August 7, 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been releasing some information about their autonomous driver assist level 2 system tests in some premium sedans and they found that the Tesla Model 3 has the best lane-keeping with Autopilot’s Autosteer, but they had some issues with other aspects of Autopilot and its active safety features of both Model S and Model 3. expand full story

December 5, 2017

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The Trade Case Just Put $1 per Watt Solar Pricing Back Out of Reach – As I read something I hadn’t thought about, that Suniva will kill the $1/W utility market in the USA, I’m reminded of a short story I read as a kid. Harrison placed his big hands on the girls tiny waist, letting her sense the weightlessness that would soon be hers. And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang! Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well. They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun. They leaped like deer on the moon. Solar power is being shackled. Tied and restrained. I am being a bit emotional, but that’s the type of guy I am. Fly, solar, fly.

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August 11, 2017

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

ITC report: 26 U.S. module makers closed in the past five years – 26 U.S. module manufacturers have closed their manufacturing facilities in the past five years, a period during which imports of modules and cells increased nearly five-fold. In addition, the majority of U.S. module companies reported operating losses over the same time period. U.S. demand for solar products increased for the four years between 2012 and 2016, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean modules captured a larger share of the U.S. market in contrast U.S. module manufacturers. In a few phone conversations I’ve had with people in the know, there isn’t really a question as to whether or not US module manufacturers have suffered at the hands of Chinese monetary policy supporting ‘below profit’ solar panel manufacturers. The question becomes, not ‘Are US panel manufacturers being hurt?’, but instead ‘What is in the best interests of the nation-state?’ And that question becomes absolutely the question to ask as we are looking at a blunt, national tool to defend industry. Would a few highly robotocized factories populated by engineers/machinists/specialists/etc benefit the energy security of the state? Absolutely…however, are there also other, more complex, paths that might benefit us more?

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August 2, 2017

Green Deals: GreenWorks 7A Corded Electric Blower $13 Prime shipped, more

Amazon offers the GreenWorks 7A Corded Electric 160MPH Blower for $13.32 shipped when you elect to use no-rush shipping at checkout. For comparison, that’s $36 off the original price, down $8 from Walmart and the best offer currently available. This is an Amazon #1 best-seller with a 4.5/5 star rating from over 1,500 reviewers. Features include a 7 amp motor, up to 160MPH speeds and a “lightweight design”. Pair it with an outdoor extension cord to complete your setup.

May 16, 2017

July 11, 2016

Ever since the very publicized fatal Florida accident in a Model S while the Autopilot was activated, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driver assist system has been getting its reputation tarnished in the media. Autopilot took blame for a few subsequent incidents, despite nothing currently pointing to the system being the cause of any of the accidents – though NHTSA is now probing the Autopilot over two of them.

Now we learn of yet another crash where the Autopilot was reportedly at play. A Tesla Model X crashed in Montana Saturday night resulting in the SUV driving through a guardrail and going off the road. The driver blames the Autopilot but Tesla has yet to chime in… expand full story

September 28, 2016

There’s no doubt that Tesla has been actively trying to convert some of its ~400,000 Model 3 reservations to Model S orders. We reported on Tesla reaching out to reservation holders after unveiling a new lower-priced Model S 60 to try to convince them to change their reservation into an order.

We were skeptical of the tactic. Now according to a Tesla analyst, the method could not only be working, but he estimates that as many as a third of Tesla’s current Model S orders are coming from Model 3 reservation holders. expand full story

September 20, 2016

Connected cars are often talked about for their potential vulnerabilities to hackers. The idea that someone could cause an accident by remotely veering your car off the road or applying the brakes is terrifying, but so far the risk has been fairly limited.

As a flagship “connected car”, the Tesla Model S has been a constant target for hackers. Some have demonstrated being able to take control of the vehicle, but only through a physical connection to the car, which is not very different from any car-jacking by “hot-wiring” the vehicle.

Now a group of hackers from China demonstrated what they describe as the first remote hack of a Tesla Model S. expand full story

August 9, 2016

Green Deals: WORX WG163 20V 12-inch Cordless Electric String Trimmer w/ two batteries $80 (Reg. $100), more

The official WORX eBay Store offers its WG163 20V GT 3.0 12-inch Cordless String Trimmer/Edger with two batteries for $79.99 shipped. For comparison, you’ll find this bundle online for around $100 at retailers like Home Depot. Features include a 20V rechargeable battery system that ditches the need for a gas can or mixing oil. This fume-free system has an adjustable shaft, 90-degree pivoting head and ships with a three-year limited warranty. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Today’s Top Green Deals:

  • UNIFUN 20-feet 30 LED String Lights: $19 (Orig. $46) | Amazon
    • w/ code MPMCNRGS
  • Panasonic eneloop Power Pack w/ AA/AAA Rechargeable Batteries: $30 (Reg. $40)
  • X-Dragon 9000mAh Solar Charger Panel Power Bank $12 (Reg. $17)

July 2, 2016

Following a fatal Model S crash on Autopilot reported earlier this week, one of Tesla’s main supplier for the Autopilot program, Mobileye, commented on the accident and explained that its Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) wasn’t meant to avoid the impact.

Tesla has since responded to Mobileye’s statement, which we added to our article on the comment, but it’s worth elaborating on the differences between the systems as we recently learned more about them through tests earlier this week, and the tragic accident which is only now coming to light. expand full story

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