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Tesla Director Of AI Discusses Programming A Neural Net For Autopilot (Video)

June 11th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla's Director of AI, Andrej Karpathy, took to the stage at TRAIN AI 2018 and then proceeded to unpack the company's approach to building its Autopilot computer vision solution. His talk was titled, "Building the Software 2.0 Stack." Andrej took on the task of delineating traditional rule-based programming methods from the programming methods used when a neural network — also known as machine learning or artificial intelligence — runs the show. In typical internet lingo, he dubs neural net programming software 2.0, with rule-based programming taking up the software 1.0 moniker

Tesla’s Manufacturing Revolution Starts With Model 3 Production Line

June 8th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have pulled back from his initial all-in position on the automation of the Model 3 production lines in recents weeks but don't make a mistake about the course correction — it's not an abandonment of his pursuit of autonomous factory lines. In fact, Tesla shared with Bloomberg that the "Model 3 body line is now 95 percent automated, including the transfer, loading, and welding of parts."

Ryder Reserves 500 Chanje Electric Vans & Prepares To Scale

June 8th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Ryder has announced that it has placed a reservation for 500 fully electric medium-duty panel vans from California-based Chanje Energy. As the exclusive sales channel and service provider for Chanje's medium-duty vehicles, the reservation for 500 of Chanje's vans will be executed as downstream lease agreements are finalized

Tesla Model 3 Battery Capacity Shipments In Q3 2018 Will Exceed All Non-Tesla EVs Combined

June 7th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel regularly talk about how they are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in energy storage. To date, the 2170 cells that go into Tesla's current energy storage products and the Model 3 appear to be the best of breed. That's a conditional statement that necessarily balances availability of raw materials, battery cost, energy density, power density, and a number of other factors, but it is clear that Tesla is the world's leader in lithium-ion battery production for electric cars in a number of measurable ways

Blink Network Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Farkas Talks Public Charging (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

June 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

There are two primary segments of the public charging market that charging network operators are looking to tap. One segment of the market is all about "filling up" on the go. These operators want to help you charge up as fast as possible, much like gas stations do for gas cars. They'll be built along expressways and at freeway entrances and exits. They'll sport the highest speeds possible. In the US, evGo and ChargePoint are very much leaning into DC fast charging. In the US, there are companies like Greenway and Fastned

Tesla Energy Hits 1 Gigawatt-Hour Milestone In 2 Years

June 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla regularly makes headlines in the mainstream media for its surprisingly rare vehicle fires, delays in the base version of the Model 3, and CEO Elon Musk's Twitter rants, but beyond the headlines, Tesla's Energy business has been chugging away. As part of that, since 2015, Tesla has installed over 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of storage around the world

$28,000 To Build A Tesla Model 3, And How

June 4th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Tesla Model 3 is estimated to use cost just $18,000 in materials and just $10,000 to actually build, a new analysis by German paper WirstschaftsWoche reveals. The analysis assumed a production rate of 10,000 cars per week, which is the second major milestone that Tesla has set out for Model 3 production

The Honda Clarity Electric Is The Family Friendly EV We Have Longed For, But It Lacks Range

June 3rd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Honda is finally starting to move into electric vehicles with its Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, and just a few days ago, Honda brought the Honda Clarity Electric to dealerships in California and Oregon. We spent a week with the fully electric flavor of the Clarity family and came away loving some parts of it ... and not so excited about other aspects. Let's start with the specs

Updated! Alphabet Labs Spinoff Dandelion Geothermal Launches The Dandelion Air For Efficient Residential Geothermal Heating & Cooling

May 31st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Google's parent company, Alphabet, spun Dandelion out of its X labs in the middle of last year, which was followed closely by a noteworthy funding round. It's clear that the Dandelion team is putting its new capital to good use with the announcement this week about its new Dandelion Air all-in-one home heating and air conditioning system

Austrian Federal Railways Pilot Adds PV Solar Generation to Train Lines

May 31st, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Rail operator Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has opened what it believes is the world's first solar power plant designed specifically for pairing with the electric railway system. The new system adds a photovoltaic electricity generation farm directly into the rail system, directly powering the trains that run along the Ostbahn (Eastern Railway)

Hamburg, Germany, Announces Fully Autonomous Electric Shuttle Project on the Heels of Diesel Ban

May 29th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Just weeks after Germany's Federal Administrative Court ruled that cities can ban diesel cars, the city of Hamburg has announced a plan to launch a fully autonomous electric shuttle service. Project HEAT (Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation) will provide service starting in spring of 2019 in a trial operation that was established to determine the viability of the solution for the city

BYD Stands Strong In Response To LA Times Criticism — #Pravduh #RealityCheck

May 29th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

A recent LA Times article tore into new energy company BYD's deployed battery electric buses, continuing a trend of screaming about the house being on fire when it's really just dad out back lighting the barbecue. Looking back in time, the same unfortunate trend of sensationalizing early problems with new technologies can be seen in its coverage of the early issues with 120 CNG buses that LA MTA had to pull when CNG bus technology was going through the growing pains of a new technology

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