Snoop Dogg Is Now A Tesla Model X Owner

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Not only does Tesla make waves on Wall Street, it's also become a highly coveted car inside exclusive celebrity circles. And why not — it's cars are glamorous, stunning, and eco-friendly too... Read More

Clean Power

Solar Ink … Solar Panel Deep Dive … 10 Terawatts of Solar … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The top CleanTechnica stories of the week brought a surprise this week — there were no Tesla stories in the top 3! I don't remember the last time that happened. :P Furthermore, solar power swept the top 4! With the quickly growing consumer EV market, it's been a long time since solar dominated the top of the rankings. I was hit with a bit of a flashback looking at the numbers this week. ... Read More


US Coal Plant Closures Likely To Eliminate 30 Million Tons Of Annual Coal Demand

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

The United States is closing 46 coal-fired generating units at 25 electricity plants across 16 states over the next few years, transitioning to natural gas or intentionally closing them, and a new report shows that this will likely result in eliminating about 30 million tons of annual coal demand by the end of 2018. ... Read More


Opel Ampera-e Price In Germany = €34,950 to €39,680

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Opel Ampera-e (the rebranded Chevy Bolt EV) will have a starting price of €34,950 in Germany, according to recent reports. The top trim will, accordingly, be priced at €39,680. These prices include the so-called "environmental discount" (electric vehicle incentive) of €4,... Read More

Carbon Pricing

Doing The Math On Climate Change With Bill McKibben Adds Up To “We Are So Screwed”

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Bill McKibben is a mild-mannered writer and college professor from Vermont who has transformed himself, somewhat reluctantly, into one of the most outspoken critics of weak-kneed government action on climate change and the pernicious influence of the fossil fuel industry on global politics. He has been jailed for speaking his mind and vilified by any number of right-wing talking heads. He started a group called (you may have heard of it) that has become one of the leaders for climate change action in the world... Read More

Autonomous Vehicles

Study: Drivers With Smartphones Use Them On 88% Of Trips

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Auto drivers that own smartphones use them during around 88% of the trips they take, going by data collected by the firm Zendrive. Zendrive uses the sensors found in smartphones to analyze driving behavior — so, while the findings are probably broadly true, there are caveats that go with them... Read More

Air Quality

Your Used Nissan Leaf Might Be Appreciating. You Can Thank Overseas Cities (For Banning Gas Cars)

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The good news today is all of my regular EV charging spots were filled with other Nissan Leafs. I'm used to seeing Teslas and Chevy Volts. Of late, I spotted a few more Leafs. People do love the airy, comfortable Leaf. There's more good news if you own a Nissan Leaf — your used Leaf is appreciating. According to Torque News, "It might be the only car in history whose price isn’t depreciating but appreciating.”... Read More


Tesla Semi Chatter Brings Déjà Vu

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

We’ve been here before. The chatter about Tesla’s move into trucking echoes the chatter from Tesla’s early years almost verbatim. People are asking the same old questions: Where’s the market for this? How can Tesla build this, never mind scale this? How will people use this? How will Tesla service this? Where’s the infrastructure for this? How does the math work for this? What about the physics? Why hasn’t anyone else done this... Read More


When Tesla Journalists Smoke Crack, Volume 23,565

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

The Street decided that Tesla’s innocuous third-party recall regarding a parking brake component should be billed as one of the biggest automotive blunders of all time. And they figured the best way to illustrate the story, is, of course, a Tesla pop-up store... Read More


Audi e-tron quattro Reservations Kick Off In Norway

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Norwegians buy more electric cars as a percentage of total new car sales than any other country. Thanks to aggressive national policies that favor purchasing an electric car over a conventional car, nearly half of all new cars in Norway are either fully electric or at least include a plug. China also has significant incentives for what it calls "new energy vehicles," but sales there amounted to just over 2% of the market. So, when Audi chose where it would begin taking reservations for its e-tron quattro (a name that begs to be capitalized) electric SUV, it picked Norway... Read More


Revolution Returns — CleanTechnica Conferences In Berlin, Wroclaw, Warsaw, & Lodz

Published on April 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica and GridHub jointly organized three conferences last year — in Berlin (Germany), Leipzig (Germany), and then Wroclaw (Poland). We had wonderful attendees, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, great partners, and a ton of fun. So, we decided to launch a big series of conferences in the coming year to keep the cleantech inspiration rolling... Read More


BAIC Takes Gold & Bronze In China (March Electric Car Sales Report)

Published on April 23rd, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 32,000 new electric cars zooming the streets last month, an 89% increase over the same month last year, with the annual growth rate now at 31%. The EV market share is firmly above the 1% barrier, at around 1.4%. As the year proceeds and sales expand, expect market share to rise above last year's result (1.45%), maybe reaching north of 2% share, something the US is yet to do... Read More

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