Today

A Tesla vehicle crashed into a tree and caught on fire in Houston this weekend – resulting in two deaths.

The police believe no one was in the driver’s seat, which could mean that this could be the first fatalities as a result of a Tesla driver jokingly getting into the backseat.

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Yesterday

Autonomous EV with DJI sensors spotted at Shanghai auto show

Leaks are just as prevalent in the automotive world as in the drones sector. And, the day before Shanghai’s big Auto Show, a DJI-related autonomous electric vehicle leak has occurred.

A San Francisco woman has learned firsthand that electric bicycles aren’t just for recreation; they also make efficient and cost-effective alternatives to typical transportation like personal cars.

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April 17

Elon Musk claims that Tesla with Autopilot engaged approaches 10 times lower chance of accident than the average car.

Here’s the data he is basing this claim on.

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Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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If you’re already sold on the many benefits of driving an electric car, then you’re probably in the pro-solar-energy camp as well. You may have even considered the interesting proposition of marrying the two into a solar electric car, charging your EV for free with the sun rays currently cooking your paint job. But if there are two technologies that don’t scream “cheap startup cost,” they’re electric cars and solar power.

Unless of course you head on over to Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant and the internet’s aunt with a hoarding problem. That’s exactly where I’ve found the most awesome solar electric family car for the most awesome price. And it’s just weird enough to make it into this week’s edition of the Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week series!

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April 16

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including the Tesla Semi service program, Audi e-tron Q4, Mercedes-Benz EQS, and more.

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Mercedes-Benz announced today the upcoming EQB compact SUV with seven seats, and it will be coming to the US next year.

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Green Deals: Home Depot 1-day solar sale starts at $16, more

Today only, as part of its Special Buy of the Day, Home Depot is offering a selection of solar-powered gear on sale from $16. Free shipping is available on orders of $45 or more, or you can opt for in-store pickup to side-step the delivery fee. Our favorite deal here is the Nature Power 110W Solar Panel with 11A Charge Controller at $87.88 from its normal rate of up to $190. This saves over 50% and marks one of the best prices that we’ve tracked all time. This kit includes everything you need to get started with running your gear with solar power. That means all of the wiring, brackets, panels, and even an 11A charge controller are bundled together in one simple package. This will let you power 12V batteries and run your stuff at the same time, providing electricity for your camper or shed day and night. Rated 4.2/5 stars. Looking for other products? Well, Home Depot has a landing page featuring all of its solar-powered accessories on sale right now from $16, so be sure to give it a look.

Head below for more deals on solar LED lights, electric lawn tools, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best Tesla accessories.

GM has confirmed a $2.3 billion investment in partnership with LG Energy Solutions to build a new battery cell gigafactory in Tennessee.

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