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Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi Truck, Going By Emails Between Tesla & Nevada DMV

Tesla is getting closer to the point of testing a long-haul, self-driving electric semi truck, going by recent emails between the company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that Reuters reported on. How much closer? It's hard to say, especially when one considers the economic hurdles that would have to be surpassed for long-haul […] Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi …

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BMW Electrified Vehicle Sales Top 50,000 (2017 Sales Through July)

With a fairly broad "green" array — eclectic blend of attractive electrified vehicles — the BMW Group is apparently the world's 3rd biggest plug-in car manufacturer. With the best ever July for BMW Group, the company's total plug-in car sales through July surpassed 50,000. "Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711," a press release from the Bavarian auto manufacturer stated

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Study suggests route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries

Most of today's lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cars to phones, use a liquid as the electrolyte between two electrodes. Using a solid electrolyte instead could offer major advantages for both safety and energy storage capacity, but attempts to do this have faced unexpected challenges. Researchers now report that the problem may be an incorrect interpretation of how such batteries fail. The new findings, which could open new avenues for developing lithium batteries with solid electrolytes, are …

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Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want

Electricity customers have more choice in how they consume and manage their energy today than at any time before, and the number of options available continues to multiply. But what is it customers want? What types of products and services are they being drawn to? And are they following through with a purchase? That's what the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) latest

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Tesla’s Solar Roof Was Code Named ‘Steel Pulse,’ and Musk Called the Prototype a ‘Piece of Shit’

An insider account of the development of Tesla and SolarCity's much-hyped solar roof reveals new details about how the product came together. The project, code named "Steel Pulse," was originally a standing-seam metal roof developed by a team at Zep Solar within SolarCity's R&D unit, overseen by Zep's Jack West and SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive. It was not originally made out of tempered glass solar shingles. When Elon Musk first saw the product, he reportedly called it a "piece of shit" …

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Can California Conquer the Next Phase of Renewables Integration?

The dream of a power grid that is equal parts reliable, affordable, and clean maybe one of the 21st century's greatest ambitions, and no economy is blazing the trail faster than California. Between its 50 percent state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets and energy efficiency mandate, California has some of the strictest environmental policies on the books in North America. And these policies are progressively getting more stringent with a potential move …

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Smart Building Metrics: Measuring the Opaque, Misunderstood and Poorly Defined

Like any solution sale, smart building vendors typically create detailed business cases to convince building owners and operators to make a purchase. In the past, these business cases were based primarily on energy savings. Over the past few years, there has been some push to quantify other bottom line savings opportunities, such as reduced maintenance costs and avoided equipment replacement. At the same time,

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3-D Zinc Sponge Could Wipe The Energy Storage Floor With Li-ion Batteries (CleanTechnica Interview)

A team of researchers from the Naval Research Laboratory is on to a new zinc-based alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The new research aims at enabling the Navy to expands its energy storage options. The new zinc battery could also makes its way into the EV market, providing manufacturers with a lighter, less expensive alternative to today's crop of lithium-ion batteries

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Glacier National Park’s Glaciers Have Lost 39% Of Their Ice Since 1966 (Some Have Lost 85%)

Glaciers in Montana — 37 in Glacier National Park and 2 on US Forest Service land — have lost an average of 39% of their ice since 1966, according to a new study from the US Geological Survey and Portland State University Glacier National Park's Glaciers Have Lost 39% Of Their Ice Since 1966 (Some Have Lost 85%) was originally published on

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US Judge Sends Waymo’s/Google’s Case Against Uber To Prosecutors

Following publicly reported indecision on the matter, the US judge presiding over Waymo's/Google's lawsuit against Uber for trade-secrets theft has now reportedly decided to request that prosecutors investigate the claims made by Waymo/Google US Judge Sends Waymo's/Google's Case Against Uber To Prosecutors was originally published on