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Review: Taking to the streets on the punchy Micro Slim electric skateboard

Electric skateboard design has come a long way in the last 12 months. We're seeing manufacturers get creative in concealing batteries inside decks and motors within wheels, all in the hopes of offering something approaching the look and feel of a traditional skateboard. With its Micro Slim, Metroboard has stuck to the battery-under-the-board design, which means squeezing the gigawatts into a compact electric skateboard that is not as nicely packaged as some, but is powerful off the mark without weighing a ton. Join Gizmag, as we take one to the streets.Read More

Automotive

Tiny computers could keep EV batteries from crapping out when one cell dies

Perhaps along with the fact that they don't allow for thousands of miles of travel on a single charge, electric vehicle batteries do have a shortcoming – they're only as good as their weakest cell. That's because all their 100-plus cells are connected in series, meaning that if one of them dies, then the whole battery pack stops working. That could be about to change, however, thanks to research being carried out at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation.Read More

Automotive

Roborace championship will pit driverless electric cars against each other

Are racing car drivers an endangered species? If so, then Roborace could be the beginning of the end. Slated to kick off next year, this new racing championship will pit driverless electric cars against each other in a round-the-world series. The aim is to provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving technology that is being developed by automotive and tech firms, as well as universities.Read More

Bicycles

Piaggio's Wi-Bike can be tracked by GPS for peace of mind security

At last week's EICMA bike show in Milan, Italy's Piaggio Group unveiled a new range of technology-packed electric-assist pedal bikes designed to satisfy the needs to today's connected cyclist. The Wi-Bikes come in two classic styles, one designed for comfort and the other aimed at sporty types. All models feature a centrally-positioned motor and battery pack for user selectable assist up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and a range of up to 120 km (75 miles), the ability to pair with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a companion app, and an always-connected satellite anti-theft system that lets owners know exactly where their ride is at all times.Read More

Automotive

Local Motors' LM3D Swim set to be the world's first 3D-printed electric production car

Arizona-based Local Motors is aiming to become the first to bring a 3D-printed electric car to market. The LM3D Swim is a demonstration of the speed at which additive manufacture can bring ideas into reality, as well as showing off Local Motors' production ethos of "form over function." The functional chassis of the car is able to be "skinned" with any number of body concepts to give it all sorts of visual character – and since the car is 3D-printed, one-off body shapes are not a problem. Read More

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