Autonomous Vehicles

“Professor X” Aims To Disrupt Autonomous Vehicle Tech With Silicon Valley Startup AutoX

Published on March 25th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Some people just aren't satisfied with the safe route in life and can't help but to unleash their passions on the world in the form of disruptive new approaches to existing or emerging markets. Dr. Jianxiong Xioa — also known to students and staff as "Professor X" — has ditched his lucrative job as a Princeton professor to pour his passion into a new autonomous vehicle technology startup dubbed Auto... Read More


Cars

BMW i3 Gets Dirty As Professional Rally Racer Runs It Through The Paces

Published on March 25th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Professional rally driver Rauno Aaltonen of Aaltonen Motor Sport took his BMW i3 away from the safety of asphalt roads and onto an off-road rally course to see how the i3 would hold up. He came away from the experience very impressed, stating that because of the instant torque the electric motor provides, the i3 handled like cars with 1,000 horsepower... Read More


Fossil Fuels

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About North America’s Energy Future

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Roy L Hales

Alberta's oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline "a great day for jobs and energy independence" in the United States. Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its current pipeline capacity and adding more pipelines is "not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius."... Read More


Cars

Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate In Action (#ElonTweets Video)

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has posted a short video of what may well be the production version of the Model 3 ... in action. The video is only of a quick run down a street, and doesn't show the front of the car much, so it doesn't give us much to go on, but the design does appear to be altered some from earlier Model 3 iterations. Have a watch... Read More


Clean Power

Energy Startup Vandebron Bids €1 Million On Dutch Coal Power Plant To Turn It Into Theme Park

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Rogier van Rooij

The small Dutch energy company Vandebron, which allows consumers to buy their renewable energy directly from local producers on an online marketplace, has offered utility Nuon €1 million for its coal-fired power plant in Amsterdam. After the purchase, the energy startup wants to shut the plant down and turn it into a theme park... Read More


Clean Transport

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Begins Building Full-Scale Passenger Hyperloop Capsule

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Whatever you may think about the Hyperloop idea (I remain a skeptic, personally), things do appear to be moving forward. With regard to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the companies trying to commercialize the idea, it has apparently started constructing a full-scale passenger hyperloop capsule -- following 3 years of research and development efforts... Read More


Policy & Politics

France’s DGCCRF Clears Opel Of Diesel Emissions Cheating

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Following earlier news that France's DGCCRF has apparently found that Renault has been involved in diesel vehicle emissions testing manipulation for around 25 years now, the French consumer watchdog organization has revealed that a similar investigation into Opel has come up empty. In other words, no evidence was found that Opel has been involved in the manipulation of diesel vehicle emissions testing... Read More


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