Author Archives: Kyle Field

To Squeak Or Not To Squeak — Fixing Model S Squeaks & Creaks

January 23rd, 2017 | by Kyle Field

One persistent critique of the Tesla Model S is that it is prone to random squeaks and creaks emanating from various parts of the car. These claims are often rebutted with the base claim that because the Model S is electric and thus, so quiet, even the tiniest of squeaks and creaks stands out

2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid Test Drive & Review

January 19th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV is a 7 seater, plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle which makes it a great choice for folks looking for a vehicle that can run for a few miles in all-electric mode before switching to a more typical hybrid mode while also having the capacity to haul around tons of people, kids and/or gear

Unpacking The New Chargepoint Express Plus Family

January 18th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Chargepoint believes that the future of personal mobility will be CASE: Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electrified, and the Chargepoint Express Plus family is the next (huge!) step for the company into the future

Monday Motorbikes Launches The M1 Motorbike (aka, Ultimate Urban Commuter)

January 11th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The M1 definitely doesn't look like the typical e-bike and as you might expect, it doesn't ride like one either. Most e-bikes look much more like a traditional bicycle, whereas the M1 was clearly designed as the modern incarnation of a classic cafe racer. It has pedals but packs the power riders would expect of a motorcycle...but with a twist

2017 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Award — and the winner is…

January 10th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the affordable EV goes big, with the much anticipated Chevy Bolt and the updated Renault Zoe (with its breakthrough 400 km range) rolling out en masse, as well as the competitive and perhaps widely available Hyundai IONIQ, Toyota Prius Prime, and Chrysler Pacific Hybrid (PHEV). And that's not even mentioning what is due in the second half of 2017 (hint: Tesla Model 3)

ChargePoint Delivers Fast Charger Of The Future At CES — ChargePoint Express Plus Family

January 6th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

At CES today, ChargePoint raised the bar for DC fast charging with not just one new charger but a paradigm shift in DC fast charging that redefines the entire product category. The ChargePoint Express Plus family revolutionizes DC fast charging by looking to the future and embracing the inevitable increases in charging speed demand with a modular design that allows hosts to upgrade as demand for faster charging speeds increases

Faraday Future Shoots For The Stars With The FF91

January 4th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tonight, Faraday Future unveiled what it believes is not just the next step in the evolution of the automobile. No, the team at Faraday Future have stated that the FF91 is a complete step change. It is a new species. Huh? Yeah, me too. Faraday Future has always acted a bit differently, talked a bit differently, and done things a bit differently, so maybe this is just another Faraday Future thing, but don't take my word for it — they unpacked a ton of details about the FF91 in the big reveal tonight

Leveraging Technology To Settle The Climate Change Debate

December 31st, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Climate change is a challenge unlike any other ever faced by humanity. It is the slow creep of change starting as a result of actions taken by humanity, building industries that helped hoist us out of thousands of years of toil into decades of technology-enabled prosperity

Tesla Brings More Christmas Love With 2 New Easter Eggs For Model S & X Owners

December 26th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Following close on the heels of the news of a new Model X Easter egg for Model X owners, Elon Musk dropped news of two more Christmas bonuses for owners of the S and the X. These two new surprises seem to work in all models of the S and X, which can't be said for most of the previous Easter eggs

91% Of Tesla Owners Would Buy Another Tesla, Tesla #1 In Consumer Reports Survey By 7%

December 22nd, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Consumer Reports finds itself between the proverbial rock of its own creation — the low reliability rating of Tesla vehicles — and the cold, hard reality that is the uber positive opinions of thousands of Tesla owners. The 2016 Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey found that Tesla owners were amongst the most satisfied and that 91% would purchase another Tesla. That puts Tesla #1 in owner satisfaction ... by a landslide. It beat #2 Porsche (84%) by a whopping 7 percentage points and #3 Audi (77%) by 14 percentage points

Fully Charged Dives Deep Into Wind Turbines At Britwind

December 21st, 2016 | by Kyle Field

We regularly highlight one of our favorite cleantech shows — Fully Charged — here on CleanTechnica and we have another episode for you today. What I love about this episode (and most of the Fully Charged series) is that Bobby Llewellyn (the host) has a unique ability to dive into a new complex topic and unpack it in a way that's easy to understand for someone who knows nothing about it (like me in the case of wind turbines)

Preliminary Analysis Reveals 4% Of Los Angeles Buildings Use 50% Of Electricity

December 20th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project revealed that half of the city’s electricity demand is consumed by just 4% of its buildings, which spurred the city council into action with a specific focus on the large, older buildings identified in the analysis as the primary culprits

Mercedes B250e Deconstructed In Fully Charged Video Review

December 20th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

The always entertaining Bobby Llewellyn of Fully Charged loves getting into new EVs and taking them out for a spin. This time, he's secured a Mercedes B250e. This is functionally the same car as my wife's Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, which we have had for 2 years now — it has simply taken on the new B250e moniker to fit more seamlessly into the standard Mercedes naming convention

Sunrun Starts Selling Its Brightbox Solar + Storage Offering In California

December 15th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Yesterday, a SunRun press release broke news that the company has made its Brightbox solar + storage product available to homeowners in California. SunRun's Brightbox product was first launched in March with the first installation just a few months later in Hawaii — the land of copious amounts of sunshine, coconuts, and tourists. The high energy prices found on the island state make the ability to generate power, store it, and use it on site especially attractive

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