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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


Cars

EV Tax Credit Repeal Hurts American Innovation

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

With the House of Representatives having passed its tax reform plans and the Senate having released its version, the uncertainty around the basic existence of the federal EV tax credit, as evidenced by the difference between the two proposals, will be disruptive to the industry. It’s this uncertainty that leads everyone to a fundamental question: If the government chooses to end EV tax credits, will that affect the EV market overall? The answer is yes... Read More


Fossil Fuels

One Super Bad Day For Fossil Fuels: Siemens Cuts Workforce, Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks

Published on November 17th, 2017 | by Tina Casey

Fossil fuel stakeholders got a double dose of bad news yesterday. In the morning Siemens announced it would drop thousands from its power and gas operations, partly due to a drop in demand for oil and gas turbines. Around the same time, TransCanada sent out word that its that Keystone tar sands oil pipeline sprang an underground leak in South Dakota. ... Read More


Batteries

Tesla Semi Truck — 8 Questions

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica's Kyle Field is in Hawthorne for the Tesla Semi Truck unveiling. He's getting or got or will get a pre-event briefing, but he's prohibited from sharing any details or even pictures from the site before Elon takes the stage and the event begins. I'm quite tempted to ask for some info off the record, but I'll just be patient and wait in line like the rest of you ... sort of... Read More


Clean Power

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Canada & UK Form Alliance To Dump Coal

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Canada and the UK have formed an alliance entitled Powering Past Coal, which seeks to end the use of coal to generate electricity. The group has sent a letter to all the member nations at the COP 23 climate conference urging them to join. ... Read More


Cars

Tesla Model 3 vs Tesla Model S (Video)

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

We've seen a handful of Tesla Model 3 review videos floating around — including an excellent hour-long, deep dive into the car's features by our friends at Model 3 Owners Club. That said, we just got a chance to conduct an in-depth evaluation of Model 3 for ourselves. It's a fascinating car, and in our view, will come to dominate the mid-sized sedan segment over the next few years. ... Read More


Buildings

Why New Parking Facilities Should Be Recyclable

Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Rogier van Rooij

On the 13nd of November, the Netherlands' first sustainable parking garage opened. Taking the concept of sustainability in its broadest meaning, the facility is not just operating at zero energy emissions, but has also been constructed in a recycling-friendly way. In light of the monumental transformation that is about to reshape the car market, the ease with which the facility’s components can be reused might turn out to be its most valuable feature... Read More


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