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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, April 25, 2020. Robyn Beck | AFP | Getty Images Oil prices fell on Tuesday amid concerns that a possible rise in Covid-19 cases following the U.S. Labor Day long weekend, which also marks the end of the peak U.S. driving season,
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Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters Russia and other major oil producers must regain, and even increase, their share of the oil market once demand returns, Russia’s energy minister has said. “When demand begins to return to pre-crisis levels, it will be extremely important for Russia, like other oil-producing countries, to regain market share as soon as
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Panasonic confirms plans to expand at Tesla Gigafactory Nevada: with a new production line – resulting in more battery cell production next year. Over the last year, there have been many reports that Tesla’s relationship with Panasonic, the automaker’s longtime battery supply partner, has been deteriorating. The problems started around the time we started to
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VW CEO Hebert Diess put an end to rumors and confirmed that there’s no deal in the making with Tesla. As we reported last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been in Germany visiting a few projects related to Tesla. It ended with reports that Musk visited Braunschweig Airport, used by Volkswagen, to meet with VW
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German Chancellor Angela Merkelgreets Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Adam Berry | Getty Images News | Getty Images German officials are increasing pressure on the Kremlin to cooperate in the investigation into the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, with one lawmaker noting this weekend that Berlin
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Tesla is launching phase 3 of its massive virtual power plant in South Australia and confirmed that soon almost 4,000 homes with Powerwalls and solar will be connected to the system. Tesla Virtual Power Plant A virtual power plant consists of connecting several small distributed energy assets, like residential solar panel systems and home battery
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September 6th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan  A few days ago, I wrote about a new report from the European Commission or Ricardo showing (yet again) that electric vehicles “have significantly lower impacts on the climate.” It looks like the most comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of electric vehicles versus fossil fuel vehicles. I noted in the article
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September 5th, 2020 by Guest Contributor  Originally published by University of OxfordSmith School of Enterprise and the Environment  New research today from the University of Oxford shows that electric utility companies around the world are continuing to invest heavily in fossil-fuel-based power generation, resulting in a missed opportunity for progress on global climate commitments. The
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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September 5th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan  A trio of technology leaders in Europe — the Austrian Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ISE in Germany, and Forster Industrietechnik in Switzerland — is working to develop a solar canopy system for highways in order to tap into the vast, under-utilized road network for clean electricity generation. The PV-SÜD
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Russian energy minister Alexander Novak arrives for the 177th Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on December 5, 2019. JOE KLAMAR | AFP via Getty Images Russian energy minister Alexander Novak made a call for only modest oil price recovery in 2021, based on a weak demand look and pandemic-induced changes
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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla teasing an important design change, the $5 billion TSLA capital raise, Lucid Air performance, and more. Sponsored by Electrify America: Discover all the new and innovative ways that Electrify America is providing freedom for electric
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September 4th, 2020 by Carolyn Fortuna  When my tenants in a rural setting mentioned how dark it was on the path to their lakefront home, I had to consider new lighting sources to alleviate their concern. Since all the electrical wiring had been hidden underground in trenches, adding new traditional lights would have been really
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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September 3rd, 2020 by Press Release  Largest capacity lithium-ion power system available on a residential trailer enables off-grid experience with minimized emissions As Americans seek alternatives for safe living and travel in the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Vehicle is partnering with Volta Power Systems on lithium-ion storage for the 2021 Living Vehicle luxury travel trailer that allows users to live off-grid
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Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Al Drago | Getty Images President Donald Trump will continue to weaken environmental regulations on industries if re-elected for a second term in November, while working to
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A solid-state battery development lab for QuantumScape. QuantumScape A battery supplier for electric vehicles backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Volkswagen is the newest automotive company to announce plans to go public through a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. QuantumScape Corp., a developer of what are known as “solid-state” batteries, on Thursday said
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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. New episodes of Quick Charge are recorded Monday through Thursday and again on Saturday. Subscribe to our podcast in Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee
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September 2nd, 2020 by Zachary Shahan  There is much news published every month on electric vehicles, renewable energy, and other clean and green matters. We can’t cover it all. Below are 33 cleantech stories from the past month or so that got onto our story list but never got covered. Enjoy! Electric Cars, Trucks, &
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A line of oil tankers transporting fuel to the refineries located along the Mississippi River just north of New Orleans, Louisiana. Art Wager | Getty Images Oil prices rose on Tuesday, reversing overnight losses as better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing activity data spurred hope for a post-pandemic economic recovery, and as analysts forecast a sixth weekly drawdown
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With several new major players like Tesla Semi and eCascadia coming to electrify trucks, US electric truck sales are now expected to increase to over 54,000 units by 2025, according to Wood Mackenzie. Passenger vehicles are being slowly electrified and some might be thinking that the same thing will happen to commercial trucks. But it
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German manufacturer Canyon, one of the world’s leading direct-to-consumer bicycle companies, has just unveiled a pair of high-end electric bicycles as well as a fascinating electric pedal car concept. The introduction of the two new electric bicycles in Canyon’s :ON line follows on the heels of the company’s previous unveiling of its Grail:ON electric gravel