Entirety of US could be powered by solar energy, according to Elon Musk

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A small part of the country could use solar panels to generate all of the country’s electricity Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, believes that the entirety of the United States can be powered by a 100 mile by 100 mile track of land equipped with solar energy systems. Musk outlined this vision during a meeting with the National Governors Association. According to Musk, the land needed for this endeavor can be found in Nevada, Texas, or Utah. These three states have extensive tracks of open…

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Tesla to build world’s largest battery system

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New battery system will be developed by Tesla Tesla Motors has been tapped to build the world’s largest battery system. The system will be developed in South Australia and is meant to be 60% larger than other large-scale battery systems. The project is being developed with the aid of the Australian government as well as Neoen, a French renewable energy company. A portion of the electricity stored by the battery system will come from the Hordnsdale Wind Farm. Tesla expects that the battery system will be able to provide as…

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Tesla Model 3 to go into production at the end of the week

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Production on the Tesla Model 3 to begin ahead of schedule Tesla Motors is preparing to begin production on its latest electric vehicle at the end of this week. The Tesla Model 3 is ready to enter the market in the United States, where electric vehicles have been gaining popularity for some time. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Model 3 is compliant with all government regulations and commercial production on the vehicle began two weeks ahead of schedule. The automaker plans to deliver the first 30 models of…

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Solar energy to power all of Tesla’s charging stations

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Tesla has plans to use solar energy to power all of its charging stations Tesla Motors has plans to disconnect all of its charging stations from established energy grids. The automaker is looking to power its charging stations with solar energy systems and batteries. Notably, Tesla has become heavily involved in the solar energy space; largely due to its recent acquisition of sister company SolarCity. Tesla has been adding solar energy systems to its charging stations for several years, but now the company has committed much of its focus to…

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Toyota and Tesla end clean transportation collaboration

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Toyota divests from Tesla in order to focus on its own clean transportation plans Toyota has announced that it has fully divested from Tesla Motors, marking the end of the collaboration between the two companies. The Japanese company was one of the first investors into Tesla and has worked with the American company for some time. The collaboration was meant to produce new technologies that could be used to make vehicles more efficient and environmentally friendly. The technical partnership ended, however, after the production of Toyota’s 2014 RAV4 electric vehicle.…

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Tesla and Panasonic to develop more solar energy products next year

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Tesla forms a new deal with Panasonic Tesla Motors has announced that it will be working more closely with Panasonic in the solar energy space. Together, the companies will begin work on manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules. Plans to do so were first outlined two months ago, when the companies signed a non-binding letter of intent. Per the letter of intent, the companies aim to use their new photovoltaic cells to provide power for Tesla’s energy storage solutions, the Powerwall and Powerpack. New facility to be built in Buffalo, New…

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Nikola unveils new truck equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell that can travel 1,200 miles on a single tank of fuel

New truck could be the most efficient vehicle of its kind Automaker Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new class 8 truck that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The massive truck is designed for heavy-duty transportation and will be a much more environmentally friendly solution for companies interested in cutting down on emissions and fuel consumption. According to Nikola, the new truck will be able to travel as much as 1,200 miles on a single tank of hydrogen fuel. The vehicle is expected to be released at…

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Tesla successfully acquires major solar energy developer SolarCity

Tesla has finalized its deal to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has successfully finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, a leading solar energy developer. Elon Musk, who chairs both Tesla and SolarCity, has been attracting attention to this deal for some time, claiming that it will be a major step forward for the solar energy sector in the United States. Shareholders approved of the deal by an overwhelming margin. The deal is valued at approximately $2 billion and it will allow Tesla to integrate SolarCity’s technology into its operations. Moreover, SolarCity will…

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Tesla Motors acquires leading engineering firm to improve manufacturing

Grohmann Engineering to be acquired by Tesla Tesla Motors has announced that it will be acquiring Grohmann Engineering, a firm based in Germany. Through the acquisition deal, the engineering firm will become the leader of Tesla’s new Advanced Automation facility, which will be based in Germany. The facility is dedicated to aiding Tesla in increasing the automation and efficiency of its manufacturing process. Tesla has shown heavy support for automation as it would allow the company to produce its electric vehicles much more quickly and, potentially, at lower cost in…

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Elon Musk calls for popular uprising against fossil-fuels industry

Musk sets his sights on fossil-fuels industry Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and CEO of SpaceX, has set his sights on the old fossil-fuels industry. According to Musk, the fossil-fuel industry is the largest industry in the world and it is likely to remain this way without a “popular uprising.” In the future, Musk hopes to see a major shift toward more localized, clean energy systems, specifically solar panels and batteries. Without a popular uprising among consumers and other businesses, however, clean energy is not likely to establish a…

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Tesla shows off its new solar energy solution

Tesla continues to break into the solar energy market with new glass tiles Acclaimed automaker Tesla has very ambitious plans for clean transportation, but this may pale in comparison to the company’s new efforts in the solar energy market. The company has unveiled a new range of textured glass tiles. What sets these glass tiles apart from others is that they are affixed with solar cells. Moreover, these solar cells are almost indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts. This makes gives them a type of “camouflage” quality, which could make them…

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Fuel cell vehicles may outpace battery electrics in the coming years

Report highlights the growing popularity of fuel cell vehicles Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells are on track to catch up with battery electric vehicles in the coming years, according to the Global Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles report. The report notes that fuel cell vehicles have several advantages over their battery-powered counterparts. One of these advantages has to do with fueling. While electric vehicles can take several hours to fully charge, those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells only take minutes to fuel completely. This has proven to be…

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Daimler to compete with Tesla with new electric vehicles

Daimler is set to bring more competition to the clean transportation market German automaker Daimler is set to compete directly with Tesla Motors after announcing ambitious plans to launch numerous electric vehicles in the near future. The automaker has plans to launch as many as nine new electric vehicles by 2024. The company has not yet outlined specific details concerning its plans, but Daimler has a history with clean vehicles. The company’s future clean vehicles will likely be updated versions of its current offerings, if not entirely new models. Tesla…

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Solar roof may be the future of residential solar energy

Elon Musk outlines concept for a solar roof system Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, has a new plan to bolster solar energy usage among homeowners. The technology icon and pioneer wants to turn rooftops into solar power generators. While this may not seem like a new idea, Musk intends to do away with solar panels installed on actual rooftops and convert these into full-scale energy production systems. Musk believes that homeowners will have to replace their roofs at some point, which creates a promising opportunity…

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Tesla aims to set foot in the solar energy market with SolarCity acquisition

Tesla offers $2.6 billion to acquire SolarCity Tesla Motors has revealed more details about its plans to acquire SolarCity. The two companies aim to join together as soon as possible, which could have major implications on the clean transportation space and the availability of solar energy. Tesla believes that the acquisition of SolarCity will enable the company to develop fully integrated residential, commercial, and grid-scale solar energy products. Tesla plans to purchase SolarCity for approximately $2.6 billion. Acquisition deal is part of Tesla’s “master plan” In June of this year,…

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Elon Musk outlines the next master plan for Tesla Motors

Tesla has launched a new master plan in order to propel clean transportation Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors, has announced the second part of the automaker’s ambitious “master plan.” The initial master plan was introduced 10 years ago. This plan involved developing clean vehicles at various price ranges. It also sought to incorporate solar energy into Tesla’s ever expanding presence in the clean transportation space. Now, the new plan aims to take these endeavors to take the first master plan to a new level. Musk has…

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