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

Opel Ampera-e Price In Germany = €34,950 to €39,680

April 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Opel Ampera-e (the rebranded Chevy Bolt EV) will have a starting price of €34,950 in Germany, according to recent reports. The top trim will, accordingly, be priced at €39,680. These prices include the so-called "environmental discount" (electric vehicle incentive) of €4,


Study: Drivers With Smartphones Use Them On 88% Of Trips

April 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Auto drivers that own smartphones use them during around 88% of the trips they take, going by data collected by the firm Zendrive. Zendrive uses the sensors found in smartphones to analyze driving behavior — so, while the findings are probably broadly true, there are caveats that go with them


Waymo/Google Accuses Uber Of Covering Up Trade Secret Theft

April 24th, 2017 | by James Ayre

As we reported previously, Waymo/Google is currently in the process of suing Uber over the alleged theft of 9.7 GB of confidential materials relating to Waymo's self-driving vehicle tech. The thief in this story is claimed to be former engineer Anthony Levandowski, who now works for Uber


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



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