No sooner have you cleaned your car and it’s dirty again. That’s unless Nissan’s testing of its self-cleaning Note goes well and hits the mainstream. In fact, self-cleaning is misleading, as the aim of the super-hydrophobic and oleophobic coating (that’s water and oil repellent) is to stop the dirt sticking to the paintwork in the first place.
We all know current EVs have limited range and lengthy charging times. Well, Power Japan Plus has developed a concept battery with a carbon anode and cathode which charges 20 times faster than lithium-ion batteries. Range isn’t improved, but quick stops to charge the batteries could become a reality.
Head to Gothenburg and you might spot one of Volvo’s 100 ‘Drive Me’ self-driving cars. Behind the wheel (or not?) are real customers – not Volvo boffins – as the carmaker wants to learn about the social benefits of autonomous vehicles. The cars use 50 kilometres of selected roads and can follow lanes, adapt speed and merge with traffic.