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‘On 25 May 2017, the United States notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 17 May 2017 a safeguard investigation on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.’ The official filing can be found here.

There’s a good chance any solar panels imported to the United States after these date will have a tariff added, if the USA – on or before September 22nd – decides solar panel imports have harmed domestic solar panel makers.

The US International Trade Comission will rule whether solar panel manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld have suffered ‘serious injury’ as a result of global competition. US consumers already pay increased prices for any solar cells or modules from China.  Suniva has requested that President Trump impose a four-year minimum import price on PV modules and cells – starting in year one at US$0.78 per watt for modules and $0.40 for cells.

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Mercedes-Benz is not only talking about electric car concepts and show models anymore. The German automaker is increasingly securing manufacturing capacity at its existing plants in order to produce its upcoming EQ electric vehicles.

The company announced today that it reached a deal with the management and works council of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt in order to build ‘compact electric vehicles’ at the factory. expand full story

Fortune Magazine had a worrying headline today ‘Tesla’s Self-Driving Tech Is a Danger to Cyclists, Robotics Expert Says‘.

At first glance, I thought it would be about Tesla’s autonomous driving demo since they called it ‘self-driving’, but no – it is about Tesla’s Autopilot, which is obviously not a self-driving system as it currently stands. expand full story

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While Hyundai has made it clear that they accelerated their plan for their first long-range electric SUV, it’s still not clear which model will make it to market first.

They have electric versions of the Niro, the Stonic and the Kona coming all within the next 2 years and now we learn that they reportedly plan to debut one of those as an all-electric SUV for ~$39,000. expand full story

While government efforts to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles have been mostly at the provincial level in Canada, it’s apparently about to change.

The federal government has announced that they are developing a new “national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVS) on Canadian roads”. expand full story

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Hawaii strains to permit batteries as self-supply permits grow – By last week, 420 residential rooftop solar systems attached to batteries were ready to be installed as soon as the battery systems are given the go-head. Unfortunately, the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) has given building permits to only 33, citing safety concerns. – On the one hand, yes, its tough that it is taking a bit for these departments to get moving, however, we see the other hand hands many battery-powered+grid solar residential projects coming, and this number will only grow. Any of our readers in Hawaii? I’m wondering what size systems are being recommended to make sure no electricity gets back onto the grid.

Texas lawmakers approve tax break limitations for wind turbines near military bases – In other news, Texas lawmakers are simple-minded liars who are being paid off by fossil fuel interests. From the NavyTimes.com website – Navy: Wind farm opposed by some North Carolina lawmakers won’t harm radar – This project in North Carolina had the exact same logic put forward. Looks like national fossil fuel groups – Koch Brothers, ALEC, etc – finding strategically weak politicians that need money and don’t care about lying to their voters.

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After unveiling Mercedes’ new all-electric ‘EQ’ sub-brand last year, Daimler showed great ambitions to become a leader in all-electric vehicles.

The first effort is expected to come to market next year in the form of a luxury SUV called ‘EQ C’ unveiled last year, but now we learn that they reportedly plan to follow the vehicle with a relatively affordable all-electric hatchback with long-range to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September. expand full story

After billionaire venture capitalist Marc Andreessen made the case that Tesla is to automakers what Apple was to Nokia circa 2007, now Facebook millionaire turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya is making a very convincing case about Tesla looking like Apple during the pre-iPhone era. expand full story

May 28

While sightings and consequently pictures of Tesla Model 3 release candidates have been multiplying lately, we still had a very limited view of the vehicle’s interior.

But now a new sighting gives us our best look to date at the interior of the Model 3. expand full story

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BMW has unveiled yet another electric vehicle concept as part of its Vision Next 100 series, but this time for BMW Motorrad.

The scooter-like concept is called ‘The BMW Motorrad Concept Link’ and it is supposed to represent BMW’s vision for the future of electric transport on two wheels. expand full story

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