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Cars

If GM Is Serious, It Will Still Take About 16 Years To Catch Up To Tesla

Published on November 19th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Chevy plans to put three more cars based on the Chevy Bolt platform on the road by 2021, and then introduce a new modular electric platform supporting at least 20 new vehicles by 2023. If they stick to these plans, a reasonable question is how long it will take before they have more fully electric cars on the roads of the world than Tesla, if ever... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Why Does Tesla Do Everything Better?

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The #1 complaint about Tesla seems to be that ... we have to wait too long for mass production of its products. That's sort of a sign that the company is doing things quite well. Actually, if you crunch the numbers, you can see that Tesla cars offer more range, better performance, better interior tech, better semi-autonomous driving features, better charging options, and ... Read More


Batteries

Daimler To Put ~$755 Million Into EV Push In China

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Daimler AG will be investing some 5 billion yuan (~$755 million) as part of its push to manufacture plug-in electric vehicles and associated battery packs in China with its joint-venture partner there (BAIC Motor Corp). That's what a company exec has just revealed at the Guangzhou motor show... Read More


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


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