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Tesla Model 3 Comfortable For Nearly 7 Foot Tall NBA Player — #CleanTechnica Interview

December 15th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Matt Bullard won an NBA Championship with the Houston Rockets during the 1993–1994 season. The 6'10" forward played in the NBA for 11 years, spending most of his career with the Rockets, where he set the season franchise record for 3-point shooting percentage at .446. He also had stints in Charlotte and Atlanta. Today, he is a broadcast analyst covering the Houston Rockets and the NBA. At almost 7 feet tall, he might seem to be an unlikely candidate to fit into a Tesla Model 3, but he does and enjoys the vehicle very much. Bullard answered some questions about his Model 3 for CleanTechnica


Jeep Renegade Plug-In Hybrid Production Inching Closer

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that will be launched in early 2020 is nearing production. Currently, the Fiat Chrysler Melfi Plant in Italy is being readied for the production run. Pre-production copies will be made in 2019, before the final versions in 2020. €200 million is the amount reportedly invested in the new trim's launch


Bosch Launching Electric Van Sharing

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Bosch is collaborating with toom to launch an electric van sharing service at German hardware stores. toom sells home improvement products and supplies, so the idea is to place electric vans at some of them to provide on-demand personal transportation for customers. Caroline Reichert, head of connected mobility solutions for EVs at Bosch, answered some questions about the program for CleanTechnica


Electric Cargo Hauler With Mobile Depot Presented By Sortimo

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Sortimo has shown two studies or concepts at the IAA Commercial Vehicles event -- one is an electric cargo mover and the other is a mobile depot. Sabrina Sendlinger, Corporate Communication Manager for Sortimo, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the new innovations


“EV Sales Capital Of The World” Is Shanghai

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The International Council on Clean Transportation recently released a report on EV sales around the world. It’s a fascinating document with some intriguing insights. Were you aware that over one million electric passenger vehicles were sold around the world in 2017, that China led the way with over 579,000, and that most sales of such vehicles to date have taken place in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States


Medical Drone Pilot Project For Vanuatu

December 7th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Vanuatu, a South Pacific ocean nation with 83 islands, UNICEF, the Australian company Swoop Aero, and the German firm Wingcopter are collaborating on a three-month medical drone pilot project


Electric Carsharing Program Launched In Sacramento

December 6th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Over one hundred EVs are being deployed in a carsharing initiative brought to Sacramento by Envoy and Electrify America. 142 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars will be available in the Sacramento area by early 2019 at 71 locations. The first of the EVs are located near the Whispering Pines Apartments in Meadowview. They can be rented by the minute, hour, or day. Envoy's co-founders, Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie, answered some questions about the program for CleanTechnica


Miami People Mover — Autonomous, Electric, & Free

December 6th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Miami Metromover covers 4.4 miles without a driver, runs on electricity every day from 5:00 am to midnight, and lets people ride without paying a penny. It serves the downtown Miami area, and some of its destinations are American Airlines Arena, Miami-Dade College, Miami-Dade County School Board, and Bayside Market Place. 

Clarence Eckerson gave it a very enthusiastic review in a video he posted on Vimeo. He particularly notes the city scenery that can be filmed while riding


20,000 New E-bikes For Paris Region?

December 4th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

If the Veligo program is successful with 10,000 e-bikes, another 10,000 might be added, raising the total to 20,000. At this level, it would be the largest e-bike program in the world


Commercial Manufacturer MAN Shows New Electric Vehicles

December 3rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

MAN Truck & Bus recently announced a number of innovations, including new vehicles. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 show, the company presented a 15-ton electric delivery truck, the MAN CitE, and the MAN eTGE, an electric van. A prototype of an electric city bus, the MAN Lion City E, also was shown.


Volvo Cars Tech Fund Invests In Freewire

December 3rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Volvo Cars Tech Fund has invested in Freewire Technologies, a mobile and stationary energy storage startup located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Fund invests in the tech and mobility sectors to shape the future of transportation


An Interview With The Moscow Tesla Club

November 28th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Igor Antarov is a Business Partner at the Moscow Tesla Club, an organization that promotes Tesla electric vehicles and sells and services them. It also sells and installs EV chargers, and supports the EV community, among other activities. In 2013, the club began delivering the Tesla Model S in Russia, and in March of 2018, imported the first Model


Smart Mobility Center Will Be Based At University Of Warwick

November 28th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

It was recently announced that a Smart City Mobility Centre will be based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, with driverless capable vehicle evaluation taking place on the Coventry and Warwickshire campus. Workers at the center will develop electric vehicle technology with modular architectures and incorporate driverless capabilities.


California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Updated

November 27th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The California Greenhouse Gases Inventory Report has been updated. This document describes various CA greenhouse gas emissions and their sources. It also states that greenhouse gas emissions there have been on a downward trend since 2007. Dave Clegern, a Public Information Officer with the California Air Resources Board, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about it


Colorado Passes New Low-Emission Vehicle Standard

November 25th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The state of Colorado recently passed a low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard to start with the 2022 vehicle model year. Jeremy Neustifter, an air quality planner with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, answered some questions about this for CleanTechnica


Tesla Model 3 Cleans Very Polluted Air From Wildfires — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 24th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

If you were in the Bay Area or near it during the most severe parts of the Camp Fire, you know the air pollution was very hazardous for a while. When the wildfire smoke was dense, a Tesla Model 3 owner conducted a test of his car's air filtration system and found it did a good job of removing harmful particulate matter. He used a handheld air pollution monitor made by EG Air for his evaluation, which was conducted in San Jose, California. For this interview, he did not want his name used in order to maintain his privacy, but on YouTube his handle is sensohax


Tesla Model 3 Hit By Falling Rock — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 22nd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Jade Insko was driving his Tesla Model 3 in Washington state when a 37-pound rock fell from above and struck his windshield. It plunged through the shattered and damaged glass and fell into the passenger seat. Fortunately, it did not hit Insko, but tiny pieces of glass did enter his eyes and lungs. Later, he received medical attention and his health is good now. Insko generously agreed to answer some questions for CleanTechnica


Air Pollution Exposure Linked To Cognitive Ability Reduction (Research)

November 21st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health, Peking University, and Beijing Normal University studied air pollution exposure and cognitive performance. Their research found a link between exposure levels and reduced cognitive ability. Dr. Xin Zhang from Beijing Normal University answered some questions about the study for CleanTechnica


Polestar 1 Prototypes In Production — CleanTechnica Interview

November 17th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Polestar 1 verification prototypes are now in production in Gothenburg, Sweden. They will be used for various tests and assessments before manufacturing the production version, a 600 horsepower hybrid vehicle with an electric-only range of 150 kilometers (or 93 miles). Sofia Björnesson, Commercial Project Leader for Polestar 1, recently answered some questions for CleanTechnica


100% Electric Yacht Under Construction For 2019 — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 9th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

H2-Industries and Nobiskrug, the German boat builder, are collaborating on an all-electric yacht using LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier), with an expected completion date in the first quarter of 2019. Once finished, the vessel is expected to have a range of 1,000 nautical miles with a cruising speed of 10 knots per hour. H2-Industries CEO and founder Michael Stusch answered some questions about the new yacht for CleanTechnica


Climate Change May Increase Heat Waves, Coastal Damage, & Wildfires In California

November 5th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The California Natural Resources Agency recently released a new statewide climate change assessment. According to the report, climate change impacts in California will increase in severity over the coming decades. Rising temperatures will result in more heat waves, and by 2050 there might be an extra 11,000 heat-related deaths each year. It is expected there will also be more wildfires.



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