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Clean Transport

EPA Staff Claim Fuel Economy Rollback Based On Junk Science

Published on August 15th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

A series of emails released by the EPA show senior scientists warned the agency repeatedly that its new fuel economy rules are based on false assumptions. The revelations should boost the chances of success for states like California that have sued the EPA over the new policies. ... Read More


Climate Change

Climate Change ‘Skepticism’: 6 Overlapping Drivers

Published on August 15th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Climate change 'skeptics' have pre-existing biases which tend to make them skeptical. They’ve been supported in that skepticism by decades of misinformation, and psychologically and socially it’s easier to continue to deny rather than accept reality. But there’s hope... Read More


Batteries

A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

Published on August 15th, 2018 | by The Beam

Traditionally, battery storage has been hailed as too expensive to make sense for grid utilities and customers. However, the economics are quickly changing. With the advent of electric cars going mainstream and countries like France, China and the UK phasing out gas and diesel vehicles, there is a surge in demand for lithium-ion batteries. At the same time, in places like California, where solar PV now powers nearly five million rooftops, grid-scale storage options both in people’s houses and sited by utility operators are lowering the cost of energy... Read More


Cars

Saudi Arabia & Tesla — Perfect or Disastrous Bedfellows?

Published on August 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, go back one month. How many of you were wondering if Elon Musk would try to take Tesla private using cash money from Saudi Arabia? That's right, if not for the news last week that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (PIF) was buying up Tesla [TSLA] shares on the stock market as if they were four-leaf clovers, the concept would have exploded the sensible brain cells in your skull. With that in mind, while reading the article that follows and as you consider these topics in the coming days and weeks, I encourage you to hold onto some humility and strive for an open perspective on where Tesla is today and where it's going. Perhaps — just perhaps — there are more surprises around the corner... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

NIO ES8

NIO Plans US IPO This Year

Published on August 15th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

As NIO gears up to start full production of the ES8, its electric all-wheel drive SUV, it is also planning an IPO in the US that may raise enough money to bring its products to markets outside of China... Read More


Cars

Over 200 Orders Placed For Teslas In Russia

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

About 236 orders were recently placed for Teslas in Russia, which would be about an 80% increase in the current fleet if they are all fulfilled. The total there now is approximately 300, even though there are no Tesla stores or charging stations. The orders were placed on the website of Svyaznoy, a company that is now working with the Moscow Tesla Club to import more Teslas... Read More


Climate Change

Rising Temperatures Could Cause Common Songbird Population To Collapse

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

University of Missouri researchers have found that a common songbird, the Acadian flycatcher, could decline greatly in numbers within this century if the climate continues to increase in temperature. In fact, it is possible it could be driven into near extinction in just 90 years. Dr. Thomas Bonnot and research wildlife biologist Frank Thompson collaborated on the research, and Bonnot answered come questions for CleanTechnica... Read More


Clean Transport

Dale Vince, Eco Warrior: Part 2, The Journey To The Electric Highway

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

This is the second article in the series where we delve into the compelling story of how Dale started the UK fast charging network on our motorways (freeways) as early as 2011. Dale Vince, the founder and Managing Director of Ecotricity, gave this interview on 16th November 2017, and I am very pleased to present the second part of it, here... Read More


Clean Power

Caribbean Nations Partner With Global Superstars & Corporate Giants For $1 Billion Climate Accelerator

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

An impressive coalition made up of 26 Caribbean nations, more than 40 private sector giants, 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt, and global music superstar Sean Paul are combining to launch the $1 billion Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator intended to make the region the world's first climate-smart zone. ... Read More


Cars

AI Could Better Manage Pothole Repair & Prevention (Research)

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

John Zelek, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has been leading a research group to study how AI could be used to better maintain road surfaces. (Their work may also apply to bridges and buildings.) AI has shown promise in its ability to process huge amounts of information in collections of images to detect patterns. Zelek and his colleagues used images from Google Street View to develop their system. He answered some questions for Cleantechnica.com about the research... Read More


Clean Power

Sunrun Installs 91 Megawatts In Mixed Second Quarter

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

US residential solar company Sunrun confirmed itself as the country's leading solar installer in the second quarter by installing a total of 91 megawatts (MW) worth of new capacity, it's best ever quarter, despite also reporting earnings-per-share well under expectations. ... Read More


Grid

Upgrading The Grid To Make The Integration Of Renewables Easier & Cheaper

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by The Beam

The integration of increasing shares of renewable energy into electricity grids is getting easier and cheaper. Smart grids, demand response, flexible wind turbines and storage are helping to do this. But we need to upgrade and expand the grid to secure the significant cost savings that an interconnected power market could offer. If renewables are to meet 35% of Europe’s energy needs by 2030, then investments in electricity grids need to be more strategic... Read More


Clean Power

Splitting Tesla, Transitioning Shares, Updating The Board — #TeslaPrivate Possibilities

Published on August 14th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Today's blog post from Tesla CEO & Chairman Elon Musk confirmed my WAG about the cost of going private. It is somewhere between $0 and $24 billion. For both amounts, Elon can get the funding secured. But for the amount of $???, it is a bit harder. Investors want to know how much they are going to invest, and how much influence they are going to get for that amount... Read More


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