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Clean Power

Trump’s Tariffs Cost Americans 62,000 Solar Jobs

Published on 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... Read More


Cars

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

Published on 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... Read More


Aviation

More Airlines Are Offering Carbon Offsets, But Is It A Real Solution?

Published on December 6th, 2019 | by Ciara Gillan

As pressure mounts on the aviation industry to create more sustainable ways to do business, EasyJet has become the latest airline to pledge to fly carbon neutral. As concerns rise within the industry that people will stop flying in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, a host of airlines including British Airlines, Air Canada, and Air New Zealand, are now offering carbon offsets as a way to combat the emissions their domestic flights are creating. ... Read More


Cars

Plug-In Vehicles = 59% of Vehicle Sales in Norway in October

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

When it comes to electric vehicle adoption, Norway is king of the hill. Nearly 2 out of every 3 passenger vehicles sold in Norway come with a plug. In October, the plug-in vehicle share was 59%, a bit higher than the 56% plug-in vehicle hold for January–October... Read More


Cars

Plug-In Vehicles = 14% of Vehicle Sales in Sweden in November

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Norway gets most of the glory for electric vehicle sales leadership, or China does for the sheer volume of sales there (approximately half of the global market), but there are a few other country markets with notable electric vehicle market share (if not volume) that are fun to track and interesting to compare to Norway. One of those markets is Sweden, which very quietly sits near the top of EV market share rankings... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Xpeng Motors P7, Photo Nicolas Zart

Xpeng Motors Unveils The New Smart P7 At Guangzhou With A Bang

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

CleanTechnica was invited to the Guangzhou Auto Show by Xpeng Motors to see the official unveiling of its sleek P7. If you haven’t heard about the P7 yet, see our previous article on it. The electric vehicle (EV) is Xpeng’s second car and resoundingly focuses on an intelligent, smart platform. The car is chock full of goodies, and the interior feels spacious, roomy, and very comfortable... Read More


Climate Change

Honolulu Makes History With Comprehensive Plastic Bill!

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli

Last night in Honolulu, we made history: Bill 40, a comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council. Activists from across the island have been working for nearly a decade to get smart plastic legislation passed in the city and state. The vote last night was nothing short of victorious: this is the strongest plastic phase-out bill in the country, and likely in the world... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla’s Andrej Karpathy Talks PyTorch, Autopilot (Video)

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot Vision, is one of the chief architects of Tesla’s self-driving vision. In July, he hosted a workshop on Neural Network Multi-Task Learning, where he offered some detailed insights on Tesla’s use of AI in developing its Autopilot features. Now Karpathy is featured in a new video in which he describes how Tesla is using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library, to develop full self-driving capabilities for its vehicles, including Navigate on Autopilot and Smart Summon... Read More


Climate Change

People Are Afraid Of Change, Not Climate Change

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Unless someone is breaking a hundred dollar bill or receiving change from a purchase, people do not like change, especially when it comes to the fact that they are being told they need to change their habits or their way of thinking... Read More


Cars

Tesla Deliveries: From DIY Trailers In 2012 To Altering US Vehicle Delivery Prices In 2019 — Tesla Inside Out, Part Trois

Published on December 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Resuming our "Tesla Inside Out" series, this video picks up where David Havasi and I left off last time, chuckling about a wild DIY Tesla delivery story. David and a team of early 2012 employees built a trailer to deliver early Model S's without having any real clue what they were doing. Luckily, they got the job done. He also mentioned a funny story about a Miami delivery truck in highlighting their overall novice delivery truck awareness back in ... Read More


Cars

15 Top Products For Tesla Owners

Published on December 4th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

It's a thrilling feeling when you take delivery of your first Tesla. There's that new car smell. The serene silence of having no internal combustion engine. The ultra-smooth acceleration. The addictive torque when you stomp on the accelerator. However, looking at your perfect all-new, all-electric machine might leave you feeling like something is still missing... Read More


Clean Transport

Tesla Did Zero Market Research On Cybertruck (Or Any Other New Product) — Didn’t Need It

Published on December 4th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla doesn't need to do market research, even though some critics believe it should. This statement may seem a bit extreme, or even radical, but when a market is already saturated with too much of the same thing, that market begins to crave something different — something fresh. Tesla has provided this time and again with its electric vehicles and is taking on the energy sector as well. Also, Tesla isn't your traditional company out there just aiming to cash in and move on to the next version of the same old thing. Tesla does its own thing in a way that benefits the world, Tesla, and ultimately its customers... Read More


Clean Transport

Lego Cybertruck

LEGO Cybertruck, Cybertruck Sporks, & A Cybertruck Snapchat Filter

Published on December 4th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Since Team Tesla decided to unveil the Cybertruck just before a major holiday centered around family and eating, it's natural that tools such as Cybertruck eating utensils and memes such as the Cyberturkey have come about. See some of those below. However, my favorite spinoffs was not related to Thanksgiving at all, and I want one — LEGO Cybertruck is one of the coolest ideas to come from the Tesla Cybertruck unveiling... Read More


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