All posts by spinningmagnets

Grew up in Los Angeles California, US Navy submarine mechanic from 1977-81/SanDiego. Hydraulic mechanic in the 1980's/Los Angeles. Heavy equipment operator in the 1990's/traveled to various locations. Dump truck driver in the 2000's/SW Utah. Currently a water plant operator since 2010/NW Kansas

Silicon Anodes, and why every battery will ...

Jul 06, 2024No Comments

Batteries have reached a tipping point this year because silicon anodes are actually being produced and they do two things. They double the range of

CATL Brings Big Battery Breakthroughs in 20...

Jun 25, 2024No Comments

CATL is now the biggest EV battery producer in the world. A little over 15 years ago, a lot of deep pockets decided to spend

26 Chinese EV’s that Tariffs will kee...

May 24, 2024No Comments

The previous tariff on EV’s from China was an added 25% tax to “level the playing field for American-made EV’s”. That tariff was raised to

BYD, they’re huge, and they’re ...

May 13, 2024No Comments

There’s a lot of discussion about tariffs right now to keep out products that would disrupt domestic products, like vehicles from Tesla, Ford, GM, and

Rivian Electric Trucks and SUV’s

Apr 13, 20241 Comment

When Rivian was first announced, I didn’t know if they were going to survive or end up like Fiskar, Faraday, Alta, and Canoo. However, they

The Curious Case of the 600,000 mile Hybrid...

Mar 25, 2024No Comments

I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen, because…I knew something like this was eventually going to happen. It’s a second-gen 2007 Toyota Prius,

Stir-Lec, a plug-in hybrid electric car wit...

Mar 09, 2024No Comments

This 1968 Opel Kadett hybrid-drivetrain prototype was way ahead of it’s time. It’s main issue was that it was using off-the-shelf lead-acid batteries, and there

12 electric VTOL’s that are actually ...

Mar 03, 20243 Comments

I am pretty excited about all the electric VTOL’s that are progressing rapidly. The biggest reason we have been writing about electric aircraft is because

The Alia-250, a VTOL from Beta Technologies...

Feb 02, 20241 Comment

This is a 6-seat electric aircraft that uses four “stowaway” rotors for initial lift, and one rear-facing propeller for sustained flight. Several years ago they

Edison Motors, Hybrid Electric Trucks from ...

Dec 17, 2023No Comments

I like hybrid electrical powertrains, so I was excited to see these being produced. Some of our readers may remember an article I wrote on