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BREAKING: Tesla Model 3 Configurator Opens In China

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

We reported earlier today, based on tweets from Elon Musk, that Tesla plans to start delivering Model 3s to customers in China in March of 2019. Or, more cautiously, in April. Now we have word from our friend Vincent in China that the Tesla Model 3 configurator has just opened for reservation holders in China. More in a moment... Read More


Cars

Tesla Reaching Out To US Model 3 Reservation Holders To Ask If They Want A Refund

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla is in an interesting position. Hundreds of thousands of people put down reservations for a Model 3, perhaps 100,000 of them (or not quite) have now gotten their cars, and hundreds of thousands are still waiting. Many of those people are overseas, but plenty are surely still in the United States. Who are they? Are they going to order? If not, are they ever going to ask for a refund... Read More


Clean Power

Mcarthur wind farm

Vestas To Install First 4.2 Megawatt Wind Turbines In Australia

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas announced this week that it has been selected to supply wind turbines to a wind farm set to be built in Victoria, Australia, the 336 megawatt (MW) Dundonnell Wind Farm, which was the largest successful project out of the state's 928 MW Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. ... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla To Deliver First Model 3s To Customers In China In March/April 2019 — Hot!

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla's customers in China could be receiving their Model 3s as early as March or April, according to hot news today from a little blue bird. Tesla is continuing to ramp up its supply chain teams in preparation for the Model 3 launch abroad, and CEO Elon Musk noted that there could be a few deliveries to China in March, but that April was more certain... Read More


Clean Power

US Solar Customers Prefer Solar Loans, Finds WoodMac

Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

New research from Wood Mackenzie has found that solar loans were the preferred and dominant financing solution for residential solar systems in the United States through the first half of 2018, accounting for 42% and outperforming third-party-owned solar systems for the first time. ... Read More


Cars

Tesla Model 3 = #1 Top Selling Luxury Car in USA in October

Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

This may have been the longest I've ever taken to create a monthly US sales report, and it may have also been the most difficult. We had a strong sense of how Tesla Model 3 production and deliveries were ramping up through the 3rd quarter, but due to the intense push to get Model 3s out the door and into customers' hands by the end of the quarter, it has been hard to estimate output in subsequent weeks — much of October... Read More


Air Quality

One Ecuadorian City Is Converting Its Entire Bus Fleet To Electric By March 2019

Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The transit operator in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil has decided to convert its entire fleet of transit buses over to electric with the purchase of 20 of BYD's 12-meter, 80 passenger buses. The transition to electric transit is expected to set the city of Guayaquil apart as a leader in clean technologies, a fitting role for the city long known as the 'Gateway to the Galapagos'... Read More


Clean Power

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030

Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Australia's largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, announced this week that it has not only signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) worth 65% of its national electricity needs, to be completed by January 2019, but it has also committed to source 100% of its global electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030, joining the RE100 initiative to boot. ... Read More


CleanTechnica Reviews

Designing Climate Solutions

Designing Climate Solutions — #CleanTechnica Book Review

Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Carolyn Fortuna

A new book is a one-stop source for policy changes to reduce GHG emissions. Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy is an accessible guide that should be on every person's resource shelf. It offers concise information and pathways for the necessary transition to a low-carbon society... Read More


Carbon Pricing

fuel economy and emissions UCS

UCS Slams Auto Manufacturers’ Response To Fuel Economy Rollback Scheme

Published on November 14th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

Two professional associations, both of whom say they are committed to environmental policies that benefit Americans, make for good PR but actions speak louder than words. According to an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, both groups have submitted comments regarding the proposed rollback of fuel economy standards that would rip the heart out of the deal they all agreed to with the Obama administration back in 2008. In fact, as bad as the rollback plan from our so-called government is, the AGA proposal is actually worse. ... Read More


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