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Tesla is bringing the Model 3 to market at $35,000 to be competitive with any other vehicles in its segment without incentives, but that doesn’t mean that buyers can’t take advantage of them.

Yesterday, the Model 3 was officially added to the list of eligible vehicles for California Air Resources Board’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) – bringing the cost of the vehicle down to $25,000 for most buyers after the federal tax credit, which is expected to start phasing out for Tesla’s vehicles at some point next year. expand full story

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Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 “If this turns out to be of major concern, then fossil fuel combustion will be essentially unacceptable, an important justification for expanding the nuclear and solar energy options,” Dr. Cyril ComaryetIn 1991, Edison Electric Industry and Southern Company spearheaded the Information Council on the Environment listed as its top strategy an effor to “reposition global warming as theory (not fact).” The electricity utilities and the fossil fuel majors both knew. They knew back in the 1960s explicitly – yet they paid front groups to lie to the general public, and lobbied politicians to ignore science in exchange for campaign donations. Per the example set against the tobacco companies – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. People have died – and many more will because of these lies.

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While talks of upcoming projects and planned routes of Elon Musk’s new Boring Company have changed to long distance hyperloop systems lately, their main project appears to remain a network of tunnels to carry cars on electric sleds under Los Angeles.

Now Elon Musk released a test of the company’s new car elevator to enter those tunnels – using a Tesla Model S. expand full story

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Tesla is about to deliver the first few Model 3 cars this week and ramp up production over the next few months.

With reservations estimated at around 500,000 units, if Tesla can stick to its production goals and work through that backlog over next 12 months or so, the Model 3 will have a massive (and difficult to understand) impact on the auto industry.

Here we take a look at some of the most popular cars that are taking a hit from the arrival of the Model 3. expand full story

Yesterday

After France announced earlier this month that it plans on banning new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, now the British government is about to announce similar measures this week. expand full story

We are only a few days away from the official reveal of the production Tesla Model 3 and sightings of prototypes, release candidates and production units have been multiplying. expand full story

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Consumer Reports has been able to grab a lot of headlines with its ratings on the Tesla Model S. Earlier this year, Tesla’s stock plummeted after they downgraded Model S because the new vehicles with the second generation Autopilot hardware didn’t have Automatic Emergency Braking.

Now they are giving back the Model S’ top safety rating after Tesla updated the feature.  expand full story

While Tesla is about to officially unveil the production version of the Model 3 on Friday, we have already some good looks at the first few production units and release candidates. Aside from the final production specs, there shouldn’t be too many surprises.

Nonetheless, there could always be ‘one more thing’ moment, especially when you recall that CEO Elon Musk said that he expected reservations for the Model 3 to spike after the final reveal. expand full story

As part of its electrification plans, BMW made a few announcements today. Mainly, they announced that their new car architecture will enable “electrification of every model series.”

They also elaborated on their plan to manufacture their next all-electric vehicle, the Mini 3-door.  expand full story

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The Energy Trade Action Coalition made its debut on Friday of last week – “Tariffs meant to protect one industry can, and often do, have significant damaging effects on other domestic industries,” said Tori Whiting, research associate at The Heritage Foundation. “Imposing tariffs under Section 201, as Suniva and SolarWorld request, would be a step backward by adding another layer of federal subsidies, which is something the Heritage Foundation opposes in all instances.” – Free trade is the name of their game.

Concurrently, at the American Enterprise Institute – a historically conservative business lobby – we’ve got an upcoming presentation – ‘Carbon taxes: A problem or a solution?‘ Cookies will be served. For some decent depth of this issue – check out Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industryA steep rise in panel prices “could be huge and disastrous for large-scale solar,” said Tom Werner – it’d affect them more than any other sector of industry.

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