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The Fascinating Tesla Short Story

April 26th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

The official numbers are now in and more than 38 million shares of Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) were in the hands of short sellers as of April 13, 2018. That’s a whopping 10 million shares picked up by shorts in just one month’s time and a strong indication that TSLA short interest topped 40 million shares later in the month. To put the numbers in perspective, TSLA shares held by shorts during the past 12 months have previously ranged from 27 million shares to a bit over 31 million. Even with those lower numbers, TSLA managed to sometimes hold the title of the most shorted stock in the USA! Above 38 million shares, though, that means that more than 30% of Tesla’s tradable shares are in the hands of entities that are betting the stock will lose value. The track record of those who bet against Elon Musk is not good, particularly when the number of shares sold short reaches such epic heights

Use Europe’s Electricity Underuse To Promote Electric Cars

April 15th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Electricity distribution networks in Europe run at well below their full potential, finds a new study from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The findings show that the unused network capacity could be utilized for charging electric vehicles with little or no need for additional capacity. Smart pricing and smart grid technologies will be the keys

Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos — Lifting Society, Eyes On The Future

April 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are two of the most familiar names in the current business world, and the two have much in common. Each of these visionaries has leveraged modern technology to transform an industry, forsaking short-term profits in a quest to change the world. Both have a deep interest in space exploration, both have attracted loyal followings who share their visions, both are great philanthropists, and, of course, both have become rather wealthy

What Holds Up Automakers From Catching Up To Tesla? Corporate Inertia

April 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

A frequent theme of the legions of Tesla skeptics is the idea that, when the traditional automakers finally get serious about EVs, Tesla will be toast. However, while the auto giants, with their access to amazing amounts of capital and their enormous economies of scale, certainly have the ability to bury tiny Tesla, the reason that this scenario isn’t going to take place is that they don’t have the motivation to compete with the California carmaker

Looking Inside Tesla Battery Cells (Video)

March 25th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Ever wondered what’s inside a Tesla battery cell? Well, don’t do what this guy did in a pair of videos from ARIES RC. Opening lithium-ion batteries is a ticklish business. They contain carcinogens, caustic acids, and flammable chemicals that shouldn’t be handled without gloves, if at all. But whatever damage the video host may have done to his own health, there’s no harm for us in watching

Engineers (& Robots) On The Tesla Factory Floor

March 25th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Like most larger companies, Tesla tightly controls its employees’ interactions with the press. The celebrity execs hold court with a selected circle of hip media outlets, but the rank-and-file employees are trained to avoid reporters like dangerous sharks. So Business Insider scored quite a coup when it secured permission to speak with four employees who have “some of the coolest jobs at Tesla.”

Why Is The Tesla Semi So Popular With Food & Beverage Companies?

March 24th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

A number of companies around the world have placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi, and a preponderance of those orders seem to be coming from purveyors of food and beverages. PepsiCo has ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40, restaurant supplier Sysco is taking 50, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw’s wants 25. Why is this particular industry so interested in electric trucks? As a recent article in Popular Mechanics points out, there are several good reasons

How To Turn Science Into A Winning Issue: Lessons From The Creation Of NASA

March 24th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

It may not seem like it, but the president’s hostility toward research is, in many ways, a boon to pro-science lawmakers. History suggests an adversary in the White House is exactly what they need. Just look at the founding of America’s most celebrated research program — NASA.

Climate Change Could Make The Opioid Crisis Worse

March 24th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

In 2016, more than 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses, triple the 1999 rate. The overprescribing of opioid painkillers largely is driving this spike in deaths. But experts suggest that other things also are at work — including the effects of climate change.

The Indian Air Pollution Paradox

March 20th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Indian air pollution is notorious: Pavan is an app that can help Indian citizens be aware of the pollution situation everyday using a consumer-friendly app.

43 US State Governments & DC Worked On EV Legislation In 2017

March 16th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

In addition to the US federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicle purchases, there’s a smorgasbord of state incentives and policies that affect electric drivers. In fact, according to a new report from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC), 43 states and the District of Columbia took some type of action having to do with EVs during

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