The trends driving electric vehicle development


ev The recent unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 resulted in the largest product pre-order in history. The fact that about 400,000 people paid $1,000 each for a car they will receive in 2018 is simply astounding. In addition to the $400 million wired to Tesla, this represents an order book of more than $15 billion dollars. In case you were not paying attention, something amazing just happened to… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all


smart-garbage Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may not sound so impressive, but when the dumbest of items gains… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself


freebirds What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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The business case for fighting climate change


moneyclimatechange Chilling news regarding climate change continues to arrive on a regular basis, even as Antarctica warms dangerously and further troubling global symptoms emerge. It’s a shame global governments seem unable to mobilize to the degree necessary to keep Antarctica safely frigid and other climate-change-related catastrophes at bay. It’s also a shame those same governments don’t… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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Embedded fuel cells power smartphones for a week… and could run the world


batterylife People love their smartphones but hate poor battery life. We love having access to the world’s information at our fingertips but tire of the need to constantly plug in to the world’s electricity grid. The recharging model of batteries fails us — the marketplace is ready for a new approach to portable power. Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch

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