YC graduate Genecis Bioindustries turns food waste into compostable plastics

March 16, 2020 at 03:39PM Unfortunately, the world doesn’t have a constant quantity of problems, and while governments and most private businesses are focused on tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies like Genecis Bioindustries are working on technologies to solve another major problem: climate change. For over a decade, sustainability advocates and entrepreneurs have beenContinue reading “YC graduate Genecis Bioindustries turns food waste into compostable plastics”

Zume co-founder goes from pizza to climate-friendly food with $2.7 million in funding

March 12, 2020 at 01:00PM Before leaving SoftBank-backed Zume Pizza in November 2018, co-founder Julia Collins knew what her next move would be: climate-friendly food. Today, Collins is announcing Planet FWD’s  $2.7 million seed round led by BBG Ventures with participation from Cleo Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Kapor Capital and others. What’s unique aboutContinue reading “Zume co-founder goes from pizza to climate-friendly food with $2.7 million in funding”

European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops

March 11, 2020 at 03:40PM The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a ‘right to repair’ for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. More generally it wants to restrict single-use products, tackle “premature obsolescence” and ban the destruction of unsold durable goods — in order to make sustainableContinue reading “European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops”

GM reveals an EV for (almost) every purse and purpose

March 07, 2020 at 05:46PM Ed Niedermeyer Contributor Share on Twitter Ed Niedermeyer is an author, columnist and co-host of The Autonocast. His book, Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors, was released in August 2019. More posts by this contributor GM reveals ‘Ultium,’ the heart of its EV strategy Waymo’s UX challenge is gettingContinue reading “GM reveals an EV for (almost) every purse and purpose”

Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy

March 04, 2020 at 09:41PM Alex Behrens Contributor Share on Twitter Alex is a research analyst and blogger focused on future technologies in transportation, energy, automation, and decentralization. He has experience in data and operations at Fortune 500 companies and tech startups and has been a regular contributor at Seeking Alpha, Spend Matters, Metal Miner,Continue reading “Sustainable microgrids are the future of clean energy”

Citroën introduces a two-seat EV that costs €19.99 a month

February 27, 2020 at 08:20PM The Citroën Ami is a new take on urban mobility. It’s electric, cheap and doesn’t require a license. In short, it’s less of a car and more of an electric scooter with two seats, doors and a heater. Jokes aside, the Citroën Ami could be a glimpse at the futureContinue reading “Citroën introduces a two-seat EV that costs €19.99 a month”

Panasonic is ending its solar cell partnership with Tesla

February 26, 2020 at 05:18PM Panasonic said it will stop producing solar cells and modules at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, N.Y., ending a four-year joint venture with the electric automaker.  Nikkei Asian Review was the first to report that Panasonic planned to end its production agreement with Tesla . Panasonic has since issued an announcementContinue reading “Panasonic is ending its solar cell partnership with Tesla”

Boom says its supersonic XB-1 aircraft test program will be ‘fully carbon neutral’

February 24, 2020 at 06:21PM Commercial aviation isn’t typically the place to look if you’re after carbon-light initiatives. Jet fuel isn’t generally very green, and airplanes burn a lot of it when traversing the skies. But supersonic flight startup Boom wants to change the perception of commercial aviation as an emissions-costly prospect, starting with theirContinue reading “Boom says its supersonic XB-1 aircraft test program will be ‘fully carbon neutral’”

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

February 21, 2020 at 04:41AM Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors, including WireframeContinue reading “EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million”

Tesla Model 3 makes Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’ list for 2020

February 20, 2020 at 06:25PM Tesla’s Model 3 is among the top 10 choices for car buyers in 2020, according to Consumer Reports. The nonprofit organization released its “Top Picks” of the year on Thursday, and it included Tesla’s most affordable vehicle alongside cars from automakers including Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Kia and Lexus. The ModelContinue reading “Tesla Model 3 makes Consumer Reports ‘Top Picks’ list for 2020”

Tesla ramps up solar tile roof installations in US, eyes China and Europe expansion

February 10, 2020 at 07:17PM Tesla appears to be ramping up installations of its solar tile roofs in the San Francisco Bay area and will eventually roll out to Europe and China, according to CEO Elon Musk, who, in a series of tweets, provided the first substantial update since the company launched the third iterationContinue reading “Tesla ramps up solar tile roof installations in US, eyes China and Europe expansion”

Diet autopilot Thistle raises $5M for health food subscriptions

January 27, 2020 at 09:28PM What if it was easier to eat salad than junk food? Most diet routines take a ton of time, whether you’re cooking from scratch, making a meal kit, or seeking out a nutritious restaurant. But on-demand prepared food delivery companies like Sprig that tried to eliminate that work have goneContinue reading “Diet autopilot Thistle raises $5M for health food subscriptions”

Nebia’s co-founder talks about finding product/market fit

January 21, 2020 at 05:00PM Finding the right product/market fit is challenging for any company, but it’s just a little harder for hardware startups. I recently visited the San Francisco offices of Nebia to chat with co-founder and CEO Philip Winter, whose eco-friendly hardware startup has received funding from Apple CEO Tim Cook, former GoogleContinue reading “Nebia’s co-founder talks about finding product/market fit”

Loliware’s kelp-based plastic alternatives snag $6M seed round from eco-conscious investors

January 16, 2020 at 06:25PM The last few years have seen many cities ban plastic bags, plastic straws and other common forms of waste, giving environmentally conscious alternatives a huge boost — among them Loliware, purveyor of fine disposable goods created from kelp. Huge demand and smart sourcing has attracted a big first funding round.Continue reading “Loliware’s kelp-based plastic alternatives snag $6M seed round from eco-conscious investors”

Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential

January 03, 2020 at 09:05PM Space attracts a lot of attention as an area of frontier tech investment and entrepreneurship, but there’s another vast expanse that could actually be more addressable by the innovation economy — Earth’s oceans. Seafaring startups aren’t attracting quite as much attention as their spacefaring cousins, but 2019 still saw aContinue reading “Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential”

Tesla’s record stock price shows its investment in energy storage is finally paying off

December 19, 2019 at 01:40PM A little over a year after sparking a legal firestorm for musing that he would take Tesla private for $420, Elon Musk is likely glad he didn’t. Tesla’s stock just hit a record high yesterday, brushing close to $400 per share and putting the company within striking distance of thatContinue reading “Tesla’s record stock price shows its investment in energy storage is finally paying off”

Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar

December 18, 2019 at 07:30AM Nigerian startup Rensource Energy has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by CRE Venture Capital and the Omidyar network. The renewable energy company builds and operates solar powered micro-utilities that provide electricity to commercial community structures, such as open-air trading bazaars. Launched in 2016, the startup has shiftedContinue reading “Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar”

The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has an EPA range of 201 miles

December 11, 2019 at 04:41PM The Porsche Taycan Turbo, one of several variants of the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicles, has an EPA estimated range of 201 miles, according to government ratings posted Wednesday. This is the first variant of the Taycan — Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle — to receive an estimated range from theContinue reading “The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has an EPA range of 201 miles”

GM, LG Chem to invest $2.3 billion in EV battery joint venture

December 05, 2019 at 02:11PM GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said Thursday morning that the automaker is forming a joint venture with LG Chem to mass produce battery cells for its electric vehicles, a portfolio that will include a new battery-electric truck coming in the fall of 2021. The two companies said they willContinue reading “GM, LG Chem to invest $2.3 billion in EV battery joint venture”

Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai and more sign renewed commitment to Paris Agreement

December 02, 2019 at 04:06PM The U.S. government may be in the process of formally withdrawing from the term of the Paris Agreement, an international accord on targets to fight climate change, but major U.S. employers say they’ll stay the course in a new statement jointly signed by a group of around 80 chief executivesContinue reading “Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai and more sign renewed commitment to Paris Agreement”

Tesla all-electric ATV makes a surprise debut at Cybertruck event

November 22, 2019 at 01:57PM Tesla CEO Elon Musk definitely didn’t have the most issue-free presentation during last night’s Cybertruck unveil, but he did pull off a pretty impressive ‘one more thing moment’ – revealing a surprise all-electric all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that Tesla created to pair with its futuristic pickup. The Tesla electric ATV didn’tContinue reading “Tesla all-electric ATV makes a surprise debut at Cybertruck event”

Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death

November 21, 2019 at 08:45PM Summer camp for adults and beloved tech-free weekend getaway Camp Grounded ground to a halt in 2017. Its big-hearted founder Levi Felix who’d espoused the joys of trading screens for nature walks was tragically killed by brain cancer at just age 32. Left in his wake was mourning community who’dContinue reading “Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death”

VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics

November 20, 2019 at 07:21PM After a year of testing out environmental technologies for a private company, co-founder Patricia Ayma developed a process for bioplastic production using bacteria. The system turns organic matter, such as food waste, into a product that can be used as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. “I realized that itContinue reading “VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics”