Tesla Supercharger Network 2018 — Plans Call For Rapid Expansion Throughout North America, Asia, Europe, & Oceania. January 13th, 2018 by James Ayre It’s been a while since we provided an update on the state of Tesla’s Supercharger network, so it seemed worth giving readers an idea of just how rapidly the company is aiming to grow its network of proprietary electric vehicle superfast-charging stations over the coming months.
Of course, this is all the more important and interesting as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up and the total fleet of Tesla vehicles on roads around the world grows at a quicker and quicker pace. Based on the maps seen on the Tesla website, a very large number of new Supercharger stations will be opening “soon” — with particularly large numbers to be opened in North America, China, and Eastern Europe. With regard to the USA specifically, California, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and pretty much all of the Northeast will be built out considerably more than they are now over the near term — if the company’s map for planned stations is to be believed, anyways.
It's Here! Green New Deal Calls for National High Speed Rail! (More Photos) (Updated) The Green New Deal published back on February 7 supports the $2 trillion infrastructure investment called for by the American Society of Civil Engineers, plus a National High Speed Rail (HSR) Network that is required to provide the zero emission transportation alternative the Nation needs to reach the greenhouse gas emissions goal set by the IPCC.
This is tremendously exciting. Yes, I have had criticisms of the fact sheet put out by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, but the focus of this diary is on the concrete, real, and achievable Green New Deal goal of building a National HSR Network. A Lesson from The Power Industry This is a diary about HSR. And something amazing has happened in recent years. The United States has the third largest installed nameplate generating capacity of wind power in the World, behind China and the European Union. After 17 Cyclists Die, New York City Makes $58.4 Million Plan. Things could not get much worse in early July after three cyclists were killed in just over a week on the streets of New York City.
But they did. Two more cyclists were hit and killed on Tuesday — one in Brooklyn and another on Staten Island — and another struck on Wednesday morning in Queens was reportedly in critical condition. The growing toll of 17 biking fatalities this year — seven more than all of last year — has provoked an outcry from cyclists and transportation advocates and ratcheted up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat running for president, to better protect cyclists at a time when biking is booming across the city.
In response, Mr. de Blasio plans to unveil a $58.4 million bike safety plan this week that will try to make cycling safer by rapidly installing more protected bike lanes, redesigning intersections to make turns safer for cyclists and hiring 80 new city transportation workers dedicated to bike improvements. To really safeguard cyclists, Mr. Luxembourg First - All Public Transit Free. Luxembourg Becomes First Country to Make All Public Transit Free Luxembourg is set to become the world's first country to make all of its public transportation free.
The newly re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel and the coalition government have announced that they will lift all fares on trains, trams and buses next summer. Taking aim at long commutes and the country’s carbon footprint, the new move hopes to alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. Landlocked by Belgium, Germany and France, Luxembourg has more than 400,000 commuters travelling in to work from neighboring countries. This year, Luxembourg started offering free transportation to everyone under the age of 20.
As The Guardian reports, a decision has yet to be taken on what to do about first and second-class compartments on trains. Autonomous Driving is Coming No Matter What, Says SoftBank CEO. “Autonomous driving is coming no matter what,” says Says SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.
“That’s the destiny of where technology is going to drive us.” Self-Driving Shuttles Advance in Cities, Raising Jobs Concerns. California just decided to move to 100% electric city buses. For Electric Vehicles to Take Off, Apartments Need to Come with Charging Stations. Americans have now purchased more than 800,000 electric vehicles, counting both plug-in hybrids and all-electric models.
That may sound like a lot of EVs, and it is a big jump from the less than 5,000 that were on the road in 2010. But this is still less than 1 percent of all U.S. registered vehicles, despite the recent availability of longer-range, more affordable EV models like the Chevrolet Bolt. Policymakers nonetheless see EVs as having great potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other forms of pollution, and are supporting tax credits and other policies to encourage people to buy EVs. California, for example, aims to have 5 million of them on its roads by 2030. But to meet ambitious goals like that, EVs will need to stop being a niche product and appeal to as many drivers as possible. UK fleshes out its plan to go (mostly) electric by 2040. The worst is not yet over for BYD, China’s biggest electric-vehicle maker. Yamaha and Gogoro join forces to build new battery-swapping electric scooters.
Yamaha and Gogoro have both proven to be powerful forces in the light electric vehicle industry.
Gogoro has a line of highly successful scooters based on their battery-swapping technology, and Yamaha just rolled their four latest electric bicycle models into shops in the US. Now the two companies have announced that they will be joining forces on swappable-battery electric scooters, leveraging the strengths of both players. The two companies made the joint announcement today, detailing a study they are undertaking towards initial collaboration in the EV market in Taiwan, where electric scooter sales have skyrocketed. Gogoro’s home-town advantage in Taiwan has helped them become a powerhouse and secure a large portion of the local electric scooter market, especially compared to larger rivals. Volvo unveils all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab.
If your truck is completely autonomous, why would you need a cab?
Volvo Trucks believes that you don’t and that’s why they built a new all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab called Vera. Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, the idea behind Vera: “The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade. If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions. The solution is mainly for urban transport since while the lack of cab does reduce weight significantly, it also bad for aerodynamic performance, which is important at higher speeds. Volvo Trucks sees companies using this between their own locations. ChargePoint pledges to deploy 2.5 million electric vehicle charge points by 2025.
ChargePoint, already one of the biggest makers and operators of charging stations, announced a new pledge to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by having 2.5 million charge points in operation by 2025.
They made the announcement at the Global Climate Action Summit today. Pasquale Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, commented on the announcement: “Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation.
Mega Financing Rounds Affirm China Is the Center of the Electric Vehicle World. There are hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the roads across the U.S. and the European Union, and endless news of American EV maker Tesla's latest moves.
But the truth is that China is the center of the battery and electric transportation universe. This is borne out by the sheer volume of capital being deployed in the largest EV market in the world, a market that saw 579,000 electric passenger cars sold last year. With the caveat that battery and EV claims require some healthy skepticism, here are a few recent billion-dollar EV financial events in China. Farasis gets $1 billion in financing? World’s largest container shipping group Maersk pledges to cut all carbon emissions...by 2050 - Electrek. If you’ve ever seen a shipping container, there’s a good chance it has said “Maersk” on the side. That’s because the Danish group AP Moller Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping company and ships one out of every five containers worldwide. Those many football field sized, mini cities on water also run on bunker fuel, which is the leftover hot dog parts of the oil world, making its transportation significantly dirtier than even typical hydrocarbons like gas or even diesel.
But that’s set to change as the line pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050. And while that initially may sound like too little, too late there is a lot of good news to unpack here… Dutch couple to drive solar-powered, 3D-printed vehicle to the South Pole. In a bid to promote zero-waste lifestyles, Edwin and Liesbeth ter Velde of Clean2Antarctica will soon embark on a thrilling adventure to one of the coldest places on Earth — Antarctica. The Dutch couple will drive from their base camp on the southernmost continent to the South Pole in a solar-powered vehicle — called the Solar Voyager — built from upcycled, 3D-printed plastic components.
The expedition is expected to take 30 days and will kick off in less than a month on Nov. 28, 2018. Weighing in at 1,485 kilograms with a length of 16 meters, the Solar Voyager was mainly built from specially engineered, 3D-printed hexagonal blocks, called HexCores, made from industrially recycled PET filament that lock together into a honeycomb-like structure. Forty 3D printers were used to transform approximately 200 kilograms of plastic into the chassis of the Solar Voyager, which is held together with 3D-printed knobs that can withstand below freezing temperatures. The future electric car could be one giant battery. In cars, electric or otherwise, the bulk of the car is basically deadweight. The engine does the hard work of generating enough energy to propel the car forward and the designers look for ways to make the car lighter and more aerodynamic so that the engine doesn’t have as hard. This is the reason that Teslas, for example, have retractable handles that sit flush with the doors, for example.
Now, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden think the body of the car itself can become part of the battery. Howard warns about American, Delta and United’s cheap fares. Why don't we have solar-powered cars? Physics. The nuclear furnace at the center of solar system powers almost everything on earth. Photosynthesis, wind, and even fossil fuels (once decomposed living matter) all derive in some way from the star we call the Sun.
So why isn’t it enough to power our cars? It’s all about energy density: how much energy falls on a surface relative to how much is consumed. We can have solar powered e-bikes that cover thousands of miles, sailboat drones that cross oceans, even ultra-light aircraft that circumnavigate the globe. What do they have in common? For anything weighing thousands of pounds, like a car, the energy equation is daunting. Sono. GreenPower's Multi-Use EV Star Electric Minibus (#CleanTechnica Review) September 30th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart GreenPower recently introduced its first designed-from-scratch electric minibus or large van — called the GreenPower EV Star Min-eBus — which we got to test drive for a CleanTechnica review. GreenPower says the EV Star Min-eBus meets many needs for fleet owners, and others. Find out how it was to drive and learn more from our talk with GreenPower President Brendan Riley.
Industry First Purpose-Built Electric Van, The Multitalented GreenPower EV Star Min-eBus When I first saw the GreenPower EV Star Min-eBus, I thought it was a Mercedes Sprinter electric conversion, a vehicle I’m familiar with. Brendan Riley smiled, shook my hand, and said the EV Star Min-eBus was designed from scratch keeping in mind the broad platform format of a modern-day minibus/van.
Brendan tells us that the EV Star is perfect for most paratransit fleet owners, but can also serve as an executive shuttle, micro-transit bus, vanpool, and much more. Make a Segway Ninebot gokart by adding this contraption to a Ninebot mini. Aston Martin may be first with 800-volt charging.
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No cars allowed: Georgia considers highway just for trucks. ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only. It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director. Cleantech News — Solar, Wind, EV News (#1 Source) China rail project to link landlocked Laos to Asia. Self-flying taxi takes to the skies, say goodbye to cars. Waymo Gets Ready to Deploy Thousands of Self-Driving Minivans. Expedition Electric - OFFICIAL TRAILER 2 (2017)
India Mulls Slew Of Incentives In Electric Vehicles Policy. Can Tesla Do to Internal Combustion What Amazon Did to Retail? The new Nissan Leaf might make you cancel your Tesla Model 3 order. Mashable. Elon Musk and Tesla will make driverless cars a reality sooner than you think. $90 Billion Says Electric Cars Are the Future. Tesla's Journey: From IPO to Passing Ford in Value, in Just 7 Years. Owning An Electric Car Is Twice As Cheap As Owning A Gas Vehicle. Ford Is Finally Getting Serious About Making Electric Cars. BMW now says that its Tesla Model 3 competitor iNext will have an insane 435-mile range. Virgin Hyperloop One Is Bringing Elon Musk's Dream to Life. Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn. Tesla victorious in Rhode Island after state approves license to sell direct. German magazine compares real-world electric-car ranges, efficiencies in cold weather. Highway robbery in China as Solar Road makes sense to someone.
Fisker officially unveils its new EMotion all-electric vehicle with 400-mile range. A fully solar-powered car may be hitting the road by 2019. Electric Cars Can Stabilize Utility Grid Via V2G, Study Shows. No, electric cars (still) aren't crashing the grid. Again. What if... we all drove electric vehicles? Electric cars will come of age in 2018. Jalopnik. Europe takes the lead in very fast electric-car charging. Solid State Battery Electric cars could have over 600 mile range in 2020-2024. China extends its electric car rebate to 2020 in attempt to secure EV adoption lead. China and Fords market. 47 CleanTechnica Electric Vehicle Review Articles In 2017. 2018 Is the Year Electric Cars Really Catch On. BMW Gears Up to Sell Half a Million Electric Cars by 2019. Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today. Median electric car range increased by 56% over the last 6 years. Elon Musk confirms Tesla pickup truck coming ‘after Model Y’
‘World’s First’ Solar-Powered train to begin operation in Australia. Electric Car Range May Soon Triple, Thanks to New Research. Study: We're Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements. Electric Cars in 2040: Sustainable Development. Electric Cars: How Many Today Worldwide? Uber orders 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet. Tesla is reportedly linked to massive multibillion-dollar steel factory project in Michigan. Truck drivers like me will soon be replaced by automation. You're next. Elon Musk Reveals Tesla's Electric Semitruck. This ex-trucker has some questions about the Tesla Semi.