Today

sonnen, a Germany-based home battery pack and electric vehicle charger manufacturer, is making some big moves lately and those moves require money.

The company announced today that it secured a €60 million (~$70 million USD) financing round led by oil giant Shell. expand full story

The media has been having a field day with Tesla crashes and Model 3 delays lately, which has affected the company’s stock.

Now Baird is out with a new note claiming that those reports are ‘increasingly immaterial’ and that the stock could rally as the market gets over it. expand full story

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) has been leading efforts to unionize Tesla’s Fremont factory for the better part of two years and the union spent over $400,000 last year alone on its “Tesla Campaign”, according to their own filings.

Evidently tired of the claims made by the union, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now suggests that the automaker could itself push for a vote in order to show that its workers don’t want to be part of UAW. expand full story

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Today on EGEB, researchers at University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering found a new way to integrate solar power production and storage into a single system. Rocky Mountain Institute reports that solar power will outperform fossil fuels on an economical basis to replace the U.S. aging power plants. A new University of Uppsala study argues Nordic countries could supply their energy needs using only green power.

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As we reported yesterday, Tesla is preparing a massive push in China as import duties fall and local manufacturing is coming.

Now Tesla is already lowering its price by 40,000 yuan to 90,000 yuan (~$6,000 to ~$14,000 USD) depending on the model. expand full story

A massive new plan to deploy DC fast-charging stations powered by grid-scale batteries throughout the UK to create a network with a 2 GW capacity – the world’s biggest – moves forward with backing from the National Grid. expand full story

Yesterday

Earlier this month, Tesla claimed that Model 3 is about to become the best-selling mid-size premium sedan in the US – electric or not.

While it could be there soon, it’s already there in California, where Model 3 outsold the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class to become the best-selling car in the segment during the first quarter, according to a new report based on new registrations.  expand full story

When first unveiling the Tesla Model 3 in March 2016, the prototypes came equipped with new wheels designed by the automaker.

Tesla brought to production two designs out of the three unveiled and the one that they didn’t make was arguably the most stunning.

CEO Elon Musk now says that they will bring it to market as an aftermarket option ‘later this year’. expand full story

Tesla had a few high-profile departures lately, but it is now making a high-profile hire of its own as it poaches Stuart Bowers, a former machine learning engineer at Facebook who most recently was VP of engineering for monetization at Snap.

Bowers will now become VP of Engineering at Tesla and work on Autopilot. expand full story

Green Deals: WORX 20V Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner $79 (Reg. $120), more

The official WORX eBay storefront offers its 20V Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner w/ Bottle Connector for $79.04 shipped when you use promo code PMEMDAY at checkout. Normally closer to $120 at retailers like Amazon and Home Depot, this is the lowest we’ve tracked and is the best available. The Hydroshot lets you use literally ANY source of fresh water: a bucket, your pool or even the lake. Rated 3.7/5 stars at Home Depot.

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