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Just put the phone down, and it’ll charge right up. Wisanu Boonrawd/Shutterstock.com

How wireless recharging works – and doesn’t, yet

Wireless charging is conceptually easy but technically difficult. Devices that can adjust themselves to optimize charging are on the way.
In the film Iron Man 2, Elon Musk (playing himself, in white), meets one of his sources of inspiration: Tony Stark (R. Downey Jr.), super-hero of the Marvel Universe. DisneyPixar

Is Elon Musk a super‑hero?

Elon Musk is an open admirer of the fictional Tony Stark, whose alter‑ego is none other than Iron Man. But Tesla’s recent financial results prove Musk to be more vulnerable than his hero…
Motor racing has always had a close relationship with the media. Jens Buettner/EPA

Formula E racing puts power in the hands of fans

Electric vehicle racing is slower and quieter than conventional car racing. To make it interesting, organisers are allowing fans to choose by popular vote to give some drivers a power boost.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla. Peter Thoeny/Flickr

Elon Musk and Tesla: a magician in space?

Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
Renault Zoé is currently the best-selling electric vehicle in the European Union (15% market share) and leader in France (with 70% of market share). Wikimedia Commons

The future of electric vehicles according to experts in the energy sector

The overall analysis of the results of the new Energy Market Barometer confirms that the road to a change in the dominant mobility model is still long.
Four major disruptions of urban transport are set to transform city life, but exactly how remains uncertain. Taras Makarenko/Pexels

Utopia or nightmare? The answer lies in how we embrace self-driving, electric and shared vehicles

Self-driving, shared, electric vehicles and increasing urban density represent four disruptions that will transform city life. But a transport utopia isn't a guaranteed outcome of their interactions.
Emissions from real-life urban driving can be much higher than advertised. AMPG/Shutterstock.com

Australia still lags behind in vehicle emissions testing

Australian vehicles have been accused of creating more emissions than their manufacturers advertise. But are Australian testing standards up to scratch?

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