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Jake Richardson Hello, I have been writing online for some time, and enjoy the outdoors. If you like, you can follow me on Google Plus.

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EVBox Expands To 60,000 Charging Points With EVTronic Acquisition

August 17th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

EVBox recently announced the acquisition of the French ultra-fast and fast EV charger manufacturer EVTronic. With the acquisition, EVBox added 700 of the EVTronic fast-charging stations to its European network. EVBox currently has about 60,000 charging stations worldwide, the largest network globally

Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Robotics Raises $40 Million

August 15th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Kodiak Robotics was founded in April and just raised $40 million in series A funding. CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, and Tusk Ventures are some of the backers. Currently, the company has about 10 employees and will use the funds to grow the team and for product development

Over 200 Orders Placed For Teslas In Russia

August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

About 236 orders were recently placed for Teslas in Russia, which would be about an 80% increase in the current fleet if they are all fulfilled. The total there now is approximately 300, even though there are no Tesla stores or charging stations. The orders were placed on the website of Svyaznoy, a company that is now working with the Moscow Tesla Club to import more Teslas

Rising Temperatures Could Cause Common Songbird Population To Collapse

August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

University of Missouri researchers have found that a common songbird, the Acadian flycatcher, could decline greatly in numbers within this century if the climate continues to increase in temperature. In fact, it is possible it could be driven into near extinction in just 90 years. Dr. Thomas Bonnot and research wildlife biologist Frank Thompson collaborated on the research, and Bonnot answered come questions for CleanTechnica

AI Could Better Manage Pothole Repair & Prevention (Research)

August 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

John Zelek, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has been leading a research group to study how AI could be used to better maintain road surfaces. (Their work may also apply to bridges and buildings.) AI has shown promise in its ability to process huge amounts of information in collections of images to detect patterns. Zelek and his colleagues used images from Google Street View to develop their system. He answered some questions for Cleantechnica.com about the research

Tesla Ridesharing Company Launches In Calgary

August 11th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Canadian startup InOrbis transports travelers between Calgary and Edmonton using Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles — echoing the business models of similar startups such as Tesloop and Tesla Shuttle. The company was founded by Rosario Fortugno, who answered some questions for CleanTechnica

US Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Hits Record High

August 10th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center recently reported US corporate renewable energy procurement achieved a new record in 2018, with 3.57 gigawatts of announced clean energy projects so far this year. The previous record was 3.12 GW set in 2015. Kevin Haley, a program manager at the Business Renewables Center, answered some questions for CleanTechnica

Polish Gov’t Approves Amendment To Support More Renewable Energy

August 7th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

An amendment was approved by the upper house of the Polish parliament recently to support more investment in green energy. This development might be a step in the right direction for a country which relies heavily on coal, but the amendment still needs to receive the President's signature

An Estimated 25,000 Jobs Created By HERO Financing & Renovate America

August 7th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

It was recently announced that the HERO financing option of Renovate America is estimated to have created over 25,000 jobs. Renovate America is a leading provider of home-improvement financing in the US. Greg Frost, the organization's National Communications Director, answered some questions for CleanTechnica

Cobalt-Free Battery Technology Under Development By Conamix

July 31st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Cobalt mining is done mostly in the Congo where conditions on the ground can the make process troublesome. There are a number of issues: child labor, pollution, tunnel collapses, political instability and punishing work conditions. Enter Conamix, a New York-based startup focused on the development of cobalt-free battery technology.

10+ Million Fires, 19,000 Deaths, And 70,000 Injuries From Internal Combustion Vehicles

July 22nd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 10 million highway vehicle fires caused about 19,000 deaths and over 70,000 injuries in the United States from 1980–2015. According to the NFPA, a highway vehicle is, “any vehicle designed to operate normally on highways, such as automobiles, motorcycles, buses, trucks, and trailers.” The good news about the data is that highway vehicle fires have been decreasing since 1980, which was the peak year at 456,000 fires

The Billion Tree Project In Pakistan Is A Success

July 20th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been a success. About 730 million trees were regrown using various forestry measures for regeneration, and three hundred million seedlings were planted using about 40 different species in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Ford Wants To Make Central Michigan Station Thrive Again

July 19th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Central Michigan station in Detroit has been closed for many years. In fact, for some it has been a symbol of urban decay, but Bill Ford wants to change that. In the next four years, the plan is to renovate it for use by the Ford Motor Company, so it becomes an entrepreneurial hub

A Solar Power & Energy Storage Revolution Is Upon Us

July 19th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes some of the implications of the growing solar power and energy storage trend as it relates to the current, centralized utility-based electricity distribution model. Because solar and energy storage can be cost competitive with grid electricity prices in some places, consumers now have an alternative to only using utility-based electricity. Report author John Farrell answered some questions for CleanTechnica

Electric Scooter Charging: Is It Your Next Side Job?

July 17th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Collections of electric scooters distributed in urban centers require recharging and maintenance, so there are a number of independent contractor roles available to service them. These new jobs are supposedly part of the ‘gig economy’

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