October 31, 2020

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from Electrek. Quick Charge is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn and our RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Tesla has started pushing a new software update under its Full Self-Driving Beta program and CEO Elon Musk says it could already cut driver interventions by a third.

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Just in case you didn’t notice, the US election is next week, on Tuesday, November 3. We at Electrek ran a Climate Crisis Weekly roundup on October 10 with the headline, “Humanity’s future rests on American voters.” Someone on the subreddit r/JoeBiden declared, “Tech website Electrek backs Biden for president.” Our reaction to that? We’ll take it.

And here’s why. Electrek is for electric vehicles, green energy, slowing and eventually reversing climate change, and protecting and renewing the environment. And we’ll hop on whatever e-bus we have to ride in order to get closest to the goal of progressing those things.

So instead of rounding up the week’s climate change stories, we’ve done something different this week. Some of us in the 9to5 network explain — each with a unique perspective, from all over the US (and world) — why we back Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. In short, it’s because he’s the e-bus that gets us closest to our destination. Because we believe, with a passion, in what we write about.

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October 30, 2020

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s service push, changes to Tesla’s regen braking, Model 3 2021 gets its EPA rating, and more.

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As we get closer to the start of Mustang Mach-E deliveries, Ford has released more details about the electric car’s hands-free autonomous driving capability.

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Green Deals: 24-pack LED Light Bulbs $18, more

Home Treasure via Amazon offers a 24-pack of 60W Non-dimmable LED Light Bulbs for $18.08 Prime shipped. That’s as much as 30% off the regular going rate and just $0.75 per bulb. Make the switch to LED light bulbs and enjoy long lifespans alongside reduced energy costs. This is a great way to finally ditch those old light bulbs and transition into a more environmentally-friendly solution. Rated 4.8/5 stars.

Today, we take a look at an interesting new video showing Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta’s performance from the sky in a new drone video with a scary near-miss.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Exxon is making big cuts to its personnel, which could be close to 15% of the global workforce.
  • Protect the earth and its biodiversity or face deadlier, more frequent pandemics, says a new report.
  • A new report from Wärtsilä shows how a net-zero electricity system in the US is possible by 2035.
  • Arcadia Power is committed to making clean energy work for the planet and Americans’ bank accounts — all without changing your utility company. Sign up to receive your $20 Amazon Gift Card — *ad.

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Skydio 2 Drone: Better autonomy than Tesla? You be the judge

What would happen if you set up a Skydio 2 drone to follow a Tesla Model 3 in Full Self-Driving (Beta) mode? Would it perform as well as the automobile? Better? Buckle up; we’re about to find out.

The latest data shows Tesla (TSLA) still holds an impressive 18% market share of the global electric car market.

That’s about to change, and it’s not going to be a bad thing for Tesla, who is about to get a smaller piece of a much bigger pie.

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