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Lyft Aims For 100% Renewable Energy & Self-Driving Bolt Fleet

General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft's fleet of autonomous driving cars, and those cars may be 100% powered by renewable energy

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Tesla May Win Monopoly

Financial investment company Berenberg has completed an analysis of Tesla and concluded its stock, currently priced at about $380 per share, could surge another 30% in the next 12 months. In fact, the analyst team, headed by Alexander Haissl, claims the company could soon have a near monopoly in the market for electric cars

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Texas Trolls Tesla (Again)

The Texas legislature wrapped up its latest session by passing a law renewing a $2,500 rebate for Texans who purchase a qualifying low- or zero-emissions car. The program began in 2013 as part of the state's Emissions Reduction Program and applied to electric cars, fuel cell cars, and cars powered by compressed natural gas Texas Trolls …

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Stanford Tackles Wireless EV Charging

Some of you are going to read this and say, "Ho hum. Another useless story about some silly lab experiment that has no relevance to the real world." And you could be right. There may be nothing here. Then again, figuring out how to keep an electric car fully charged wirelessly while driving could be a huge deal someday -- even if that day is fairly far off

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Berlin’s Exciting Formula E Double Header

The Formula E double header weekend in Berlin seemed to be a pendulum swinging back and forth for Felix Rosenqvist and Sébastien Buemi. Rosenqvist took the win on Saturday and seemed as if he'd duplicated his success on Sunday, only to be slapped with a 10-second time penalty from stewards for an unsafe release from the pits

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China: 12% Electric Cars By 2020 … Or Else

Last week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met privately with German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss China's proposal to require all manufacturers to sell more so-called new energy vehicles. After the meeting, Merkel thought she had an agreement that would allow German companies that manufacture cars in China a little breathing room before complying with the new rules

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The Internet of Things: Making the Energy Industry New (and Great) Again

When we think about the energy industry, we don't always think fast-paced innovation. While we are making advancements in wind and solar, much of today's energy still relies on fossil fuels — a substance literally formed millions of years ago. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing all that.

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3 Questions: Why fusion research is needed to help the world reduce carbon emissions

Advancing research critical to addressing climate change is a key part of the mission of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). Accordingly, MITEI is continuing to grow its eight Low-Carbon Energy Centers, which facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among MIT researchers, industry, and government on challenges related to mitigating climate change. Here, co-directors of the center focused on fusion and magnet research — Hitachi America Professor of Engineering Dennis G. Whyte and Cecil and Ida Green Associate Professor in …

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Deutsche Post (DHL) & Ford To Manufacture Electric Van

Intelligent business decisions supporting clean air and climate responsibility are much appreciated here at CleanTechnica. Zero-emissions vehicle news from any manufacturer is welcomed if it seems serious, but some stories seem more promising than others Deutsche Post (DHL) & Ford To Manufacture …

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Academics without borders

In January, MIT President L. Rafael Reif sent an update to the MIT community that described the international makeup of the campus. “Like the United States, and thanks to the United States, MIT gains tremendous strength by being a magnet for talent from around the world,” he wrote. “Faculty, students, post-docs, and staff from 134 other nations join us here because they love our mission, our values and our …

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Monitoring and mitigating mercury

Dispersal of mercury into the air has risen substantially since the industrial revolution, leading to increased mercury deposits in water and soil. Once there, it gets transformed by bacteria into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of the naturally-occurring heavy metal that can affect neurological and immune systems. Stored in the tissues of wildlife and humans, methylmercury concentrations are magnified with each step up the food chain. The mercury levels of a large predator fish such as trout, for example, may be more than …

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What’s The Effect of Driving Electric on Broader Energy Conservation? (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

One of the benefits of driving electric is that electric motors and drivetrains are inherently much more efficient than gasoline- or diesel-powered engines/drivetrains. Aside from that inherent energy conservation, though, how much do electric car drivers strove to conserve energy? And how much does driving electric encourage them to conserve energy? These are matters we dug into a little bit in our …

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Tesla Model X safety, Fisker battery news, fuel economy rules, Mercedes electric cars: Today’s Car News

Today, another award for the Tesla Model X, a BMW investment in electric buses, Mercedes will build luxury electric models in China, and our readers really, really care about fuel-economy rules. All this and more on Green Car Reports. You've no doubt heard that the Trump Administration wants to relax fuel-economy rules for 2022-2025 vehicles; we...

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BMW venture arm invests in U.S. electric-bus maker Proterra

You can't buy one at your local car dealer, but electric transit buses have a significant role to play in reducing vehicular emissions and expanding the spread of electric-vehicle technology. Two companies have a majority of the U.S. market for electric buses, which is growing quickly if perhaps more quietly than that for electric cars. The U.S...

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Mercedes to make electric cars at its China factory with BAIC

It's not only electric cars: China is also now the world's largest market for luxury cars. Audi got an early foothold among party officials and high-ranking government officials, but the allure of global brands has ensured that Mercedes-Benz and BMW sell lots of cars there as well. Now, Mercedes parent company Daimler is combining its local...

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Thomas McKrell, research scientist and mentor in nuclear science and engineering, dies at 47

Thomas J. McKrell, a research scientist in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), passed away on June 9 at the age of 47. An expert in materials behavior, especially corrosion of metallic alloys used in nuclear and conventional power plants, he came to MIT in 2006 after serving as a consultant in the power industry for more than a decade. During his time at MIT, McKrell focused primarily on nuclear engineering, in particular, thermal-hydraulics. He became a technical leader in the area of heat …

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Fisker EMotion won’t launch with graphene battery; 400-mile range still promised

Henrik Fisker, the man behind the relaunch of the company that bears his name, has released some new details on the upcoming EMotion sedan. However, the news isn't necessarily the best that electric-car fans and advocates could have hoped for. The graphene battery technology Fisker has frequently touted over the past year will not be included when...