Cyber threats have emerged as a big concern for automakers, as researchers have exposed serious holes in vehicle security that could allow hackers to commandeer cars. Those worries might be small compared to what's ahead.
Electric car maker/modifier Zap has been busy lately. At the end of February, they took an order for 100 electric SUVs from Korean company Samyang, who also happens to be its strategic investor and distribution partner. Now, they've announced an agreement with Battelle, an international science and technology company that manages Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to license PNNL's Smart Charger Controller. The controller allows owners of plug-ins to minimize the cost of charging their vehic
Battelle has developed and is marketing their Multipurpose Electric Power System (MEPS) fuel cell which is 25 percent more efficient than traditional internal combustion engine generator technology and can put out more than five kilowatts of power. The MEPS runs quietly, producing 20 litres (5.3 gallons) of usable water per day and runs on conventional fuels. Its design makes it ideal as an auxiliary power source on combat vehicles or as a stand-alone generator.