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Tesla Model 3: Park a 3D (virtual) model 3 on your driveway

The folks over at EV Annex just can’t stop innovating. We usually find them with new products popping out of their shop in Florida, but this time they are going virtual with the release of their new Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone app. The app lets users put a (virtual) Tesla Model 3 on their very […]

July 27th

Diesel emissions fraud: Volkswagen exec to plead guilty

The Volkswagen AG exec arrested last year for his part in VW’s diesel emissions fraud, Oliver Schmidt, will be pleading guilty on August 4 in US District Court in Detroit. By James Ayre  Schmidt, who was the head of Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, has been charged with 11 felony counts and could face […]

July 26th

UK to phase out ALL internal combustion cars in 23 years

After much controversy and travail in the British courts over the past several months, the government of Britain has finally unveiled a plan to outright ban the sale of cars and light-duty trucks with internal combustion engines after the year 2040. Earlier this month, France announced a similar proposal that also takes effect the same year. By Steve […]

July 26th

Self-driving cars: California is already prepping its roads

California’s state highway management system is now one of the first systems anywhere in the world to be actively changing its operations to better suit self-driving cars. By James Ayre  Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, in an interview with KPCC Southern California Public Radio, explains: “The automated vehicles (AVs) can follow lane lines. They can’t follow the Botts’ Dots, […]

July 26th

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk vs “It’s never been done before”

As we get closer to the final unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 (it’s on Friday), I’ve been in a more reflective mood than normal — reflecting on the transition to electric vehicles, reflecting on the actual likelihood of stopping runaway global warming, reflecting on what I’m doing with my life and if I should […]

July 25th

Snappy answers to annoying electric vehicle questions

Now that I’ve been driving an electric vehicle (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I’m getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again… By Zachary Shahan  “How far can you drive?” “How long does it take to charge?” “How fast can it go?” (max speed) “How […]

July 22nd

Elon Musk: Tesla vs The Terminator (Video)

Elon Musk was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island, last weekend. He used the occasion to remind the group of his oft voiced concerns about artificial intelligence, calling it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization.” In the absence of appropriate government regulations, Musk fears AI could progress […]

July 17th

China calls for 20% EVs by 2025. Car makers HOWL.

China’s plans for relatively aggressive electric vehicle sales quotas are unnerving some prominent foreign auto manufacturers. After selling a record 507,000 EVs in 2016, China wants to see 7 million on the roads by 2025. By James Ayre  In a letter addressed to China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei, a coalition of large […]

July 15th

EPA will go after SOME polluters – diesel emission fraud perpetrators

EPA head Scott Pruitt says his agency will continue to “very aggressively” pursue action against auto manufacturers who faked their diesel emissions tests. By James Ayre “What VW did was very, very troublesome and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Pruitt told Reuters. He also noted that aggressive actions were needed in order to […]

July 15th

GM expects 500,000 new electric vehicle sales/yr by 2025

GM is now aiming to sell 150,000 “new energy vehicles” (electric plus hydrogen fuel cell) a year by 2020, and 500,000 a year by 2025 — as revealed at a recent 20th anniversary of the company’s launch of its first two joint ventures in China with SAIC. By James Ayre   While most of you reading this […]

July 10th

What’s happening with Tesla’s stock price?

Tesla’s stock has been experiencing a drop-off in recent days, with the stock price hitting a low not seen in more than a couple of months. The Tesla stock’s market cap now totals “just” $48.58 billion. Since we previously wrote about Tesla becoming more valuable than GM and Ford, it seemed fitting to correct the record […]

Tesla Model 3 – how federal EV tax credits will work

With Elon Musk’s mini-tweetstorm Sunday night, July 2, several things became more clear (sort of) in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). We can now estimate Model 3 production for the rest of 2017 — which also gets us closer to a reasonably accurate estimate of how federal EV tax credits will play out for Tesla over […]

You SHOULD be worried about hackers breaking in to your autonomous vehicle. Congress is on it.

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […]

July 3rd

Watch the livestream – Cleantech Revolution conference from Berlin

Sponsored by our sister-site, Cleantechnica, the 4th Cleantech Revolution Tour conference is kicking off in a few moments in Berlin. You (and the rest of the world!) are invited, vi their #Electrifying webinar series and Facebook Live video. Register to watch via Zoom, head over to CleanTechnica’s Facebook page, or just watch the embed. In the Berlin […]

June 28th

What will Trump cut next? How about safety rules for electric vehicles…

The Trump Administration’s ongoing push to review and undo regulations may lead to the demise of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule that requires electric vehicles to emit a warning sound when driving at low speed (plus other safety rules). By James Ayre  If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, the gist is simply: owing […]

June 26th