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Green Deals: Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat $80, more

Amazon offers the Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat for $79.99 shipped. Regularly $100 at retailers like Home Depot, that brings the price down to the best we’ve seen at Amazon this year. Features include Alexa-compatibility, 7-day programming, and a built-in display. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Other notable Green Deals today include:

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Despite once appearing to be a far off dream, electric transportation is largely commonplace today. Sales of Tesla cars are already surpassing that of their gas powered competitors, electric boats are sailing the seas and even electric buses are displacing traditional gas powered mass transit.

While the land and seas have already seen a influx of electric alternatives, the skies are still largely the domain of fossil fuel-based aircraft. Sure, there are a few promising electric aircraft out there performing maiden flights, though they are still a mere drop in the bucket. But with the work that NASA is performing on their electric X-57 plane, that may not be the case for much longer. Electric flight for the masses could be right around the corner. expand full story

Things are never dull in Tesla-land. After we heard on Monday that Tesla’s Production line was sabotaged, today the automaker filed a lawsuit against Martin Tripp. The Gigafactory Process Engineer was accused of not only writing software that extracted data from Tesla’s Manufacturing Operating System which sent gigabytes of proprietary data to outside entities but also making false negative statements to the media.

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Rimac, the maker of insanely powerful all-electric hypercars, is adding another big name to its list of shareholders: Porsche.

The German automaker has confirmed that it has taken a minority but still significant 10% stake in the company. expand full story

Tesla and other tech giants join Apple in condemning separation of children from parents

Apple’s Tim Cook yesterday described the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from the parents of asylum speakers and suspected illegal immigrants as ‘inhumane’ – and the leaders of a long list of other tech companies are expressing similar views …

There has been a lot of talk about Tesla soon announcing a new Gigafactory in China as the company confirmed discussions with the Shanghai government to build a plant in their Free-Trade Zone.

But the company has also been talking about a European factory.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that Germany is the “leading choice” for a factory in Europe. expand full story

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Today, in response to the EPA’s recent rollback of agreed-upon 2022-2025 fuel efficiency standards, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado issued an executive order for his state to develop a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard similar to California’s current standard.  The executive order explicitly calls out California as a model, and notes the twelve other US states which have adopted similar programs.

Gov. Hickenlooper previously issued an executive order in 2017 for the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% by 2025.  Today’s order is one step towards that goal.

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Tesla has recently been increasing the alerts to ‘hold the steering wheel’ when using Autopilot in an attempt to try to reduce misuse of the driver assist system.

The move is not welcomed by all Tesla drivers and could potentially lead to some of them seeking ways to avoid the alerts, which are often referred to as ‘nags’ in the Tesla community.

A product that helps them do just that was just shut down by NHTSA. expand full story

Green Deals: Grape Solar 100W Solar Panel $99 shipped (Reg. $125+), more

Home Depot offers the Grape Solar 100W Polycrystalline Solar Panel for $99 shipped. For comparison, it regularly sells for around $130 with today’s offer around $10 of the previous all-time low. You can use this panel with compatible 12V systems on RVs, boats and just about anything that accepts a MC4 connector. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Tesla’s new Model 3 general assembly line at the Fremont factory is creating a small controversy in the Tesla community because it is being built inside a building that appears to be a tent, which is not standard in the industry.

CEO Elon Musk has now commented on the project and said that the new line is ‘way better’ and cost a fraction of the other general assembly line. expand full story

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