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+.



Author Archives: James Ayre

Tesla Gigafactory Rooftop Solar System To Be ~7 Times Larger Than Largest Rooftop Solar System Today

January 16th, 2017 | by James Ayre

A document created for the recent investor event at Tesla's under-construction Gigafactory facility in Nevada recently made its way into our hands here at CleanTechnica, revealing that the company's planned solar PV infrastructure for the facility will total 70 megawatts (MW) in nameplate capacity once complete. Also notable is that the rooftop portion of this planned 70 MW rooftop + ground-installation will apparently be ~7 times larger "than the largest rooftop solar system installed today."


Details On New Tesla Supercharger Usage Fees

January 13th, 2017 | by James Ayre

With the January 15th deadline for unlimited free Supercharger access for new Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles fast approaching, the company has now revealed how those without unlimited Supercharger access will be charged


Would-Be Toyota Prius Prime Buyers Reporting Problems With Ordering & Dealers

January 13th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Despite earlier assumptions that the new plug-in electric Toyota Prius Prime would be available nationwide, there have been numerous reports in recent days that those outside of California are having trouble ordering one. And even sometimes that these would-be-buyers are being told that the model won't be sold outside of California


Tesla Finishes Melbourne To Brisbane Supercharger Corridor In Australia

January 11th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Tesla has finished building a ~1,600 kilometer (~1,000 mile) Supercharger corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane in Australia, according to recent reports. That means that, for the first time, Tesla owners in Australia can easily take a trip between the two aforementioned population centers while using nothing but Supercharger stations for recharging


50 BYD Electric Buses For Argentina, + A Local Factory

January 11th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The China-based electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has secured a new contract to supply Argentina with 50 electric buses, following a bidding process launched there by the country's Ministry of Environment. The company apparently beat out 5 other bidders to win the contract


Better Ventures Secures $21 Million In Second Funding Round

January 9th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The venture capital firm Better Ventures (formerly Hub Ventures) — which seeks out so-called "social ventures" (e.g. Tesla, Patagonia, etc.) to help fund and support — has raised $21 million in new funding via a second funding round, according to recent reports


Swagtron Grabs Some Eyes At CES 2017 With Electric Surfboard (SwagSurf)

January 9th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The niche electric vehicle firm Swagtron (formerly Swagway) unveiled a number of interesting new offerings at CES 2017, and no doubt grabbed some eyeballs with them. One of these was an electric surfboard known as the SwagSurf, which is reportedly capable of traveling at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (independently, not just while riding waves)



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