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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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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 It was not originally made out of tempered glass solar shingles.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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Opel Ampera-e Online Range Calculator Unveiled, Raises Questions About Cold Weather Range

The online range calculator for the Opel Ampera-e (the rebranded Chevy Bolt EV) is now active, bringing with it a number of important questions. For example, is the range of the Opel Ampera-e truly as affected by cold weather as it seems to be Opel Ampera-e Online Range Calculator Unveiled, Raises Questions About Cold Weather Range was originally published …

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How a Cold Day in Texas Exposed the Value of Grid Flexibility

As the sun rose over Dallas on March 3, 2014, thermometers read 15° Fahrenheit. Across the state, Texans turned their heaters on full blast as they prepared to head to work. Meanwhile, at the operations center for Texas' electricity system, ERCOT, operators saw the price of electricity skyrocket. Around 8 a.m. prices jumped to nearly $5,000 per megawatt-hour, more than 100 times the average price of electricity. Though the unusually cold weather caused electricity demand to increase well above historical …

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UK–China Rail Freight Service Kicks Off

Rail freight service between the UK and China recently began, with the first freight shipment leaving from a rail terminal at DP World's London Gateway port in Essex on April 10th UK–China Rail Freight Service Kicks Off was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Middle Eastern Oil Companies Look Beyond Earth: ‘Water Is the New Oil of Space’

Bloomberg: Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth's Crude Oil Giants The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing in …

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The day without coal: Britain’s first one since 1882

The Industrial Revolution that started around 1750 in England was powered largely by coal. With Watt's invention of the steam engine and the emergence of railways in the mid-nineteenth century, the carbon-dense fuel was central to the change from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. Last Friday, however, marked a watershed moment for...

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Life with Tesla Model S: replacing the drive unit (aka ‘the funny noise’)

Back in 2014, Tesla had a spate of problems with the drive units in early-production versions of its Model S electric sedan. (The drive unit is essentially the car's power train: electric motor, inverter, and gear box.) High-profile multiple failures occurred in long-term test cars driven by Motor Trend magazine and the automotive website...

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Doing The Math On Climate Change With Bill McKibben Adds Up To “We Are So Screwed”

Bill McKibben is a mild-mannered writer and college professor from Vermont who has transformed himself, somewhat reluctantly, into one of the most outspoken critics of weak-kneed government action on climate change and the pernicious influence of the fossil fuel industry on global politics. He has been jailed for speaking his mind and vilified by any number of right-wing talking heads. He started a group called 350.org (you may have heard of it) that has become one of the leaders for climate change action in the …

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Study: Drivers With Smartphones Use Them On 88% Of Trips

Auto drivers that own smartphones use them during around 88% of the trips they take, going by data collected by the firm Zendrive. Zendrive uses the sensors found in smartphones to analyze driving behavior — so, while the findings are probably broadly true, there are caveats that go with them Study: Drivers With Smartphones Use Them On 88% Of Trips was originally published on

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Waymo/Google Accuses Uber Of Covering Up Trade Secret Theft

As we reported previously, Waymo/Google is currently in the process of suing Uber over the alleged theft of 9.7 GB of confidential materials relating to Waymo's self-driving vehicle tech. The thief in this story is claimed to be former engineer Anthony Levandowski, who now works for Uber Waymo/Google Accuses Uber Of Covering Up Trade Secret Theft was originally published on

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Your Used Nissan Leaf Might Be Appreciating. You Can Thank Overseas Cities (For Banning Gas Cars)

The good news today is all of my regular EV charging spots were filled with other Nissan Leafs. I'm used to seeing Teslas and Chevy Volts. Of late, I spotted a few more Leafs. People do love the airy, comfortable Leaf. There's more good news if you own a Nissan Leaf — your used Leaf is appreciating. According to Torque News, "It might be the only car in history whose price isn't depreciating but appreciating.”

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Tesla Semi Chatter Brings Déjà Vu

We've been here before. The chatter about Tesla's move into trucking echoes the chatter from Tesla's early years almost verbatim. People are asking the same old questions: Where's the market for this? How can Tesla build this, never mind scale this? How will people use this? How will Tesla service this? Where's the infrastructure for this? How does the math work for this? What about the physics? Why hasn't anyone else done this

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Plug-in hybrids to catch on more quickly than electrics: Toyota

Toyota has been by far the most reluctant of recent converts to the idea that battery-electric vehicles might be practical and desirable. Only within the last year has the company moved past its decade-long insistence that all-electric cars were only suitable for tiny, low-range urban uses. Still, old habits die hard, and the company continues to...

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Bentley Plug-in Hybrid EV Lineup Is In The Works

The head of Bentley told a group of industry leaders recently that plug-in hybrid powertrains will be available on all Bentley models going forward, starting with the Continental GT, but self driving cars are not part of Bentley's future. Bentley Plug-in Hybrid EV Lineup Is In The Works was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read …