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Trump’s Tariffs Cost Americans 62,000 Solar Jobs

December 6th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Trump's tariffs have harmed Americans by raising prices, cutting jobs, and losing the US billions in investment opportunities. From 2017–2021, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expects 62,000 fewer jobs in the solar industry — which is more than the entire US coal mining industry

BMW Group Joins “Getting to Zero Coalition” — 1st Carmaker To Do So

December 6th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

Being superbly happy with the performance, and yes, the style of the BMW i3 that I drive, it's nice to hear BMW is continuing to focus on manufacturing electric cars in a green way. The company actually operates a sustainability strategy that exists along the entire value chain, supporting sustainability more deeply than in the cars or car factories themselves

Volkswagen & Ford vs. Tesla? Or Volkswagen & Ford vs. Toyota & Honda?

December 1st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Yes, the Tesla Cybertruck stole the thunder from Ford's Mustang Mach-E, which was dominating electric transportation news for a few days, and it seems like ages ago that Volkswagen unveiled the ID.3. Nonetheless, as much as we want to know what the consumer demand will be for the Tesla Cybertruck, perhaps a bigger question is trying to figure out where Ford and Volkswagen are headed with electric vehicles. Tesla will be here, Tesla will sell EVs — a lot of them. What about Ford? What about Volkswagen? And which models and brands are their electric vehicle offerings really competing with

Tesla Pickup — Cybertruck or Cybercar?

November 28th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The recent excellent article by my colleague Jennifer Sensiba about the advantages of a body-on-frame architecture for trucks created a heated discussion. The versatility of a body-, or better, structure-on-frame architecture for the hundreds of different special purpose applications of professional vehicles is beyond dispute. The cost advantage of building one-off structures on such a platform are huge

Old Reno & The Promise Of New Reno. How Is Tesla Gigafactory Shifting Nevada?

November 28th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

Forget the latest Hollywood film noir and spend some time learning about this story instead. The story is that of Reno, Nevada, and the location of the original Tesla Gigafactory. The historical drama, a true story, unfolds with twisting and dark details. The story came to light due to the notable new podcast series The City (USA Today's investigative podcast). Episode 4 of season 2 is titled "West World."

Serious Truck People Need Ford To Step Up To The Challenge

November 28th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

When I saw Sunny Madra's tweet challenging Elon Musk to an "apples to apples" comparison of Cybertruck vs Ford, I was excited. Elon Musk accepted the challenge, but Ford's media department indicated to several outlets that the challenge wasn't really going to happen. That's a mistake

Tesla Centers Are Taking Over China

November 26th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla Centers seem to be taking over China, or will be soon enough. Tesla is unstoppable in China and is converting some of its 48 showrooms into "one-stop shops" that will be known as "Tesla Centers." These Tesla Centers will serve as warehouses for deliveries, support locations for maintenance, as well as service centers and charging stations

Batteries Are Breaking Through

November 25th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

A new Rocky Mountain Institute report released the end of October, Breakthrough Batteries Powering the Era of Clean Electrification, continues to confirm that clean electrification of transport technology is advancing at an impressive rate

Tesla Experience Centers In China Receive First Model 3s, Panasonic Passes On China Battery Factory

November 22nd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla has 49 so-called Experience Centers in China where people can go to learn more about Tesla automobiles. CNN reports that Model 3 sedans built at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai are now available at those Experience Centers for test drives, citing a post Tesla made on WeChat. The Model 3 is also featured at an international car show in the city of Guangzhou that opened last Friday

Why Tesla’s Plan To Build Gigafactory 4 In Germany Makes Sense

November 22nd, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla's plan to build Gigafactory 4 (GF4) in Germany makes sense if you look at it from the perspective of Tesla's mission. Business Insider recently published an opinion piece on this topic, claiming the factory location didn't make sense, and I am aiming to provide a different point of view of things

Tesla (Competition) Deathwatch: The History of Atari

November 20th, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal

I wasn't planning on writing a second article in this series so quickly, but I was reading through the comment section and felt compelled to write a response to cover some of those replies

Reviving The “Tesla Deathwatch” — With A Totally Different Spin

November 18th, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal

After the recent unveiling of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, I feel like it's time to revive the Tesla Deathwatch. No, not the Tesla Deathwatch that you may have read about on this site before, where certain websites made daily updates gleefully predicting that Tesla would run out of money and be forced to shutter operations

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