Tesla to power ‘almost all’ Superchargers with solar after disconnecting them from the grid

June 9, 2017 by  
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Tesla wants the world to switch to renewable energy – and the company is leading by example by taking “almost all” of its Superchargers off the grid. The stations have been criticized in the past because they rely on dirty fossil fuels to power up electric vehicles. In response, Tesla founder Elon Musk announced that “almost all” Superchargers will be disconnected from the grid as solar and battery arrays are installed at the company’s 800 stations. Since the Superchargers were unveiled in 2012, Musk has been talking about adding on solar arrays. Now, he’s preparing to launch ‘Version 3’ of the Supercharger while deploying even more battery and solar systems – and he wants to take them off the grid. In response to a negative comment on Twitter, Musk said, “All Superchargers are being converted to solar/battery power. Over time, almost all will disconnect from the electricity grid.” All Superchargers are being converted to solar/battery power. Over time, almost all will disconnect from the electricity grid. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 9, 2017 As Elektrek reports , a recent study concluded that the average electric car in the United States now gets the same efficiency as a (non-existent) 73 mpg gas-powered vehicle . In retrospect, Musk could have made this point and ended the argument. However, he went one step further by unveiling the company’s ambition to take Tesla’s Supercharger network off-grid. Related: Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers The logistics still need to be worked out, as Tesla would need solar arrays as large as football fields at some stations. However, the intention has been set, and if Elon Musk has proven anything, it’s that he’s an innovative leader who consistently takes action. Expect to see improved Supercharger stations that are disconnected from the electric grid in the future. Via Elektrek Images via Tesla , Inside EVs

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Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers

April 24, 2017 by  
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Tesla is nothing if not ambitious. With the Model 3 release mere months away, Tesla is vowing to double its charging network. Right now, there are over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of the year that number will rise to 10,000 chargers – plenty of juice for the growing Tesla fleet. Tesla has two types of chargers: Superchargers , which can completely charge up a Model S in 75 minutes, and Destination Chargers, which work much like a home charger. Tesla currently has 9,000 Destination Charging stations and 5,000 Superchargers. By 2018, there will be 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging stations serving over 200,000 Tesla vehicles. California alone will get 1,000 Superchargers. Related: Tesla starts fining Supercharger hogs $0.40/minute In addition to more Supercharging stations, Tesla is expanding existing stations: “Tesla will build larger sites along our busiest travel routes that will accommodate several dozen Teslas Supercharging simultaneously.” You can see all existing stations and planned stations at this link . + Tesla

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First civilian jetpack gives humans the power of flight

April 24, 2017 by  
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Most of us have dreamed about flying . Now company JetPack Aviation is making those dreams reality. They’ve designed “the only true JetPack ,” the JB10, and it packs a powerful punch. Humans can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air at speeds of 68 miles per hour with the futuristic technology . JetPack Aviation has designed a personal flight jetpack that allows humans to zoom through the air for around 10 minutes. The technology is powered by two efficient jet engines that run on diesel. While flying, users can lean forward to move and speed up, or lean back to slow down to a hover. The right handle controls thrust and throttle; the left handle governs spin. The jetpack can even be equipped with an automatic inflation system which will release a float bag in seconds if the jetpack hits water. Related: Dubai firefighters now have jetpacks in their arsenal JetPack Aviation CEO David Mayman said in a Mashable video, “I think that the jetpack is the ultimate expression of freedom. It’s more than just a fantasy or a dream; it’s more than science fiction ; it’s something that we can literally do right now.” Mayman has been working for ten years with chief designer Nelson Tyler, who has been working on jetpacks for decades and whom Mayman describes as “like one of the original Wright brothers.” The jetpacks aren’t just for having fun in the backyard; the company has envisioned several practical applications for their jetpacks as well. They said commuters and first responders could benefit from the technology, and the military could use the jetpacks on search and rescue missions. JetPack Aviation recently raised $285,269 on equity crowdfunding platform StartEngine . The company says 500 people, military services, and government agencies have contacted them for more information, and they’ve already received their first order from a private citizen. Start saving now – the retail price is $250,000. + JetPack Aviation Via Mashable and JetPack Aviation on StartEngine Images via JetPack Aviation Facebook and screenshot

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Trump is switching off the EPA’s invaluable public data service

April 24, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump’s war on science and the environment continues as his administration is set to switch off the Environmental Protection Agency’s Open Data Web site this week. The data service is the United States government’s largest civilian-linked data tool, according to The Independent , and offers information open to researchers on the climate , the environment, and public health . While that would be awful enough, since the tool is vital for keeping people informed about health and climate data, that isn’t all Trump has planned for this week. Private citizens will soon no longer have access to a tool that allowed them to obtain data on climate change , health impact analysis, environmental justice , and life cycle assessment. The EPA’s Open Data Web page provided information on toxic chemicals, and allowed people to see if a treacherous spill had happened near them during the last 30 years. All that information is about to go dark, thanks to Trump. Related: 75 American mayors affirm climate goals even after Trump executive order The move to yank data away from citizens isn’t Trump’s only planned assault this week. On Wednesday he is supposed to sign an executive order  connected to the 1906 Antiquities Act, signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt. President Barack Obama  the act – more than other presidents – to protect federal areas such as the 1.6 million acres of land in Nevada and Utah which he designated as national monuments. The land contains Native American artifacts, and Obama’s move protected the area from drilling and mining . Then on Friday Trump is set to sign another executive order to review rules on offshore drilling and look at areas for offshore oil and gas exploration. Both orders could pave the way for more fossil fuel development. Trump’s been working hard to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, citing goals for improving jobs in the US. An anonymous White House official told Reuters over the weekend, “This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines , innovations in energy production, and reduce unnecessary burden on energy producers.” Whether these moves will create jobs remains to be seen, but the impact on the environment is very real. Via The Independent and Reuters Images via Gage Skidmore on Flickr and Becker1999 on Flickr

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Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September

June 11, 2015 by  
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As per usual, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was full of exciting news at the annual shareholders meeting , held on Tuesday in Mountain View, California. The pinnacle of his speech was an update on the long-awaited Model X , an all-electric sport utility vehicle with incredible falcon-wing doors, which Musk originally promised for production in late 2013. This week, Musk said the Model X will be available as early as September of this year. Read the rest of Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric sport utility vehicle , electric SUV , elon musk , falcon wing doors , model s , model s autonomous driving , model s autonomous mode , model s autopilot , model s driver assistance , Model x , model x release date , supercharger map , supercharger network , Superchargers , tesla , tesla 2015 shareholder meeting , tesla announcements , tesla electric suv , Tesla Model X , tesla model x release date , Tesla news , Tesla superchargers

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Tesla’s 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86 million electric miles

March 10, 2015 by  
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Tesla, the electric car company , now has 2,000 superchargers  spread across 400 different stations. The chargers are solar-powered, free to use, and, as unveiled in 2012, part of a new electric network. There are now four times as many superchargers as there were at this time last year, and Tesla is still planning to add even more. Read the rest of Tesla’s 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86 million electric miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , elon musk tesla , solar powered car chargers , solar powered superchargers , supercharger network , Superchargers , Supercharging Stations , tesla , Tesla charging stations , Tesla Motors , tesla motors electric cars , Tesla superchargers , Tesla Superchargers across the US , Tesla Supercharging Stations

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Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Power to Model S EVs in June

July 15, 2014 by  
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Tesla Motors passed an important milestone in June as its rapidly expanding Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of power (GWh) to Model S electric vehicles – that’s enough energy for 3.7 million electric miles! According to Tesla’s blog , the achievement saved 168,000 gallons of gas and offset 4.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide. Since the Superchargers were launched less than two years ago, the network has powered more than 24.7 million driving miles and prevented 1.1 million gallons of gasoline from being burned. Read the rest of Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Power to Model S EVs in June Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charging Station , elon musk , GWh , model s , one gigawatt hour , solar canopies , solarcity , Superchargers , Supercharging Stations , Tesla Motors

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

September 25, 2012 by  
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Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm , Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is using technology developed by SolarCity – and that they hope to have over 100 active charging stations in North America by 2015. After a half hour charge, Model S drivers will be able to travel about 150 miles with Tesla’s 85 kWh battery. Completely revolutionizing the electric vehicle business model which otherwise depends on the charging service for some of its income, according to Fehrenbacher, Tesla secretly built the free solar-powered Supercharger stations in order to mitigate three major issues that prohibit buyers from purchasing EVs: the inability to easily drive long distances, the problem of electricity sourced from conventional fossil fuel plants and lastly the high cost of electricity. The map above reveals the six Supercharger locations that are currently active, but Musk announced that eventually Tesla will ensure that there are free stations in high-traffic areas all over North America, and in 2013, the company will also ship this service to Asia and Europe. “Because the technology is using solar power, as well as previously designed technology for Model S charging, Tesla says the chargers are cheap to build and install,” writes Fehrenbacher. Basically, Tesla just completely changed the future of EV charging , and we’re excited to see what will happen next. + Tesla Motors Via GigaOm

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