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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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Video Exclusive: A Closer Look at the Tesla Model 3’s Interior – Motor Trend

Nothing about Tesla ’s approach to running a car company is conventional, so it should come as no surprise that its approach to interior design in the new Model 3 is wildly unconventional. The California-based automaker has designed an electric car with impressive range at an attainable price (if you don’t check too many option boxes), but did it cut any corners inside the cabin for aff More

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: Tesla Model 3: Complete Guide to the World’s Most Hyped Car

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plan: New York to Washington DC – Business Insider

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in April launched his newest venture, The Boring Company.
The Boring Company is exploring ways to cut tunneling costs.
In July, Musk said the Boring Company received “verbal government approval” to dig a tunnel connecting New York and Washington DC.
The tunnel would support a Hyperloop, a high-speed transit system, that could ferry peopl More

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[charging network Denver hopes 300 new charging stations will accelerate switch to electric cars

Denver is pressing ahead on its promise to help make Paris climate agreement  cuts in heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution by accelerating a local takeoff of plug-in vehicles.

City officials on Wednesday said 300 charging stations for electric vehicles will be set up around metro Denver over the next two years. They’re also looking at changes in the city building code to encoura More

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$20,000 Rebates on Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 EVs Offered in California – ExtremeTech

Buy a Nissan Leaf or BMW i3 electric vehicle in southern California, and you can get rebates of up to $20,000 on EVs that sell for $30,000 to $52,000. It’s a deal through the end of September, for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric.

SDG&E is kicking in a $10,000 rebate that is in addition to $10,000 in federal and state rebates available to most buyers. Buying an EV allows a More

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An inside look at Ford’s $1 billion bet on Argo AI – The Verge

Somewhere between the 14th and 15th floors in a concrete stairwell, Bryan Salesky pauses, searching for the right words to explain his mission for the foreseeable future. He wants to give cars the eyes, ears, and brains they need to operate without humans. And he wants to do it for Ford Motor Company by 2021.

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Tesla Has Another Rival as Hyundai Unveils EV Plans – Barron’s

The South Korean automaker is planning to launch an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km (310 miles) per charge. It will also introduce an electric version of its Kona small sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a range of 390 km in the first half of next year.
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GE and Tesla to Outfit 50 Home Depot Stores With Solar Panels

General Electric Co.’s Current unit and Tesla Inc. will install solar systems on 50 Home Depot Inc. stores and sell the power output to the retailer.
The solar rooftops will generate enough electricity to reduce each store’s demand from local utility grids by about one third, Atlanta-based Home Depot said in a statement Thursday. It’s part of a company plan to get 135 megawatts of clea More

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$20,000 Rebates on Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 EVs Offered in California – ExtremeTech

Buy a Nissan Leaf or BMW i3 electric vehicle in southern California, and you can get rebates of up to $20,000 on EVs that sell for $30,000 to $52,000. It’s a deal through the end of September, for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric.

SDG&E is kicking in a $10,000 rebate that is in addition to $10,000 in federal and state rebates available to most buyers. Buying an EV allows a More

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Connecticut EV rebate for Model

All vehicles on this list are eligible for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. Explore the many eligible vehicle models below and take advantage of this offer before funds expire!

Incentives of up to $5,000 are available and amounts are based on the EPA rated electric range of the vehicle. Vehicles must be highway capable, have a base MSRP unde More

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The Model 3 Needed New AP Hardware, But Not For The Reason Everyone Thinks

The Model 3 reportedly contains Autopilot hardware dubbed “v2.5“
News outlets have yet to fully explore the meaning and purpose
Tesla isn’t providing a full explanation because they don’t want to tip their hand and they don’t need you to reserve a Model 3 — yet
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SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory will produce up to 10 GW/year under Tesla, says Elon Musk | Electrek

While discussing potential improvements in manufacturing efficiency with Tesla investor Ron Baron at his conference in New York today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that under Tesla and with the new partnership with Panasonic, SolarCity’s “solar Gigafactory” in Buffalo (pictured above) could produce up to 10 GW/year of solar products – up from the previous 1 GW/year of planned production. More

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US wind and solar power helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths | The Independent

The massive increase in wind and solar energy helped prevent the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people over a nine-year period in the US, according to new research which illustrates the wider benefits of ditching fossil fuels beyond limiting global warming.

The lower carbon emissions were worth billions of dollars as a result of the avoidance of the range of problems caused by fossil fuel More

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[autopiot] Willow Run to begin autonomous car testing in December

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Ypsilanti — When Michigan wanted to create a facility to help put it at the forefront of testing on autonomous cars, it looked to a site that once pushed the boundaries of technology for airplanes.

The transformation of the historic Willow Run facility, just north of Interstate 94, is in full swing and the American Center for Mobility expects to begin testing in December. What was More

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[model 3] Tesla to soar nearly 50 percent if everything goes right: Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley increases its price targets for Tesla shares, predicting higher Model 3 production volume.
Analyst Adam Jonas raises his 2018 estimate for Model 3 car production to 120,000 from 90,000.

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Tesla’s Autonomous Tractor Trailer Will Be the Biggest Thing to Happen in Trucks – TheStreet

A Tesla (TSLA) big rig could be a huge event for the trucking industry.

“We believe Tesla’s truck reveal in September will be one of the biggest catalysts the trucking industry has seen in decades. We also expect Tesla will announce carrier/shipper partners,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a note on Monday.

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Tesla Tax Credits In Doubt, Model 3 Price ‘Compelling’ Without Incentives

The specter of the Model 3 without tax credits looms as Tesla talks about “compelling” value sans incentives and salespeople reportedly warn customers.

The Model 3, sans rebates: The Tesla Model 3 has been designed to be affordable without federal and state tax credits, the EV maker said in its most recent investor newsletter.

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Germany to Install Overhead Electric Vehicle Chargers on…

The Drive In case your forgot, Elon Musk is threatening to disrupt the trucking industry with the introduction of the Tesla electric semi truck.… More

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Hitachi Zosen ready to commercialise solid state lithium battery | eeNews Europe

Hitachi Zosen in Japan has developed a prototype solid-state lithium-ion battery that it intends to commercialise over the next two years.
“We can offer solid-state lithium-ion batteries that are on par with the liquid type in performance even now,” said Takashi Tanisho, president of Hitachi Zosen, in reports. Solid-state batteries are more durable and have better temperature performance More

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop coming to South Korea and Asia

Hyperloop, the high speed transportation system envisioned by Elon Musk, could come to an Asian country in 3 to 4 years.
Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is working with Asian governments.
The Hyperloop, conceived by Elon Musk, is intended to transport people and freight at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour.

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Car Battery Breakthrough Claimed in Japan – IEEE Spectrum

Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa say they’ve developed a lithium-ion battery that will give electric cars twice the range that today’s designs do, for the same cost. The report, in yesterday’s Nikkei Business Daily , adds that the battery will go into mass production in 2020.

Such a battery would at the very least assuage range anxiety among potential car buyers. It could even More

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[finance] Tesla debt offering raised to $1.8 billion, $300 million more than planned, on high demand

Elon Musk’s electric car company raised $1.8 billion, $300 million more than expected, at a yield of 5.30 percent, slightly above original guidance.
The greater-than-expected figure indicated high demand for Tesla’s debt offering amid this week’s drop in high yield bonds.
The company has burned through billions of dollars in the last few years.
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Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe’s Power Grids…

Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid.

Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpAshowed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.Bloomberg Electric ca More

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The death of the internal combustion engine

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal, a French newspaper, in December 1893. Its answer was to organise the Paris-Rouen race for horseless carriages, held the following July. The 102 entrants included vehicles powered by steam, petrol, electricity, compressed air and hydraulics. Only 21 quali More

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Nissan’s 2018 Leaf Will Cost $5,000 Less Than Tesla’s Model 3

Nissan’s 2018 Leaf will cost significantly less than Tesla’s affordable electric vehicle offering. The cheaper cars will also have a smaller capacity battery allowing for less range.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are still far away from widespread popularity, but they are well on their way. As with most new technologies, the first iterations have a significant cost barrier that, at lea More

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3D Repo’s VR Simulator helps TRL shape future of Autonomous Vehicle services

London, 10 August 2017 – 3D Repo is creating 3D Virtual Reality visualisations to help simulate driverless vehicle routes as part of a £100 million government backed research project. Led by TRL, the project is part of the Smart Mobility Living Lab, located in Greenwich, London. The Living Lab provides a real-life environment where Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) can be developed, ev More

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A Guide to Becoming a Tree Hugger
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Eat More Plants to Improve Health, Combat Climate Change
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Tesla Is Developing These Self-Driving, Long-Haul Trucks That Billionaire Warren Buffett Will Fear – TheStreet

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck with autonomous driving capabilities that move in “platoons” and automatically follow the direction of a lead vehicle, Reuters reports.

The electric carmaker is said to be nearing the completion of a prototype of the trucks, according to an email obtained by Reuters between Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor More

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New Tesla Model Y SUV to arrive in 2019 – CARS ALSO BIKES

The introduction of the new Tesla Model 3 fires the starting gun on a new era of more affordable cars from the cult Californian electric car company, and next on the hit list is a small crossover called the Model Y, which will arrive in 2019.
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Elon Musk’s superfast Hyperloop could come to Asia in a few…

CNBC Hyperloop, the high speed transportation system envisioned by Elon Musk, could come to an Asian country in the next few years, according to the chief executive of a company working to bring Musk’s vision to life.… More

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