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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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Driverless buses will soon begin operating in Orlando

Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.

The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 pa More

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Patent Suggests Tesla Is On Cusp Of Battery Chemistry Breakthrough

The Tesla battery research group, led by renowned battery boffin Jeff Dahn, has applied for a patent on a new battery cell chemistry that the company says could deliver faster charging, longer life and lower cost.

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Tesla is open to sharing Autopilot with other automakers, says Elon Musk

In his recent guest appearance at ARK Invest’s weekly For Your Innovation podcast, Elon Musk stated that Tesla is open to the idea of sharing its Autopilot software with other automakers. While conversing with ARK CIO Cathie Wood and analyst Tasha Keeney, Musk described Tesla’s terms for other carmakers who wish to use Autopilot software, as well as the company’s experiences with other autom More

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Chinese electric car maker Kandi shares rocket 40% on approval of US imports

Shares of Kandi Technologies Grouprocketed more than 40 percent Wednesday after the Chinese electric car maker announced it has received approval to import two of its cars to the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved Kandi to ship its Model EX3 and Model K22 cars to the U.S.

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Tesla stores in China are reportedly seeing a tsunami of Model 3 orders

As China gears up for Model 3 deliveries to begin in the country, the interest and anticipation for the electric car among reservation holders and potential buyers appear to be reaching a fever pitch. If reports from Chinese social media are any indication, it seems that waves of Model 3 orders are already hitting the country’s stores.

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Tesla is preparing to offer Model 3 leasing to boost demand – Electrek

Tesla has been keeping one card close to its chest when it comes to creating additional demand for Model 3: leasing options.

Now Electrek has learned that Tesla is preparing to launch its leasing products for Model 3 as outlined in an email sent to employees.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk: Full self-driving technology nearly complete – Fox Business

“I think we will be feature complete – full self-driving – this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said during an appearance on the ARK Invest podcast, hosted by the eponymous firm, which invests in Tesla. “I would say I am certain of that, More

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Elon Musk: Tesla will have all its self-driving car features by the end of the year – CNBC

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects that the electric car maker will have the technology needed to essentially operate vehicles without drivers by the end of the year.

The entrepreneur made the comment on a podcast with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in the company. Tesla’s automated driver assistance system Autopilot has garnered both positive attention f More

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Tesla’s nearly 300k Model 3 VIN registrations hint at healthy US demand

Tesla appears to be on track to break the 300k barrier in its Model 3 VIN registrations this quarter, filing more than 74,000 vehicles on January and more than 24,000 cars this month. While these numbers are undoubtedly impressive, the recent batch of VINs registered by the company also hints at something notable — a steady demand for the Model 3 in the United States.

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Net-zero energy homes have arrived — and are shaking up the US housing market

The homebuilder’s early investment in zero-energy construction was prescient. If you buy a new house in California within the next few years, there’s a good chance it will be built along similar lines. In December, California instituted a new requirement that calls for most new homes and multi-family residential buildings up to three stories high to include solar rooftop panels beginni More

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Tesla Model 3 Potential Buyers Might Be Interested In Kia Niro EV

Whatever you may think about Kia, the South Korean carmaker has made strides in both improving quality and the appeal of vehicles. The carmaker is also embracing the electric revolution with open arms, signified by several rather appealing models entering their range in the recent months.

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USPS Tests Ford E-450 Based Electric Step Vans From Motiv

The United States Postal Service (USPS) starts a new pilot EV project in which it will test seven all-electric step vans, supplied by Motiv Power Systems. The first one was already delivered and now serves routes in Fresno
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China self-driving players narrow the gap in US road tests

Although China has strong hopes for autonomous driving and has beaten Apple in some areas, its leading company still lags Google’s self-driving unit Waymo in US engagement tests.

According to data disclosed in an annual report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday, drivers disengaged the autonomous driving mode on Apple’s test cars once almost every mile on average More

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The First Hyundai Kona Electric Delivered In U.S.

More details are expected to be released soon, but if Hyundai is following the same path as in other markets, the “Ultimate” will be the first trim level available. That variant starts at $44,650, while the “Limited” begins at $41,150. The most affordable trim, the SEL package, has a base price of $36,450 .

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China Is Building a Solar Power Station in Space

China’s Academy of Space Technology is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and beam it back to Earth. The plant would be able to harness solar power even when it’s cloudy back on Earth, since its photovoltaic array would be floating high above any terrestrial weather.

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Business Insider: Tesla challenger Rivian just announced a $700 million investment led by Amazon

On Friday, electric pickup-truck and SUV maker Rivian announced a $700 million investment round led by Amazon.

“This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” RJ Scaringe, Rivian’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.

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2019 affordable Hyundai Kona EV

After reading fellow CleanTechnica writer Sebastian Blanco’s review of the Hyundai Kona EV, I knew I was in for a fun drive. I had no idea how much fun it would be, though. I walked away wondering how anyone could justify buying a daily gasoline driver when you can have a 258-mile electric crossover like this.

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Tesla’s New Updates Intend To Make Your Model 3 Impossible To Steal | Carscoops

Tesla has introduced a handful of new features for the entry-level Model 3, which are supposed to make the vehicle a little safer when it’s parked.
The new features can be found in the ‘Safety & Security’ menu on the vehicle’s central touchscreen. By accessing it, Model 3 owners can enable ‘Pin To Drive’, which requires a four-digit verification for the car to be started. Th More

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2020 Kia Soul Electric Gets 243-Mile EPA Range Rating

We had assumed the smaller 39-kWh pack would find its way into the Soul Electric, but that’s not the case for the U.S. Kia says U.S. buyers demand a lot of range and on that front, the Soul Electric delivers.

InsideEVs took a shot in the dark at the range of the new Soul awhile back. Here’s what we stated:

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Morgan Stanley: An electric pickup from Tesla or Rivian is a ‘serious problem’ for Detroit

The auto industry’s electric vehicle revolution has only just begun, Morgan Stanley told investors in a note on Thursday, and the highly profitable pickup truck market is next.
“An electric pickup truck successfully launched by a new player (i.e. Rivian or Tesla) could be a serious problem for the Detroit based [traditional automakers],” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas sa More

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Tesla Model 3 Europe Deliveries Supported By Huge 300 Charger Hub

Tesla enthusiasts further explored the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, where Tesla shipped the first volume delivery of about 1,400 Model 3in Europe. While there, they spotted a massive charging station for cars that are unloaded.

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Canada’s Answer to Tesla Is a $15,500 Electric Three-Wheeler

It’s all-electric like a Tesla. It’s priced like a Ford Fiesta. It’s one of the oddest-looking vehicles you’ve ever seen — and it may just redefine the commuter car.

As General Motors Co. prepares to shut the plant near Toronto that got car-making started in Canada more than a century ago, a new model is taking shape in a tiny production facility in Vancouver’s outskirts.

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Ford executive raises doubts about VW deal for electric vehicles

Ford and Volkswagen appear increasingly unlikely to pull together a deal to work together on battery-electric vehicles, a senior executive with the Detroit automaker said this week.

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2019 Nissan LEAF Awarded As KBB’s Best EV In 5-Year Ownership Costs

According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the 2019 Nissan LEAF is a value king.

The Nissan LEAF (2019 model with 40-kWh battery pack) claimed the top spot among electric vehicles in KBB’s 2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The publication announced this year’s award winners just last week at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. It came as no surprise that the Nissan took home the honor, as this marks th More

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Tesla to roll out Sentry and Dog Modes for Teslas this week

Originally Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesla announced that Dog Mode was in the works last October.
A Twitter user asked when the Sentry Mode, designed to use the car’s cameras to record incidents that take place when the car is empty will be rolled out. In his reply, Musk said that both the Sentry Mode and Dog Mode would be arriving this week.
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Chinese Media: Tesla Gigafactory 3 To Be Complete In Summer Of 2019

The first phase of the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai is only an estimated 10% of the total planned capacity of the plant and will be producing the first cars by the end of this year.
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A major port operator is planning to launch its first hyperloop for cargo in India

DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, is launching its first hyperloop project in India, its chairman told CNBC Sunday.
Last year, DP World, UAE’s state-owned port operator, signed a partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop a cargo transporter. Now it’s revealed its first project destination will be in the world’s largest democracy.

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How Many Vehicles Will Tesla Deliver in 2019?

Fortunately, management provided its own forecast for what to expect from vehicle deliveries in 2019. In Tesla’s fourth-quarter shareholder letter, management said it expects to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 vehicles during the year. This represents 45% to 65% year-over-year growth compared to the approximately 245,500 vehicles Tesla delivered in 2018.
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Self-driving startup Aurora secures $530 million investment from Amazon, Sequoia, and others

Self-driving startup Aurora, which was founded by the leads of all the main self-driving programs (Tesla, Waymo, Uber, and more) announced today that it secured a major $530 million investment from Amazon, Sequoia, and others.

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Tesla makes Autopilot standard on Model 3 in China, again reducing the price in the country

Tesla is trying to sell and deliver as many Model 3s as possible this quarter in China before the temporary relief on import tariff ends in April. It is now making an unusual move to help: making the Enhanced Autopilot package standard.
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