Author Archives: Steve Hanley

Musk Warns Governors About Homicidal Robots & Other AI Dangers

July 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Elon Musk was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island, last weekend. He used the occasion to remind the group of his oft voiced concerns about artificial intelligence, calling it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization.” In the absence of appropriate government regulations, Musk fears AI could progress to the point where homicidal robots roam the cities of the world, making them even more dangerous than Chicago

BMW Plows Low-Range Plug-In Hybrids Into The Market — Who Wants Them?

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The battle over whether a plug-in hybrid is really an "electric car" continues and BMW is doing nothing to tamp down the controversy. The latest EPA figures show the BMW 530e and 530e xDrive both have a minuscule all-electric range of just 16 miles or less. Hardly the "compelling electric car" Elon Musk has been begging legacy manufacturers to build for several years

Volkswagen: 40 Battery Gigafactories Needed For Electric Car Revolution

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The electric car revolution is coming. In fact, it is picking up speed as companies like Volvo say that all of their cars will have a battery and electric motor by 2025. Whole nations such as India and France are suggesting they may ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in coming years. Most people assume that lack of charging infrastructure is the primary barrier to more electric cars being on the road, but Volkswagen believes (as others do) that a lack of batteries will be the biggest factor. In fact, Volkswagen believes the world will need the equivalent of 40 Gigafactories by 2025 to meet the demand

EVEN Electric + Microsoft Sweden Team Up To Sell Electric Cars

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Swedish entrepreneur Gisli Gislason is the CEO of EVEN Electric. He says selling cars today is based on a model developed a century ago -- a model that is inappropriate for selling electric cars. In order to promote his vision of fossil fuel free future, he is partnering with Microsoft Sweden to further develop a new a EV sales and trading platform designed exclusively for the needs of electric car buyers and sellers

Tesla Expanding Service Network Ahead Of Model 3 Launch

July 12th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

100 new service centers, 1,400 new technicians, 350 new mobile service trucks — that's the Tesla plan to expand its service capabilities to satisfy the needs of its customers as it begins production of the Model 3, its first mass-market car — or so it hopes

New GIF Shows Tesla Model 3 Styling Changes From Introduction Until Now

July 11th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Tesla Model 3 that begins rolling off the assembly line this month will be a close cousin to the one Elon Musk introduced at a gala event in southern California on March 30, 2016. That's when CleanTechnica senior editors Zachary Shahan and Kyle Field crashed the event and recorded 20 minutes of exclusive video of the pre-production prototypes that were on hand for people to drive that night

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