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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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PlugBoat 2018 – Venice, 18 – 19 th October 2018

PlugBoat, as the World Electric & Hybrid Boat Summit, aims at providing a premier & high quality global platform to foster exchange of views and development of synergies between players in the field of electric & hybrid boats for coastal & inland water transportation as well as leisure
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Renault wants to build a 60 MWh energy storage system with used electric car battery packs

Renault is launching today a new “Advanced Battery Storage” program today.

With the program, the French automaker is aiming to build “the biggest energy stationary storage system using EV batteries ever designed in Europe by 2020.”

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Amazon Could Become the Next Big Player in Autonomous Driving

The auto industry is rapidly transforming into another branch of technology.

Of course, adding 4G connectivity, bluetooth and electrification made it so the auto industry is no stranger to technology, but as autonomous driving, A.I.-powered infotainment systems and other adoptions take place, more and more technology companies are making the leap into the sector.

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EMotorWerks Is Using Its Network of 10,000 EV Chargers to Bid Into Wholesale Markets

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China’s largest electric scooter maker Niu files for $150 million IPO in the US

While electric scooters (Vespa-style, not Razor-style) are not very widespread yet in the US, they are quickly becoming the most common form of transportation in Chinese cities. This is largely due to environmentally sustainable government policies which make gas-powered motorcycles and scooters either illegal or impractically expensive in Chinese cities.

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China’s largest electric scooter maker Niu files for $150 million IPO in the US

While electric scooters (Vespa-style, not Razor-style) are not very widespread yet in the US, they are quickly becoming the most common form of transportation in Chinese cities. This is largely due to environmentally sustainable government policies which make gas-powered motorcycles and scooters either illegal or impractically expensive in Chinese cities.

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Tesla prepares Model 3 production for upcoming European expansion

The Tesla Model 3 is taking over North America as it not only dominates electric vehicle sales, but it is also leading its segment against gas-powered cars.

Now Tesla is preparing to expand to Europe with the Model 3 and in order to do that, it is starting to produce a few European Model 3 vehicles

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Musk’s Boring Company starts hiring key personnel in preparation for tunnel projects

As The Boring Company starts preparing for its growing list of tunneling projects, the startup has begun filling in a number of key positions that would enable it to bring Elon Musk’s vision of futuristic, high-speed tunnel systems into reality. Several key hires have already been filled by the company, and based on the job positions listed on its official website; the Boring Co. seems to be loo More

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Lucid Motors partners with Electrify America for ‘ultra-fast’ charging

As we previously reported, Electrify America was created as part of Volkswagen’s $2 billion settlements with California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its use of emission test cheating devices in its diesel vehicles.

They have several electrification initiatives – mainly having to do with charging infrastructure.

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Kia Niro EV Test Drive Notes: Range Indeed Impressive

The Kia Niro EV is officially rated with a driving range of 385 kilometers (~240 miles), yet it can still pull off a zero-to-62-mph sprint in some 7.8 seconds. Before we have to deal with endless Tesla fanatics’ denouncing of this vehicle, 240 miles for an entry-level SUV and 7.8 seconds are truly outstanding for those not in a financial position to buy a Tesla. If you really want one of these l More

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Watch a Tesla drive in Paris through the eyes of Autopilot

Tesla’s approach to autonomous driving is rather simple – albeit hard. It has some radar and ultrasonic sensor technology but the goal is to drive based on computer vision with cameras feeding into a neural net system that it is able to recognize what it sees – much like a human.

We are now getting our best look yet at what Autopilot can see with a drive through Paris.

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To Find China’s Best Driverless Technology, Look in Silicon Valley

China’s homegrown search giant, much like its U.S. counterpart, has a division focused entirely on driverless vehicles. And just like its rival, Google-born Waymo, both efforts are based in Silicon Valley.

It’s not only Baidu with a toehold in Northern California. China’s self-driving startups are sprouting major R&D outposts 6,000 miles from Beijing. China’s congested mega More

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SpaceX to have base on Mars by the end of next decade

SpaceX wants to build a human settlement on Mars, and it could arrive before the end of the next decade. CEO Elon Musk revealed over the weekend that the company’s famed rendering, which shows a series of BFR rockets stationed on the red planet alongside roads and a more permanent base, could become reality by 2028.
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Tesla Powerpack in Australia is exceeding its expectation

Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia provide the same grid services as peaker plants, but cheaper, quicker, and with zero-emissions, through its battery system.
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Tesla’s version 9 software update coming soon

Tesla’s version 9 software update is expected to be the automaker’s most extensive update in two years and recent leaks showed that it appears to be behind in the development process.

We have learned that the update is finally getting closer to release with a look at the latest build with new features and fixes, including Tesla fixing one of the biggest issues with Model 3’s navigatio More

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Tesla launches ‘doordoor service’ called ‘Tesla Direct’ to help with Model 3 delivery during rush week

Tesla is really pushing hard this week with several different initiatives to increase sales and deliveries in the last few days of the quarter.

It is making a new one available this weekend: a ‘door-to-door service’ called ‘Tesla Direct’.

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Elon Musk invites Tesla owners to come help ‘educate’ new buyers during ‘incredibly intense’ delivery week

For years now, Tesla has some ‘super’ owners who promote its vehicles and champion the brand.

It led to the automaker launching the referral program to help with sales and now it apparently leads to owners helping Tesla with vehicle deliveries.

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Chinese Lithium Giant Agrees Three-Year Pact to Supply Tesla – Bloomberg

China’s top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it’s agreed a deal with Tesla Inc. to supply a fifth of its production to the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from Ganfeng Lithium Co. and its unit, the Jiangxi-based company said in a filing to the Shenzhen exchan More

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Morel 3 earn perfect 5-star in NHSTA crash test – crash videos included

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its safety rating for the Tesla Model 3 today and the electric vehicle has gotten a perfect 5-star safety rating in every category.
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Tesla Model X owner says car ‘saved’ them after a plane crashed into his electric SUV

We have reported on a bunch of accidents where Tesla owners credited their vehicles for saving them from serious harm but probably none as strange as this one.

A Tesla Model X owner in Texas credited his car for ‘saving’ him and a passenger as the electric SUV was struck by a crashing plane.

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Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star NHTSA safety rating

The Tesla Model 3 has a flawless score from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Model 3 has been widely praised by reviewers and earned high marks for safety from other groups. The Tesla TSLA Model 3 has earned a perfect 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Google just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars

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VW unveils MEB platform for electric vehicles, launches ‘Electric for all’ campaign to have ‘affordable’ EVs

VW unveiled its MEB electric platform this week and it is launching a new effort called ‘Electric for all’, which represents the brand’s goal to deploy millions of “attractive models at affordable prices on the road.”

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Amazon is going to sell electric car chargers with installation as a turn-key solution

Amazon sells pretty much everything and it already sells electric car home chargers, but now the company also wants to get involved in the installation process with a full “turn-key” solution – starting with the Audi e-tron quattro.

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10 Best Electric Vehicles You Can Buy in 2018: The Short List

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670-mph hyperloop from Ohio to Chicago moves closer with new regulations

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and German insurance company Munich Re said Monday that a set of core safety requirements and certification guidelines for the fledgling mode of transportation have been created.

The hyperloop is expected to transport pods of people and goods through a tube — moving at some 670 miles per hour. It is expected to reduce the commute from Co More

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Tesla’s fully self-driving cross-country road trip to ‘probably’ happen with version 10 ‘alpha build’, says Elon Musk

Tesla has been talking about demonstrating the full capabilities of its second generation Autopilot system with a fully self-driving cross-country road trip for 2 years now, but it has yet to happen.

Now CEO Elon Musk gives a new timeline for the fully self-driving cross-country road trip: ‘probably’ with the release of version 10 ‘alpha’.

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UBS says Audi’s disappointing electric car launch is a big win for Tesla 

UBS believes Tesla’s lead in electric vehicle technology may last longer after seeing Audi’s latest offering. The Audi “e-tron underscores that catching up with Tesla is more difficult than expected by many,” analyst Patrick Hummel says. Audi’s launch of its e-tron car revealed how far behind the competition is compared to Tesla, according to UBS.
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Mercedes-Benz delivers first 10 eActros all-electric heavy-duty trucks

The Mercedes-Benz eActros, one of Daimler’s many electric truck efforts, is now in the hands of customers for the first time.

Hermes took delivery of the first 10 eActros all-electric heavy-duty trucks and it will test them for the next 2 years.

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Tesla’s in-house body repair shop restores damaged Model 3 in 25 hours

Back in Tesla’s 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting, Elon Musk stated that the company is opening in-house body shops to reduce the time it takes for owners to get their cars repaired. The first nine of these in-house body shops were announced in Tesla’s official website earlier this month, and so far, reports of the service they provide have been very positive.

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