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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 clarifies Tesla’s plan for level 5 fully…

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Electrek Ever since Tesla released its second generation Autopilot hardware and started offering an option called “full self-driving capability”, there’s been some …… More

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Elon Musk: Self-driving Teslas will go between LA and NYC by the end of the year – MarketWatch

Self-driving Teslas will be able to go between Los Angeles and New York City by the end of this year, Tesla Inc. TSLA, +1.76% Chief Executive Elon Musk said Friday.

Musk spoke at a TEDTalk in Vancouver on a number of topics, including the status of driverless cars and his new project, The Boring Co., which aims to create a network of tunnels that would lay the foundation for a series of u More

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Major automakers want California to revise Volkswagen charging station strategy

Significant automakers and other groups are opposing the way Volkswagen wants to spend $2 billion on electric automobile facilities and jobs, as part of the German automaker’s atonement for diesel emissions scandal
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London to install 300 rapid charging points for electric taxis – Metro Report

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Apple and Tesla Ask California to Change Proposed Self-Driv…

Fortune Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo (googl), Ford Motor (f), Uber Technologies, Toyota Motor ™, Tesla Motors, and others also filed comments suggesting changes.… More

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Here’s our first glimpse of Elon Musk’s tunnel boring machine – The Verge

News has been dribbling out for a couple months now about Elon Musk’s new tunneling venture , the Boring Company. Today, a SpaceX employee posted a photo on Instagram (which was first spotted by Business Insider ) of the actual machine that will be boring Musk’s tunnel.

A few months ago, Musk told Bloomberg that he already has a boring machine. Its a 20 More

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Apple’s Wireless Charging Could Use Your Wi-Fi Router in a New Way

The rumor that Apple is getting into the wireless charging business for iPhones has taken an interesting twist. A patent filing dated October 2015 shows that Cupertino is looking into sending precious electricity to our iOS devices using Wi-Fi routers—or some kind of wireless transmitter.

It looks like a promising way to wirelessly charge your iPhone. It could also curb the number More

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{general news] Apple’s Wireless Charging Could Use Your Wi-Fi Router in a New Way – The Mac Observer

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Tesla Model S battery life: what the data show so far

But the stories of those early Leaf owners—and advice on how best to negotiate for that Leaf replacement battery—have generated intense interest on this site and others.

Beyond the Leaf, different electric cars appear to have different degradation rates: the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, for instance, seems to have little or no range loss even after 300,000 miles (in one h More

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Researchers close in on world’s first 100% self-charging lithium-ion battery | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lithium-ion batteries can only hold so much power, and must be recharged often. So researchers are developing a device that can harvest energy from light and store it. They just published a study showing a lithium-ion battery cathode can be sensitized to light by combining lithium-ion materials with dye molecules including solar cell technology. Here’s how More

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R Systems Sponsors rLoop Team as Part of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., April 26, 2017 — R Systems NA, Inc. confirmed today its sponsorship of the rLoop Hyperloop team participating in SpaceX Competition II.

Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private space exploration company sponsoring the Hyperloop Pod Competition. The competition aims to facilitate the development of the high speed Hyperloop transportation system by encouraging independent More

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Panasonic inaugurates electric vehicle battery factory in China | Electrek

Panasonic unveiled today its latest battery manufacturing facility and first in China. The ~$400 million plant, which was first announced in 2015 , will manufacture battery cells for the growing electric vehicle market in China.

The Japanese electronics giant claims that the projected annual capacity will support the production of “around 200,000 electric vehicles”

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Tesla offers bonus and incentives to calm storm at Grohmann Engineering ahead of Model 3 production

Details of an incentives package being offered by Tesla to employees of recently acquired Grohmann Engineering have leaked, revealing the lengths Tesla is willing to go to in order to calm the storm ahead of Model 3 production.

Uwe Herzig, head of Grohmann’s work council, revealed that Tesla had offered employees a 1,000 euro ($1,089) one-time bonus after Easter, on top of job guarantees, More

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Former Tesla Autopilot Program manager becomes CTO of Audi’s autonomous driving division | Electrek

There has been a lot of changes in Tesla’s Autopilot leadership over the past few months and most of it can be linked back to former Autopilot program director Sterling Anderson leaving to form his own startup and Chris Lattner taking over the top role in the program , which happened in December 2016 and January 2017 respectively.

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Tesla Has Officially Started Releasing Its Revolutionary Autopilot Update

Tesla starting its roll out a new Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB) feature to its Autopilot 2.0 hardware as reported yesterday by Electrek.
This AEB, which Tesla developed from scratch using its own technology, will raise the safety standards of its cars.
Tesla is again stepping up its autonomous driving game as it begins its roll out of a crucial feature to its Autopilot 2.0 hardwar More

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Sac State’s ‘Hornet Hyperloop’ makes the cut in Tesla SpaceX contest | The Sacramento Bee

Students at Sacramento State are among 24 finalists for the national SpaceX competition, encouraging the best designs for high-speed ground transportation.

In 2013, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced his concept for the Hyperloop, encouraging student teams to pursue their best designs.

The Sac State team, “Hornet Hyperloop ,” has been working on their design fo More

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Chinese Scientists Plan Submarine Vacuum Rail Twice As Fast As Hyperloop – China Money Network

Several Chinese scientists have proposed a submarine vacuum rail project that runs at a theoretical speed of 2,000 kilometers per hour, twice as fast as the Hyperloop concept initiated by Elon Musk.

The plan is largely on paper at the moment, and has not been formally accepted by government agencies as an official scientific project. The underwater railway is a vacuum tunnel floating in wa More

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Uber urges Portland drivers to lease electric cars

In the wake of numerous recent PR setbacks, Uber may be able to help clean up its image with the launch of the Uber EV initiative in Portland, which supports the city’s green vision for the future.

When you think of electric mobility, California might be the first state to come to mind—but Oregon is not far behind.

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Tesla Restores Auto-Brakes Amid Consumer Reports Downgrade – Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. is deploying automatic braking to its recently built electric vehicles, though not in time to spare the Model X and Model S from ratings cuts by Consumer Reports magazine.

Model X sport utility vehicles and Model S sedans produced over roughly the last six months lacked functioning automatic emergency-braking systems that use collision-detecting sensors to slow or stop vehicles b More

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Tesla receives massive shipment of robots for Model 3 production line – first pictures | Electrek

Less than 3 months away from the planned start of Model 3 production, Tesla has received a massive order of robots for its production line. Hundreds of Kuka robots arrived at Tesla’s Fremont factory and are now being installed.

Pictures of the robots inside the factory give us a rare glimpse at what Elon Musk has been describing as an ‘Alien Dreadnought’.

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Uber claims it will having flying cars in Texas and Dubai…

SFGate Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, hates the phrase “flying cars.” But he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 – something he said “fits …… More

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How likely is it China will outpace the U.S. in electric-car adoption? Poll results

China is the biggest new-car market in the world, and has been since 2010.

The world’s largest country also has some of the smoggiest cities on the planet, and that’s a source of increasing public agitation.

So at national, state, and local levels, a variety of Chinese government entities are using carrots and sticks to encourage the sale of more zero-emission vehicles.More

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The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming – Bloomberg

Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA , one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade.

The surge in battery powered vehicles will cause demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s, Total Chief Energy Economist Joel Couse sa More

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Continental Lifts Electric-Car Spend as Combustion Era Peaks – Bloomberg

Electric and hybrid components to get extra investment funds
Spending on tradition technologies will fall ‘step by step’
Continental AG  will scale back investments in traditional motor components and allocate more funds for hybrid and electric powertrains as the auto-parts maker prepares for the eventual decline of combustion engines.

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Uber Flying Cars: ChargePoint Develops Special Chargers | Fortune.com

Before Uber can get its network of flying electric taxis off the ground, it will need the right infrastructure, including special chargers to keep the batteries full of energy.
So the ride-hailing service is partnering with startup ChargePoint to develop chargers that will fit any vertical take-off and landing aircraft, a.k.a. “flying cars,” the companies announced Tuesday at the Ele More

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Tesla owner taps into Google Home to control their Model S using voice commands

An enterprising Tesla owner and developer dived into Google Home’s smart home API to build an app that allows for voice control of a Model S and Model X.

Matt Dyson took his desire for a voice-controlled Smart Home to the next level with the addition of ‘Tesla Voice ‘. His integration of the unofficial Tesla API with Google Home hints at a future where we can literally More

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Waymo to offer public trials for its self-driving minivans

CNET A number of companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, but very few are offering the public a chance to experience these vehicles.… More

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Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations – Bloomberg

Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them.

The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago). This audacious timeline has left many current owners worrying about wait times throughout the company’s U.S. Supercharging network. Well, Tesla has a plan.

This year, the number More

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BART Unveils First Bank of Electric Vehicle Charging…

NBC Bay Area Bay Area commuters with a passion for sustainability now have a new option to make sure their journey from home to work releases the lowest amount of emissions possible.… More

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Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly

While corporate average fuel-economy standards through 2021 remain in place in the U.S., automakers are preparing their case to argue for delays in further tightening.

Meanwhile, China is turning the policy screws on automakers operating in the country, telling them they must sell more electric cars.

In the U.S., only the state of California now does that, and its unique set of emiss More

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