Record-Low Solar Power, Electric Car Startups, & The Mercedes EQ Brand (Cleantech Talk Today #4)

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Welcome to today’s “Cleantech Talk Today” discussion of fresh electric vehicle (EV) news. In this daily podcast and video series, we talk about anything electric that moves, crawls, flies, rides, drives, swims, swings, or skips.

Zach Shahan and I take you on a daily tour of what we consider to be the most fascinating EV and other cleantech news.

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In this episode, we cover a number of clean power stories before jumping into our EV bread & butter.

We talk about why Samsung is now committing to a greener, 100% renewable electricity future and, quite related, US solar power for less than 2 cents! How low can solar go?

Yet another sign of growing competitiveness, SunPower storage is now on the market to compete with sonnen, Tesla Energy, and others that have been leading on this rooftop solar + storage rise in the industry.

We also discuss fossil fuel subsidies a bit, stimulated by a $1.6 trillion CNG extension that is not the sort of news we like to hear about with regard to the G20 countries meeting in Argentina later this year. (One of the topics on the agenda will be increasing investments in natural gas production by as much as $1.6 trillion by 2030!)

In previous articles for our readers, listeners, and watchers, we wondered which carmaker could and would switch over to 100% EVs first, but those discussions didn’t touch Mercedes much. What about Mercedes? Is Mercedes finally ready to seriously develop its own EV brand? If the EQA Concept is anything to gauge by, than the company might be the next EV force to reckon with.

Of course, it’s not all about the large, legacy automakers. Compelling looking EV startups may end up growing to become leading automakers. Some companies on our mind include Byton, Lynk & Co, and SF Motors.

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Nicolas Zart

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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