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The dream of electric cars

Time to rev your (electric) engine. Funeka P. Nkosi of the CSIR writes in Science Today about electric cars, and the relevant research being done in South Africa.    Twenty years ago, it looked like the dream of the electric car was dead. Even though the first practical electric car was invented in 1884, these…

Elon Musk's Powerwall battery, to the left. Photo credit: www.teslamotors.com

Elon Musk unveils battery to take your home off-grid

After much anticipation, South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk has finally unveiled a battery designed to help homes go off-grid and run using solar power. Adam Oxford from htxt.africa has the story. Musk’s Tesla Motors firm announced Powerwall this morning, a lithium-ion battery which is built to be charged from solar panels. It’s gird-tied, which means its output…