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Policy & Politics

An Open Letter To California Energy Commissioners On The Rooftop Solar Mandate

Published on July 16th, 2018 | by John Farrell

The conventional wisdom in electricity generation is that scale matters. But this outdated notion rests on the assumption that electricity generators compete only in the wholesale market. California’s nearly 1 million solar roofs already producing power provide the factual counterpunch to this myth, but so does ample research on the economies of scale and the price of competition in the wind and solar markets... Read More


Clean Transport

The Copenhagen Wheel Was Worth The Wait: My First Ride

Published on July 16th, 2018 | by Jesper Berggreen

As always, when some new and exiting e-bike tech comes to market, Carsten Obel at E-wheels.dk is quick to try it out. He has secured himself a small batch of the brand new Copenhagen Wheel, and I hurried right over and gave it a spin as soon as he had built his first test bike... Read More


Batteries

American Manganese Positions Itself To Lead The Charge Into EV Battery Recycling

Published on July 16th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

American Manganese (AM) says it can retrieve 100% of the lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese and aluminum from batteries, like those used in plug-in vehicles, using technology it originally developed to process low-grade manganese ores. We spoke with American Manganese CEO Larry Reaugh about its roots in mining and how he believes it sets them up to lead the charge into plug-in vehicle battery recycling. ... Read More


Cars

2018 Leaf vs Long Journeys — Can It Take The Heat?

Published on July 16th, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In this article, I will summarise some key characteristics of the 2018 Nissan Leaf, and provide some exclusive data. This is part one of a couple of articles in which we will look at the 2018 Leaf’s performance both in daily driving and on occasional long journeys, and see how the Leaf fits in with its peers... Read More


Cars

Sorry, Elon — Tesla Model 3 Much Better Than I Expected (#CleanTechnica Review)

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I thought the Model 3 would be great, top of its class, similar to the Model S we've had for a year. However, it seems I was caught off guard due to Tesla's incessant improvements and all of the nitpicky, consistent attacks from Tesla critics (paid or otherwise). The Model 3 is better than I expected. I expected to love it, but I didn't expect to love it so much. In particular, there were a handful of little things that made the car significantly more comfortable as a passenger and more enjoyable to drive than our 2015 Model S ... Read More


Cars

Trump’s Trade War, Round One: China 1, America 0

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

Trade wars are easy to win, our own Dear Leader says. He's right, but maybe not in the way he imagines. CleanTechnica readers of a certain age may remember a time a few decades ago when America imposed import tariffs on Japanese cars in an effort to protect US carmakers. The result? Japanese automakers soon built new factories in the US and began to push the domestic companies toward oblivion. Today, Toyota and Honda continue to crank out sedans built in America while the Big Two And A Half in Detroit have slashed sedan production to focus on the only vehicles they can sell successfully -- pickup trucks and large SUVs... Read More


Clean Power

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Communications & PR From Experts At Antenna Group: Webinar Recap

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Andrea Bertoli

Did you catch our webinar with the cleantech marketing firm Antenna Group? Jake Rosmaryn and Josh Garrett sat down to discuss their company’s focus on cleantech public relations (PR) and marketing, and it was an awesome conversation. Antenna Group works with a range of companies across the cleantech and renewables fields, so their experience is broad and unique... Read More


Cars

Tesla License Plate Fun

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Even though Elon Musk and his team recently celebrated the factory's 5,000 per week Model 3 production rate milestone, Tesla is still sitting on roughly 420,000 outstanding Model 3 reservations. Sure, 28,386 Model 3 vehicles have already been delivered to customers (and 11,166 more are in transit), but that still leaves a whole lot of reservation holders anxiously awaiting their new Tesla... Read More


Clean Transport

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What Does It Mean When Everybody Is Cheating On Emissions Standards?

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Steve Bakker

If you’re keeping up with all the post-Dieselgate news, you know that more and more automakers — to one degree or another — are being discovered to have falsified emission standards and/or fuel economy data. Here’s a list of makers who have either admitted to emissions wrongdoing, or have been accused of it... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

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First Waymo Jaguar I-PACE Hits The Streets Of San Francisco

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

The first three Jaguar I-PACE electric SUVs intended for Waymo's self driving service has arrived in San Francisco, where they are being used to calibrate the autonomous driving systems and develop a knowledge base of maintenance information. Waymo expects to have 20,000 of them in revenue service by 2020. ... Read More


Cars

Former (Real) EPA Chief: Big Oil Is “Peddling Misinformation” About Electric Cars

Published on July 15th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Christine Todd Whitman served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President George W. Bush back in 2001–2003. With experience having worked intimately with (and regulating) the energy industries, it should come as no surprise that she witnessed efforts from the oil industry to undermine clean energy solutions. Recently, Whitman came forward (via CNBC) to discuss Big Oil's misguided "misinformation" efforts... Read More


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