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30 New BYD Electric Cars Go To Brazilian Municipal Civil Guard

July 27th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Brazilian city of São José dos Campos is electrifying the fleet of vehicles used by the Secretariat of Citizen Protection thanks to 30 new fully electric vehicles from BYD. The 29 new BYD e5s and 1 BYD e6 leased vehicles were delivered on July 26th and will be used by the local police force

Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive (#CleanTechnica Review)

July 24th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Tesla Model 3 has been shipping for just over a year now in a single powertrain configuration — the Long Range version with the Performance Upgrade Package. Tesla shared that the focus on versions of the car with higher profit margins was key to ramping up production in a financially wise way — leading to what it hopes to be the start of sustainable profitability in Q3 of this year

Give Me Fob Or Give Me Death! The Saga Of The Tesla Model 3 Phone Key

July 24th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

As a new Tesla Model 3 owner, I have struggled with the bluetooth phone connection that is supposed to serve as the primary key for the car. I shared about this in a post detailing some of my learnings from the first 24 hours with the car and was met with a flurry of comments about the phone key. This article will dive deeper into my phone key situation and add further context from around the interwebs from other Tesla Model 3 owners

Urban Electric’s Pop-Up Charge Point Could Solve Curbside Urban Charging Challenges

July 24th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Urban Electric has developed a unique plug-in vehicle charger designed specifically for residential urban curbside charging. The UEone pop-up charger remains out of sight until it is needed. Then the charge point lifts up out of the ground to allow for charging vehicles. This approach clearly has multiple benefits, and with an installation depth of only 405 mm (16 inches), the device is well suited for installation in many urban residential neighborhoods

Rumor: BMW To Offer 150 Mile i3

July 21st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Bimmer Today has broken news about a new 120 amp-hour (Ah) BMW i3 that the early entrant into the electric vehicle market will introduce in the coming years. The news came through a source who claimed the new battery configuration would be arriving in a matter of months in 2018 or in early 2019 at the latest

Cost To Supercharge Across The United States vs Cost Of Gasoline

July 21st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla has been moving away from free Supercharging for its Model S, Model X, and Model 3, which elevates the importance of the cost to Supercharge as it becomes the new "cost of gas" for drivers looking to hit the road on longer trips. But how does it compare to the cost of driving an internal combustion vehicle? We dive into the details, comparing a Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to a 20 MPG gas car and a 50 MPG hybrid in several states across the nation. 

Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) Teases Tesla Model 3 Performance

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

YouTuber Marques Brownlee — aka MKBHD — took to Twitter to tease the world with some still shots of a Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition and some vertically mounted cameras capturing blood-curdling, portrait-mode video footage destined for Instagram's new IGTV platform

Why I Cut Meat From My Diet (Spoiler: It Wasn’t For The Planet)

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Since cutting meat from my diet, my eyes have been opened to the numerous other reasons people get rid of meat from their diets. Here on CleanTechnica, we should talk more about the climate impact of eating meat, because it's huge and yes, cow farts are a part of the equation

Day Hack: The Transition To 100% Rechargeable Batteries At Home

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

When we rebooted our life a few months back, I took the opportunity to go all in on rechargeable batteries and naturally went right back to Eneloop. We bought a nice starter pack that had a nice variety of cells and adapters as well as a charger and a few weeks later, picked up a pack of loose cells for all of our devices

Tesla Steps In As Model S Buyers Retroactively Lose €4,000 “Green Bonus” In Germany

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) retroactively reversed a €4,000 environmental bonus that many Tesla Model S buyers had already received, based on a technicality. At the heart of the matter is a stipulation in the Guideline on the Promotion of Sales of Electric Vehicles that mandates that the base model of vehicles eligible for the environmental subsidy must be available for customers to purchase for under €60,000. They have to be able to take delivery of such a trim in order to be eligible for the bonus

The Fastest Armored Car In The World Is … A Tesla Model S

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The crazy cats over at Armor Max got all up into the Tesla Model S and completely overhauled it to make it fully bulletproof. One of the guys over at What's Inside? was given exclusive access to get in and explore the car before it was shipped off to the wealthy customer in the Middle East

Honda’s Clarity Vehicles Hint At What’s To Come As Honda Moves To Electrify Sales

July 18th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Honda has set a target of two-thirds of its global auto sales to be electrified by 2030, which includes fuel cell vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and battery electric vehicles. To build a bridge to this future, Honda continues to shape its cutting edge automotive technologies into a family of production vehicles under the Clarity line. The Clarity line started with Honda's Clarity FCX, which was the original production Honda Fuel Cell vehicle for the masses and was itself based on the 2006 Honda FCX Concept

Optibus Leverages Cloud Computing & Proprietary Algorithms To Digitize Fleet Resource Planning

July 18th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The team at Optibus has developed a fleet resource planning and scheduling solution that it believes will define the future of transit operations around the world. We spent some time with Optibus co-founder and CEO Amos Haggiag to dig into the origins of the solution, what makes it tick and to get a better idea about how it is helping transit operators manage their fleets today

24 Miles Per Hour On The New Boosted Stealth Electric Skateboard (CleanTechnica Review)

July 18th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Boosted's new Stealth board looks very much like the previous versions of the board, but much like the name implies, that is all just a cover to keep it flying under the radar. In reality, the Stealth is a wild dog, ready to chase after a bunny at a moments notice...but there's no bunny. Or maybe I'm the bunny and the controller is just begging me to crank it up one more time. It's all getting a bit blurry as the board takes off and my body crouches down, knees bent in search of the tenuous balance as the adrenaline hits my bloodstream again. Sweaty palms. My body begs for more as my brain tells my hand to lay off the acceleration

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