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March 30, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Electric bikes are slowly picking up speed. Already booming in Europe and Japan, these bike-path legal bicycles combine a normal drivetrain with an electric motor, which is usually embedded in the rear hub. You decide how much to juice your pedaling with the motor, allowing you to fly up steep hills or commute to work without huffing and puffing, then push it manually when you want a workout. There are two types of electric bikes: a "pedal-assist" that kicks in only while you are pushing the pedals, and a throttle-actuated motor that works without pedaling.
August 28, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Electric vehicle glossary Battery electric vehicle: Also called a BEV. This is a vehicle powered solely or primarily by a battery or battery pack. You charge the battery and run the car. There's no gasoline engine or hydrogen fuel cell to kick in and provide more power when the battery is out of juice. And there is no tailpipe or emissions. EREV: Some automakers call vehicles that run on electric motors and battery power for some distance before a combustion engine starts generating electricity an "extended range electric vehicle.
General Motors Corp., racing to emerge from bankruptcy, said it drove the first pre-production battery-powered Chevrolet Volt two weeks ahead of schedule. The first test drive occurred Tuesday and the vehicle was driven again Wednesday, the company said. The Volt is designed to drive 40 miles solely on electric power generated by plugging the battery into a household outlet overnight. After 40 miles, a gasoline engine keeps the battery charged.
June 13, 1989
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson was charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer after a weekend altercation outside a Fort Wayne, Ind. bar.
October 24, 1992
The only thing that outlasts an Energizer battery is a political campaign! JOHN A. SELEINE Seal Beach
February 25, 2012 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Talk about taking your show on the road. The Electronic Drum Machine Shirt lets you get your rock star fantasies off your chest - by playing your chest. The shirt comes with a removable, battery-operated box that amplifies a range of nine built-in drum styles (called kits) when you tap on one of the eight “drum pads” and controls delineated on the wired-up rubber grid attached with Velcro to the front of the shirt. Each “kit” has a choice of seven sounds that can be mixed and matched with sounds in other styles - such as rock, jazz, techno punk - and combined into loops.
September 11, 1996
In your Sept. 2 editorial, you echoed the biggest complaint about electric vehicles: the range. It seems to me an easy solution may have been overlooked. Why not design electric vehicles so that the batteries are easily removable and interchangeable? In the future, when our electric cars are "running on empty," we would do as we do today: Find a service station. But instead of filling up, an attendant, or automated system could remove your drained battery and, with a reassuring thump, replace it with a freshly charged one. Your sapped battery would be left behind and charged for a future customer in an ever-rotating supply.
February 4, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx is a smartphone breakthrough for one single reason -- battery life. In about a week and a half of testing the Razr Maxx -- making calls, surfing the Web, checking email and using apps throughout the day -- I found myself only needing to charge the phone about once every two days. What makes this so amazing is the Razr Maxx, like its predecessor, is a 4G smartphone with a 4.3-inch touchscreen. In fact, aside from the battery, the Razr Maxx is essentially the same phone as the original Droid Razr -- they each have the same 960 x 540 screen resolution, 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 8-megapixel/1080p rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
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