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Tesla Semi: 500-mile range, lower running costs than diesel… and it’s fast

The long-awaited Tesla Semi electric truck was unveiled Thursday night and it promises to shake up the shipping industry by significantly reducing the cost of transporting goods from point-to-point. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Semi at a private event in California, where he touted a 500-mile range when loaded to 80,000-pound maximum weight...

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Tesla Roadster is back: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, 620-mile range

What's old is new again. The Tesla Roadster is back, company CEO Elon Musk revealed Thursday night at a special event in California. Forget about the old, Lotus-derived Roadster. This latest 2020 Tesla Roadster is shapely, sprints from 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and boasts a 620-mile range. MORE: Tesla Model 3 delays...

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3 Questions: Lisa Parks on drones, warfare, and the media

Drones have become a common part of warfare — but their use remains a subject of public contention. Lisa Parks, a professor in MIT's program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and director of its Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab, has spent extensive time analyzing this public debate. Now, she has co-edited a new volume examining the subject, while contributing a piece to it herself. The book, “

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A new way to store thermal energy

In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel — such as wood, brush or dung — that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical composite developed by researchers at MIT could provide an alternative. It could be used to store heat from the sun or any other source during the day in a kind of thermal battery, and it could release the heat when needed, for example for …

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Tesla Semi Truck — Everything You Need To Know (Hot! From The Unveiling Event!)

We are live updating this post. Bunch of images and specs being added as they come. Extra notes for other vehicles: There's a pickup truck version of the Tesla Semi that can carry a normal pickup itself. Next Tesla Roadster (just the prototype) breaks practically every record for a production vehicle that you can think [&hellip

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Scottish Supreme Court Gives Final Go-Ahead For 450 Megawatt Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

A long-running legal battle between Mainstream Renewable Power and RSPB Scotland over the fate of the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm has finally come to a close, with Scotland's Supreme Court rejecting RSPB's application to appeal a previous go-ahead decision.

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, Oct 2017: Chevy’s dominant duo

The dominant duo of the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV continued their winning ways in the Canadian market for new plug-in electric cars during October. Chevrolet sold 424 Volts to start the fourth quarter, down slightly from 483 in September. The vehicle's 3,431 sales through October all but tied last year's total of 3,469 and the Volt may...

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HSBC Joins RE100 In Wake Of $100 Billion Commitment To Fight Climate Change

A day after London-based financial services giant HSBC pledged to provide $100 billion in sustainable financing investment by 2025 to combat climate change, the bank has joined forces with RE100 alongside its commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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US Utilities to Spend $20 Billion on Customer Analytics Through 2021

The spread of distributed energy resources (DERs) is driving the creation of new analytics and IT ecosystems for utilities. These ecosystems have become critical for utilities looking to enable broad range of functions from data management to DER planning. The first wave of data and analytics was enabled through the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and utility-owned grid hardware. Today, utility analytics is evolving from internal performance optimization into a new stage. According to GTM …

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October Winds Provide 189% Of Scotland’s Household Electricity

Scotland's wind energy industry once again has smashed records with an "unprecedented" amount of electricity being generated in October, enough to provide 189% of the country's household electricity needs and more than 100% of the country's electricity demand on 15 out of 31 days.

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Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Nissan Leaf

If any electric car aside from the Tesla Model 3 can be called "long-awaited," it would be the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf. First thought to arrive as a 2016 model, it was widely assumed to be a 2017 to go head-to-head with the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV launched last December. In the event, the second-generation Leaf has arrived as a 2018 model...

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DiDi Chuxing and the developing Chinese electric car ecosystem

DiDi Chuxing and the developing Chinese electric car ecosystem Didi Chuxing (China's Uber like ride hailing service) has been in the news recently, it announced plans to create its own electric car charging network, a partnership with NEVS for one million electric self-driving cars, a partner in Changan Automobile groups $15 Billion Shangri La electric [&hellip DiDi Chuxing and the developing …

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3 Questions: Joseph Coughlin on innovation for an aging population

The populations of many developed countries are aging markedly, due to a suite of medical, social, and economic changes. Will this notable demographic trend force us to change our image of the older adults and regard them as a more vital force in society? Joseph F. Coughlin, director of the MIT AgeLab, which is part of the Center for Transportation and Logistics, hopes so. Coughlin's new book, “The Longevity Economy,” published this week by PublicAffairs, makes a pointed call for companies and policymakers to expand their …

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Electric Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro production to rise again: report

Both Hyundai and Kia planned to approach the electric and plug-in car market aggressively, but now the Korean siblings plan to boost production even over totals announced earlier this year. This past summer, both brands said they would increase their electrified car production to 50,000 units next year. Now, according to a report earlier this...

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Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage

Forgot to water that plant on your desk again? It may soon be able to send out an SOS. MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage. This kind of technology could not only save neglected houseplants but, more importantly, give farmers an early warning when their crops are in danger, says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the senior author of the new study. “This appears to …

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Porsche will thrive, remain profitable when sports car are electric: CFO

Luxury and sports car maker Porsche isn't concerned with the sweeping changes vehicle electrification will bring. In fact, the brand believes it will maintain its steady profit and 15-percent operating margin into the future, despite the major investments in electric and plug-in cars it plans to make. While Porsche can't pass through some of those...