how one tech firm is pushing into electric vehicles

By Norihiko Shirouzu

(Reuters) – The miniature motors that make iPhones buzz on silent helped power Japan’s Nidec to become a 1.5-trillion-yen ($14 billion) company.

In recent years, Nidec’s founder Shigenobu Nagamori has turned his attention to autos, and a technology which turns electricity stored in the battery into propulsion power.

This technology, called an e-axle or e-drive, is emerging as a new competitive front as the auto industry shifts to electric vehicles. By 2030, Nagamori says he wants a 35% slice of a global e-axle market that is forecast to be worth $20-30 billion a year by then, up from an estimated $2.8-$3 billion now.

He is betting that electric cars will follow the same route as room aircons, washing machines and computers, with key components, such as motor systems and central processing units, standardized and supplied by a few dominant tech firms.

“Laptops and aircons from different makers

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Nolan North Is Pushing For Another Deadpool Video Game

Prolific voice actor Nolan North is nudging Marvel to make another Deadpool video game. The actor, who voiced Deadpool in Activision’s 2013 game, told Comic Book Movie that he wants the game to happen, and for Ryan Reynolds to have a cameo in it.

“I’m trying to get Marvel to do another Deadpool video game, and we could have Ryan come on and do a cameo in the video game,” North said.

Also in the interview, North said one of the producers, Craig Kyle, has remarked that Reynolds was a fan of North’s performance as the merc with a mouth in the video game.

“Craig Kyle, who was one of the producers, said that Ryan Reynolds was a long-time fan and actually praised what I did,” North said. “He really liked it, and I know he played the video game one time with Jacksepticeye and he had some high praise

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In oil capital Houston, leaders are pushing for a renewable future. What will it look like?

Houston wants to be the renewable capital of the world.

Or, the clean tech capital. Or the energy transition capital. Or maybe the Energy 2.0 capital. It depends on whom you ask.

“Depending on the audience that you’re speaking to, some ways of describing the future energy economy resonates differently,” said Jose Beceiro of the Greater Houston Partnership, the leading business association for the region. He’s the senior director of “Global Energy 2.0,” the partnership’s strategy to aid in transitioning Houston to a low-carbon economy.

“It’s this concept of helping the energy industry move in a more sustainable direction,” he said.

That concept was front and center during the city’s inaugural Climate Week, held last week after being delayed because of Hurricane Laura. It’s the one thing everyone can agree on: Houston’s energy sector needs to change to be more sustainable, and that change is starting now.

But while those

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