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MIT Self-Driving Cars: Emilio Frazzoli, CTO, nuTonomy – A $4 trillion transportation problem

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Sustainable Transportation Could Save the World (and Save $100 Trillion)

As protesters gathered in New York City to demand action on climate change, a new report shows how smart transportation policy can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions. Photo: South Bend Voice/Flickr

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Dr. Boaz Almog: Quantum Levitation

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Elon Musk would like Tesla to work with Mercedes-Benz on an electric Sprinter van

It wouldn’t be without precedent since Daimler and Tesla have collaborated on electric vehicles in the past.

Tesla supplied the electric powertrains for the first generation electric Smart cars and electric Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

But that was when Daimler was actually a Tesla shareholder.

Back in 2009, Daimler invested $50 million for roughly 9% of Tesla’s stock.

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Spain commits to renewables

There is a very short window of time to get out of pure-play oil & gas company investments without substantial losses. It is imperative to sell them now.
It is already too late to get out of pure-play coal company investments without substantial losses. But they will lose even more money going forward

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Albertsons ordered Tesla semi

As part of its sustainability report released earlier this month, Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, announced that they ordered 10 all-electric Tesla Semi trucks to be used in its Southern California fleet.

Tom Nartker, Albertsons’ VP of Transportation, commented on the announcement in a press release:

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Boring company first tunnel is all dug up

On Friday night, Boring Company CEO Elon Musk tweeted images of his tunnel-boring machine appearing to emerge from the dirt into a cavernous hole, with bystanders at the hole’s edge watching the spinning boring head.

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Tesla deploys another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia

Riding on the success of its first giant battery project in South Australia, Tesla is getting a lot of demand for more energy storage projects in the country. The company has now deployed another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia.

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Tesla Model 3 protects owner from unsafe air even without Bioweapon Defense Mode

Amidst the ongoing threat of the California wildfires, a Tesla Model 3 owner has posted a brief demonstration of the electric sedan’s capability to maintain the air quality inside its cabin, despite the vehicle not being equipped with the Model S and X’s hospital-grade HEPA filter or a dedicated “Bioweapon Defense Mode.”

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Tesla Pickup Truck: Price, Release Date and Autopilot for ‘Cyberpunk’ EV

The Tesla Pickup Truck is among the company’s most exciting upcoming vehicles. While the Model Y is set to bring a sports utility vehicle to a wider audience, and the second-generation Roadster is set to redefine the supercar, CEO Elon Musk claims the Pickup Truck will offer a “cyberpunk” design that will be “awesome” and “amazing.
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Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China

Tesla is now taking orders for the Model 3 from customers in China, according to its website.

Reuters was the first to report that Tesla is taking orders in China.

Tesla won’t confirm or comment on the information published on its own China-focused website. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did say in a tweet Thursday that some deliveries to customers in China will probably begin in March, but More

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Tesla releases Model 3 software update with new climate controls, anti-theft feature, and more

Tesla also released a simple yet really efficient anti-theft feature; requiring a password to disable mobile access.

They wrote in the release notes:

“For additional security, your Tesla username and password will be required when disabling mobile access. To adjust the car’s mobile access setting, go to Controls > Safety > Allow Mobile Access.”

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Fisker failed. But now the EV pioneer is ready for an epic redo

You might think Henrik Fisker’s best days are behind him, but he’ll tell you he’s just getting started. The 55-year old designer and automotive executive from Denmark has already had a stellar career, penning such memorable luxury and sports cars as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin’s DB9 and V8 Vantage, and his own Fisker Karma.

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Tesla Energy steps forward with Solar Roof production ramp at Gigafactory 2

Over the course of this year, Tesla’s executives such as CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel have remarked that the company’s energy business is growing at a rapid rate. Recent reports from Buffalo, NY indicate that this growth will soon be evident in the operations of Tesla’s Gigafactory 2, particularly since the production ramp of the company’s flagship solar product — the Solar Roof til More

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SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation

SpaceX’s application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.

SpaceX is just one of many companies that the FCC gave the green light to today at its monthly meeting. Kepler, Telesat and LeoSat also got approval for various services, More

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50 GWh Tesla Battery ESS Launched At Solar Farm In Australia

This time 50 GWh/25 MW of batteries were installed in Victoria at an existing 60 MW Gannawarra Solar Farm.

The energy storage was installed by Tesla, ahead of schedule, and now will enable to better utilize solar generat

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Model 3 ready to be ordered in China

We reported earlier today, based on tweets from Elon Musk, that Tesla plans to start delivering Model 3s to customers in China in March of 2019. Or, if something delays those initial deliveries, the first Model 3 customer in China will get her/his car in April.

Now we have word from our friend Vincent in China that the Tesla Model 3 configurator has just opened for reservation holders there More

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Tesla aims to produce 7,000 Model 3’s a week by end of month: report – MarketWatch

Tesla aims to produce 7,000 Model 3’s a week by end of month: report
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Tesla Inc. is aiming to produce 7,000 Model 3 sedans a week by the end of November, according to a report by the auto blog Electrek on Thursday. According to an internal email from CEO Elon Musk to employees, which was obtained by Electrek, Musk will be walking the Model 3 assembly line Nov. 27 and More

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Tesla challenger Xpeng to roll out first electric car next month ahead of new credit system designed to promote China’s EV market – South China Morning Post

Tesla challenger Xpeng to roll out first electric car next month ahead of new credit system designed to promote China’s EV market
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Chinese start-ups are investing billions of dollars in advanced technologies to challenge Telsa and established carmakers in EV market Read the full story

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Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales – Reuters

Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales
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Tesla Inc has cut prices on its residential solar systems by as much as 25 percent in a bid to lift lagging sales after the company streamlined its sales and marketing organization, a company official told Reuters. Read the full story

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[solar chsrgong] Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales – Reuters

Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales
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Tesla Inc has cut prices on its residential solar systems by as much as 25 percent in a bid to lift lagging sales after the company streamlined its sales and marketing organization, a company official told Reuters. Read the full story

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Eco-Friendly Car Recycling

Most of us have heard the kitschy “recycle, reuse, reduce” campaign song from the early 90s, have scrolled Facebook or flipped on the TV to see something about climate change, and probably have even seen the Yipster kid at the local grocer in a Save the World T with recycling insignia on the back—anyone not living under a rock knows it’s a good idea to recycle.
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The Boring Company is open to building tunnels for utility lines, says Elon Musk

Concepts of The Boring Company’s futuristic, ultra-high-speed tunnels show a sleek system transporting passenger pods and private vehicles at speeds of around 124 mph (200 km/h). As revealed recently by Elon Musk during a “fireside chat” in Los Angeles, though, the tunneling startup is also open to building tunnels that are far less glamorous.

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VW plans to produce 1,500 electric cars per day at the plant.

Earlier this year, VW announced that its Zwickau factory will be the first to go all-electric.

The German automaker plans to produce 1,500 electric cars per day at the plant.

According to the new production schedule announced today, the Emden and Hanover plants are added to the list of those to be converted to produce electric vehicles

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Next up: Tesla vs the world – CNN Business

Traditional automakers are planning big pushes into electric vehicle production, none more so than Volkswagen.

At first blush it may not seem like Tesla could lose its dominance.

It has sold nearly 500,000 cars worldwide, which accounts for about 20% of all the battery-only electric vehicles on the road today, according to an estimate from Navigant Research.

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A look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory: The key to the automakers’ success – CNBC

A look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory: The key to the automakers’ success
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The Gigafactory’s expansion since opening in July 2016 has been critical to Tesla’s growth. This year, the automaker is on track to sell 236,000 vehicles. Read the full story

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Panasonic CEO Says Solid-State Batteries Aren’t Ready For Primetime

According to Tom Gebhardt – the CEO of Panasonic North America – solid-state batteries are at least a decade away from average/mainstream electric vehicles.

In other words, Panasonic does not exclude solid-state batteries and maybe there will be even some cars with such batteries in the next several years, but

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Renault-Nissan invests in battery startup claiming ‘5-minute fast charging’ and high energy density

Like many battery startups, Enevate was born out of a university.

It was founded in 2005 at the University of California and it spun out in 2008 to “focus on next-generation Li-ion batteries for high volume applications.”

On its website, the startup is making significant claims including “five-minute fast charging with high energy density and long driving range, with the added More

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Tesla is working on new and improved battery cells

While Tesla mentioned improvements to the battery pack and battery module, it’s the first time that we’ve heard talk about improved Tesla battery cells since the launch of the 2170 cell almost two years ago.
It comes as Tesla is trying to further reduce battery costs as it attempts to deliver the standard battery pack for the promised base price of $35,000.

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Tesla, GM, Nissan, and others form coalition to reform electric vehicle tax credit

Several automakers, including Tesla, GM, and Nissan, have joined forces with other players in the electric vehicle space to launch a “coalition” with the aim to “reform and recharge” the electric vehicle tax credit.
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Tesla adds motion-sensing Enhanced Anti-Theft system for Model S, Model X

In a bid to further increase the security of Tesla’s flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, the California-based electric carmaker has added an Enhanced Anti-Theft device that monitors movement inside a vehicle cabin, while locked, to its online store. The security enhancement is comprised of a sensor assembly and two window decals are being sold for $350. Buyers have a choice between a matching More

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Germany announces $1 billion investment in local battery cell production to support EV growth

The German government doesn’t like to see its local automakers rely on battery cells from Asia to build electric vehicles, which is why it announced today a 1 billion euro investment to support local battery cell production.

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tesla adding CCS-2 adapter in Europe

With growing third-party fast-charging infrastructure in Europe, electric vehicle owners are starting to have many options.

Tesla owners have access to those networks on top of Tesla’s own Supercharger networks, but they had to use an expensive CHAdeMO adapter, which has its own limitations and isn’t yet compatible with Model 3.

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