Transportation

Video: States release their plans for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program

By Lisa McDonald / July 20, 2022

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program aims to provide states with nearly $5 billion in funding to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To receive their share of the funding, each state must submit a deployment plan by August 1. Compiled here are links to the plans released so far.

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Video: Fiber-reinforced bogies gain steam in the rail industry

By Lisa McDonald / May 11, 2022

Though the rail industry has been much slower to adopt fiber-reinforced composites compared to other transportation industries, more rail companies started developing composite bogies, a major structural component, in recent years.

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Video: US electric vehicle charging infrastructure poised for major expansion

By Lisa McDonald / February 16, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced they will begin making available the nearly $5 billion for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. Learn more about the NEVI program and how it is just the first step toward reaching the Biden Administration’s goal of 500,000 public EV chargers by 2030.

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Video: Personal VTOL aerial vehicles headed to consumers in 2022

By Lisa McDonald / January 19, 2022

Attention on futuristic technologies such as driverless cars, flying cars, and foldable smartphones fell largely by the wayside when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Swedish company Jetson, though, has been hard at work behind the scenes and this year plans to ship the first 12 units of its personal electric aerial vehicle to consumers.

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Video: Hyperloop—A possible future for transportation

By Lisa McDonald / February 17, 2021

The Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation that would use magnetic levitation and electromagnetic propulsion to send sleek metal pods hurtling through low-pressure, windowless vacuum tubes at hundreds of miles per hour. Virgin Hyperloop is one company exploring this mode of transportation, with potential plans to build a route in the U.S. Midwest.

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Strategic charging infrastructure can lead to strong electric vehicle ecosystem

By Lisa McDonald / February 2, 2021

Developing an electric vehicle ecosystem is about more than just manufacturing cars—you also need to build the infrastructure necessary to support such a system. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers published a paper focusing on two potential solutions for supporting electrification: expanded charging infrastructure and access to supplementary long-range vehicles.

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Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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Video: Inflatable bike negates need for parking space

By Lisa McDonald / May 20, 2020

Bike sales have increased rapidly since bike shops in the U.S. reopened. However, though more people are using this form of transportation, many cities are ill equipped to handle large numbers of cyclists. In a proof-of-concept study, The University of Tokyo researchers offer one way to address lack of parking space—inflatable bikes.

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A “green” development for St. Patrick’s Day: Ultra-safe and high-energy batteries

By Lisa McDonald / March 17, 2020

Did you remember to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day? We’re celebrating the day by highlighting some “green” energy research at The Pennsylvania State University on a stable and high-energy battery made possible thanks to a self-heating ability.

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Video: You “wood” not believe what this car is made from

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2019

Carbon fiber composites face challenges hindering their widespread use in vehicles. Researchers from 22 organizations in Japan are collaborating to investigate if cellulose nanofibers are a viable alternative.

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