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Nov 15, 2019

How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s first Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, has a well-documented place in the company’s history, both for how it helped Elon Musk ship his first mass-market electric car and because production problems there nearly doomed the automaker. But what’s been harder to come by is an account of the impact the factory has had on the town it was built for — until this week, that is. USA Today’s The City podcast spent an episode vividly retelling how Tesla’s first Gigafactory came to Reno with a deep dive into the way it’s changed the city.

Nov 14, 2019

An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Researchers in Sweden have created a molecule that offers a way to trap heat from the sun.

Nov 14, 2019

MIT Engineers Transparent Film To Replace Air Conditioners

Posted by in category: sustainability

Goodbye, bulky A/C units: This film can cool an entire building.

Nov 14, 2019

The beetle that pulls water from thin air

Posted by in category: sustainability

How a tiny beetle could help us harvest water from thin air.

Nov 14, 2019

‘World’s cheapest electric car’

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Chinese carmaker unveils the ‘world’s cheapest electric car,’ starting at less than $9,000.

Nov 14, 2019

Elon Musk Donates a Million Dollars to Plant a Million Trees

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability

According to an update by MrBeast, Musk is now in the number one spot with the most trees. Second spot goes to MrBeast himself with only 100,002 trees.

Nov 13, 2019

An Electric Motor That Works in Any Classic Car

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Anyone who’s owned a vintage car can tell you—and boy, will they tell you—how much time, money, and maintenance is required to keep their baby running. And don’t forget the gasoline, garage oil puddles, or tailpipe pollution involved.

A California startup may have the answer: A plug-and-play innovative motor to convert that finicky old gas-guzzler into an electric car. Eric Hutchison and Brock Winberg first gained attention by rescuing a moldering, V-8-powered 1978 Ferrari 308—you may know it as the model that “Magnum: P.I.” drove on TV—and transforming it into an electric marvel. Now, the co-founders of Electric GT have developed a DIY, electric “crate motor” that will let traditional gearheads or EV fans do the same.

“A lot of guys go out for a weekend in a classic car that’s 40 or 50 years old, but they get a ride home with AAA; it ends up being a one-way trip,” Hutchison says. “Here, you’re taking out 95 percent of the maintenance, which is the biggest problem with classic cars. So this is for enthusiasts who love their cars, but want a fun, reliable car that’s good for 100 or 125 miles on a weekend drive.”

Nov 13, 2019

24-Hour Solar Energy: Molten Salt Makes It Possible, and Prices Are Falling Fast

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Molten salt storage in concentrated solar power plants could meet the electricity-on-demand role of coal and gas, allowing more old, fossil fuel plants to retire.

By Robert Dieterich

Nov 13, 2019

The High-Tech Vertical Farmer

Posted by in categories: employment, food, robotics/AI, sustainability

In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical decisions — like when to harvest and how much to water each plant. But it still takes humans to carry out many tasks around the farm. Katie Morich, 25, loves the work. But as roboticists make gains, will her employer need her forever? This is the fourth episode of Next Jobs, a series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito.

Host, Producer: Aki Ito
Camera: Alan Jeffries, Brian Schildhorn
Co-Producer: David Nicholson
Editor: Victoria Daniell
Writers: Aki Ito and Victoria Daniell.

Nov 9, 2019

Tesla ‘Cybertruck’ Pickup unveiling event set for November 21 at SpaceX HQ

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Elon Musk has revealed the official launch date for Tesla’s “Cyberpunk” Pickup Truck. According to the CEO, the upcoming vehicle would be released on November 21, 2019 at the SpaceX rocket factory in Hawthorne, CA.

Musk’s update formally ends a period of speculations that have long swept the electric car community with regards to the unveiling of the Tesla Pickup Truck. The CEO, after all, has praised the vehicle as one of his personal favorites. Yet, despite this, Tesla has been able to keep details of the Cybertruck secret, with zero sightings or spy shots of the vehicle to date.