December 6

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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s two end-of-the-year priorities, Tesa updates the Cybertruck timelines, a new Autopilot update, and more.

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

  • The Revere Copper Plant, rated high for radioactive contamination, collapses into the Detroit River.
  • Alaska’s largest solar farm will go live this month.
  • Wyoming is getting a 277-turbine wind farm.
  • The majority of Australian homes rate below 3 stars out of 10 for energy efficiency.

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December 5

McLaren plans to hybridize its next-generation supercar with an electrically driven front axle, allowing it to hit 0-60 times of 2.3 seconds, down from 2.7 for its current model, according to CEO Mike Flewitt, as reported by Car and Driver. The car is planned for a 2021 release.

While an improvement, this will roughly match the 0-60 performance of Tesla’s P100DL, which was first released five years earlier, in 2016.

McLaren also plans to hybridize its entire lineup in the next three or four years. They will use a plug-in hybrid system with 15-20 miles of all-electric range.

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When Reuters broke the news last night about GM’s $2.3 billion battery gigafactory, it made little mention of what vehicles the company will build with those batteries. We know there will be a GM electric pickup by 2021. But CEO Mary Barra said there will be “more than one product.”  Today’s news, plus a trickle of stories over the past year, paint a picture of GM’s EV future. It’s filled with trucks, upscale Cadillacs, and even an electric Hummer.

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