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Phil Dzikiy

@phildzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is an Editor/Writer with Electrek/9to5Mac. He covers renewable energy, electric vehicles, and climate change.

An award-winning journalist who started in newspapers before getting into digital journalism, Dzikiy was formerly Editor-in-Chief of iLounge and Editor of Security Baron. His writing has also appeared on Wirecutter, among other outlets.

Follow him on Twitter @phildzikiy and send tips to: phil@electrek.co

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Today

Warsaw has placed an order for 130 articulated electric buses from Polish bus maker Solaris in one of the largest European orders for e-buses to date.

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Daimler and Bosch announced today that their driverless valet parking system in Stuttgart, which will park cars independently without any safety personnel, is the first such autonomous parking function to be approved for everyday use.

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CUPRA has teased its first all-electric vehicle ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

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In today’s EGEB:

  • Berkeley, California becomes the first US city to ban natural gas in new homes.
  • Africa’s largest wind farm launches in Kenya.
  • A new consortium looks into high-wave offshore solar technology.
  • Melbourne’s trams to run on 100% solar power.

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Yesterday

Oliver Zipse is set to take over as BMW CEO next month, and while his predecessor drew criticism for overseeing a slow transition to electric cars, new comments from Zipse make it sound like the automaker is staying the course.

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BMW has released an image of the new large polygonal steering wheel in its upcoming iNEXT electric crossover, which the carmaker says is “perfect” for switching between highly automated and active driving.

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In today’s EGEB:

  • Solar developers are stockpiling panels ahead of the tax credit phaseout.
  • A former Australian prime minister calls wind turbines “satanic.”
  • A bill to increase renewables on public lands in the US.
  • A look at a cost-effective zero energy home.

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July 20

In this edition of Climate Crisis Weekly:

  • Extremely hot days in the US could double in less than 20 years.
  • Tech that could feed the growing world in the era of climate change.
  • Researchers float the idea of a manmade snowstorm to save Antarctica.
  • US mayors seek help on cutting transportation emissions.
  • The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is signed into law in New York.
  • And more…

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July 19

Chevrolet just unveiled its new mid-engine Corvette, the 2020 Stingray, and though it’s an ICE car, comments from GM brass leave the door open for future electric versions of the sports car — possibly even an all-electric version.

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Just days after announcing a Chinese battery deal, Toyota has announced that it will partner with another company, BYD, to develop all-electric cars in China.

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In today’s EGEB:

  • Five Georgia regulators, all Republicans, call for more solar — and to shut down coal.
  • A porous, recyclable silicon battery said to offer more energy density, longer life, for half the price of lithium.
  • New York awards offshore wind contracts to Equinor, Orsted.
  • Hawaiian Electric looks to build more than 900 new megawatts of solar generation.

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July 18

Self-driving startup Aurora undergoing major expansion, moving headquarters, report says

Self-driving startup Aurora, which has secured investments from a number of major automakers as well as Amazon, is reportedly leasing a much larger space as the company shifts its headquarters within Silicon Valley.

Volkswagen has released its latest EV-focused video for the US, as the automaker compares the electric future to the moon landing, as the 50th anniversary of that historic event draws near.

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Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered a new strategic alliance that focuses on the development and supply of batteries for Volvo’s electric trucks.

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In today’s EGEB:

  • GE and BlackRock come together to work on solar.
  • A look at the “true value” of rooftop solar.
  • The largest offshore wind auction in a decade is coming to the UK.
  • Advocates hope a new Iowa project kickstarts solar in the state.

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July 17

The UK’s South Western Railway is about to launch a new type of solar energy project that will power trains using solar panels — without first distributing that power to the electrical grid.

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The California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $70 million to state schools to replace more than 200 diesel school buses with new, all-electric school buses.

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France’s Renault announced a joint venture with China’s Jiangling Motors (JMCG) today, with a focus on expanding EV development for the Chinese market.

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In today’s EGEB:

  • A new study reveals the EROI for fossil fuels is worse than believed.
  • An architecture firm’s winning design for a Czech concert hall, which will be solely powered by rooftop solar.
  • Scotland’s massive amount of wind power.
  • Saudi Arabia to get its first utility-scale wind farm.
  • LA looks from coal…to gas?

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Toyota announced today that it has reached a deal with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) to develop batteries for electric cars.

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