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Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group. Image courtesy Volkswagen AG.


Top CleanTechnica Stories Last Week — Herbert Diess Fights On As Captain, XPeng’s Global Vision, & More!

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The 10 most popular CleanTechnica stories of the past week are listed at the bottom of this article, but I actually want to start focusing these weekly updates on what I consider the be the most notable — not just the most viral — cleantech stories of the week. Below are five stories that didn’t get as much attention as many others, but which seemed like the stories of the week to me.

First of all, Herbert Diess has reportedly survived to fight another day as the chair of Volkswagen Group’s board of directors. There is a very long saga here, and it even dips into the fact that Diess long worked at BMW before coming in as an outsider to take over the large German giant after the dieselgate scandal (surely, there are plenty of homegrown Volkswagen managers who were not happy about that). Read all about the latest power struggles at the helm of the largest automaker in the world here: Diess Survives Volkswagen Board Review — For Now.

Another big one: Chinese smart-EV startup XPeng expressed that it plans to see 50% of its sales outside of its home market of China eventually. We knew the company was focused on rapid growth in China (and doing very well with that), and that it was dabbling in foreign sales in hot European markets, but a target of 50% foreign sales eventually is big news and yet another indication that XPeng hopes to become a major global automaker. Read more about it here: XPeng Plans 50% Global Sales, Debuts G9 SUV In Guangzhou.

Continuing its cleantech leadership, California has approved another $1.4 billion to advance zero-emission transport in the Golden State. Our own Jake Richardson interviewed Patrick Brecht, Project Manager for the Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan, about the funding.

This last one just adds to a story that’s been growing for several years, but it was nonetheless very exciting to see last week that China’s plugin vehicle market reached 16% share of the country’s auto sales in October, and that full electrics alone reached 13%! José Pontes broke down the model-specific and brand-specific trends, as usual.

To close, Jo Borrás — not a libertarian — took a stab at why libertarians should really, really be into going solar. I found it to be a compelling take and a fascinating story. Alas, I am also not a libertarian. Maybe we’ll follow up with a real-life libertarian’s take on this topic.

With my musings and preferences out of the way, here’s the list of the 10 most popular stories of the past week:

  1. UPDATE: Anonymous Customer Says A Ford Executive Told Potential Mustang Mach-E Buyer It’d Probably Be Better To Buy A Tesla
  2. The Day My Tesla Motor Fell Down …
  3. Transparent Solar Windows: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
  4. Crazy Floating All-In-One Renewable Energy Gizmo Has Everybody Suddenly Talking
  5. Heating & Cooling Are A Challenge For Electric Vehicles
  6. Couple Uses Tesla Summon To Safely Scare Off Javelinas
  7. New Circuit Board Can Charge 400-Volt EV Batteries Directly From Solar Panels
  8. Foxconn: The Stealth Bomber Of EV Manufacturers Most Won’t See Coming
  9. Nuclear Power Won’t Save the World. It Won’t Even Help.
  10. Tesla Model A — The Tesla Mini Car We Want To See
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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


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