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See You In Paris! — Talkin’ Bikes, Electric Scooters, & Electric Carsharing At Autonomy

One of the coolest events in the world — Autonomy — is coming up in a couple of weeks in Paris (that's in France, in case you haven't heard of the city). I will be moderating two discussions there, but not the typical EV industry or solar industry stuff that I'm often tapped for See You In Paris! — Talkin' Bikes, Electric Scooters, & Electric Carsharing At Autonomy …

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Tesla Continues To Impress In Australia

This was an exciting week for Elon Musk in Australia. On the heels of Tesla's continuing traction all across Australia, Musk attended a Powerpack unveiling at Noeon Hornsdale wind farm in Jamestown, South Australia. He announced Tesla was approximately 50% finished the world's biggest lithium-ion battery system Tesla Continues To Impress In Australia was originally published on

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BYD Officially Triples The Size Of Lancaster Electric Bus Factory With Grand Opening Ceremony [Hot!]

BYD held the Grand Opening of Phase 3 of its Lancaster Bus and Coach Factory expansion on October 6th, 2017, with numerous company officials, dignitaries, and employees on hand to celebrate. CleanTechnica joined in the fun as well BYD Officially Triples The Size Of Lancaster Electric Bus Factory With Grand Opening Ceremony [Hot!] was originally published on

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Big Auto’s Latest Bait & Switch Hustle Is “Electrified” Vs Full Electric Cars

There's still a lot of confusion about the different types of electrified vehicles out there. National newspapers regularly mix up hybrids such as the Toyota Prius with pure electric cars such as Teslas. Government agencies and academics serve up an ever-growing alphabet soup of acronyms (HEVs, PEVs, BEVs, FCVs, ULEVs, PZEVs and many more). It's no wonder consumers are clueless

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Mutual Fund Manager Ron Baron Discusses Tesla, SpaceX, & GM’s Curious Move

Baron Funds' second quarter commentary includes a letter from Ron Baron highlighting some fascinating insights surrounding Tesla. To understand businesses, Baron notes the importance of, "the individuals who lead those businesses; and of the character and talent of the individuals... In the end, we think it's all about people." Mutual Fund Manager Ron Baron Discusses Tesla, …

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2018 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive review: lighter shade of green

It's easy for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid to get lost. Short of small “Hybrid” badges on the front fenders, not much on the car's exterior says it's powered by electrons. There's no plug-in variant for now (a role reserved to the Clarity Plug-In sedan), and the latest hybrid Accord is built alongside other Accords in...

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Veteran engineer studies career pathways of today’s graduates

Jim Magarian spent nearly 10 years working for a major aerospace engineering company before becoming a graduate student at MIT, and many of the watershed moments in his engineering career were filled with uncertainy. “I landed in aerospace and wasn't sure what it was going to be like. There were pockets of time where I didn't like what I was doing, got frustrated, and almost left,” Magarian recalls. “Fast forward a few years, now I'm a manager and I have employees going through the same thing. They're caught …

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How Electric Cars Work, & Thus, How To Extend Range

Having owned an electric vehicle for just over 18 months now, I feel able to share my knowledge, which may be of help to those considering an electric vehicle for the first time, or those who have just started out on the road to electric vehicle driving How Electric Cars Work, & Thus, How To Extend Range was originally published on

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Featured video: 47 years, and still going strong

At age 24, Peter Hicks began his employment here at MIT. Now, with over 47 years of service to the Institute, Hicks has the longest tenure within the Department of Facilities. Over his time at MIT, Hicks has held a variety of positions — everything from bulb-snatching across campus to his current position collecting and delivering packages for MIT Mail Services. “I just love MIT as a place to work,” says Hicks. “And I hope that anyone else who comes along has the same feelings.” Hicks is in no …

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Glassy carbon, now with less heat

Last winter, MIT researchers discovered that a phenol-formaldehyde polymer transformed into a glassy carbon material in a process similar to baking reaches its best combination of high strength and low density at 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 degrees Fahrenheit). Now they have determined that, they can achieve a similar glassy transformation, but at a more industrially-accessible temperature of 800 C by adding a small fraction of carbon nanotubes to this material. As the starting polymeric hydrocarbon, known as a …

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Fikile Brushett and Florence Wagner named to Chemical and Engineering News “Talented 12”

Professor Fikile Brushett of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering and Florence Wagner, institute scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, have been selected as two of 2017's “Talented 12” by Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society. Brushett is recognized for his innovative approach to economical and sustainable energy storage and the magazine calls him the “Baron of …

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Vehicles & The Grid — Progressive Policies In California & New York

With Tesla CEO Elon Musk forecasting the market for Model 3 vehicles could swell to 700,000 vehicles, the streets may soon be flooded with electric cars. To put that in perspective, the popular BMW 3 Series only has an annual production rate of about 400,000 per year. However, having electric vehicles like Tesla's Model 3 selling in these larger volumes could have some unintended side effects.

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Our Autonomous Future & The Insane Value of Tesla’s Data (Something Almost No One Mentions)

What will the self-driving automotive world of the future look like? Nobody really knows, although a lot of people seem convinced that they do. Predictions are all over the place, and in a few years we'll see that some of them were right, and some were wrong. The only thing certain is that autonomous vehicles will trigger huge changes that will disrupt every automobile-related line of business, and then some. Another point that the pundits all seem to agree on: Tesla is poised to be one of the major players.

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Little Sun Releases A New Solar Lamp Designed By Olafur Eliasson

The Little Sun Diamond is a beautiful, featherweight lamp  -- the smallest Little Sun lamp to date, but with all the energy of the classic Little Sun Original. Little Sun Releases A New Solar Lamp Designed By Olafur Eliasson was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 …

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Tesla Model 3 vs Gasmobiles … Tesla Model 3 vs Electrics … Tesla Wins Michigan Battle (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of the Month)

The top 30 CleanTechnica stories of last month were blockbusters, with the #1 article receiving 158,523 views, #2 receiving 111,370 views, and #3 receiving 92,720 views. If you somehow missed these or others further down the list, check them out now! Or don't. Whatever suits you Tesla Model 3 vs Gasmobiles … Tesla Model 3 vs …

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3 Questions: Brent Ryan on Hurricane Harvey’s implications for U.S. cities

Flying through Texas last weekend on his way to a workshop in Mexico, Brent Ryan found himself stranded at a hotel near Houston's Bush International Airport as a result of Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding. An associate professor of urban design and planning at MIT, Ryan and two of his graduate students watched the waters rise and considered the implications of the disaster unfolding around them. Ryan, who heads the City Design and Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning …