May 10, 2021

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Inhabitat From engadget

The NIO EP9 has an impressive 1,360 horsepower.

Tesla finally sealed the deal on its acquisition of SolarCity, and the merger is already producing incredible results. The two companies just completed a project to power an entire island on solar power. In other energy news, researchers in Israel developed found a way to make solar panels 70 percent more efficient. Two Chinese companies are building a massive solar plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. And Sweden announced plans to cut its tax on solar energy by 98 percent.

China-based automaker NextEV just unveiled the fastest electric car in the world. It’s called the NIO EP9, and it has a whopping 1,360 horsepower and 4,670 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, Uniti Sweden raised $1.3 million through crowdfunding to launch a tiny, high-tech electric car. And Motor Trend officially named the Chevy Bolt the 2017 car of the year.

Stephen Hawking has some alarming news for residents of planet earth: Humanity only has about 1,000 years left. Hawking believes that the only way to escape mass extinction is to find another planet. Last year Studio Roosegaarde hatched a crazy plan to install a smog-sucking vacuum tower in the middle of Beijing — and it turns out it’s actually working. According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the air around the tower is 55 percent cleaner than it was before. In other design and technology news, researchers developed an inexpensive LED foil that quickly and easily purifies water. And Adidas debuted a biodegradable sneaker made from artificial spider silk.

For more on this story go to: https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/27/inhabitat-week-in-green/

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Tesla is working on a fix for jerks parking at Superchargers

By Timothy J. Seppala From engadget

But what it is is anyone’s guess at this point.

What’s a Tesla owner to do when they roll up to a Supercharger station and every terminal is occupied by a fully-charged car? That’s a question CEO Elon Musk needs to find an answer to. He recently acknowledged the issue on Twitter and said that the company “will take action,” as spotted by Autoblog. What that will look like isn’t clear at the moment.

Tesla has already announced that starting January 1st, customers won’t get free unlimited charging with a new vehicle purchase — a decision that’s also helping the forthcoming Model 3 hit a lower price point. It might also keep charging stations from getting even more crowded. If Musk can figure out a way to get reusable rockets to Mars, coming up with a way to stop jerks from treating charging stations like parking meters should be comparatively easy.

IMAGE: Sam Mircovich / Reuters

For more on this story go to: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/13/tesla-is-working-on-a-fix-for-jerks-parking-at-superchargers/

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