Tesla Supercharger network finally expanding into Romania

Back in September 2019, Elon Musk made an obtuse tweet noting the similarity between the flags of Romania and Chad, before announcing that Tesla would be expanding into Romania. Nearly two years later, Tesla is starting to expand its Supercharger network into Romania. Social media posts, and news articles, over…

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BMW funding research into sustainable lithium production

One of the complaints about electric vehicles is the possibility that sourcing the raw materials will cause grave ecological or societal harm. For example rare earth minerals are sometimes produced in locations with active resource wars. And of course it’s not unknown for industrial processes to have negative side effects.…

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US Dept of Energy funding electric vehicle and battery research

The Trump Administration has been taking all kinds of actions to undermine environmental regulations, coddle polluters, and support fossil fuels, but at the same time the Administration continues to fund research into clean energy technologies. In January, the Dept of Energy announced a funding opportunity for up to $133 million…

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Big advertising splash for GMC Hummer EV

Ever since General Motors killed the electric car, we’ve had doubts over GM’s seriousness about EV’s. In almost the same breath as the EV1 program was canceled, GM ramped up sales of the Hummer. In 2008, GM announced a plug-in hybrid (the Chevy Volt) while stating that over the long…

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2012 is calling wanting its all-electric Mini Cooper SE

BMW, the owner of the Mini Cooper brand, just announced an all-electric Mini Cooper that would have been utterly amazing in 2013 or so. Today, in 2020, it is still a very interesting car, but is found lacking in one key measure – driving range. Its very affordable price will…

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