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Tesla Powerwall + High Electricity Prices Driving Australians To Energy Storage

Australia is undergoing something of an energy crisis — growing demand combined with under-investment in the electric grid has recently led to a series of embarrassing blackouts, and electric rates are soaring. South Australia has just overtaken Denmark as the place with the world's most expensive electricity

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The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Nearly one-third of the 61% of total global petroleum and other liquids production that moved on maritime routes in 2015 transited the Strait of Malacca, the second-largest oil trade chokepoint in the world after the Strait of Hormuz. Petroleum and other liquids transiting the Strait of Malacca increased for the fourth time in the past five […] The post The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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7 Notes From New Tesla Model X Commercial (Video)

Tesla has published a new "commercial." Perhaps some people wouldn't like to call it that, but in today's world of YouTube-obsessed viewers, it's clear that this is the place for cutting-edge companies to put their marketing dollars. Of course, with Tesla's big brand appeal, it can get hundreds of thousands of views on a new YouTube video/commercial for relatively low cost, landing a much better ROI than paying for a TV commercial, but …

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A Funny Story — Used Tesla Model S vs Toyota Prius Prime

As many of you know, we're trying to get an electric shuttle startup (Tesla Shuttle) off the ground in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). We recently held a test ride event to attract customers, perhaps attract investors, and just generally EVangelize. To organize the event, we partnered with a fleet industry magazine, Menadżer Floty. I was surprised to find out that they actually had a Toyota Prius Prime to bring to the event

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Toyota & Mazda Partnering For New Assembly Facility In US & EV Tech

The two Japanese auto manufacturers Toyota and Mazda will be partnering for the development of a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in the US, as well as for the development of electric vehicle technologies Toyota & Mazda Partnering For New Assembly Facility In US & EV Tech was originally …

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Phytoplankton and chips

Microbes mediate the global marine cycles of elements, modulating atmospheric carbon dioxide and helping to maintain the oxygen we all breathe, yet there is much about them scientists still don't understand. Now, an award from the Simons Foundation will give researchers from MIT's Darwin Project access to bigger, better computing resources to model these communities and probe how they work. The simulations of plankton populations made by Darwin Project …

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“It’s Amazing When Nothing Holds You Back” — The New Nissan LEAF

I find the Nissan LEAF to be light, agile, and amazing. The next-generation Nissan LEAF is clearly one of the most anticipated electric cars of the year, perhaps of the next couple of years. It will feature an improved aerodynamic design inspired by airplane wings, Nissan now reveals. Nissan, enthusiastic about its coming offerings, throws out a play on words: "It's amazing when nothing holds you …

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BYD Lands Contract For 60 Electric Buses With Los Angeles County Metro

The City of Los Angeles is serious about its commitment to combating climate change. It is adding hundreds of electric cars to its municipal fleet and making plans that will allow low-income residents to dump their older cars with high emissions for cleaner cars. It is promoting many miles of bike paths. And the Los Angeles county public transportation system, known as the Metro, has just inked a deal with BYD to buy 60 electric buses for …

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Prototyping a pump for brain treatment

Summer Scholar Alejandro Aponte is interning in the lab of Michael J. Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering at MIT, where he is working on the design of a pump to deliver drugs to the brain. A mechanical engineering major at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Aponte has worked before developing different types of instrumentation, but this is his first time working with research related to human biology. …

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TESS mission to discover new planets moves toward launch

A NASA mission designed to explore the stars in search of planets outside of our solar system is a step closer to launch, now that its four cameras have been completed by researchers at MIT. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), due to launch in 2018, will travel through space, identifying more than 20,000 extrasolar planets. These will range from Earth-sized planets to much larger gas giants. TESS is expected to catalog a sample of around 500 …

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Candid Pics Of Tesla Model 3 At California Supercharger

Pictures of the Tesla Model 3 are flying around the web now thanks to Tesla updating the Model 3 page and releasing a flurry of them to the press. Nonetheless, there's great value to candid shots that help us to better imagine what the car looks like in real life Candid Pics Of Tesla Model …

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All-electric Buick small SUV to be based on Bolt EV: report

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, initially intended to be adapted from the next-generation Chevy Sonic subcompact, ended up with unique underpinnings designed solely for use as a battery-electric vehicle. Carmakers virtually never limit dedicated architectures to a single vehicle—they're simply too expensive to develop—so it's long been expected...

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Study: Solar Heating Could Provide More Than 80% Of Heating Energy For Households In Finland

Up to around ~80% of the heating energy needed for Finnish households could be met through the use of solar energy, depending upon the method of technical implementation, according to a new study from Aalto University Study: Solar Heating Could Provide More Than 80% Of Heating Energy For …

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German Transport Minister: It’s Still Too Soon To Talk Of Burying The Combustion Engine

While announcing new plans to create a fund to support efforts by the country's cities to reduce pollution and modernize their transport systems, Germany Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt commented that he thought that it was too soon at this stage to talk of "burying the combustion engine."

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In-Car Exposure To Particulate Air Pollution Twice As High As Previously Thought

The levels of some forms of particulate air pollution (PM2.5 in particular) present inside of car cabins while driving are up to twice as high as previously estimated, according to a new study that was performed as part of the Atlanta Commuter Exposures (ACE) Study In-Car Exposure To …