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Cars

Tesla Depends On Owner Feedback For New Feature Ideas

Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

As owners and many fans know, Tesla makes some great products, and they just seem to get better and better over time, thanks to over-the-air software updates. An email from a Tesla customer support resource shed some light on where Tesla comes up with the ideas for new features and how we as a community can influence those new features... Read More


Clean Transport

175 kW Hypercharger Doesn’t Charge Tesla Model 3 … At All (Video)

Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Bjorn loves running around in a variety of electric vehicles to explore what is possible and, well, what is not possible. Just a few short days after the first Model 3s were delivered to customers in Norway, he encountered a Model 3 owner attempting to use a 175 kW hypercharger and found that no charge could be delivered... Read More


Agriculture

Which Tesla Is Better For Road Trips, Model 3 Or Model S?

Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Driving both an older Model S and new Model 3, Steve went on an epic 48 state road trip visiting 107 Tesla stores, meeting over 500 Tesla employees, and uncovering some helpful Tesla road trip hacks. Here, Steve compares both Tesla sedans, Model S vs. Model 3, during his remarkable road trip adventures... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla Protects Your Cookies (As Well As Your Pets)

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla's recent software update will protect your pets and your car. First, its "Dog Mode" is designed to keep your pets safe. It's another unusual innovation by the automaker that brought us "Teslatari." Dog Mode enables Tesla owners to keep their pets safely locked inside the vehicle while they're away... Read More


Clean Power

New Fraunhofer Solar Cell Stringer Uses Adhesives For 2% Boost

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

An R&D team at Fraunhofer ISE has unveiled a new solar cell stringing machine that can boost cell performance 2% by using electrically conductive adhesives to fix solar cells to a foil substrate in a shingled pattern. The process reduces the number of manufacturing steps that soldering a connective ribbon would require, and imparts more efficient cell performance in several incremental ways... Read More


Clean Power

Disney’s New 270-Acre Solar Farm Can Power Two Of Its Theme Parks

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

We wrote about Disney's plans to install a 50MW solar farm to provide power for its theme parks last year and we now have confirmation that it has brought the new 270-acre solar farm online in Florida. The solar farm is now online and generating power, according to a statement from the company on February 20th... Read More


Clean Power

Power plant and visible emissions (optimist.com)

Science Based Targets Initiative Announces Updates In Line With IPCC Special Report On 1.5°C

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

The Science Based Targets initiative announced on Wednesday that it was rolling out new updates to its target validation criteria to enable companies to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with the latest science enshrined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October ... Read More


Batteries

SolarEdge Boosts 2018 Revenue By 54% Even As It Diversifies Brand

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Israeli smart energy technology company SolarEdge published its Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 financial results this week revealing another record revenue quarter and increasing full-year revenue by 54% even as the company expands beyond its roots as a solar manufacturer into battery and EV charging... Read More


Clean Power

As PG&E Goes Up In Flames, Renewable Energy Steps In

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Tina Casey

Community choice aggregation sure is getting ambitious. CCA is an arrangement that entitles groups of ratepayers to band together and demand more renewable energy from their local utility company. Now a group of seven CCAs in California is skipping over the demand part and going straight to the part where they become the utility... Read More


Green Economy

Circular Economy: Redesigning Economy Beyond A Product

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by The Beam

The recent debate around circular economy tends to focus primarily on product redesign. But a circular ‘economy’ encompasses more than just product design, it's about product business development and the interactions between players in the ecosystem. ... Read More


Air Quality

VW Settlement Funds Support The “Little Roady” Autonomous Shuttle

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Little Roady, an autonomous shuttle pilot project, now offers self-driving transport in Rhode Island, and it is an awardee of some of that VW dieselgate settlement funding. RIDOT (the Rhode Island Department of Transportation) is using these self-driving shuttles as a pilot project to fill a transit gap between its downtown-Providence Amtrak station and a business park across the river... Read More


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