SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enough to do so, but not quite. And unless they are fitted with petrol-driven generators known as range extenders, electric cars cannot go far without topping up the batteries. Even with the best modern technology, such top-ups take at least 20 minutes. What is needed is a better battery.
Being stranded with a flat battery is never a fun experience, but gone are the days of flagging down a passing vehicle for a sympathetic jump start or having to wait around for a roadside assistance service to come to the rescue. Just as power packs charge our phones and PCs, you can now buy versions with sufficient grunt to jump start your car.
As the morning temperatures begin to fall and the evenings draw in, we put seven mini jump packs to the test to pick the best. While most can be used straight out of the box, some need charging first – be sure to check. Whichever you go for, if you run lots of electronic kit in your car, and find yourself in remote areas, it could be a sound investment. Read full article here.
The Oatmeal aptly describes the Model S as an Intergalactic Spaceboat in its illustrated review.
The Tesla Model S is one of the most well-liked cars on the planet, with many road testers — including Recombu’s own — absolutely fawning over it. The latest to fall for its charms is Matthew Inman, a cartoonist at The Oatmeal, who has penned an illustrated review of the luxury sedan. Read more.