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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

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Tesla reportedly working on its own battery cell manufacturing capability

June 26, 2019 at 05:07PM Automaker Tesla is looking into how it might own another key part of its supply chain, through research being done at a secret lab near its Fremont, CA HQ, CNBC reports. The company currently relies on Panasonic to build the battery pack and cells it uses for its vehicles, which… Continue reading Tesla reportedly working on its own battery cell manufacturing capability

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Lightyear One debuts as the first long-range solar-powered electric car

June 25, 2019 at 02:19PM Electric cars are better for the environment than fossil fuel-burning vehicles, but they still rely on the grid, which can be variously dirty or clean depending on what sources it uses for its energy. The new Lightyear One is a prototype vehicle that would improve that by collecting the power… Continue reading Lightyear One debuts as the first long-range solar-powered electric car

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This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

June 24, 2019 at 09:17PM Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades… Continue reading This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

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Scientists discover a new way to provide plants the nutrients they need to thrive

June 24, 2019 at 05:00PM Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots – without having to ensure they’re present in the soil where the plants are growing. The landmark study greatly increases the efficiency of surface delivery of nutrients and pesticides to plants. Currently, when… Continue reading Scientists discover a new way to provide plants the nutrients they need to thrive

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Climate change, AI and ethical leadership in ‘big tech’, with Amazon principal UX design lead Maren Costa

June 24, 2019 at 03:35PM “I just want to be proud of the company that I work for,” Maren Costa told me recently. Costa is a Principal UX Design Lead at Amazon, for which she has worked since 2002. I was referred to her because of her leadership in the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice… Continue reading Climate change, AI and ethical leadership in ‘big tech’, with Amazon principal UX design lead Maren Costa

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Nissan’s zero-emission ice cream van uses old EV batteries to keep things cool

June 20, 2019 at 02:14PM File ice cream vans under ‘things I never thought posed a significant risk to the environment but might actually.’ Nissan has developed a new concept vehicle that addresses the problem of all the emissions generated by conventional ice cream vans, and older models in particular, which pump out a lot… Continue reading Nissan’s zero-emission ice cream van uses old EV batteries to keep things cool

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Simone Giertz’s converted Tesla Model 3 pickup truck is wonderful

June 18, 2019 at 05:19PM YouTuber Simone Giertz, celebrated DIY inventor, roboticist and general maker of cool stuff decided not to wait for Tesla’s forthcoming pickup truck. Instead, she bought a Tesla Model 3 direct from the company new and then used elbow grease, ingenuity, some help from friends and power tools to turn it… Continue reading Simone Giertz’s converted Tesla Model 3 pickup truck is wonderful

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Climate justice and environmental ethics in tech, with Amazon engineer Rajit Iftikhar

June 17, 2019 at 08:17PM Nearly 8,000 Amazon employees, many in prestigious engineering and design roles, have recently signed a petition calling on Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Board of Directors to dramatically shift the giant company’s approach to climate change. By deploying a kind of corporate social disobedience such as speaking out dramatically at… Continue reading Climate justice and environmental ethics in tech, with Amazon engineer Rajit Iftikhar

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Rivian and ‘Free Solo’ star Alex Honnold team up to build solar microgrid with used EV batteries

June 14, 2019 at 05:59PM Rivian, the once secretive company that made its public debut in November with an electric pickup truck and SUV, plans to give its batteries a second life and put them to work in a solar microgrid project in Puerto Rico. The automaker is teaming up with The Honnold Foundation, an… Continue reading Rivian and ‘Free Solo’ star Alex Honnold team up to build solar microgrid with used EV batteries

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Zume buys packaging company, with eyes on plant-based plastic alternative

June 13, 2019 at 05:00PM Zume Inc. (they of the robotic pizza) has acquired Southern California-based Pivot, designer of plant-based packaging material. Along with the deal, Zume will be opening up a 70,000 square foot manufacturing plant in the area. Zume notes that it has actually been in the food packaging industry in one form… Continue reading Zume buys packaging company, with eyes on plant-based plastic alternative

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Tesla says solar roof is on its third iteration, currently installing in 8 states

June 11, 2019 at 11:33PM Tesla is currently installing its solar roof product in eight states, according to Elon Musk, speaking at the Tesla Annual Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday. The solar roof-tile project has had a relatively long genesis since being unveiled three years ago, in 2016. In 2017, the company claimed its first-ever installations… Continue reading Tesla says solar roof is on its third iteration, currently installing in 8 states