Rivian is unveiling the first picture of its new electric delivery van –  the company’s third electric vehicle – as it already has over $4 billion in orders from Amazon for it. expand full story

Tesla has confirmed that the new Model S Plaid prototype is making the previously reported ~7:20 time at the Nürburgring racetrack, and the automaker sees an incredible 7:05 as achievable next month. expand full story

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

  • Activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot launch a short film about how to fight climate change.
  • The UK holds a $25 billion offshore wind farm auction.
  • EnergySage releases their 2019 consumer solar report.
  • Duke Energy says it will eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.

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After a tough year for its workforce with rounds of layoffs, Tesla is now ramping up its hiring efforts with a 33% increase in job listings since mid-July – mostly for service and software. expand full story

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced Rivian, an electric vehicle startup that took a $700 million investment from the online retailer, is going to make 100,000 electric delivery vans for them. expand full story

After reigning in the auto industry as the powertrain of choice for a century, the internal combustion engine is finally dying.

Now even Daimler says that it is stopping development of new internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars. expand full story

A Tesla owner on the early access program got the new Tesla V10 update and released a demonstration of his 40-minute commute on three freeways in Los Angeles, which was achieved without driver intervention. expand full story

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that the Tesla Model 3 has won its highest safety award, Top Safety Pick+, after achieving “good” ratings across the board in all of their test categories. The Model 3 is the second battery electric vehicle to win the award, after the Audi e-tron won it last month.

The Model 3 has won several other safety plaudits, including 5-star ratings in all categories and the lowest probability of injury ever tested from NHTSA, 5 stars from from Euro NCAP, while being hailed as setting a “new safety technology benchmark,” and 5 stars from the Australiasian NCAP.

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September 18

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to revoke California’s authority to set its own emissions rules, a right enshrined in federal law that California has had for over 50 years. We recently covered why the EPA will have a hard time winning this fight.

In a move that seems to come straight out of George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, the Trump administration has applied the acronym “SAFE” to their effort. This stands for, if you can believe it, “Safe and Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles.”

The problem is that this rule is neither about safety, affordability, or fuel efficiency.  And we need look no further than the EPA’s own analysis, and statements from its former career scientists, to show this.

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