Elevating the Electric Car

There are many bad reasons a good idea—the electric car—still hasn't gained traction. Among the thornier issues has been The Charge Problem—or...

There are many bad reasons a good idea—the electric car—still hasn't gained traction. Among the thornier issues has been The Charge Problem—or as Andrew Antar puts it, the lack of an "available and prevalent charging infrastructure" for keeping cars juiced. Antar is the young entrepreneur behind Elecar, a planned system of personal and public charging units that he hopes will standardize the process. Antar's vision? "A full line of charging products, from 220V retractable-cord wall-mounted home charger units to publicly installable units to wireless pedestals," he says. The units will work with all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Antar's vision—to build an extensive network of charging units—is grand in scale, but that's the point: To do this small is not to do it. And perhaps the most intriguing feature of Antar's concept isn't his plan to standardize units. It's his effort to, in a sense, standardize the driving and trip-planning process for electric car owners. His units will send data to a website where drivers can monitor their charges. Niftier yet: "[They'll] text drivers when a charge is complete, and route them to the nearest available charging stations," he says.

It's enticingly grand talk, and Antar admits a full rollout is still likely a couple years—and financing rounds—off. But with the scope of its integrations, Elecar seems to do battle with what may be the electric car's biggest issue: People haven't been sure how owning one would work.

via The Hill / Twitter

President Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was a mixed bag.

The theme of the event was climate change, but Trump chose to use his 30 minutes of speaking time to brag about the "spectacular" U.S. economy and encouraged world leaders to invest in America.

He didn't mention climate change once.

Keep Reading
The Planet
via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

Keep Reading

The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

Keep Reading
The Planet