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Policy & Politics

Want To Regain Democracy? Talk *Politics* & *Policy*

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you are watching the attacks on US democracy closely, it's a bit shocking. Basic elements of the US Constitution and a functional democracy are attacked on a daily basis. There are attacks on an independent judicial systems, attacks on independent media (which is essential to provide societal checks on political power — Thomas Jefferson said it was more critical than government itself), attacks on individuals who express different viewpoints, and attacks on free speech and the idea of discussion at all... Read More


Cars

Electric Mobility & Decentralized Purchasing Of Electricity With Ubitricity

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by The Beam

Frank Pawlitschek and Knut Hechtfischer co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the vision of smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Both attorneys at trade, the two founders decided to joined forces and combine Knut’s passion for renewables and Frank’s experience in the startup industry to build something together. ... Read More


Batteries

Tesla Semi — 8 Charger Holes, 800 kWh Battery? Tesla Megacharger — 1.6 Megawatts?

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

KManAuto is a well known chronicler of everything Tesla on his popular YouTube channel. He was on hand at the Tesla Semi extravaganza yesterday (along with our own Kyle Field) and shot some video that includes a first look at the charging port for Tesla's groundbreaking Class 8 heavy hauler. What he found was that it has room for an 8 pin connector -- four times as many as the normal Tesla Supercharger uses for its passenger cars... Read More


Batteries

New Tesla Roadster (Fastest Production Car Ever) In Broader Context

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla's first production car was called the Roadster. Built on a heavily modified Lotus chassis, it was a direct descendant of the tZero, itself a modification of an existing sports car chassis. The tZero was manufactured by AC Propulsion, a small company near Los Angeles, and it used conventional lead-acid batteries. Its primary feature was that is used an AC motor — a revolutionary idea at the time... Read More


Air Quality

Sunslice, The Smallest Solar Charger In The World

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Every day, the smartphone goes here and there with us — on the jog, the walk, bicycle, metro, and in the EV. It is often using handy apps along the way. Checking email, texting, working on the metro, scrolling social media in the cafe or while the car is charging, on the phone — these activities are a way of life for many. A common thought that pops into our heads is where to plug in and recharge.  Sunslice, the smallest solar charger in the world, is one solution. It's perfect for the day after a storm or hurricane when the power is still out but the sun is back... Read More


Aviation

60 More XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 Orders

XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 Picks Up 60 Orders

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

As a followup to a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) company we covered a little while back, XTI Aircraft announced another more pre-orders for its 60 TriFan. After a good showing in Florida and extra orders coming in from the superyacht community, the total is up to 60, and counting... Read More


Climate Change

Investors Now Better Able To Gauge Climate Risk In Investments

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

Investors are now better able to gauge the climate risks likely to impact their investments thanks to a new risk management tool developed by Deutsche Asset Management and Four Twenty Seven, which maps more than a million physical corporate locations alongside climate models to assess their climate risk. ... Read More


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