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October 11, 2021

Ich bin ein Berliner. These are the famous words with which John F. Kennedy won the hearts of the Berlin population in 1963. Tesla has the same goal. Hearts need to be won in Germany. The stakes are high. Like a gigantesque alien spaceship, the new Gigafactory emerged from the ground in an incredibly short amount of time, for German standards. The skepticism within the German population is very high. An American car company! Building electric cars in the backyard of our German premium brands! You can imagine that a lot of hearts still need convincing. So, Elon Musk announced the Gigafest County Fair, an event for the people of Grünheide, Brandenburg, and Berlin. Tesla got the permission to invite 9,000 people. This is quite exceptional, as COVID-19 restrictions are still quite strict and other big events like the Bavarian Oktoberfest got cancelled this year.

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May 7, 2019

Waymo self-driving cars coming to Lyft’s network in Phoenix

With Waymo One last year, the Alphabet division finally began monetizing its decade-long work in autonomous vehicles. Another revenue source for Waymo is making its self-driving cars available on other ride-sharing networks. The company is now partnering with Lyft to provide self-driving cars for riders in Metro Phoenix.

March 6, 2019

Waymo selling its custom-built LIDAR sensor to robotics, security customers ‘outside’ of AV

In addition to operating a Lyft/Uber competitor, commercial trucks, and possibly licensing self-driving tech to carmakers, Waymo has another way to monetize its decade-long work on autonomous vehicles (AV). The Alphabet division will begin selling LIDAR sensors to robotic, security, and other companies that don’t directly compete with it.

February 26, 2019

Google optimizing wind farms with DeepMind ML to predict power output by 36 hours

One of the first applications of DeepMind at Google was to reduce and now control power usage at its data centers. Google is now leveraging machine learning to make more efficient wind farms by predicting wind power output 36 hours in advance.

February 12, 2019

Makani graduates to independent Alphabet company, bringing wind kites offshore with Shell

In other energy-related developments today, Alphabet’s Makani energy kite project is graduating from the X Moonshot Factory. It is partnering with oil and gas giant Shell to expand to offshore environments as part of becoming an independent Alphabet company.

GV invests in Dandelion Energy after geothermal heating/cooling startup spun out from Alphabet

Projects in the X Moonshot Factory often graduate to independent companies within the Alphabet umbrella. Other times they leaves the research lab without any affiliation, as was the case with Dandelion Energy. GV and Comcast Ventures today announced a $16 million investment in the geothermal-based home heating and cooling solution.

February 5, 2019

Waymo reportedly in talks with Renault-Nissan Alliance on self-driving partnership

Besides offering a Lyft and Uber competitor, Waymo is also exploring self-driving trucks as it makes its technology available to carmakers in order to monetize its decade-long work on autonomy. A report today revealed a possible partnership with the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.

January 22, 2019

Waymo planning Michigan factory to retrofit Chrysler Pacifica, Jaguar I-Pace w/ self-driving tech

Late last year, Waymo One launched as Alphabet’s public self-driving car service in Phoenix, thus culminating an almost decade-long research project. Waymo now has to build more cars ahead of future expansion, with the company choosing Michigan to manufacture additional autonomous vehicles.

December 17, 2018

Solar race spawned Lightyear plans to partner with Dutch-based car leasing service LeasePlan to release the first consumer solar-based vehicle by 2020. Lightyear has been aiming to create a consumer version of an energy positive solar vehicle for years now, effectively meaning they produce more energy than they consume.

Further, today’s press release also details that Lightyear this week will open its primary production factory at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, Netherlands.

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Audi e-tron GT Concept: test drive video roundup

Last week, Audi flew us to Abu Dhabi to test drive their e-tron SUVElectrek’s Fred Lambert wasn’t shy in expressing his favorable first impressions he had with the vehicle. Dubbing it “the best looking SUV they could make which just happens to be electric”, Audi looks to have a promising future in the EV space.

November 5, 2018

As electric airplanes seem riper than ever for takeoff, Air Race E is seeking to accelerate the adoption and acceptance of electric aviation with a (hopefully) highly-entertaining, high-speed, all-electric airplane race. expand full story

October 30, 2018

Waymo can now test driverless cars in California, planing ‘opportunities’ for the public

Earlier this month, Waymo announced that its autonomous vehicles have driven 10 million miles since 2009 across 25 cities in the United States. Now, California has just authorized the Alphabet division to begin driverless testing on public roads.

June 18, 2018

Green Deals: Rain Bird 6-Zone Sprinkler Controller $50, more

Amazon offers the Rain Bird 6-Zone Indoor Sprinkler Controller for $49.98 shipped. Originally selling for over $110, most retailers currently have it for around $65+. Today’s deal is a match of the Amazon all-time low. This sprinkler controller monitors the weather and creates schedules to help your save on unnecessary watering. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Other notable Green Deals today include:

June 15, 2018

Green Deals: Sun Joe 14-inch 9A Electric Chainsaw $34, more

Home Depot offers the Sun Joe 14-inch 9A Electric Chainsaw for $34 shipped. Also at Amazon with delayed shipping. Regularly $49, today’s deal is a $15 discount and the best that we’ve seen all-time. This model skips the gas and oil for an electric-powered setup. This is a #1 best-seller at Amazon with a 3.8/5 star rating.

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June 14, 2018

Green Deals: Ryobi 13-inch 18V Electric Lawn Mower $149 (Reg. $199), more

Home Depot offers the Ryobi 13-inch 18v Electric Cordless Lawn Mower for $149 shipped. Regularly $199, today’s deal is a match of our previous mention and the best available. This model sports a 13-inch cutting deck, 18V battery and ships with a bundled charger. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

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June 13, 2018

Green Deals: 4-pack Mpow 20 LED Solar Outdoor Lights $30, more

Patozon (99% positive feedback from 164,000) via Amazon offers a four-pack of Mpow 20 LED Solar Outdoor Lights for $29.99 Prime shipped when promo code 3GBZ7OU3 is applied during checkout. That’s good for $6 off the regular going rate and $2 less than our previous mention. These outdoor solar lights are perfect for warmer weather as a way to illuminate your walkways or outdoor spaces. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Other notable Green Deals today include:

June 12, 2018

Green Deals: Sun Joe 24V Electric Leaf/Lawn Care System $90, more

Home Depot offers the Sun Joe 24V Cordless Lawn Care System for $89.99 shipped. Regularly up to $180, this is the lowest price that we’ve tracked historically on Sun Joe’s latest outdoor care bundle that includes a hedge trimmer, pole saw and blower. Today’s deal is $27 less than our previous mention. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Other notable Green Deals today include:

May 25, 2018

Talking Schmidt: Google advisor/ former CEO says Elon Musk ‘exactly wrong’ on AI, doesn’t understand benefits

We haven’t done a Talking Schmidt in a while, not because the former Google CEO and current Alphabet Board member Dr. Eric Schmidt has been quiet with his sometimes outlandish commentary, but because of his reduced role at Google and its now parent company Alphabet. In February Schmidt stepped down as Chairman, taking an innovation role at MIT and was replaced by John Hennessy.

But back to the matter at hand…

May 23, 2018

Report: After failed talks w/ Mercedes & BMW, Apple reaches self-driving car deal with Volkswagen

Apple has continued to ramp up its self-driving car testing over the last few months, and now a report from The New York Times says the company has inked a deal with Volkswagen. As part of the deal, Apple will turn Volkswagen’s T6 Transport vans into self-driving shuttles…

May 21, 2018

Green Deals: WORX 20V 10″ Cordless String Trimmer & Blower Kit $93.50, more

Update 5/21: Amazon offers the Sun Joe 9-Ft. 6.5A Electric Pole Chain Saw with Adjustable Head (SWJ802E-GRY) for $49.99 shipped (Reg. $65+). Also at Home Depot. Rated 4.3/5 stars at Amazon where it’s a #1 best-seller.

The WORX official eBay storefront offers its 20V 10-inch Cordless String Trimmer and Blower Combo Kit for $93.49 shipped when you use code PMEMDAY at checkout. Currently $130 from WORX, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked and is the lowest currently available. Perfect for getting the lawn cleaned up as summer approaches. WORX is well-rated at Amazon.

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