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UK Man Invents Aluminum Air Battery In His Garage

October 20th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Trevor Jackson of the UK says he has invented an aluminum air battery that could power an electric car for up to 1500 miles. And Austin Electric says it will pay him millions of dollars to manufacture it. What's going on here?

But No, Seriously: What’s It Really Like To Work With Elon Musk?

October 20th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Like most movers and shakers in history, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a complicated figure. There’s been no shortage of “What’s it like to work with Elon?” articles. Many of them have a predetermined premise: fans find him to be a wise and inspiring leader, an out-of-the-box thinker; the anti-EV crowd is eager to paint a picture of an impulsive, hot-tempered prima donna

Tesla Makes The Best Vehicle For Someone In A Wheelchair (Video)

October 20th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

I want to share with you a story of a young woman named Cambry, who is an inspiration. Over 6.8 million Americans use assistive devices to help them with mobility. Many of these devices are wheelchairs. In Cambry's case, her wheelchair is not motorized, so she has to use her arms and core to move around, which can be challenging in some cases, like when going to a gas station and pumping gas

Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot Is Smooth As Silk — CleanTechnica Review

October 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I don't have much opportunity to use Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot since I seldom drive on the Interstate. (I'm eagerly awaiting "Navigate the City" or whatever the next iteration is!) However, I recently drove through Tampa, Clearwater, and cities in that vicinity for about 2 hours and had the chance to really spend some time using the beta Navigate on Autopilot feature. It's a fascinating feature and the details of it go beyond what I realized before using it. I genuinely hate driving through Tampa, and the most concise takeaway of this whole experience is that Navigate on Autopilot definitely made that task safer, easier, and less stressful

Norway Update: Tesla & Chinese EVs Could Spell Doom For Legacy Automakers

October 19th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Here at CleanTechnica, we have been following Norway closely, since this is the first country to hit the tipping point where EVs and PHEVs have become the default purchase for regular people instead of the exception, due to a generous combination of incentives and long history of awareness raising. My last article on Norway highlighted the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus coming to the country, which hasn't taken off as I thought it might — most are still willing to pay a bit more for the Model 3 Long Range. This article from May highlighted a local story about a large Mercedes dealer in Oslo reporting plummeting sales, resulting in layoffs. Today, a local outlet speculates the end for some car brands that are behind in electrifying their lineup

2020 Electric Renault Zoe Goes For A Sardinian Cruise

October 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The electric Renault Zoe doesn’t receive nearly as much press as Tesla's vehicles, but this subcompact EV has made an impact. Produced for the French market first, it was available 7 years ago (in 2012) in France, and in 2013 in other European countries. The first of these small, nondescript EVs had a 22 kWh battery with a rated range of about 140 miles (though, considerably less in real-world driving conditions — the European rating system has never been adequate to provide consumers with real-world range)

Tesla Fire In Raleigh Raises Questions About Something Else

October 19th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

A Tesla fire in Raleigh raises some questions — not about Tesla or its safety but about the fire itself, and the accuracy of the media coverage. One question that some in the Tesla Motors Club forums and on Reddit are asking is if the fire actually happened at all, pointing to lack of evidence that shows something actually happened. Perhaps it wasn't an actual fire

Tesla At The Texas State Fair — In More Ways Than One

October 19th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

The Texas State Fair is here! For those of us (I say us because I lived in both places) in North Texas and North Louisiana, October is a time of revelry. In Shreveport, we host the Louisiana State Fair, and I often went there as a kid on Halloween. It's a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat, and back then, it was the thing to do

Tesla Owners, UPS, & Others Awarded By Louisiana Clean Fuels

October 19th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

It was a mild and breezy evening on Fulton Street Alley in New Orleans, where several supporters and stakeholders who hope to make a difference in the world via alternative fuels came together for an award ceremony presented by Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF)

Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette — Manners, Please!

October 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Any time a new technology starts to spread, it takes some time for a set of rules for proper etiquette to develop (we’re still waiting for this to happen with mobile phones). In some parts of the world, the availability of public charging has not kept up with the growing number of EVs on the roads, leading to frayed tempers and unpleasant scenes at some of the most crowded charging stations

Bob Lutz Talks Tesla & GM EVs On Autoline Network

October 19th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

In a panel interview on Autoline Afterhours, Bob Lutz, former GM Vice Chair, weighed in on Tesla, among other topics. Frank Markus of MotorTrend, Gary Vasilah of Automotive Design & Production, and John McElroy of Autoline TV rounded out the panel. One of the questions asked was posed by a college graduate who wants to get a job at General Motors, which led to electric vehicles, Tesla, and Elon Musk

7 Things Tesla Couldn’t Do

October 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

One year ago this week, I published a story about 8 "impossible" goals that Tesla had achieved. The idea actually stemmed from a simple joke I sent Elon Musk. I thought that was so funny (the joke somewhat, sending it to Elon Musk more so) that it inspired a full article. In fact, it and a few other pieces inspired a whole "Tesla flashbacks" series. The fact is, on any given day, there are various "concerns" about Tesla's future from Tesla short sellers and other people who benefit if Tesla fails, but when you look back on those after a year or more, it's clear they were typically nonsense that didn't warrant a minute of anyone's time

The Porsche Taycan Premiere, From A Tesla Owner’s Perspective

October 18th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Porsche earns points for style and making its grand entry into the EV world amongst an impressive backdrop. The goal of the day, and the time since that day, was to find out what the Taycan is built for and what the Porsche mission is with it. Gas and diesel vehicles still have a place in the product line, including hybrid models, so is the Taycan seen by Porsche as a corner jewel in the case or as a foundational stone for an eventual 100% electric Porsche lineup

Tesla Drops Deposit Fee To $100

October 18th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla has dropped its deposit fee from $2,500 to $100. Also important to note, the previous $1,000 and $2,500 deposit fees were fully refundable, but the $100 deposit is nonrefundable

Tesla Model 3 = #1 In EV Sales In Germany In Record Month — CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

October 18th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continues on the fast track in September, having scored a new record, 9,452 registrations, which doubles last year's result. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up 150% year over year (YoY), and this time plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) were also helping (+51%), allowing the PEV share to reach a record 3.9% share last month. BEVs alone hit a best ever, 2.4%. That pulled the 2019 plug-in share to 2.7% (1.7% BEV)

The Adventures Of Mr. Me & His Noble Steed Colin — The Norwegian Wave Trophy Dog Mode Campers

October 18th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen

Due to the positive response I got on the weird fact/fiction format I used in my delusional Frankfurt roadtrip story, I figured why not shamelessly spin that idea and try this fun way of getting information across by bringing to life the character theme that JR250 so brilliantly constructed about my Model 3 (named Colin) and me in the comments of that story, namely: The adventures of Mr. Me and his noble steed Colin. 

South Africa Could Miss Out On EVolution

October 18th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Elon Musk’s home town of Pretoria recently hosted the Smarter Mobility Africa 2019 Summit, where the future of South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry was one of the major sessions. According its website, “Smarter Mobility Africa brings together mobility thought leaders from business and government to consider, collaborate, co-create and consolidate efforts for accelerating the transition to electric and smart mobility.” Some of the discussions zoned in on how international markets are preparing for the transition to electromobility and how South Africa’s motor vehicle manufacturing industry could be impacted by this shift

How To Adjust Tesla Model 3 Headlights (Video)

October 18th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Adjusting your Tesla Model 3 headlights might be needed, as the leveling of the headlamps from the factory settings are not perfect in several cases — such was the case with Bjørn Nyland’s Model 3 Performance, which he noticed since he had many oncoming cars blinking at him

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