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Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham and Peter Raymond Slater, University of Birmingham “Gigafactories” could one day be churning out millions of electric vehicle batteries in...

Semiconductors: Chinese takeover of UK’s leading chipmaker doesn’t need a security review – here’s why

Hamza Mudassir, Cambridge Judge Business School Chinese state-backed conglomerate Wingtech Technology is taking full control of the UK’s largest semiconductor foundry, Newport Wafer Fab (NWF),...

The UK car industry is speeding towards electric vehicles – but still relies too heavily on imports

Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University The road ahead is suddenly looking much clearer for British car making. Two companies, Nissan and Vauxhall owner Stellantis, have...

Yes, the global microchip shortage is COVID’s fault. No, it won’t end any time soon

John L Hopkins, Swinburne University of Technology The manufacturing world is facing one of its greatest challenges in years — a global shortage of semiconductors...

Europe is running out of semiconductors – here’s what it can learn from tech survivor Osram

Michael Weinold, University of Cambridge The shortage of semiconductor chips has exposed the vulnerability of European high-tech manufacturers that rely heavily on chip imports from...

Cramming cities full of electric vehicles means we’re still depending on cars — and that’s a huge problem

Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney This week, the NSW government announced almost A$500 million towards boosting the uptake of electric vehicles. In its new electric...

Top economists call for budget measures to speed the switch to electric cars

Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Australia’s top economists overwhelmingly back government measures to speed the transition to electric cars in...

Bacteria can recover precious metals from electric vehicle batteries – here’s how

Sebastien Farnaud, Coventry University There are more than 1.4 billion cars in the world today, and that number could double by 2036. If all those...

Why we still don’t have self-driving cars on the roads in 2021

Francesco Biondi, University of Windsor Do you remember the time when self-driving cars were upon us? It was almost a decade ago when the Autonomous...

NZ’s clean car discount is a turn in the right direction, but how much will it drive consumer demand?

Basil Sharp, University of Auckland New Zealand faces two enormous challenges if it is to meet its international climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement:...

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