electric bikes

FREY Bikes sent a shockwave around the internet last month when the manufacturer unveiled two new high-speed full suspension e-bikes.

With its previous e-bikes gaining a reputation for matching the specs of $6,000-$8,000 European E-MTBs yet at half the cost, all eyes were on the young e-bike company, which hadn’t yet revealed prices for its brand new models.

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