Tesla Drive Units, Ford’s $4.5 Billion EV Push, & Our Renewable Energy Future (Cleantech Talk 14)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

In the latest episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast (embedded below), Kyle Field, Matthew Klippenstein, and I talk about early Tesla Model S drive unit problems and the implications for future models and Tesla as a whole; Ford’s big $4.5 billion electric vehicle push, and a soon-to-be-unveiled plug-in hybrid electric SUV from Ford; and the cost advantage of solar power and wind power compared to coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear power. Enjoy!

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For more info and discussion on the stories we talked about this week, you can see Matthew’s article regarding Tesla drive units on Green Car Reports, Kyle’s and Tina’s articles on the Ford EV push here:

Ford Commits $4.5 Billion to Electrify 40% of Existing Vehicles

Ford Stirs The EV Pot With $4.5 Billion For New EVs, Batteries, Fast Charging

Ford Teases January Reveal of New Plug-In SUV

… and articles relating to renewable energy integration and cost-competitiveness here:

We Already Have The Technology To Solve Climate Change. What We Need Is Deployment.

Solar Power Prices Already Low — Are Breakthroughs Even Needed?

Grid Operator: 70% Solar + Wind On German Grid Before Storage Needed

I’ll let you dive into the podcast and/or those articles to learn more of our thoughts on these topics.


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