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End of the road: Dyson quits race to make electric cars

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

James Dyson laments, 'Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply cannot make it commercially viable'

JAMES DYSON. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2018, British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses during a photo session at a hotel in Paris. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Meralco rates slightly going up in October 2019

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Even with the slight increase this October, there has been a total downward adjustment of electricity rates amounting to almost P1.47 per kilowatt hour since April 2019

Power play for Iloilo electricity reaches Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:51 PM

The Enrique Razon-owned MORE is granted a franchise by President Duterte, but the bypassed Panay Electric Company (PECO) is fighting for its assets

Japan's post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:54 AM

'It's worse than we thought,' says the Tokyo Electric Power, as authorities confirmed 45,000 homes were still without electricity 12 days after the powerful Typhoon Faxai barrelled through the Tokyo region

A man walks past a fallen utility pole downed by winds caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on September 9, 2019. The powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds killed two people, police said on September 9, as halted trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were cancelled. jiji press / AFP

Meralco lowers rates for 5th straight month

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

This brings the total reduction to P1.52 per kWh since April 2019

PRC Results: August 2019 Registered Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Congratulations to all the newly licensed electrical engineers!

Duterte signs Murang Kuryente Act

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

With the new law, electricity consumers will soon no longer have to pay the universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debts in their electricity bills

Meralco rates down for 4th straight month

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The latest reduction brings the total downward adjustment to almost P1 per kWh since May 2019


APEC party-list congressman briefly held at NAIA over bomb joke

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Cracking bomb jokes inside the airport is prohibited by law, punishable by prison time of up to 5 years or a maximum fine of P40,000

BOMB JOKER. APEC Representative Sergio Dagooc is not detained because of congressional immunity. Photo from APEC's website

From princes to undertakers, Norway's motorists go electric

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars

A custom made Tesla Motors car operated by a funeral services company in Norway is pictured in Oslo on April 29, 2019. Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars. The choice is especially green in this country, where most of the electricity produced is environmentally-friendly, derived from hydro power.  Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Meralco again lowers electricity rates in July 2019

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is the 3rd straight month that the Manila Electric Company is reducing power rates

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

DTI to craft program to boost e-vehicle investments

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry gears up to strengthen the Philippines' e-vehicle industry as it seeks to seal a free trade agreement with South Korea, a manufacturing powerhouse

Photo from Shutterstock.

Meralco to lower electricity rates for 2nd straight month

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Households consuming 200 kilowatts per hour can expect a reduction of around P39 from their June 2019 bill

'Saturated' Paris tells e-scooter fleets to clean up

May 18, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Companies – with catchy one-syllable names such as Lime, Bolt, Wind and Flash – have collectively put 15,000 scooters on the streets in the past few months, causing tensions that have emerged in cities worldwide

A man rides an E-Scooter of rental company Tier in Berlin on April 17, 2019. German ministers agreed rules for using battery-powered scooters on the country's roads, paving the way for the two-wheeled craze to spread further across Europe. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Dyson driving towards all-terrain electric car

May 09, 2019 - 8:32 PM

James Dyson acknowledges the patents are deliberately light on specifics but says 'they do reveal some of the ways we might improve Battery Electric Vehicles'

JAMES DYSON. British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses with products during a photo session at a hotel in Paris on October 11, 2018. File Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

NGCP, Meralco: Measures in place for power supply during elections

May 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says it is ready to ensure 'reliable power transmission services before, during, and after the election date.' Meralco also has contingency plans.

A lineman fixes the current connections along Mendez Road, in Barangay Baesa, Quezon City on May 2, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Meralco slashes power rates for May 2019

May 07, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Meralco adjusts power rates downward for May, despite higher prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market

France to ban e-scooters from pavements in September

May 04, 2019 - 7:40 PM

E-scooter riders will have to use the street or dedicated cycling paths instead, 'so pedestrians are no longer squeezed against walls,' says France's transport minister

E-SCOOTER. A man rides an E-Scooter of rental company Tier. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

European alliance to invest up to 6 billion euros in electric car batteries

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 PM

A pilot factory with around 200 employees will be opened in the coming months in France, with a goal of opening two production sites, in France and Germany, that would generate 1,500 jobs at each

RESULTS: April 2019 electrical and master electrician licensure exams

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Congratulations to all the passers!

Philippines' first hybrid train makes inaugural run

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Rides start on May 6

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The step comes after Japan launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population

DANGEROUS. In this file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mitsubishi sets sights on e-vehicle market

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Mitsubishi ties up with the academe and the Department of Trade and Industry for a feasibility study on the company's new venture

The logo of Mitsubishi Motors is seen at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on November 20, 2018. - Nissan and Mitsubishi shares plunged on November 20, as the automakers prepared to oust chairman Carlos Ghosn a day after he was arrested for alleged financial misconduct. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Meralco hikes power rates for April

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Meralco encourages consumers to conserve energy this summer

Court maintains ERC cannot regulate Wholesale Electricity Spot Market prices

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The ruling nullifies a number of orders made by the ERC in 2014 declaring wholesale electricity spot market prices void for being unreasonable or otherwise uncompetitive

Power coop's financial woes may plunge Camiguin into darkness – congressman

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Camiguin Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo says the Power Sharing Agreement of Camiguin Electric Cooperative with one of its power suppliers is 'over-contracted'

POWER COOP WOES. Camiguin Representative Xavier Jesus Romualdo presides a hearing on the financial viability of Camiguin Electric Cooperative at the Camiguin convention center on March 19, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LIST: Power interruptions due to Meralco maintenance in March 2019

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Here are the areas with scheduled power interruptions due to maintenance work of the Manila Electric Company

Electricity meters in Barangay Bagumbayan South in Navotas City on August 2, 2017

Tesla introduces new 'Model Y' SUV, priced at $39,000

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Musk says, it has 'the functionality of an SUV but it will ride like a sports car' accelerating from stand-still to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Elon Musk, Tesla, Model Y


Chinese carmakers show goods in Geneva as sales tank at home

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

New Chinese players come out in force this year in Europe's biggest annual car show, which has typically been a showcase for luxury cars from historic manufacturers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 5, 2019: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster sports car debut at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com

Meralco hikes power rates in February

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:13 PM

A typical household consuming 200 kWh will be shelling out an additional P114 for electricity

Congress OKs 'Murang Kuryente' bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

If passed into law, the bill would lead to a decrease in electricity charge for consumers, ranging from P115 to P169.48 monthly

ELECTRIC CHARGE. Several power provider announce increase in electricity charges in 2018. File photo

LOOK: New e-jeep in Makati, Mandaluyong

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Fifteen e-jeeps are now plying Buendia MRT in Makati to Mandaluyong City Hall via Jupiter Street, from 5 am to 12 midnight

E-JEEP. Meralco, in partnership with LTFRB, Makati and Mandaluyong City goverments, launch eSakay electronic jeeps. All photos from the Department of Transportation

Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The affected vehicles in China are Model S cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, the State Administration of Market Regulation says

Meralco lowers January power rates

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:48 PM

A typical household consuming 200 kilowatts per hour in a month will be able to save around P68

Sotto vows probe into Batangas Electric Cooperative funds

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Batangueño consumers launch the Power Watch Movement, seeking a congressional investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative

CONSUMERS’ MANIFESTO. Power Watch Movement convenor Paquito Lirio presents Senate President Vicente Sotto III with a copy of the manifesto asking for a congressional investigation into the mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative on November 29, 2018. Joining the launch of the movement were (from left) professor Benjamin Carandang, ERC Director Sharon Montañer, former congressman Nikki Briones, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Dennis Hernandez, Batangas Forum vice president Mannie Barradas, businessman Francis Laurel, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas Investment Council chairperson Joey Leviste, and Padre Garcia Mayor Michael Rivera. Photo by Tina Ganzon Ozaeta/Rappler

Surge in electricity needs to require flexible power systems – IEA

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'The electricity sector is experiencing its most dramatic transformation since its creation more than a century ago,' says the International Energy Agency

Duterte eyes entry of 'big players' to end Palawan blackouts

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:07 AM

'I'll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi 'pag hindi, hanap ako ng may pera talaga. 'Yung China nangangati kamay niyan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Puerto Princesa City

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Dyson to make electric cars in Singapore

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Dyson, founded and owned by Brexit-backing billionaire entrepreneur James Dyson, says the factory is scheduled for completion in 2020

DYSON'S CAR DREAMS. British industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company, James Dyson, poses with products during a photo session at a hotel in Paris on October 11, 2018. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP)

New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing 'illumination satellites' which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are 8 times brighter

A general view shows the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan on December 1, 2013. File photo by AFP/STR

Dutch rail collision kills 4 children

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:29 PM

A fifth child and the woman driving the vehicle are critically injured in the accident in Oss, a town around 110 kilometers (65 miles) southeast of the capital Amsterdam

CRASH. Members of the emergency services investigate the scene of a train crash on a rail crossing in Oss, The Netherlands, on September 20, 2018 which killed 4 children.  Photo by Vincent Jannik/ANP/AFP

Lawsuit accuses Tesla of trying to 'burn' short-sellers

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'This appears to be a textbook case of fraud,' Labaton Sucharow law firm partner Michael Canty says

TESLA'S CEO. Elon Musk, Tesla's billionaire founder, hopes the Model 3 will propel the California manufacturer into the mass market. But Wall Street experts say the global oil price plunge will likely sink his dreams. Photos from Elon Musk and Tesla Motor's Twitter profiles.


Chinese-American engineer charged with stealing GE technology

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The FBI allegedly found a handbook detailing 'resources' Beijing would grant to individuals providing certain technologies, court documents say

GE. A General Electric Co. logo is displayed on the door of one of the company's microwave ovens being offered for sale at a Sears store January 22, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. File photo by Scott Olson/AFP


DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tesla held talks with Germany, Netherlands over new factory – report

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Tesla continues to map out potential factories outside the U.S. following its deal with the Shanghai government in early July

MODEL S. A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


Boracay shifts to e-tricycles by August

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

By August 2018, only electric tricycles will be allowed to ferry passengers in Boracay as part of the Malay municipal government's bid to promote environment-friendly public transportation

SC to power firms: Heed requirements before disconnecting users

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:01 PM

'The serious consequences on a consumer, whose electric supply has been cut off, behoove a distribution utility to strictly comply with the legal requisites before disconnection may be done,' says the Supreme Court

NO CHARGE. The Supreme Court rules electric companies must strictly comply with legal requirements before charging or disconnecting customers. Supreme Court photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, Electric meter photo from Shutterstock, Billing photo from Meralco

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tesla to build huge Shanghai factory – local government

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The deal marks the biggest overseas foray yet for Tesla, which is looking to expand into global markets, plans that faced a potential threat from the intensifying China-US trade row

TESLA IN CHINA. A boy sits in a Tesla car during a visit at Tesla showroom in Beijing on July 4, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP