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Electrek is a US based news website dedicated to electric transportation and sustainable energy. Electrek is known for its extensive, positive coverage of electric transportation in general and Tesla specifically. Their positive coverage of Tesla has been criticised by some automotive journalists. Its main authors have disclosed ownership of Tesla stock, substantial profit from referrals to Tesla, and ownership of Tesla cars. However, the owner, Seth Weintraub, disclosed near total divestment from Tesla stock on January 14, 2020.Source
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Work launches on world's longest subsea power cable - Electrek

Work launches on world's longest subsea power cable - Electrek

July 14The UK’s National Grid and Denmark’s Energinet has begun work on the world’s longest subsea power cable. The €2 billion Viking Link project, a 475-mile-long (765 km) cable, is being built in Lincolnshire. It will run between the UK and Denmark in order to share green energy between the two countries.The :By 2023, the high-voltage, direct-current link will transmit the equivalent of enough electricity to power 1.5 million British homes between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and the South Jutland region in Denmark.The Viking Link will be longer than the 450-mile North Sea link, which will...

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Tesla sees spike in COVID-19 'exposure,' data leak shows over 130 cases and more 'affected' - Electrek

Tesla sees spike in COVID-19 'exposure,' data leak shows over 130 cases and more 'affected' - Electrek

TodayAn internal data leak shows that Tesla is seeing a spike in COVID-19 “exposure,” primarily at its Fremont factory in California.Tesla has had a controversial history with the COVID-19 pandemic.The automaker first defied a shelter-in-place order that , which stayed open a week longer than it was supposed to, early in the pandemic, in March.In the weeks that followed, CEO Elon Musk became outspoken about the pandemic, which he mostly downplayed as not being as dangerous as portrayed in the media. The CEO was also highly critical of the restrictions put in place by the state government...

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Tesla sees spike in COVID-19 'exposure,' data leak shows over 130 cases and more 'affected' - Electrek

Tesla sees spike in COVID-19 'exposure,' data leak shows over 130 cases and more 'affected' - Electrek

✕An internal data leak shows that Tesla is seeing a spike in COVID-19 “exposure,” primarily at its Fremont factory in California.Tesla has had a controversial history with the COVID-19 pandemic.The automaker first defied a shelter-in-place order that , which stayed open a week longer than it was supposed to, early in the pandemic, in March.In the weeks that followed, CEO Elon Musk became outspoken about the pandemic, which he mostly downplayed as not being as dangerous as portrayed in the media. The CEO was also highly critical of the restrictions put in place by the state government and...

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Tesla secures tax break for Cybertruck Gigafactory in Austin - Electrek

Tesla secures tax break for Cybertruck Gigafactory in Austin - Electrek

TodayTesla has secured an important approval for a tax break from a local school district in order to build its next Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.In May, Electrek exclusively reported that .It plans to move fast with hopes to have a general assembly line for Model Y in Texas by the end of the year, and it is already making preparations at a site near Austin.Last month, we reported on .However, before the deal is made official, Tesla needs to receive approval from a few levels of local government for an incentive package that includes significant tax breaks for the $1 billion electric...

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Police call for Tesla owners with Sentry Mode to help solve attempted murder - Electrek

Police call for Tesla owners with Sentry Mode to help solve attempted murder - Electrek

TodayIn a strange glimpse into the future, a police department in Norway is seeking Tesla owners with Sentry mode to help solve an attempted murder.On Sunday night, someone attempted to burn down the house of Sandefjord Mayor Bjørn Ole Geditsch.Sandefjord is a city located south of Olso in Norway.The local police department is investigating the situation as an attempted murder.According to the , they don’t have any suspects, but since this is Norway, where there’s a high concentration of Tesla vehicles, the police apparently had the smart idea to call on Tesla owners in the neighborhood to...

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EGEB: The City of Sydney is now on 100% renewable energy - Electrek

EGEB: The City of Sydney is now on 100% renewable energy - Electrek

YesterdayIn today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):The Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news.The City of Sydney, the central borough of the larger metropolis of Sydney, Australia, is now entirely powered by green energy. It’s sourced from one wind farm and two solar farms in New South Wales via electricity retailer Flow Power, as of last week. The City is home to around 250,000 people.:All the City’s operations, including street lights, swimming pools, council buildings, and even the historic Sydney...

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Tesla filed joint patent with CureVac on possibly revolutionary 'bioreactor for RNA' - Electrek

Tesla filed joint patent with CureVac on possibly revolutionary 'bioreactor for RNA' - Electrek

July 3A patent application shows that Tesla has been working with CureVac on a possibly revolutionary “bioreactor for RNA” for over a year.Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday that who is working on a COVID-19 vaccine based on their RNA technology.The CEO announced that Tesla would be “building RNA micro-factories for CureVac.”It took many by surprise since it seems like Tesla is making a move in the biotech world, but we now learn that it has been in the works for a long time — even pre-COVID-19.A tipster sent Electrek a patent application that Tesla jointly filed with CureVac through...

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Tesla launches short shorts for real and the internet goes crazy - Electrek

Tesla launches short shorts for real and the internet goes crazy - Electrek

July 5Tesla actually launched its own pair of short shorts, which started as a joke by Elon Musk. They are now for sale on the automaker’s website and the internet went crazy for it.As we reported last week, Tesla’s stock pushed to new record highs after Tesla reported better-than-expected deliveries during the second quarter.Musk took to Twitter to and tease them over all the money they were losing as the stock rose to a record $1,200 per share.“Shorts” refers to people short-selling stocks, which basically amounts to betting on the price of a stock going down.At the time, he joked that...

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Tesla acquires $5 million worth of land outside Austin to build new factory - Electrek

Tesla acquires $5 million worth of land outside Austin to build new factory - Electrek

YesterdayTesla is acquiring $5 million worth of land outside of Austin, Texas to build its new factory as it is about to secure over $60 million in incentives for the project.Last month, Electrek exclusively reported that .After our report, Tesla leaked that Tulsa, Oklahoma, was still in the running, but we were able to confirm that Tesla was already set to build in Austin, and it plans to move fast with hope to have a general assembly line for Model Y in Texas by the end of the year.Now we’ve learned that Tesla is buying a 2,100-acre piece of land (pictured above) just outside Austin to...

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Tesla admits its approach to self-driving is harder but might be only way to scale - Electrek

Tesla admits its approach to self-driving is harder but might be only way to scale - Electrek

YesterdayTesla’s head of AI admitted that the automaker’s approach to self-driving is harder than what most companies in the industry are doing, but he says it’s the only way to scale.There are dozens of high-profile companies working on solving self-driving and virtually as many different approaches, but there are two main differences: those who rely mainly if not entirely on computer vision and those who rely on HD mapping.Tesla falls in the former category of relying on computer vision.Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s head of AI and computer vision, is leading this effort.Earlier this week, he...

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New Jersey's largest solar farm has been completed - Electrek

New Jersey's largest solar farm has been completed - Electrek

May 18The largest solar project in New Jersey has been completed at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle in Tinton Falls, northwest of Asbury Park. It was designed, procured, and built by CS Energy, which designs and builds projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries.Project owner Ben Moreell Solar Farm and the Department of the Navy executed a lease for approximately 170 acres of land for the purpose of constructing a 28.5MW ground-mount project. The solar farm is owned by energy and commodities company Vitol Green Holdings LLC.The solar project will be tied directly to the...

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More than 300 companies want a sustainable US stimulus plan - Electrek

More than 300 companies want a sustainable US stimulus plan - Electrek

May 14More than 300 businesses, including more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms, have called on US Congress to rebuild a more resilient, sustainable economy following COVID-19.Sustainability nonprofit , who is supporting the group, “LEAD on Climate 2020,” reports:LEAD on Climate 2020 [made] the case to US House and Senate lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that a climate-smart recovery is needed to build back better from the economic downturn. In virtual meetings with lawmakers, participating companies and investors will urge Congress to protect against future shocks and systemic risks...

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Tesla's next factory is going to be in Austin, Texas and it's going to happen quickly - Electrek

Tesla's next factory is going to be in Austin, Texas and it's going to happen quickly - Electrek

May 15A source familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla has chosen Austin, Texas for its next factory and it’s going to happen quickly.The race to secure Tesla’s next factory is apparently over.According to a reliable source familiar with the matter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set on bringing the next Tesla Gigafactory, or now , to Austin, Texas, or at least close to the city.The people familiar with the project said that Musk has tasked the engineering team working at Gigafactory Nevada to start the process for the new factory, which is expected to make the Tesla Cybertruck electric...

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Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai: new drone video shows just how massive the expansion is - Electrek

Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai: new drone video shows just how massive the expansion is - Electrek

April 13Tesla is currently expanding Gigafactory Shanghai, and a new drone video now shows just how massive the new buildings are, now that the foundations are in.The automaker built a giant factory in Shanghai and started production at the facility within a year, but it was only the beginning.Gigafactory Shanghai currently produces Model 3 vehicles, but it is building only just over 30% of the parts locally and still relies heavily on other production facilities.The automaker has been expected to expand the factory in order to vertically integrate the production to achieve a greater...

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Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory: Missouri dangles $1 billion in incentives in formal bid for the plant - Electrek

Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory: Missouri dangles $1 billion in incentives in formal bid for the plant - Electrek

April 14Missouri has submitted an official bid to Tesla for the Cybertruck Gigafactory and they claim that it’s worth about $1 billion in incentives.Ever since CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla was ”, several states and regions have submitted bids to try to attract the plant.Musk didn’t elaborate on where specifically in the central US Tesla is currently scouting, but the CEO previously mentioned a tri-state area and Texas as possible locations for a second vehicle manufacturing facility in the US.Several reports also stated that .Missouri, Colorado, and Arkansas also added themselves to...

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Get ready for all-electric flying car races, they’re coming - Electrek

Get ready for all-electric flying car races, they’re coming - Electrek

April 11The Formula E electric-vehicle racing series was conceived in 2011. Nearly a decade later, EVs are well on the way to mass commercialization. Airspeeder, the first motorsports program for electric flying cars, this week announced raising a seven-figure sum to launch its series. Founders of the flying EV series believe it could accelerate progress toward mainstream sustainable, electric air mobility.The company announced it had secured funding from two of Australia’s leading technology venture capital firms, Saltwater Capital and Jelix Ventures. Alauda, the tech company behind the...

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Minnesota, New Mexico, and other states are poised to adopt California ZEV rules - Electrek

Minnesota, New Mexico, and other states are poised to adopt California ZEV rules - Electrek

April 13The most effective response to the COVID pandemic has come from state leadership — not the federal government. And the same thing is happening for vehicle-emission rules. Last month, the 12th state to adopt California’s zero-emissions mandate. Next up: Minnesota and New Mexico, with Colorado and Ohio not far behind., a twice-weekly newspaper, reported today that the state was prepared to publish a notice about the adoption of Clean Cars Minnesota. However, the coronavirus outbreak temporarily delayed the plan.Proposed in late 2019, Minnesota’s Clean Car program would require...

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Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory: Missouri offers land and incentive package in race for factory - Electrek

Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory: Missouri offers land and incentive package in race for factory - Electrek

March 17The Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory might end up in Missouri if one business leader has his way. The city of Joplin, Missouri, has offered land and an incentive package to Tesla in the race to secure the new factory.Last week, CEO Elon Musk announced that ”The CEO plans for Tesla to produce its new electric pickup truck called the Cybertruck, as well as Model Y vehicles for demand coming from the East Coast.Musk didn’t elaborate on where specifically in the central US Tesla is currently scouting, but the CEO previously mentioned a tri-state area and Texas as possible locations for a...

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Tesla's robotaxi plan is still on for this year — pending regulatory approval, says Elon Musk - Electrek

Tesla's robotaxi plan is still on for this year — pending regulatory approval, says Elon Musk - Electrek

April 12Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s plan for 1 million robotaxi vehicles on the road by the end of the year is still on pending regulatory approval.At Tesla’s “Autonomy Day” event last year, Musk announced by the end of 2020.It’s an extension of Tesla’s “Full Self-driving Capability” plan to improve its Autopilot system in all its vehicles produced since 2016 — leading to those vehicles being capable of self-driving.Once that capability is available through an over-the-air software update, which Tesla aims to be by the end of 2020, Tesla anticipates that it will have over 1 million...

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Tesla to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Tesla to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients

CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to attempt to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York in order to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients in the state. Several hospitals in the US are finding themselves in need of ventilators to help save patients who are more badly affected by the coronavirus. In previous comments over the last month, Musk has been skeptical that there’s going to be a need for more ventilators. The CEO believes that we “may have passed the inflection point for US cases.” However, that’s excluding New York, which has been hit harder by the virus than any other...

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The real life-threatening pandemic — and it's not coronavirus

The real life-threatening pandemic — and it's not coronavirus

You know what’s shortening people’s lives globally, far more than viruses, wars, disease, and smoking? It’s air pollution, according to a new study released today and published in Cardiovascular Research. According to the European Society of Cardiology: Professors Jos Lelieveld and Thomas Münzel, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Centre Mainz in Mainz, Germany, who led the research, say the findings suggest the world is facing an air pollution ‘pandemic.’ Using a new method of modeling the effects of various sources of...

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Tesla Model 3 leads industry in value retention, barely loses any value after a year

Tesla Model 3 leads industry in value retention, barely loses any value after a year

Tesla Model 3 is leading the industry in value retention by barely losing any value after a year and half the depreciation rate as the second-best vehicle, according to a new study. Last year, CEO Elon Musk claimed that Tesla vehicles are now “appreciating assets” due to their self-driving capability. He claims that once Tesla achieves full self-driving capability, its vehicles will become revenue-generating assets for their owners, and as the system improves, Tesla will be increasing the price of the self-driving capability, resulting in increased value for all cars. At one point, Musk...

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GM anoints LeBron James as GMC Hummer EV pitchman in Super Bowl commercial

GM anoints LeBron James as GMC Hummer EV pitchman in Super Bowl commercial

General Motors this morning released the full 30-second television commercial for the upcoming GMC Hummer EV, after teasing short clips earlier this week. While the ad doesn’t reveal any more details or images of the vehicle, it formally introduces NBA star LeBron James as the pitchman, complete with a one-minute, behind-the-scenes video. In that video, LeBron James says that he’s been a fan of the GMC brand for a long time. He then extols the virtues of the electric Hummer that goes into production in late 2021. The GMC Hummer EV promises 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. ...

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Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

In an email obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to “ignore stock price” as it soars to new highs in a market rally. Over the last few weeks, Tesla’s stock price blew past its longtime all-time high to now over $430 per share. CEO Elon Musk addressed the recent rally in an email titled “Please ignore stock price” sent to Tesla employees and obtained by Electrek. Musk wrote: “My silly jokes on Twitter are just that. What really matters is our actual execution and effectiveness as a company.” When he talks about “silly jokes”, he is likely referring to him tweeting...

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Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

While Elon Musk didn’t want to talk about the upcoming Tesla pickup truck today, he still managed to hype the vehicle up by saying that the ‘Cybertruck’ could be Tesla’s best product ever. Many people, including financial analysts, are trying to know more about the upcoming Tesla vehicle. During the conference call following Tesla’s Q3 2019 earnings, Elon Musk didn’t want to comment about Tesla’s pickup truck when asked by an analyst. Yet, the CEO went on to say that he thinks the pickup truck, which he is now calling the Tesla ‘Cybertruck’, might end up being the automaker’s “best...

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