Elon Musk’s Boring Company is working to bring its vision of tunnels with electric skates to reality in Los Angeles and it presented its latest expansion project to the Culver City Council for approval yesterday.

The local government needs to give the green light for them to start digging, but the council members appeared to have mixed feelings about the project. expand full story

Tesla’s manufacturing effort at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, which it took over as part of its acquisition of SolarCity, has seen some delays over the last year.

But the company now reiterates its commitment to expanding solar product manufacturing in the US following Trump’s solar tariff decision. expand full story

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Just a few weeks after opening the Model 3 configurator to regular reservation holders on the East Coast and Midwest, Tesla now started deliveries to customers without employee priority. expand full story

Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E, is one of the most anticipated EVs coming by the end of the decade. This is due to the performance automaker’s ambition to make it competitive with gas-powered cars – even on the track.

Today, the German automaker releases more information about the battery and charging technology enabling the upcoming Mission E. expand full story

Tesla’s 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia, the largest in the world for now, has been demonstrating its capacity over the last few weeks since going into operation last month.

But now the system is showing its potential to be highly profitable by making an estimated $1 million AUD (~$800,000 USD) in just a few days. expand full story

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Trump tariff on imported solar panels at 30% – residential projects could increase $750-1000, cost up to 23,000 jobs – I know this was posted here yesterday, so leading the brief with it is kinda goofy…but it’s among the most important stories for the US solar industry since April of 2017 when it popped up. Don’t expect the industry to crash – but do expect to see some of the nicer solar panels to cost more. And those of you in states where solar was just getting to be interesting – you’re going to want to put it off for a year to let system prices fall again and match the increased tariff price.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously said that he might not remain the automaker’s chief executive after they reach volume production of the Model 3, but those plans have now apparently changed.

The automaker’s board of directors has submitted a new 10-year compensation plan for Musk today and it would see him become the richest man on earth if he reaches all the goals in the plan. expand full story

Jaguar is preparing to launch its first all-electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace, later this year.

Now the British automaker is reportedly already planning to launch its second all-electric vehicle as soon as next year. expand full story

January 22

The Trump administration released its official ruling regarding the Suniva Section 201 case, and stated that they agree that the nation’s solar industry has taken damage as a result of global solar actions.

The administration has chosen to impose a 30% tariff on all imported solar cells and solar panels, decreasing 5% a year for four years. The first 2.5GW of solar cells imported will not be tariffed, to protect the domestic solar panel industry.

The tariffs are far below what Suniva and SolarWorld requested.

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