These days, many — if not most — of the electronics we charge or plug in use USB. Sure, your lamp and your fridge probably don’t have a USB plug, but your phone, tablet, bluetooth speaker, portable battery pack, and maybe even laptop likely do. It’s sort of an overkill to use a whole outlet just to plug in a single USB cable, which is why there are now several places where you can buy USB wall outlets that you can install directly on a wall.
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Some of you might remember back in March when we took a quick look at the Top Greener USB-C wall outlet. Well, late yesterday the price over at Amazon hit an all-time low. If the idea of being able to plug your devices into a 2.4A USB-A and 3A USB-C compatible wall outlet sounds appealing, for precisely $ 23.96, the experience can be yours.
Keep in mind this isn’t just a charger, you actually have to install it into a receptacle inside your wall, either by running a new line and junction box or by replacing an existing one.
Electric cars are, obviously, better for the planet than conventional vehicles, and they’re the cornerstone of Elon Musk’s sustainability ambitions. But a Dutch startup wants to one-up Tesla by making a car that literally charges itself via solar power.
Lightyear, a startup based out of Eindhoven, Netherlands, unveiled its first concept car earlier this week. The electric vehicle, called the Lightyear One, is a luxury sedan with a standout feature — it can consistently replenish its battery using built-in solar panels. The company boasts that it can drive nearly 500 miles when fully powered, and in sunny regions of the world, could last months between charges.
The One can also be charged via a regular charging port — the company claims that even a standard power outlet can provide about 25 miles worth of juice in about an hour. Not only that, but Lightyear says that excess energy collected by the car’s solar panels can be transferred to your home, devices or even other electric vehicles.
Of course, the car is extremely ambitious, and Lightyear hasn’t really delved into how the One will actually be produced. While certain “industry partners” have apparently signed on, the startup was vague on the specifics. Suffice to say, Tesla probably isn’t too worried about Lightyear quite yet. Still, the concept is promising as it would ostensibly do away with concerns about range and reliable EV charging networks.
The One isn’t slated for mass-production just yet, however. Lightyear plans to produce just 10 of the vehicles by 2019, with an additional 100 by the following year. But if you want to own a One, be prepared to drop a load of cash on it. The vehicle is currently available to pre-order for about $ 21,700, with the final cost estimated to hit $ 135,800.
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