Rex Animal Health is using genomics to keep livestock healthy

Rex Animal Health gives farmers "weather maps" showing illnesses impacting livestock in their area. A startup called Rex Animal Health wants to protect livestock from illnesses that can quickly turn into epidemics, and help farmers breed animals with the healthiest and most attractive traits. Today at Disrupt SF, Rex unveiled technology to help veterinarians provide clinical support at the point on the farm, and predict the genetic causes of problematic traits in their herds, and in the… Read More technology news Continue reading Rex Animal Health is using genomics to keep livestock healthy

This electric bus can handle a day’s worth of transit on one charge

The Proterra Catalyst E2 is capable of serving the full daily mileage needs of nearly every U.S. mass transit route on a single charge and offers the transit industry the first direct replacement for fossil-fueled transit vehicles. (PRNewsFoto/Proterra) Tesla topping the 300 mile per charge rating with its new 100 kWh battery was a big deal, but a new zero emission bus debuted today by Proterra has actually managed 600 miles out of a full battery in testing. In a real-world setting, Proterra’s new Catalyst E2 will probably manage somewhere between 194 and 350 miles in actual use settings – but that’s plenty according to… Read More technology news Continue reading This electric bus can handle a day’s worth of transit on one charge

Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

snow mountain peak A startup based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic, wants to make refrigeration and temperature control far more efficient, and steadier, than is possible with traditional systems. Instead of relying on vapor compressors, fans, chillers or passive heat sinks, Phononic makes semiconductors that are smaller than a dime, and actively remove heat from the places or… Read More technology news Continue reading Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

Toyota’s Prius Prime is engineered to give hybrid owners more EV feels

img_0324 Toyota’s Prius Prime is an updated take on the company’s popular hybrid, with more emphasis on the EV aspects of the vehicle, including a battery with double the driving capacity, and a few other tweaks that push the car closer toward the EV end of its dual identity, including an acceleration feature that lets the electric motor handle much of the pick-up when you first put your… Read More technology news Continue reading Toyota’s Prius Prime is engineered to give hybrid owners more EV feels

BMW said to accelerate EV plans with 3 Series, X4 and Mini

2014-bmw-i3-debut-079 BMW plans to accelerate its electric vehicle plans, in the wake of an executive shake-up and leading into a vote planned for the end of this month. The new BMW expanded electric lineup will kindle fully battery-powered versions of the Mini, the BMW 3 Series and the X4 SUV. The company has previously discussed plans to electrify the 3 Series and other vehicles, but German’s… Read More technology news Continue reading BMW said to accelerate EV plans with 3 Series, X4 and Mini

Ford backs massive bike-share expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area

Ford invested in transportation systems in the San Francisco Bay Area, including bike sharing. At a press conference in San Francisco today, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields announced that the company had both acquired a rideshare startup called Chariot and made a significant investment in expanding the region’s bike-share program. Ford’s sponsorship will see the Bay Area’s supply of shareable bikes expand from 700 to 7,000 by 2018, with 1,350 bikes going… Read More technology news Continue reading Ford backs massive bike-share expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area

Volkswagen and Anhui Jianghuai in talks on building EVs for China

Volkswagen China is looking at electric vehicles as a key way to lower emissions and improve the country’s general environmental sustainability, and Volkswagen is teaming up with China state-owned car maker Anhui Jianghuai (JAC) to help fill that need.
The two car companies signed a memorandum of understanding today, effectively paving the way for them to create a new joint venture to develop… Read More technology news Continue reading Volkswagen and Anhui Jianghuai in talks on building EVs for China

Tesla brings its Design Studio to you with Model X SUVs towing Airstreams

teslaexplores_2120720 Tesla may have a range of vehicle showrooms across North America, but those can’t cover everyone, and it’s even more difficult for the average potential Tesla buyer to get to the company’s primary design studio in Hawthorne, so the automaker’s new ‘Tesla Explores‘ initiative is aiming to bring a taste of the design studio to you. The program is a… Read More technology news Continue reading Tesla brings its Design Studio to you with Model X SUVs towing Airstreams

Missouri court rules against Tesla selling at its own dealerships in the state

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19: People look at a Tesla Motors vehicle on the showroom floor at the Dadeland Mall on February 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Tesla said today it earned $46 million in the fourth quarter on a non-adjusted basis, or 33 cents a share, causing shares in the company to jump 12 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Tesla continues to try to up-end the dealership system in the U.S., which generally requires that franchise-owned dealers sell cars, vs. automakers selling directly via their own wholly owned dealerships. The latest beat in he ongoing battle comes in Missouri, where Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green decided in favor of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association (via Autoblog)… Read More technology news Continue reading Missouri court rules against Tesla selling at its own dealerships in the state

SolarCity’s integrated solar roof plan said to target 5M U.S. homes

SolarCity roof How do you make a dent in the energy market? SolarCity is likely one of the few companies that has a good idea of how to answer that question, and one part of its plan includes replacing the roofs of 5 million U.S. homes with solar cells, according to The Guardian. It’s a plan that SolarCity board chairman Elon Musk first tipped on a conference call last month, but now we have a bit… Read More technology news Continue reading SolarCity’s integrated solar roof plan said to target 5M U.S. homes