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How about earning crypto tokens to carbon-offset your Uber rides?

August 15, 2019 at 06:29PM Most of us, by now, are aware that all sorts of crazy stuff is happening to the planet’s climate and the blame is pretty much universally recognized as lying with humans, pumping more and more carbon into the atmosphere. Scientists are now saying tree planting, for instance, has to happen… Continue reading How about earning crypto tokens to carbon-offset your Uber rides?

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Through a new partnership and $72 million in funding, LanzaTech expands its carbon capture tech

August 07, 2019 at 06:00AM For nearly 15 years LanzaTech has been developing a carbon capture technology that can turn waste streams into ethanol that can be used for chemicals and fuel. Now, with $72 million in fresh funding at a nearly $1 billion valuation and a newly inked partnership with biotechnology giant, Novo Holdings,… Continue reading Through a new partnership and $72 million in funding, LanzaTech expands its carbon capture tech

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Nissan and EVgo to add 200 fast chargers as more electric vehicles hit US roads

August 06, 2019 at 05:02PM Nissan and EVgo said Tuesday they will install another 200 DC fast chargers in the United States to support the growing number of consumers who are buying electric vehicles, including the new Nissan Leaf e+ that came to market earlier this year. The 100 kilowatt DC fast-charging stations will have… Continue reading Nissan and EVgo to add 200 fast chargers as more electric vehicles hit US roads

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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt

August 05, 2019 at 05:51PM Impossible Foods is having quite the year. In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King, weathered a demand surge that saw supplies dwindle and stocks of its signature Impossible burger sell out across the country, and raised fears among players in the $98… Continue reading Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt

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An autonomous robot EV charger is coming to San Francisco

August 01, 2019 at 05:03PM Electric-vehicle chargers today are designed for human drivers. Electrify America and San Francisco-based startup Stable are preparing for the day when humans are no longer behind the wheel. Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over the diesel emissions cheating scandal,… Continue reading An autonomous robot EV charger is coming to San Francisco

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Didi Chuxing and oil giant BP team up to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in China

August 01, 2019 at 06:44AM Ridesharing and transportation platform Didi Chuxing announced today that it has formed a joint venture with BP, the British gas, oil and energy company, to build electric-vehicle charging infrastructure in China. The charging stations will be available to Didi and non-Didi drivers. The news of Didi and BP’s joint venture… Continue reading Didi Chuxing and oil giant BP team up to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in China

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Tesla has a new energy product called Megapack

July 29, 2019 at 11:50PM Tesla has launched a new utility-scale energy storage product called Megapack modeled after the giant battery system it deployed in South Australia as the company seeks to provide an alternative to natural gas “peaker” power plants. Megapack is the third and largest energy storage system offered by Tesla. The company… Continue reading Tesla has a new energy product called Megapack

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Apple leads corporate American solar energy usage

July 25, 2019 at 02:07PM Apple led the way in solar usage as technology companies step up their development of renewable energy projects to offset their carbon emissions. That’s the word from the Solar Energy Industry Association in its latest tally of leading corporate solar energy installers across the U.S. Last year, Apple installed 400… Continue reading Apple leads corporate American solar energy usage

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Tesla focuses on service with 25 new service centers in Q2, rate of new openings to ‘increase’

July 25, 2019 at 12:36AM Tesla is set to aggressively ramp up the rate at which it opens new service facilities, according to CEO Elon Musk’s guidance on the company’s Q2 2019 earnings call. In total, Tesla opened 25 new service centers during the quarter, and added 100 new service vehicles to its existing fleet… Continue reading Tesla focuses on service with 25 new service centers in Q2, rate of new openings to ‘increase’

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Tesla has begun preparations for Model Y production at its Fremont factory

July 24, 2019 at 11:56PM Tesla has already started the preparations required to get production started on its forthcoming Model Y compact all-electric SUV, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk . During his introductory comments on the automaker’s Q2 2019 earnings call, Musk noted that prep had started at its facility in Fremont, confirming a… Continue reading Tesla has begun preparations for Model Y production at its Fremont factory

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Known for its electric scooters, Gogoro moves toward its future as a mobility platform

July 23, 2019 at 05:05PM Since the launch of its first electric scooter in 2015, Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke has frequently been asked when the startup is going to expand beyond Taiwan. In its home country, Gogoro’s two-wheel vehicles, with their distinctive swappable battery system, are now the top-selling electric scooters. But Luke… Continue reading Known for its electric scooters, Gogoro moves toward its future as a mobility platform

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Tesla’s new V3 Supercharger can charge up to 1,500 electric vehicles a day

July 19, 2019 at 03:02AM Tesla has opened a massive next-generation electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas that combines the company’s core products into one sustainable energy ecosystem, fulfilling a vision CEO Elon Musk laid out nearly three years ago. The new V3 Supercharger, which supports a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts,… Continue reading Tesla’s new V3 Supercharger can charge up to 1,500 electric vehicles a day

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How Carl Pope helped drive a $500 million pledge to push the U.S. “Beyond Carbon” (Part 2)

July 18, 2019 at 08:53PM Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg recently pledged to rapidly spend $500 million in a bid to push the U.S. “Beyond Carbon,” aiming to end this country’s use of coal and natural gas power in a generation or less. In another recent piece, I featured an in-depth interview with Carl… Continue reading How Carl Pope helped drive a $500 million pledge to push the U.S. “Beyond Carbon” (Part 2)

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The climate is our biggest threat. Carl Pope is fighting to change our fate

July 18, 2019 at 06:22PM Michael Bloomberg is an unrepentant capitalist who, as he says in his 2017 book A Climate of Hope, is “not exactly your stereotypical environmentalist.” Yet over the past decade, Bloomberg has become arguably the biggest environmental philanthropist in the world — especially given the $500 million investment Bloomberg announced last… Continue reading The climate is our biggest threat. Carl Pope is fighting to change our fate

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Tesla drops ‘Standard Range’ Model S and Model X, lowers prices of ‘Long Range’ variants and Model 3

July 16, 2019 at 01:49PM Tesla has made a tweak to its model lineup, eliminating the entry-level ‘Standard Range’ variants of its Model S and Model X vehicles. The change means that it’s now more expensive overall to get into either the all-electric Model S sedan or the Model X SUV, but the automakers also… Continue reading Tesla drops ‘Standard Range’ Model S and Model X, lowers prices of ‘Long Range’ variants and Model 3

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Negative? How a Navy veteran refused to accept a ‘no’ to his battery invention

July 12, 2019 at 06:53PM Decades ago, a young naval engineer on a British nuclear submarine started taking an interest in the electric batteries helping to run his vessel. Silently running under the frozen polar ice cap during the Cold War, little did this submariner know that, in the 21st century, batteries would become one… Continue reading Negative? How a Navy veteran refused to accept a ‘no’ to his battery invention

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Ford and Volkswagen team up on EVs, with Ford the first outside automaker to use VW’s MEB platform

July 12, 2019 at 12:59PM Automakers Ford and Volkswagen have announced a partnership today that covers a number of areas, including autonomy (via a new investment by VW in Argo AI) and collaboration on development of electric vehicles. This EV tie-up will see Ford use Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which it’s using as the core of… Continue reading Ford and Volkswagen team up on EVs, with Ford the first outside automaker to use VW’s MEB platform

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Bosch launches cloud-connected battery management to extend the life of EV batteries

July 09, 2019 at 08:05PM Bosch is bringing to market a new cloud-connected software service to manage and monitor the battery life of electric vehicles. “Bosch is connecting electric-vehicle batteries with the cloud. Its data-based services mean we can substantially improve batteries’ performance and extend their service life,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the… Continue reading Bosch launches cloud-connected battery management to extend the life of EV batteries

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BMW unveils the first all-electric Mini with the Cooper SE

July 09, 2019 at 02:49PM The all-electric Mini Cooper was once just a demonstration car and a dream for EV fans, but now it’s a car people will actually be able to buy, with truly competitive range and a ground-up purely electric drivetrain. The new Mini Cooper SE is the brand’s first purely electric small… Continue reading BMW unveils the first all-electric Mini with the Cooper SE

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Y Combinator-backed Project Wren is aiming to make carbon offsets more consumer friendly

July 07, 2019 at 08:09PM When Landon Brand and Benjamin Stanfield graduated from the University of Southern California this year, they already had the plans for Project Wren, their service for selling carbon offsets to a new generation of conscious consumers. Along with fellow co-founder Mimi Tran Zambetti (who’s still attending USC), Brand and Stanfield… Continue reading Y Combinator-backed Project Wren is aiming to make carbon offsets more consumer friendly

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Toyota testing improved solar roof for electric cars that can charge while driving

July 05, 2019 at 04:13PM Toyota is testing a new and improved version of the solar power cells it previously launched on the Japan-exclusive Prius PHV, in a pilot along with partners Sharp and Japanese national research organization NEDO. This demo car’s prototype cells can convert solar energy at 34% and up, which is much… Continue reading Toyota testing improved solar roof for electric cars that can charge while driving

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Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste

July 05, 2019 at 11:24AM China’s war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country itself. Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where its trash comes from. On July 1, the world’s most populated city Shanghai began a compulsory garbage sorting program. Under the new… Continue reading Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste

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Volkswagen launches WeShare all-electric car sharing service

June 27, 2019 at 01:37PM Making good on plans revealed last year to debut an EV-exclusive car sharing service, Volkswagen is actually launching its fleet for customers – debuting WeShare, a new shared service similar to Car2Go or GM’s Maven, but featuring only all-electric vehicles. Initially, WeShare will be available only in Berlin, where it’s launching… Continue reading Volkswagen launches WeShare all-electric car sharing service