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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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[government news] UK announces important £500 million electric car support for infrastructure and rebate | Electrek

As part of the budget, the current Plug-In Car Grant, which reduces the price of any plug-in by £4,500, is given a guarantee continuation through 2020 with a £100 million investment.

Furthermore and potentially more importantly, they are creating a regulatory structure to put in place a new £400 million Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund made of a £200 million investment matched by More

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[auto[ilot] TODAYonline | Driverless buses to ply Punggol, Tengah, Jurong Innovation District from 2022

SINGAPORE — Residents and workers of Punggol, Tengah and the Jurong Innovation District will be the first to ride on driverless bus services and hail driverless shuttles, under a pilot that will begin in 2022.

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the Government is seeking input from the industry and research institutions on the features needed in these towns for the driverless vehicles t More

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Lithium battery factories inaugurated in Los Angeles and Europe | Energy Storage News

Start-up Romeo Power has opened a lithium battery pack factory in Los Angeles, aimed at the EV and stationary energy storage markets, aiming to ramp up to 4GWh production capacity by next year.

Romeo Power, which has Porter Harris, a former SpaceX battery engineer, as CTO, hit headlines in late August when it mobilised US$100 million towards getting its manufacturing operations started More

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Tesla completes installation of world’s largest lithium ion battery

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has been installed ahead of a 100-day deadline set by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Authorities in South Australia said Thursday that Tesla Powerpacks had been fully put in place and were connected to the Hornsdale Wind Farm. They added that the battery would be energized in the next few days. The wind farm, located north of Jamestown, is operated by Fre More

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The Electric Vehicle race: How countries have fared so far…

Moneycontrol.com Sale of electric vehicles (EV) is booming across the world and conventional automobile manufacturers are now aggressively looking at developing EV variants for their existing models.… More

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New $3.6m centre to put self-driving vehicles to the…

The Straits Times An autonomous vehicle (AV) test centre which officially opened yesterday will put self-driving vehicles through their paces, with a test circuit replicating Singapore’s road and traffic conditions.… More

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Tesla releases ‘expected price’ of semi electric truck: $150,000 to $200,000 | Electrek

The company is listing pricing significantly lower than what we and even the most aggressive forecasts in the industry put forward.

Regular production versions for the 300-mile and 500-mile range versions will be $150,000 and $180,000 respectively, while the company is also listing a ‘Founders Series’ version for $200,000.

For comparison, most diesel semi trucks today cost around More

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Could Walmart, Costco, & Kroger Become Some of the Largest EV Charging Centers in the US? | CleanTechnica

A future of vehicles powered by batteries will radically change how, where, and how often we “refuel” our cars and trucks. One of those shifts will be to charging electric vehicles at warehouse stores (also referred to as big-box stores , superstores, and hypermarkets ) and supermarkets.

Charging electric vehicles (EVs) at supermarkets is of course not a new ide More

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Elon Musk and his Boring Company want to start digging in LA

But while Musk rakes in the cash from hat sales, he’s also been busy actually moving the bore project along. The other day, the Boring Co. filed an application with city officials to get permission to start drilling within the city limits. While Bureau of Engineering spokeswoman Mary Nemick and a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti told the LA Times they would not immediately release the p More

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BMW’s cycle ‘hyperloop’ is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels.

BMW has come up with a concept that it compares with the Hyperloop tunnel proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Rather than Hyperloop’s high-speed trains, BMW’s concept would create a net More

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Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving | TechCrunch

Apple has a new paper published in Cornell’s arXiv open directory of scientific research , describing a method for using machine learning to translate the raw point cloud data gathered by LiDAR arrays into results that include detection of 3D objects, including bicycles and pedestrians, with no additional sensor data required.

The paper is one of the clearest looks yet we’ve had More

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Electric Vehicles Gain Momentum in US, World Markets Govern…

Government Technology Tightening regulations aimed at internal combustion engines have many automakers aggressively investing in an all-electric future.… More

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[government news] Atlanta mandates all new construction be "electric vehicle…

Treehugger That’s why I tend to still see electric vehicles and livable, bike- and pedestrian-friendly cities not as a binary choice, but as two sides of the same coin.… More

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Nearly 40% of all new power capacity in India this year is…

Quartz The solar energy sector has accounted for the largest capacity addition to the Indian electricity grid so far this year. It has contributed around 39%—over 7,100 MW—to the overall capacity additions, according … The spurt in solar power capacity …… More

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[model 3] 1st Tesla Model 3 Configuration Invites For Non–Tesla/Space…

CleanTechnica This isn’t great news, but it’s a step forward for Tesla Model 3 reservation holders chomping at the bit to get their hands on their Model 3, wherever they are in the queue.… More

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Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

(Reuters) – Research by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.
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Baidu and electric vehicle startup NIO lead $195M investment in Chinese limo booking app | TechCrunch

Chinese internet giant Baidu is continuing its push into the automotive space after it led a RMB 1.3 billion ($195 million) Series B investment in Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, an offshoot of the state-owned Shouqi Group which was Beijing’s first licensed ride-hailing app.

NIO Capital , the investment arm of billion-dollar electric car startup NIO < More

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Pacific Hyperloop chugs along amid ultra-high-speed rail…

GeekWire Pacific Hyperloop talks up its concept for tube travel between Seattle and Portland, slipstreaming behind the accelerating interest in ultra-high-speed transit.… More

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Tesla Model 3: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist Mo…

Motor Trend The Model 3’s punchy torque (0–60 mph in 4.8 seconds) and laserlike handling impressed every judge who buckled in—though at the price of decidedly firm ride quality.… More

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Tesla finally opens up Model 3 orders to regular reservation holders | Electrek

Tesla confirmed that the latest batch of invitations included non-Tesla employees.

The automaker first guided that the deliveries to regular reservations holders would start in “late October”, but that was delayed last month when Tesla announced some production difficulties pushing back the target for a production rate of 5,000 units per week from December to “the end of the first qua More

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BYD aims to dominate China’s electric car market with a…

South China Morning Post BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu has drawn up an ambitious plan for the Chinese carmaker, envisioning the creation of a new-energy corporate giant with sales of a trillion yuan (US$151 billion) by 2025, nearly 10 times its revenue last year.… More

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Australia unveils plan to build £23bn supersonic hyperloop…

The Sun The futuristic transport system would see passengers propelled in pods through vacuum-sealed tubes between Sydney and Brisbane.… More

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Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars – Channel NewsAsia

LONDON: A driverless, electric car is only a swipe away in the cities of the future, where pollution clampdowns and rapid advances in technology will transform the way we travel, despite lagging infrastructure.
As more and more countries announce a phasing-out of pure petrol and diesel cars, early versions of tomorrow’s models are already on the streets: hybrid cars, fully electric mot More

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MIT and Lamborghini collaborate to develop the Terzo Millenio, a self healing electric car for the third millennium

Plonked in the Stata Center courtyard at the MITcampus is what looks like a visitor from the future. The Terzo Millenio, which literally means “third millennium” is a concept car that aims to be self healing and all electric. The technologies might sound futuristic, but are actually within the reach of current technological developments. The vehicle is the result of a collaboration bet More

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GE faces federal lawsuit over Fukushima nuclear disaster Bo…

General Electric Co., the Boston-based conglomerate, is facing a federal lawsuit over its role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

The $500 million class-action lawsuit against GE was filed Friday in federal court in Boston by a group that includes residents, medical clinics and companies operating in the area affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the largest disaster More

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The Energy Revolution Is Here: Solar Energy and Storage Now…

Motley Fool If energy storage can cost-effectively fill the gaps in wind and solar’s energy production, renewable energy could be a 24/7 energy source and compete directly with fossil fuels in wholesale markets.… More

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Virgin Hyperloop One: Forget flying, India is planning to travel faster on ground, at 1,000 km an hour – The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India is eyeing new technology to move faster, in fact faster than even a plane—and at 1/10 the air fare. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have signed deals with Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) to assess the possibility of developing hyperloops in these states.
Hyperloop is a pod-based terrestrial transportation system which can carry passengers or freight through anear-vacu More

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Tesla’s bull Romit Shah sees $60 billion in revenue by…

Tesla’s most bullish analyst says the electric-car maker can bring in revenues of $60 billion by early next decade, and success is based in part on his confidence in demand for the Model 3.
While the California electric-car maker is unveiling ambitious new vehicle designs, some analysts are still wondering how well the company is likely to fare in its more immediate goal of reducing pr More

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Loblaw says it ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks, wants fully electric fleet by 2030 | Financial Post

> MONTREAL — Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.
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> Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.
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> “It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.
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> Earlier this month, Loblaw committed t More

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Musk Dusts Off the Fundraising Playbook With Semi, Roadster Orders – Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. ’s Elon Musk is turning to a tried-and-true source of financing for his money-losing car company — paying customers willing to wait years for him to deliver shiny new wheels to their driveways.

The chief executive officer’s unveiling of a massive Semi truck and souped-up Roadster sports car raised questions among Tesla doubters who dismissed th More

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