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Shelter-At-Home Project: DIY LED Lighting Upgrade

April 9th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many into an unplanned staycation at home for several weeks already and no end date is in sight. One can only spend so much time on Netflix, YouTube, Duolingo, and Khan Academy before looking for more exciting projects to tackle. Upgrading to LED light bulbs is one such upgrade that offers not only energy savings every month, but more control over the type of lighting being provided and a more pleasing aesthetic. Curious? Let's jump in


Tesla Model Y & Model 3 Owner Shares 1st Thoughts On Model Y (+ Q&A For CleanTechnica Next Week)

March 30th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

I have to admit to some shame picking up my Tesla Model Y Performance in the middle of this pandemic, but Tesla has designed a thoughtful "touchless" delivery that minimizes chance for contact between customers and delivery staff. To get to the Tampa Delivery Center, I took wipes, a mask, and gloves for my Lyft ride there (my cost). Luis Manuel had sanitized his car and we kept our distance between driver and passenger


All Hope Is Not Lost For BMW — New CEO & New CTO

March 17th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

In the automotive echo chamber, BMW is seen as the leader in electrification of autos. Among those that look at the future disruptive transition to tailpipe-free vehicles, BMW was climbing to the top of the “will likely not survive” list. Both rankings are based on the vision of BMW’s top managers, CEO Harald Krueger and CTO Klaus Fröhlich


Navigant’s Nonsense About Tesla Autonomous Driving

March 16th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

It is that time of year again. We see all the self-appointed experts extol their superior vision on the subjects that are most clickbait worthy. For a few years now, Navigant Research has produced its “Leaderboard” about the race to full autonomous driving. It is highly respected in the media, not so much among those that know a tiny bit about the subject


Porsche Soul, Electrified — My Review of the 2020 Porsche Taycan

March 8th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Porsche is known for producing elegant but powerful vehicles with the kind of blood-flowing horsepower and torque that you can spot and feel from a mile away. However, the company’s first car ever was actually a lot quieter. In fact, Ferdinand Porsche decided to launch his first vehicle under his future powerhouse brand as an electric car known as the Lorne-Porsche


Amsterdam⇒Paris With Renault ZOE — Hypermiling While Hyperventilating With 0% Battery Charge

March 8th, 2020 | by Jos Olijve

What to do when Renault invites you to the Twingo Z.E. launch event in Paris? Will you travel from the Netherlands by train or by plane, or drive in a Renault electric vehicle? We decided on driving there in our new Renault Zoe. With a 0% battery level, we arrived at our destination in Paris. This is a story of hypermiling, hyperventilation, and the joy of slow travel


The Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru E-Bike Is A Beast On Or Off Road (Review)

March 4th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

If I'm being honest, I wasn't that excited about the RadRover Step-Thru when I first heard about it. It's nothing against the bike, I've just found that over time, going into a product review with zero or negative expectations is actually a great place to start. But in contrast with many things I review that simply perform as expected, the RadRover Step-Thru electric bike absolutely blew me away


The ChargePoint Flex Makes Home Charging Easy, At Any Speed — CleanTechnica Review

February 25th, 2020 | by Kyle Field

The new ChargePoint Home Flex residential EVSE was built to take the difficulty out of selecting the right charger at the right speed for home charging. It is capable of accepting incoming 240 volt power at anything from 16 amps up to an impressive 80 amps. They sent us a Home Flex to run through the paces, and after spending a few weeks playing with it, we're back to share what we have learned about the charger


Hydrogen Is Going To Lose The Race On The Rhine

February 12th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Most people in the renewable energy ecosphere know that battery electric mobility is ahead of hydrogen fuel cell mobility. Many people are also aware that progress in battery technology is going faster than in hydrogen fuel cell technology


A Gas Station!

February 11th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

There was a building on a relatively busy corner leading out of town that could never stay in business. From the time I was a kid, it kept changing and opening as something else — a restaurant, a trading post, an antique store, a restaurant several times, and probably a few other businesses over the years that I can't even remember


The 2020 Chevy Bolt — GM Changes The Game, Again

February 8th, 2020 | by Robert Dee

In late 2016, the Chevy Bolt became the first affordable long range EV (electric vehicle), beating the Tesla Model 3 to market. As of this writing, in February 2020, GM has once again moved the goal posts. You can now buy a Bolt for around $26,000, underselling every affordable EV you can buy in America and having a longer range than all of them. Is it worth it? Let's take a look



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