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Autonomous Vehicles

What Changed In The Electric Vehicle Market In November?

Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As part of our new “What Changed … ?” series, here’s a rundown of what changed in November in the EV market. Since this is a new series, I’ll reiterate what I wrote in the solar update (changing a few words): “To further clarify, this article doesn’t include interesting op-eds about solar and it doesn’t include news that we thought was worth covering but wasn’t really a change in the industry (like specific projects or reports — well, for the most part). It covers significant shifts, trends, and new opportunities in the solar market.” Also, this update excludes battery stories since I covered EV batteries this month in “What Changed In The EV Battery Market In November?“... Read More


Batteries

What Changed In The EV Battery Market In November?

Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The battery market is one of the most interesting industries in the global economy. As part of our new "What Changed ... ?" series, it seemed appropriate to include a thorough update of what changes in the EV battery market on a monthly basis. Below is a rundown of what changed in November... Read More


Clean Power

What Changed In The Solar Market In November?

Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

What was new in the world of solar energy in November? That is, what significant changes occurred in the industry? For the second month in a row, summarizing a list of those changes is the humble goal I'm trying to accomplish... Read More


Clean Transport

Why Truck Fleet Buyers Are Keen On The Tesla Semi (Calculations)

Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Christopher Arcus

Large truck fleet buyers and execs are not profligate spenders. They won't spend big dollars on untested technology, but instead do trial orders to test new technology. An increasing number of companies have shown interest in Tesla Semi with pre-orders. That includes large corporations like Sysco, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post / DHL, and PepsiCo. Recognize any of those names... Read More


Batteries

Tesla vs. Ford

Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Christopher Arcus

For decades, electric cars have been a dream of the future. Magazines showed show cars and experiments, but fielded few or no production examples. During periods of high oil prices, their prospects rose, but as oil prices declined, they faded. Tinkerers and DIY mechanics made home-built lead-acid gas car conversions. There were tantalizing forays stimulated by California’s CARB ZEV (zero emission vehicle) mandates, like the GM EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV, and Honda EV Plus, but they were in limited numbers and more often offered for lease but not for sale... Read More


Clean Transport

Livermore premium outlets charging stations

Factory Outlet Malls: One Of The Keys To Building Out Interstate EV Charging Infrastructure (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Published on December 16th, 2017 | by Loren McDonald

On a recent return trip from the Sacramento area on Interstate 80, I needed to add about 20 miles of range to my electric vehicle (EV) to make sure I reached home with plenty of range to spare. I most likely would’ve made it home without adding any additional range, but the Tesla navigation routed me to a Supercharger location at the Vacaville outlet malls. After plugging in, my wife and I visited a few clothing stores, the restrooms, and then spent about 15 minutes at a cookware/kitchenware store... Read More


Clean Power

Tesla vs. Tesla: The Juice In Your Car Will Increasingly Come Through HVDC, Edison’s Preferred Current

Published on December 16th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

So that's HVDC and why the electricity you use will increasingly come through HVDC transmission. It gets more power delivered over longer distances, it's increasingly economically viable, it works better underground, it works better underwater, it can dodge NIMBYs and it reduces the challenge of variable renewable generation. It's one of the top innovations in the world of electricity, and it's coming soon to a grid near you... Read More


Cars

Fact vs. Fiction: Public Perception Of Used EVs vs. The Facts

Published on December 16th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Yesterday, two women engaged me in conversation asking questions about driving an all-electric car (since I drive a Nissan LEAF). They were mystified and then happily surprised when I alleviated a few misconceptions about electric vehicles. Most of the time when I'm in a discussion about EVs, it's because I'm charging and people walk up curious about them. In general, people seem to become much more interested once the facts on driving EVs become clear... Read More


Cars

Is Tesla Model 3 Production Gliding Into 5,000 Cars A Week?

Published on December 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

There have now been multiple claims that Tesla staff members are telling Tesla customers that Tesla is sending out Model 3 configuration invites to batches of 5,000 at a time. If that's true, it seems that 5,000 email invitations were sent in the past few days, 5,000 were sent approximately a week before that, and 5,000 were sent around November 21–22, going by crowdsourced information in this Google Sheet... Read More


Cars

Who Saved US Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy, & Wind Energy Tax Credits?

Published on December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The United States Congress hasn't yet passed a tax heist reform bill. However, word on the street is that it's very close. Regarding clean energy tax credits and electric vehicle tax credits that were eliminated in previous versions of the bill, the rumors are that they are no longer going to be eliminated... Read More


Cars

15,000 Tesla Model 3 Configuration Invites? (Customer Report)

Published on December 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The first Tesla Model X that I got to drive was an early Model X from a regular CleanTechnica reader who drove it from Northern California to Southern California when I was there for the first Tesla Model 3 reveal. He put in an early reservation for a Model 3 too, and he just got his invite to configure a few hours ago. More interesting is what a Tesla employee told him on the phone after he got the invite. The Tesla staff member told him that invites were going out in batches of 5,... Read More


Fossil Fuels

Is The Oil & Gas Industry Causing Texas Earthquakes? A “Landmark” Study Suggests Yes

Published on December 15th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

There is more than what hits the eye, or in some places, shakes the house. A new report, Discriminating between natural versus induced seismicity from long-term deformation history of intraplate faults (PDF), explains. While we all make assumptions on hunches, it takes a scientist assisted by a group of scientists and geologists to assess whether seismic activity is induced by human activity or is of natural origin... Read More


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