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Weltmeister EX5: first electric car from $1 billion Chinese company you’ve never heard of

After numerous positions with BorgWarner, Fiat Group, Volvo, and China's largest automaker Geely, an executive named Freeman Shen has finally rolled out his own creation. That is the Weltmeiser EX5, the product of $1 billion in first-round funding from some of the largest players in Chinese tech. Shen's company, WM Motor, claims it will start...

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Tesla Model 3 Production … Tesla Semi Specs & Demand … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

This was supposed to be the month of the Tesla Model 3. Things didn't turned out exactly as planned. But it still might be a key breakout month for the breakthrough electric car. Several of the stories this week focus on the car and its production, barely overshadowing several hot Tesla Semi stories. Have a look below for more on the Model 3, the Semi, and other topics

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Siemens Gamesa Starts Building Hot Rock Plant for Long Duration Grid Storage

Siemens Gamesa, the wind turbine manufacturer, began building a 30 megawatt-hour precursor to a gigawatt-scale thermal energy storage system this month. The Future Energy System (FES), first announced last year, is expected to come online in early 2019. It will use industry-standard heaters and fans, powered when there is a surplus of power coming into the grid, to heat …

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Singapore launches electric-car sharing program using Bollore BlueCars

Some of us take for granted the difficulty and cost of owning a car, but more alternatives exist today than did 10 years ago. While many view car ownership as a monthly lease or financing payment, owning a car for others requires finding a place to keep it and perhaps the need to keep moving it around. That's where car sharing comes in. Whether...

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Chinese Auto Giant BAIC Going 100% Electric By 2025

On the morning of December the 9th, 2017 at the inauguration of the Beijing New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Centre, the president of BAIC Group promised to end the sales of BAIC fossil fuelled passenger cars by 2025, making it the second Chinese automaker to make this commitment

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Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own...

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Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the first phase of its electric-car charging network. Electrify America said on Monday it would contract with the Greenlots charging network for up to 900 stations. They will be...

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Why Do People Buy Into Republican Economic Myths? Why Do Republican Politicians Buy Into Them?

The story regarding the tax bill Republicans are set to pass in Congress tomorrow is wickedly clear: It cuts taxes on the super rich and that loss in US government revenue will later be pulled from normal Americans in the form of cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public infrastructure investments, public education investments, etc

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Engie Investigates Source of Belgian Battery Blaze

French multinational utility Engie is probing the cause of a fire that last month burned through a lithium-ion battery system during commissioning in Belgium. Images of the flames engulfing an Engie Ineo battery container last month at Engie's test site in Drogenbos, near Brussels, were shared on social media and even made it onto the local BX1 news. Engie …

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Four of Wards’ Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there are no engines from German manufacturers on the list: The sole luxury recipients this year are Infiniti and Jaguar. But more importantly, and for the first time ever, four of...

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New Lab Report Reviews Implementation of FERC Orders 1000 and 890

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order Nos. 890 and 1000 established requirements that transmission planning regions must follow in regional transmission planning and allocating the costs of new transmission facilities. Order No. 890, issued in 2007, outlined general requirements for local as well as regional transmission planning practices and procedures. Order No. 1000, issued in 2011, […] The post New Lab Report Reviews Implementation of FERC Orders 1000 and 890 appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017

Back in July, Advanced Energy Economy published a list of the top utility regulation trends of 2017 – so far. With 2017 almost in the rearview mirror, we check in on the top public utility commission actions of the year. Not surprisingly, the challenges PUCs are grappling with are wide-ranging and diverse: utility business model […] The post Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Hitachi-GE ABWR Passes UK GDA

Horizon Nuclear Power is proposing to build and operate two of these reactors in Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and two more Oldbury-on-Severn near Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. Construction on the first two units at Wylfa is expected to begin in 2025. When all four units are complete they will provide 5.4 GWe of electricity to […] The post Hitachi-GE ABWR Passes UK GDA appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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A Fresh Start for Climate Change Mitigation in New Zealand

The election of the sixth Labour-led government, in a coalition with the Greens, heralds a new direction for climate change policy in New Zealand, writes professor Robert McLachlan of Massey University. That is high time, according to McLachlan: the country's emission trading system has not delivered, greenhouse gas emissions have risen. Courtesy The Conversation. As part […] The post A Fresh Start for Climate Change Mitigation in New Zealand appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Tax Reform and the Solar Industry: What’s the BEAT?

With December 31, 2017 quickly approaching and an end to President Trump's first year in office, the President, alongside House and Senate Republicans, is looking to make good on a campaign-trail promise of tax reform. Back in November, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and was soon followed by the Senate, which […] The post Tax Reform and the Solar Industry: What's the BEAT? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Biodiesel Production Still Increasing Despite Expiration of Tax Credit

Through the first nine months of 2017, U.S. biodiesel production levels were slightly higher than 2016 levels, despite the expiration of a federal biodiesel blender's tax credit at the end of 2016. Domestic biodiesel production may continue to increase because of changes to import policies such as those recently announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce on […] The post U.S. Biodiesel Production Still Increasing Despite Expiration of Tax Credit appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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What Now, Tesla Naysayers?

They said Tesla wouldn't do it, couldn't do it. They said Tesla would collapse before the Model S was produced. They said manufacturing inexperience would doom the Model S and destroy the company. They said the Model X was a colossal disaster that would mark the beginning of the end for Tesla. They said the Model X was impossible, a con, a lie, couldn't be manufactured, wouldn't function, and would quickly close the Elon era. They were …