Tesla’s all-electric Model S is becoming increasingly popular with police departments around the world. The Los Angeles Police Department and the Denver Police Department are both using Tesla vehicles, and Scotland Yard is also considering it.

The Luxembourg police also announced that they will be using the Tesla Model S and we now get a first look at the cars as they have started fitting them with police equipment. expand full story

Green Deals: WeMo Switch Smart Plug now $22 Prime shipped, more

Amazon offers the WeMo Switch Smart Plug for $21.99 Prime shipped. Originally $56, today’s deal is within $1 off the Amazon all-time low and the best that we can find. For comparison, some retailers are still charging around $40. This smart plug offers in-app scheduling, voice control, and works with appliances like Nest Thermostat. Rated 3.9/5 stars by over 15,000 Amazon reviewers.

GM ended up delivering over 23,000 Chevy bolt EVs in the US during its first full year of production, but availability was limited in other markets.

Despite troubles in Europe where the vehicle is sold as the Opel Ampera-E, 2018 is expected to be a more important year for GM’s only all-electric vehicle sold internationally.

Now, we learn that South Korea could become an important market for the car as GM confirms that it is allocating 5,000 units to the country for the year. expand full story

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Anthony Levandowski, Uber’s former head of self-driving, is still neck-deep in a lawsuit alleging that he stole trade secrets from Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving company and his former employer. Now, he is facing another lawsuit claiming to shine a new light on the extent of his dealings.

According to the suit, it even includes paying a Tesla engineer to receive updates on the automaker’s electric truck program. expand full story

Combining more solar power with the energy consumption created by electric vehicles has long been part of Tesla’s plan, but the rollout has been disappointing to some.

But it seems to be picking up lately, and now even Tesla’s Tilburg factory gets a new massive solar array. expand full story

Ukraine’s repurposing of 1GW of electricity transmission infrastructure, located in the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone, has passed a milestone of installing its first solar power plant – a 1MW plant.

It is a special plant because it is located a mere 100 meters away from the world’s largest movable structure – the Chernobyl Sarcophagus – that will seal in nuclear radiation from the still radioactive nuclear material.

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Runaway 53GW Solar Boom in China Pushed Global Clean Energy Investment Ahead in 2017 – Solar investment globally amounted to $160.8 billion in 2017, up 18% on the previous year despite cost reductions of 25%. Just over half of that world total, or $86.5 billion, was spent in China. This was 58% higher than in 2016, with an estimated 53GW of PV capacity installed – up from 30GW in 2016. Globally, solar power did well. China is really pulling the world along for its ride – about 100% of the increase from 2016 to 2017 came from China.

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A few months ago, the EPA officially released the Tesla Model 3 Long Range version’s efficiency rating with a leading ‘126 MPGe’.

The agency has now updated the rating for the 2018 version and despite no apparent change, the vehicle obtained a better efficiency rating than the 2017 model year. expand full story

As a brand, Lexus has been suffering on the electric vehicle front due to being part of Toyota, which has until recently been too focused on hydrogen fuel cell to make electric vehicles.

But Toyota has now greenlit Lexus EVs and it unveiled a new crossover concept supporting an all-electric powertrain at the Detroit Auto Show this week. expand full story

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As Tesla starts rolling out more Model 3 vehicles on the road, we are learning more from owners about the automaker’s latest electric car, but we have yet to learn a lot about the vehicle’s safety, which has been an important selling point for Tesla’s Model S and Model X.

We are now starting to hear about some of the first Model 3 crashes – giving us some insights into the vehicle’s level of safety. expand full story

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