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Gigafactory, Engine For Tesla Model 3 Growth, ‘Operational’ Within A Year: Report – Forbes

Tesla Gigafactory will supply batteries for the $35,000 Model 3. (Credit: Tesla Motors)

Progress on the Gigafactory is reportedly going according to plan, boding well for Tesla’s future mass-market Model 3.

“Certainly by one year from now, that factory will be producing batteries,” Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, told Nevada lawmakers la More

Tesla Gigafactory will supply batteries for the $35,000 Model 3. (Credit: Tesla Motors)

Progress on the Gigafactory is reportedly going according to plan, boding well for Tesla’s future mass-market Model 3.

“Certainly by one year from now, that factory will be producing batteries,” Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, told Nevada lawmakers la More

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‘I Want Kandi,’ Says China’s Government As Electric Cars Get Boost – Investors.com

Kandi Technologies Group(NASDAQ:KNDI) said its electric car joint venture nabbed a $44.3 million subsidy from the Chinese government during the second half of last year.

The Jinhua, China-based Kandi Technologies Group is China’s top-ranked company in terms of pure electric vehicle sales and production figures. Its joint venture, Kandi Electric Vehicles Group, is run by it and Geely A More

Kandi Technologies Group(NASDAQ:KNDI) said its electric car joint venture nabbed a $44.3 million subsidy from the Chinese government during the second half of last year.

The Jinhua, China-based Kandi Technologies Group is China’s top-ranked company in terms of pure electric vehicle sales and production figures. Its joint venture, Kandi Electric Vehicles Group, is run by it and Geely A More

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‘Tesla is our friend,’ says Renault boss – BBC Top Gear

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn promises more electric cars, and hits back at Red Bull’s criticism of his F1 engines

And as the man ultimately responsible for the world’s best-selling fully electric car – the Nissan Leaf – and zany goodness like the Renault Twizy, when Ghosn starts talking about the future of electric cars it’s worth listening.

Speaking on the eve of the fi More

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn promises more electric cars, and hits back at Red Bull’s criticism of his F1 engines

And as the man ultimately responsible for the world’s best-selling fully electric car – the Nissan Leaf – and zany goodness like the Renault Twizy, when Ghosn starts talking about the future of electric cars it’s worth listening.

Speaking on the eve of the fi More

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Old Model Given New Life? – Autoomobile

Nissan Leaf: Old Model Given New Life?

Nissan has just announce that their next Nissan Leaf will be getting a longer range thanks to the upgrades done on the lithium battery.

It is believed that the new battery will now be pushing out more kWh which means that the Nissan Leaf will be able to run longer. It is also believed that while it will contain more energy, the battery size will More

Nissan Leaf: Old Model Given New Life?

Nissan has just announce that their next Nissan Leaf will be getting a longer range thanks to the upgrades done on the lithium battery.

It is believed that the new battery will now be pushing out more kWh which means that the Nissan Leaf will be able to run longer. It is also believed that while it will contain more energy, the battery size will More

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New York City Can Carry On with "Taxi of Tomorrow" Program Based on Nissan NV200 EVs – autoevolution for Mobile

New York had a plan for turning the world-famous yellow cab fleet into a green arsenal of people carriers, but fleet operators had other plans.

Luckily, the Taxi of Tomorrow plan can go ahead after the Court of Appeal in Albany upheld the initiative, Bloomberg reports. It all started five years ago when the New York municipality wanted to replace the majority of the taxi fleet through a par More

New York had a plan for turning the world-famous yellow cab fleet into a green arsenal of people carriers, but fleet operators had other plans.

Luckily, the Taxi of Tomorrow plan can go ahead after the Court of Appeal in Albany upheld the initiative, Bloomberg reports. It all started five years ago when the New York municipality wanted to replace the majority of the taxi fleet through a par More

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$100 A Kilowatt Hour Lithium Battery Soon? – Energy Matters

Cambridge, Massachusetts company 24M has declared its semi-solid lithium battery technology is the most significant change to Li-ion in two decades.

The company says its battery cell design combined with manufacturing innovations will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by half while providing enhanced battery performance.

“The lithium-ion battery is a brilliant, enabling technology, More

Cambridge, Massachusetts company 24M has declared its semi-solid lithium battery technology is the most significant change to Li-ion in two decades.

The company says its battery cell design combined with manufacturing innovations will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by half while providing enhanced battery performance.

“The lithium-ion battery is a brilliant, enabling technology, More

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Updated Nissan Leaf to Achieve 125-Mile Range as Early as This August

It looks like an improved Nissan Leaf will arrive much sooner than we originally thought. According to a report from Automotive News, a midcycle refresh should allow the Leaf to achieve an EPA-rated range of 125 miles on a single charge. The model could arrive as early as this August.

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It looks like an improved Nissan Leaf will arrive much sooner than we originally thought. According to a report from Automotive News, a midcycle refresh should allow the Leaf to achieve an EPA-rated range of 125 miles on a single charge. The model could arrive as early as this August.

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NV Energy driving Nevada’s Electric Highway – FierceEnergy

NV Energy and the Nevada governor’s office are teaming up — along with businesses on U.S. Route 95 — to power up the state’s highways for the “Nevada Electric Highway.”

U.S. Route 95. Credit: Fietsbel/Wikimedia Commons

The plan will include electric vehicle (EV) charging states using “fast-charge” technology between Las Vegas and Nevada More

NV Energy and the Nevada governor’s office are teaming up — along with businesses on U.S. Route 95 — to power up the state’s highways for the “Nevada Electric Highway.”

U.S. Route 95. Credit: Fietsbel/Wikimedia Commons

The plan will include electric vehicle (EV) charging states using “fast-charge” technology between Las Vegas and Nevada More

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Electric Car Sales In Europe Pass USA, 60% Higher | CleanTechnica

The US is no longer the top market for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales — with the overall European market surpassing the American one for the first time, according to recent reports.

To be exact here, January–April 2015 saw European EV sales surge ahead of American ones by 60%. As a reminder here, when we say “plug-in electric vehicles,” we are referring to all-electric vehicles More

The US is no longer the top market for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales — with the overall European market surpassing the American one for the first time, according to recent reports.

To be exact here, January–April 2015 saw European EV sales surge ahead of American ones by 60%. As a reminder here, when we say “plug-in electric vehicles,” we are referring to all-electric vehicles More

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The Case for Buying an Electric Car Is About to Get a Whole Lot Better | Money.com

Drive 200+ miles on a single charge, without paying Tesla prices.

Electric car sales have stagnated through the first half of 2015. Sales have slumped for several reasons, including cheap gas prices and increased fuel efficiency among gas-powered automobiles.

In May, dramatic price cuts helped boost sales of models such as the Chevy Volt, and the month saw the most EV sales of 2015, More

Drive 200+ miles on a single charge, without paying Tesla prices.

Electric car sales have stagnated through the first half of 2015. Sales have slumped for several reasons, including cheap gas prices and increased fuel efficiency among gas-powered automobiles.

In May, dramatic price cuts helped boost sales of models such as the Chevy Volt, and the month saw the most EV sales of 2015, More

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Tesla Motors Inc Model S Scores High On Value Retention

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’ vehicles, we all know, rank highly on efficiency and the green factor, but what many don’t know is the fact that they are also a good investment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk who is known for using Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) for making startling product announcements, this time in a tweet showed how his vehicles depreciate less than those made by rivals.

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’ vehicles, we all know, rank highly on efficiency and the green factor, but what many don’t know is the fact that they are also a good investment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk who is known for using Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) for making startling product announcements, this time in a tweet showed how his vehicles depreciate less than those made by rivals.

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Germany shuts down oldest n-plant : The Hindu – Mobile edition

Germany’s oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by 2022.

The Grafenrheinfeld reactor in Bavaria was taken offline as scheduled overnight, the southern German State’s environment ministry said on Sunday. The reactor, which went into service in 1981, is the first to close since Germany switched of More

Germany’s oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by 2022.

The Grafenrheinfeld reactor in Bavaria was taken offline as scheduled overnight, the southern German State’s environment ministry said on Sunday. The reactor, which went into service in 1981, is the first to close since Germany switched of More

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Tesla Motors most innovative company says MIT

For the past 5 years, MIT has issued an annual report ranking the 50 most innovative companies in the world. For 2015, MIT says Tesla Motors is the number one most innovative company, having moved up from third position last year.

The report says rankings are higher for a company that has “truly” innovative technology and a business model that is “both practical and ambitious, with th More

For the past 5 years, MIT has issued an annual report ranking the 50 most innovative companies in the world. For 2015, MIT says Tesla Motors is the number one most innovative company, having moved up from third position last year.

The report says rankings are higher for a company that has “truly” innovative technology and a business model that is “both practical and ambitious, with th More

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Solid-State Batteries Already Powering Electric Cars: BlueCars, In Fact

In the quest for a better battery chemistry that can make electric cars more competitive with internal combustion, solid-state cells have generated quite a bit of buzz.

As the name implies, solid-state cells replace the liquid electrolyte used in current lithium-ion cells with a solid material–a design that has numerous potential advantages, proponents say.

While it’s typ More

In the quest for a better battery chemistry that can make electric cars more competitive with internal combustion, solid-state cells have generated quite a bit of buzz.

As the name implies, solid-state cells replace the liquid electrolyte used in current lithium-ion cells with a solid material–a design that has numerous potential advantages, proponents say.

While it’s typ More

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Saab Owner To Build $400 Million Electric Car Factory In China – Forbes

The Chinese-backed investment group that bought technology and assets from Sweden’s Saab in 2012 now says it plans to build a $400 million factory and R&D unit for electric cars in Tianjin, northeast China.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) held a launching ceremony on Sunday in the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area, which also happens to be one of the auto mak More

The Chinese-backed investment group that bought technology and assets from Sweden’s Saab in 2012 now says it plans to build a $400 million factory and R&D unit for electric cars in Tianjin, northeast China.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) held a launching ceremony on Sunday in the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area, which also happens to be one of the auto mak More

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KalpTree is Creating the Future of Li-ion Batteries

Li-ion batteries have many practical purposes, including powering electric vehicles. However, in their current state, they can be difficult to properly dispose of and very expensive. For example, this is one of the main reasons that electric cars are cost-prohibitive for most people, and the disposal issue has led to some environmental concerns. However, KalpTree Energy has unveiled a new version More

Li-ion batteries have many practical purposes, including powering electric vehicles. However, in their current state, they can be difficult to properly dispose of and very expensive. For example, this is one of the main reasons that electric cars are cost-prohibitive for most people, and the disposal issue has led to some environmental concerns. However, KalpTree Energy has unveiled a new version More

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Nissan To Equip LEAF With Extra Battery Capacity To Boost Range Up To 250 Miles : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times

In the near future, says Nissan, it will offer electric cars with a range of nearly 250 miles on a single charge. This would be made possible with the additional battery the EV will pack in alongside the regular 24 kWh one. (Photo : Transport Evolved Future Car News | YouTube)
Nissan is gearing up to equip its popular electric car, the Nissan LEAF, with extra battery capacity, which will giv More

In the near future, says Nissan, it will offer electric cars with a range of nearly 250 miles on a single charge. This would be made possible with the additional battery the EV will pack in alongside the regular 24 kWh one. (Photo : Transport Evolved Future Car News | YouTube)
Nissan is gearing up to equip its popular electric car, the Nissan LEAF, with extra battery capacity, which will giv More

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Will car sharing be successful in Indianapolis?

Bolloré Group is a French corporation deeply committed to promoting electric car sharing in metropolitan areas using its Bluecar – a three door, four passenger electric car of its own design. The Bolloré car sharing program is a subscription service. Members pay an annual membership fee of about $150.

Membership entitles you to rent a Bluecar whenever you need one. All you have to do is More

Bolloré Group is a French corporation deeply committed to promoting electric car sharing in metropolitan areas using its Bluecar – a three door, four passenger electric car of its own design. The Bolloré car sharing program is a subscription service. Members pay an annual membership fee of about $150.

Membership entitles you to rent a Bluecar whenever you need one. All you have to do is More

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ChargePoint introduces 24 kW Express EV charging station

There are more than 20,000 ChargePoint charging stations in the US, but most of those are AC chargers. They work best for charging overnight or at work when an electric car can remain plugged in for several hours.

In January, ChargePointed entered into an agreement with BMW and Volkswagen to install 100 of its 50 kW Express 200 DC fast chargers along heavily traveled highways on both costs. More

There are more than 20,000 ChargePoint charging stations in the US, but most of those are AC chargers. They work best for charging overnight or at work when an electric car can remain plugged in for several hours.

In January, ChargePointed entered into an agreement with BMW and Volkswagen to install 100 of its 50 kW Express 200 DC fast chargers along heavily traveled highways on both costs. More

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Evatran Receives $1.6 Million Strategic Investment from Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Co., Ltd, a Leading China-Based Automotive Parts Manufacturer | Business Wire

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Evatran Group, Inc. (“Evatran”) announced that it has completed a strategic investment from Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (“VIE”), a leading manufacturer of automotive parts based in Zhejiang Province, China. The initial investment of $1.6 Million is the first phase of a planned further partnership with Evatran to introduce wir More

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Evatran Group, Inc. (“Evatran”) announced that it has completed a strategic investment from Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company (“VIE”), a leading manufacturer of automotive parts based in Zhejiang Province, China. The initial investment of $1.6 Million is the first phase of a planned further partnership with Evatran to introduce wir More

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Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Motor Co., fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big increase in the Leaf’s driving range, a person familiar with the project said.

The improvements will come from squeezing more energy into the Leaf’s lithium ion battery. The new battery will be the same size as the More

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Motor Co., fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big increase in the Leaf’s driving range, a person familiar with the project said.

The improvements will come from squeezing more energy into the Leaf’s lithium ion battery. The new battery will be the same size as the More

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Sir Richard Branson: In 20 years every new car sold will be electric | The Memo

The entrepreneur behind Virgin Racing’s electric car team also expects the battery-powered Formula E to overtake Formula 1’s popularity in “four or five years”.

Sir Richard Branson predicts you’ll only be able to buy electric cars by 2035.

The entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group made the prediction during a press conference today ahead of the penult More

The entrepreneur behind Virgin Racing’s electric car team also expects the battery-powered Formula E to overtake Formula 1’s popularity in “four or five years”.

Sir Richard Branson predicts you’ll only be able to buy electric cars by 2035.

The entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group made the prediction during a press conference today ahead of the penult More

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All Models Will Be Electrified | CleanTechnica

BMW is still pursuing its previously revealed plan to convert all of its various model platforms to electric drivetrains(this includes range-extending engines and plug-in hybrids, of course) over the next decade or so, according to recent reports.

As reported when we covered this topic previously, the transition will see even the company’s top-selling 3 Series sport sedans turned into plu More

BMW is still pursuing its previously revealed plan to convert all of its various model platforms to electric drivetrains(this includes range-extending engines and plug-in hybrids, of course) over the next decade or so, according to recent reports.

As reported when we covered this topic previously, the transition will see even the company’s top-selling 3 Series sport sedans turned into plu More

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1,300 Kilometer/800 Mile Trip In A Tesla Model S In China

We have heard a lot about the issues Tesla has faced in China in regards to the local population’s concerns over the Model S sedan’s ability to find suitable charging and travel long distances in the country.

But what is it really like?

Bloomberg’s Alexandra Ho set off on a 1,300 mile trip from Shanghai to Beijing, utilizing 6 Supercharging stations and 1 “destination” stat More

We have heard a lot about the issues Tesla has faced in China in regards to the local population’s concerns over the Model S sedan’s ability to find suitable charging and travel long distances in the country.

But what is it really like?

Bloomberg’s Alexandra Ho set off on a 1,300 mile trip from Shanghai to Beijing, utilizing 6 Supercharging stations and 1 “destination” stat More

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Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model 3 Ambitions May Be More Realistic Than You Think — The Motley Fool

Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA)CEO Elon Musk believes that with the help of its planned more-affordable fully electric vehicle and its upcoming Gigafactory lithium-ion vehicle-battery production plant, Tesla can sell 500,000 cars per year by 2020. But many investors have flagged his vision as a pipe dream. After all, electric vehicles, or EVs, are only a fraction of the market, so there’s More

Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA)CEO Elon Musk believes that with the help of its planned more-affordable fully electric vehicle and its upcoming Gigafactory lithium-ion vehicle-battery production plant, Tesla can sell 500,000 cars per year by 2020. But many investors have flagged his vision as a pipe dream. After all, electric vehicles, or EVs, are only a fraction of the market, so there’s More

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Since Japan Has 1,600-Plus CHAdeMO Chargers, U.S. Should Have 2,500

Nissan stated in its 2015 Sustainability Report that Japanese dealerships already installed 1,640 CHAdeMO DC fast chargers as of March 2015.

That’s over 30% of the 5,418 reported in Japan as of the end of May.

There are over 53,500 LEAFs in Japan, so one DC charger at dealership falls on 32 LEAFs. If we include all the chargers, the ratio is nearly 10cars for one DC charger.

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Nissan stated in its 2015 Sustainability Report that Japanese dealerships already installed 1,640 CHAdeMO DC fast chargers as of March 2015.

That’s over 30% of the 5,418 reported in Japan as of the end of May.

There are over 53,500 LEAFs in Japan, so one DC charger at dealership falls on 32 LEAFs. If we include all the chargers, the ratio is nearly 10cars for one DC charger.

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Hyundai-POSCO tie-up for EV

Hyundai Motor and POSCO ICT signed a memorandum of understanding to establish more battery-charging facilities for the automaker’s electric vehicles. More than 120 charging stations will be set up at department stores, cinemas and other leisure facilities by the end of the year, and eventually at more than 2,200 Hyundai Motor outlets and service centers. (Hyundai Motor)
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Hyundai Motor and POSCO ICT signed a memorandum of understanding to establish more battery-charging facilities for the automaker’s electric vehicles. More than 120 charging stations will be set up at department stores, cinemas and other leisure facilities by the end of the year, and eventually at more than 2,200 Hyundai Motor outlets and service centers. (Hyundai Motor)
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Tesla Model S fuels E-Motion, a car-rental and chauffeur company – Chicago Tribune

It’s true. You can’t out-run or out-exercise a bad diet. That’s because the foods you regularly eat have a lasting impact on your metabolic health, from your heart to your brain.

Everybody knows that plant-based foods should be top of the list, but it’s the the green-colored veggies that really stand out. When your mother said “Eat your greens” she was definitely onto something. More

It’s true. You can’t out-run or out-exercise a bad diet. That’s because the foods you regularly eat have a lasting impact on your metabolic health, from your heart to your brain.

Everybody knows that plant-based foods should be top of the list, but it’s the the green-colored veggies that really stand out. When your mother said “Eat your greens” she was definitely onto something. More

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Nissan to offer Leaf with 250-mile range

Nissan will offer a choice of its electric vehicle Leaf with different batteries increasing the electric car’s range up to the 250-mile mark.

The best-selling electric car in the UK, Nissan’s Leaf would have an enhanced range from 2016, with the company offering a 30kw battery in addition to the current 24kw unit.

With the extra battery capacity, the car would make around More

Nissan will offer a choice of its electric vehicle Leaf with different batteries increasing the electric car’s range up to the 250-mile mark.

The best-selling electric car in the UK, Nissan’s Leaf would have an enhanced range from 2016, with the company offering a 30kw battery in addition to the current 24kw unit.

With the extra battery capacity, the car would make around More

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48 of 89 children found thyroid abnormality in Ushiku city Ibaraki | Fukushima Diary

Ushiku city government of Ibaraki announced 48 of 89 children were given A2 or B diagnosis in their thyroid inspection.

A2 is given when they find thyroid nodule (Q5.0mm) or cysts (Q20.0mm), B is given when they find thyroid nodule (R 5.1mm) or cysts (R20.1mm).

Since last August, 50 more children had the inspection. 40 children were given A2, 8 children were given B in total.

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Ushiku city government of Ibaraki announced 48 of 89 children were given A2 or B diagnosis in their thyroid inspection.

A2 is given when they find thyroid nodule (Q5.0mm) or cysts (Q20.0mm), B is given when they find thyroid nodule (R 5.1mm) or cysts (R20.1mm).

Since last August, 50 more children had the inspection. 40 children were given A2, 8 children were given B in total.

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