While Tesla doesn’t make any commercials itself, it has often been the target of other automakers’ commercials.

Now we get another example of it as GM takes a swipe at Tesla in its latest Cadillac commercial. expand full story

March 16

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a new big Tesla Autopilot software update, a Tesla Semi prototype goes on a road trip, electric vehicles get cleaner thanks to a greener grid, and more.

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Nissan has long been rumored to be working on a bigger version of the Leaf to produce an all-electric SUV or crossover.

Seven years after releasing the Leaf, Nissan has yet to bring the vehicle to market, but an executive now says that it will come to production based on the IMx concept. expand full story

Green Deals: 4-pack Philips 100W A19 Daylight LED Light Bulbs $16, more

Amazon offers a 4-pack of Philips 100W A19 Daylight LED Light Bulbs for $15.95 Prime shipped. For comparison, this bundle usually sells for between $20-$25. You’re paying more here than a typical LED light bulb, but that’s because the power output is higher. Each one is rated to last ten-years and consume 87% less energy than a traditional alternative. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 2,100 reviewers.

Some politicians and electric utilities are now pushing the idea to remove the cap of 200,000 electric vehicles sold per manufacturer in order to get access to the federal tax credit just as Tesla and GM are about to hit the threshold. expand full story

The Swiss know long-term cost of ownership well and one police force in Basel figures it will save a significant amount of money over the life of their police cruisers by swapping out diesel vehicles with all-electric Model X 100D SUVs, which Tesla claims is the “World’s fastest, safest and most versatile SUV”.

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Thanks to our sponsor Wunder Capital for sponsoring The Electrek Podcast this month. 

The best way to invest in solar is generally having your own rooftop solar array. Of course that may not work for everyone for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are renting rather than a homeowner, have an inadequate roof location/configuration, or your grid electricity is cheap enough that it doesn’t make sense financially. But you might also want to invest in even more than just your own electricity savings.

Colorado-based Wunder Capital enables you to do so by directly investing in other solar projects across the U.S. while providing great returns for investors. The company’s portfolio of solar projects in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent months and it shared some updated data below. Here’s how it works:

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The mining industry has some of the biggest and toughest vehicles in the world and they are going all electric.

Now a massive, new all-electric 40-tonne truck has been unveiled to bring zero-emission vehicles to underground mining. expand full story

As we reported yesterday, Tesla started pushing a new Autopilot update to the fleet this week and it apparently features some significant improvements to Tesla’s semi-autonomous driver assist system.

Now some owners are releasing videos of their first drivers with the new software and most of them are quite impressed. expand full story

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype is currently traveling in the Midwest as part of the automaker’s test program ahead of the vehicle’s production next year.

Now the truck has been spotted on the side of the road in Missouri apparently broken down to the enjoyment of detractors of Tesla’s electric truck effort, but the company says that it actually wasn’t even “broken down”.  expand full story

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