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Autonomous Vehicles

How Tesla’s Path To Self-Driving Cars Is Different From Others

Published on August 19th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

The race to fully autonomous vehicles is on. In April, Elon Musk declared that Tesla should have over a million level 5 autonomous vehicles manufactured by 2020. To clarify, that means over a million cars equipped with the necessary hardware capable of driving with no help from a driver. That's contingent, of course, on the software being ready. In addition, government approvals will be necessary (read: mandatory) long before self-driving Teslas will be commonplace... Read More


Cars

Tesla Sentry Mode Helps BMW Owner Try To Catch A Thief

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla's Sentry Mode is always saving the day, or at least helping police solve crimes that without witnesses are hard to solve and get pushed aside until new evidence shows up. In this case, a BMW owner benefitted from Tesla's Sentry Mode... Read More


Cars

222,000 Miles In A Tesla Model S (Video + Interview)

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

When you see a video about an electric vehicle -- in this case a Tesla Model S -- that has been driven well over 200,000 miles and could go another 200,000 or farther, it helps to refute anti-EV misinformation. It also points to a future where EV owners can potentially drive their vehicles farther and with lower ownership costs than if they had a gas-powered car or truck... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Lilium eVTOL Red Dot Award

Lilium Flirts With Biomimicry, Wins Red Dot Award

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

One benefit of the new wave of electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) and electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) airplanes is the freedom the electric propulsion system gives designers. Airbus has a "Bird of Prey" concept that will please most Star Trek fans, and now a flying Manta Ray could grace our skies in a few years... Read More


Batteries

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Is This Why Tesla Stays Secretive About Maxwell Technologies?

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

There has been a ton of speculation about why Tesla bought Maxwell Technologies. The obvious but vague answer is that its battery technology will improve Tesla's automotive and energy storage products, but we now know the more detailed answer. It's a long story, but it's well worth the read. Please read this post to the end, as it's very easy to misunderstand this if you don't get the whole story... Read More


Cars

Chinese EV Sales In July: After The Subsidy Storm

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After an end-of-incentives derived surge in June, July saw the expected hangover, with the Chinese plug-in vehicle market dropping 7% year over year (YoY), and the 70,000 units of last month representing less than half of the deliveries of the previous month. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) sank 22% YoY in July, their worst drop in over two years, while, amazingly, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) still managed to grow, if only by 1%, despite the gloom all around them (the overall market also dropped 4%)... Read More


Clean Power

Clean Energy At 1 Cent Per Kilowatt-Hour

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Scott Cooney

We need clean energy, and we need it ASAP. There are barriers to getting it done, including permitting, price, land-use issues, energy-water nexus issues, lobbying efforts by the fossil industries and the puppets they install in our government, and more. Capital projects can take years to develop as a result of these obstacles... Read More


Cars

EV Tipping Point in Norway

Published on August 18th, 2019 | by Roy L Hales

Prior to the introduction of supportive government policies, most battery electric vehicles (BEV) were in Oslo, Norway. In March 2014, one percent of the vehicles on the roads were electric, while 21% of new vehicle sales were plug-in vehicles. Five years later, in March 2019, 58.4% of new vehicle purchases were fully electric... Read More


Aviation

Bye Aerospace & OXIS Energy To Commercialize Lithium-Sulfur Batteries For Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Bye Aerospace is an extremely busy electric aviation company developing the future of our urban air mobility (UAM) world. It has two electric airplanes (eCTOL) and is working on an electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) project with Uber Elevate. But that's not all. It is also partnering with another two companies focusing on pre‐crash sensing technologies, parachute ballistic recovery systems, landing gear‐airframe crashworthy structural concepts, high-energy absorbing seats, and advanced restraints... Read More


Cars

Tesla Owners Showcase Their Wild Rides in South Florida (Photo Gallery)

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

If you’re in South Florida and you want to give your Tesla a truly distinctive look, sooner or later you’ll probably find your way to Mike “Mojo” Mogilewski’s Signature Custom Wraps & Coatings. Mojo recently celebrated his birthday at the company's new location. In turn, Tesla owners flocked from far and wide to show off their favorite rides... Read More


Cars

The Future Of Tesla’s Mobile Service Fleet

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Tesla continues to ramp up its Mobile Service fleet, with a mix of existing Ford Transit vans, Model S sedans, and a few Model X SUVs. The Ford Transit vehicles that have comprised the majority of Tesla's service fleet since its inception cost $80,000 to set up, but that price tag turns the empty shell of a van into an extremely dense, highly effective mobile service station for Tesla's vehicles. More recently, the company has started repurposing a few Model S vehicles coming back from lease as mobile service vehicles... Read More


CleanTechnica

The Rules Of Acquisition & How They Apply To Climate Change — Part Two

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

I suspect, being a progressive bunch, at least a few of us are Star Trek fans. Climate denial is mostly funded by oil company greed and oil company actions are meant to maximize their profits. So, the idea of this series of short (somewhat satirical) articles is that climate change denial will be analyzed under the lens of each stated rule, how it applies, and what we should consider for our strategies to achieve climate victory over oil company greed... Read More


Cars

How To Buy A Tesla

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The Tesla buying experience is unique compared to the typical car buying process offered by Big Auto. There’s no sitting down, negotiating, and sometimes not even a test drive. More on that in a minute. First, there are a few things you should know before walking into a Tesla store. For starters, it is not a dealership... Read More


Cars

The EV Connect Cloud Brings Connectivity & Interoperability To EV Charging

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

EV Connect has been playing in the public EV charging space since 2009 and continues to bring new solutions to the table 10 years later. CleanTechnica connected with CEO Jordan Ramer and VP of Business Development Ram Ambatipudi to hear what the company is up to and to learn about a deal they recently inked with Detroit's DTE Energy... Read More


Clean Power

How To Start With Sustainable Investing

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli

As a novice investor and 'deep greenie' I'm committed to growing my portfolio in the most sustainable way possible. Over the past two years I've been doing research and learning all that I can - and here's the story of what I've learned about how we can vote with our dollars and invest with our values for a fossil-fuel free world. ... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Total Cost Of Ownership: Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry & Audi A5

Published on August 17th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

To regular readers of this column, it will be no surprise that Tesla’s Model 3 is cheaper on a total cost of ownership basis than competing luxury sedans from BMW and Mercedes, but a Toyota Camry? Model 3 is a state-of-the-art electric vehicle with a 5-star safety rating and a driving experience that’s gotten rave reviews from every auto mag under the sun. Is it possible that it’s even in the same price class as the entry-level, reliable-but-dull Camry... Read More


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