Tesla wants hundreds of employees testing full self-driving, offers free Autopilot upgrades with new purchases

Tesla is currently working on its self-driving program by leveraging their work on Autopilot and the data gathered through its fleet.

Now the automaker is turning to its employees to help test their driving technology. more…

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Electrek Podcast: Tesla Version 9, Model 3 production goal, SEC going after Musk, and more

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a closer look at Tesla Version 9, Tesla achieving its Model 3 production goal, the SEC going after Elon Musk, and more. more…

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Meet The SolarImpact Electric Yacht

Perfect for the super-villain who wants to destroy the world, but also save it

We’re not sure what it is about billionaires and boats — maybe it’s an unwritten rule or something — but if you’re super-rich, you need to flaunt a superyacht. Now, you can impress your friends high net-worth associates by ordering up a little something that not only says you fit in with the super-elite, but that you’re also aware of the environmental toll a high-consumption lifestyle takes, and are willing to make a sympathetic gesture in that general direction. Big shots and supervillains, your ship has come in and it’s called the SolarImpact Yacht.

Launched at the Yachting Festival De Cannes (which we missed because we were trekking in the Himalayas with authentic Sherpa guides), the three-story ship is powered by twin 500 kW (670.5 horsepower) electric motors, which can push the aluminum craft through seas as quickly as 22 knots (25.32 MPH). It boasts an 800 kWh battery that can allow it to cruise for 10 hours. After that, a set of 65 kW (87 HP) range-extending engines of unmentioned provenance can take over.

As its name implies, the ship features an abundance of solar panels embedded in its skin. The energy collected can add up to as much as 320 kWh per sunny day, which is pretty significant.

Designed by Marlena Ratajska, the SolarImpact Yacht keeps the swaying to a minimum by leaning on SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) technology. According to the company, “This achieves a physical shaft decoupling that reduces the rolling and heeling of the yacht by up to 90 percent. the hull lies calmly in the water even in strong swells, putting an end to the annoying swaying motion of the boat.” Besides keeping any tummy troubles at bay, the smooth, even-keeled ride will also help keep the champagne in your exquisite Baccarat Tsar Coupe ($3,500) glass.

The price? Well, if you have to ask…these two gentlemen will now escort you off the premises. Tah-tah.

SolarImpact Yacht

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Green Deals: 6-pack EcoSmart 60W Dimmable LED Light Bulbs $7, more

Home Depot offers a six-pack of EcoSmart 60W B11 Dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $6.90 shipped. Regularly closer to $12, today’s deal is $1 less than our previous mention and the best available. That comes out to around $1 per bulb, which is the magic number when it comes to finding a good LED deal. These bulbs are 60W equivalent and made to shine with a soft white 2700K temperature. EcoSmart LED lights have stellar ratings across the board from thousands of Home Depot reviewers.


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If Elon Musk is barred from Tesla, who is next in line to lead the automaker?

Elon Musk is fighting back and he is not out yet, but the SEC is clearly trying to ban him from holding a director or executive position at Tesla.

If they are successful in banning him, who would be next in line to lead the automaker? more…

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Global August Sales: Model 3 Dominates, Tesla #1 Overall

Tesla takes all the wins! #1 in model and manufacturer rank, for the month and for the year.

EV Sales Blog just released its global statistics on plug-in electric car sales for the month of August 2018, so we can finally check all of the standings.

In August, over 172,400 plug-in cars were sold globally, which is 76% more than a year ago and almost a record (174,000 were sold in December 2017). A new record is expected soon. Like maybe next month.

See more our sales reports for August 2018 here.

The cumulative number for the year, after the first eight months, stands at 1,079,000 (up 69% year-over-year) at 1.7% market share.

The best selling model for the month is the Tesla Model 3 with record 18,300 (estimated). This massive figure enabled it to take the lead for the year too with 59,305 after eight months.

No other model even came close to half of Model 3 sales.

It means that the Nissan LEAF is now second best for the year with 56,773 sales (7,334 in August).

The third is the Chinese BAIC EC-Series with 43,434 (including 3,028 in August), which is expected to accelerate later this year thanks to the release of a new version.

In the case of manufacturer rank. Tesla again took #1 for the month with a record 25,793 (estimated) and for the year (115,631).

Despite keeping pace and setting its own record, BYD still can’t keep up with Tesla.

  • Tesla: 25,793 (115,631 YTD)
  • BYD: 20,846 (110,516 YTD)
  • BAIC: 9,522 (78,549 YTD)

Our thanks to EV Sales Blog for tallying up and estimating the individual sales by OEM

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Rollback of clean car standards slammed at public hearings

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This week, the US DOT and EPA held three days of hearings to gather public comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to reverse existing federal fuel efficiency and emissions standards.

At the hearings in Fresno, Dearborn, and Pittsburgh, hundreds of people, including physicians and health advocates, former EPA officials and technology entrepreneurs, environmental advocates and local officials, testified against the plan, vastly outnumbering the handful who came out in support. Even representatives of automakers said they oppose the effort to halt progress.

A former EPA analyst who spent years working on emissions policy testified that the technical analysis for this proposal was the “most biased and dishonest” he had witnessed in his 40-year career at the agency.

The DOT’s own Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) concluded: “The Proposed Action [the administration’s rollback proposal] and alternatives are projected to result in an increase in energy consumption, an increase in most criteria pollutant emissions…Overall US health impacts associated with air quality (mortality, asthma, bronchitis, emergency room visits, and work-loss days) are anticipated to increase across the Proposed Action.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s David Pettit pointed out several shortcomings of the DOT’s DEIS at the Fresno hearing. “The alternatives analysis looks only at reductions in the CAFE standards, not increases,” he said. “None of these alternatives increases fuel economy with respect to the no action alternative, none conserves energy, and none represents maximum feasible CAFE standards. These are fundamental errors. The DEIS is fundamentally flawed and needs to be withdrawn.”

According to the NRDC’s Luke Tonachel, who testified in Dearborn this week, adopting the proposal would mean fewer innovative jobs, more smog, soot and carbon pollution, and higher costs for drivers filling up at the pump. The agencies’ own analysis shows that halting progress on emissions will mean 60,000 fewer jobs, an outcome that would be especially bad for Michigan, which is home to 69,593 jobs in 224 facilities that make materials or components for more fuel-efficient cars.

The agencies also admit that the plan will mean more carbon pollution.

If the plan is adopted, an additional 73 billion gallons of gasoline will be consumed by the vehicles directly regulated under the proposal – an additional cost of $170 billion dollars for American drivers.

The administration’s argument that halting the pollution and mileage standards would save lives by reducing highway deaths was undercut by the EPA’s own analysts, who showed the flaws in its assumptions.


Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

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Tesla sued, 2019 BMW i3, EPA to scrap science office, and VW MEB platform: Today's Car News

2019 BMW i3The SEC sues Tesla chief Elon Musk for securities fraud. The 2019 BMW i3 gains a larger battery pack. The EPA reportedly plans to eliminate its science office. VW details its mass-production MEB platform for electric cars. And the Trump Administration’s fuel economy proposal acknowledges man-made global warming—then ignores it. All of this…
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Germans Pull Plug On Selling PHEVs In Europe Due To WLTP

Some need more range to stay eligible for subsidies.

Europe’s second-best selling plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is the Volkswagen Passat GTE. Or, at least, it was. According to Automotive News, the automaker stopped selling it and the number four-ranked Golf GTE due to the advent of new emissions regulations known as the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which replaces the previous the New European Driving Cycle ( NEDC). They are not alone, either.

BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz have also terminated sales of some plug-in hybrid models. The problem, basically, is that they score higher than 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer due, mainly, to having too small a battery and therefore not enough electric range. In Germany, buyers of vehicles with less than 50g/km of CO2 are eligible for a 3,000-Euro ($3,476) subsidy, and so a PHEV scoring worse than that mark becomes that much more unattractive.

The sales halt may be temporary, for some models at least. Automakers will need to decide whether the cost involved in engineering a larger battery pack will pay off in the long run. One such model in this quandary is the E-Hybrid line of the Porsche Panamera. Responsible for as much as 69 percent of Panamera sales in Western Europe, according to industry publication AID, it has been withdrawn, along with the Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Not all manufacturers allowed themselves to be caught flat-footed by the change. Mitsubishi brought its Outlander PHEV down to 46 g/km of CO2 after changing, among other things, its 12 kWh battery pack to one with capacity for 13.8 kWh.

For its part, BMW hasn’t stopped all its offending PHEVs. It still features its 225xe Active Tourer minivan on its German site despite its 57 g/km of CO2 score. It has taken the new standards into consideration with its new models, though. When it arrives in 2019, the xDrive 45e plug-in hybrid version of the X5 will feature a bigger battery, upping its range to 80 km (50 miles) from a mere 31 km (19.2 miles) previously. The change will allow it to slip under the wire with a 49 gm/km of CO2 rating.


Source: Automotive News

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Sol Motors prepares to launch its 50 mph Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle

“Unique” might be an understatement. Sol Motor’s new Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle looks nothing like many of the new e-motos we’ve covered recently.

Perhaps that is why the company is pitching their new Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle as a completely new class of light electric vehicle.


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