About James Ayre

James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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Tesla’s Lawsuit Against Sterling Anderson Settled

April 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre

Tesla's lawsuit against the former nontechnical program manager of its Autopilot program, Sterling Anderson, has been settled with neither side admitting to any wrongdoing under the agreement. However, Anderson is now barred from recruiting Tesla employees for one year

Peloton Technology Closes $60 Million Series B Funding Round

April 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The semi truck platooning technology firm that we reported on recently, Peloton Technology, has successfully closed a $60 million Series B funding round, according to a recent press release. The Series B funding round was led by Omnitracs, but also featured investments from "Intel Capital, DENSO International America, BP Ventures, Lockheed Martin, Nokia Growth Partners, UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Volvo Group, Sand Hill Angels, Band of Angels and Birchmere Ventures along with new investors B37 Ventures, Mitsui USA, Okaya, Schlumberger, US Venture, and Breakthrough Fuel."

BMW Installing ~100 EV Charging Stations At/Near US National Parks

April 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed at national parks throughout the US thanks to a newly announced partnership between BMW of North America and the National Park Foundation (NPF), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Department of Energy (DOE)

Tesla Facing Possible Union Strike In Germany

April 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While the United Auto Workers union in the US has yet to successfully unionize Tesla's workforce, and has apparently been viewed by CEO Elon Musk as nothing more than an agent of the larger auto manufacturers, the situations in other parts of the world are perhaps a bit different. Case in point: in Germany

Tesla Model X Named Top Overall Pick In AAA’s 2017 Green Car Guide

April 19th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Tesla Model X was recently named by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) as the top overall pick in its 2017 Green Car Guide — with the all-electric SUV offering from Tesla besting all of the other EVs, hybrids, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offerings out there

Protean Electric & Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology Partnering For 16″ Version Of ProteanDRIVE In-Wheel Motor

April 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We first covered Protean and its in-wheel motor tech back in 2012, and then interviewed a company exec in 2013 at EVS27 in Barcelona. Apparently, the company is still alive. A 16" version of the ProteanDRIVE In-Wheel Motor will be developed by Protean Electric in partnership with Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology Company (VIE), according to recent news from the partners

Tesla Cuts Price Of Model S 75 By $7,500, Cuts Model S 60 Upgrade (To 75 kWh) To $2,000

April 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Tesla has dropped the price on the Model S 75 by $7,500 — to $69,500, from $77,000 — seemingly in anticipation of the end of federal tax credits in the US. What I mean by that is that Tesla is rapidly approaching the 200,000 electric vehicles sold mark, which will start the beginning of the phaseout of the federal tax credit (for the brand)

Governors Highway Safety Association Argues Pedestrian Death Surge Is Result Of Drunk Pedestrians

April 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We've recently seen a surge in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed in the US by auto drivers. While most people would probably assume that the reasons for this surge are some of the more obvious possibilities — growing auto use, smartphone addiction, growing levels of drug use (illegal and prescription), increasing senility amongst certain portions of the population, etc. — the Governors Highway Safety Association thinks otherwise

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