Apple invests $10M in greenhouse gas-free aluminum smelting – TechCrunch

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard joined key execs from Apple and industrial producers Alcoa and Rio Tinto to announce a brand new course of for smelting aluminum that removes greenhouse gases from the equation. Alcoa and Rio Tinto are making a three way partnership in based mostly in Montreal referred to as Elysis, to assist mainstream the method, with plans to make it commercially accessible…

Google endorses Clear Energy Plan forward of anticipated repeal – TechCrunch

Google has joined Apple in a rising refrain of tech giants popping out in help of the Clear Energy Plan. The corporate filed an announcement with the Environmental Safety Company, which it has since shared with TechCrunch, supporting the Obama-era laws. The laws, which sought curb energy plant emissions by greater than 30-percent by 2030, is anticipated to be repealed by the Trump administration. As with Apple’s earlier submitting, Google…

Photo voltaic mission lending startup Wunder Capital raises $112 million as renewable power shines – TechCrunch

As renewable power continues to gobble up increasingly of the brand new power capability coming on-line, the photo voltaic mission lending firm Wunder Capital has raised $112 million in primarily debt financing to spice up its enterprise. The 90 % debt and 10 % fairness dedication got here from the multi-strategy funding agency Cyrus Investments, which has backed renewable power tasks for years by way of its funding in RePower…

Buick unveils an all-electric SUV idea and it’s precisely what GM wants – TechCrunch

Normal Motors is spinning up its electrification plans and at present introduced the beautiful, poorly named Buick Enspire idea at Auto China 2018. As a ideas go, this one seems nice and fairly possible. GM says it’s powered by Buick’s eMotion powertrain that may produce a most output of 410 kW (roughly 550 hp). This could make it good for a 4-second dash to 60 mph. Vary is clocked at…

Apple says its world amenities at the moment are powered by 100-percent clear power – TechCrunch

Final week, Apple called out the Environmental Safety Company’s plan to rollback the Obama-era Clear Energy Plan. The corporate cited each the plain environmental affect of such a transfer, together with potential financial fallout. It seems Apple’s bought fairly a bit invested within the latter.  The corporate introduced at present that its world amenities at the moment are 100-percent run by renewable power. The transfer is in step with the…

Apple voices opposition to Clear Energy Plan repeal – TechCrunch

The Clear Energy Plan is shaping as much as be the newest Obama-era laws on the Trump administration chopping block. Actually, Environmental Safety Company head Scott Pruitt has been fairly open in his intentions to kill the plan targeted on reducing greenhouse fuel emissions. Apple is among the many first — however doubtless not the final — of firms to voice opposition to the matter. This week, the corporate filed…

Alphabet X spinout Dandelion raises $4.5M to constructed out its geothermal heating and cooling system for houses – TechCrunch

Dandelion, a clear energy startup that was initially incubated inside Google mum or dad Alphabet, has raised $4.5 million in funding to construct out its enterprise — a geothermal heating and cooling system for houses that claims it would drastically scale back its clients’ payments — it claims to chop payments in half (however the upfront prices, extra on that beneath) — whereas additionally being considerably extra pleasant for the…

Lynk & Co reveals the 02 crossover SUV and particulars European rollout plans – TechCrunch

Geely’s Lynk & Co is without doubt one of the extra attention-grabbing younger automotive manufacturers, with an method to gross sales and advertising that extra carefully resembles trendy gadget and life-style model go-to-market technique than conventional automaker gross sales. The Lynk & Co 01 SUV, designed to sit down someplace between Geely’s line on one finish and Volvo’s autos on the opposite, debuted final yr; now the corporate is revealing…

Nissan targets gross sales of 1 million EVs yearly by 2022 – TechCrunch

Nissan is hoping to realize a goal of promoting 1 million electrified autos throughout its portfolio by its fiscal 2022, the automaker introduced as we speak. The goal is a part of its overarching strategic mid-term plan main as much as 2022. To be included within the gross sales whole, fashions offered by Nissan must both be pure electrical or e-POWER autos (Nissan’s hybrid system that delivers the efficiency advantages…

Ford takes aim at Toyota’s hybrid market lead with its new SUV lineup – TechCrunch

Ford detailed a bunch of its roadmap for the next few years at a special media event today, and one of the key takeaways is that it’s going all-in on hybrids with its SUV lineup. Ford estimates that SUVs could make up as much as half the entire U.S. industry retail market by 2020, and that’s why it’s shifting $7 billion in investment capital from its cars business over to…

Peugeot plans 100 percent electrified vehicle lineup by 2025 – TechCrunch

European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to offer electric and hybrid electric powertrain options for all of its vehicles by 2025, according to CEO Carlos Tavares. The chief executive also said that PSA will seek to re-enter the U.S. market, according to Reuters, and revealed that they company aims to offer partial autonomous driving features on 80 percent of its car lineup by 2030, with a full 10 percent of…

Tesla’s Model 3 is coming to some of its East Coast showrooms – TechCrunch

Tesla is bringing its newest production vehicle to its showrooms in some East Coast locations for the first time, so that potential (and many actual) customers will be able to check it out in person. The carmaker will have Model 3 demo units on display at showrooms in New York, Boston and Miami starting this week, CNBC reports. The Model 3 will be on display in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district showroom…

Tesla responds to fresh reports of Model 3 production issues – TechCrunch

Tesla’s Model 3 EV delays are well-known, including in the company’s own earnings report and quarterly delivery numbers. A fresh report from CNBC on Thursday claimed that Model 3 production was even more delayed than it appeared, with specific continued issues around battery manufacturing. CNBC also suggested that the company is “not close” to mass-production of the batteries required for its $35,000 trim level Model 3. Tesla initially responded to…

An all-Tesla racing circuit is now one step closer to reality – TechCrunch

An all-Tesla stock car-style racing series just got one step closer to reality: The proposed series was approved by the same industry association that manages Formula One and other major international motorsport competitions, The Verge reports. This means more work ahead, however, including securing the requisite amount of teams and funding, as well as dealing with Tesla itself. While Verge says Tesla is aware of the effort and there has…

My Tesla Model X test drive made me an Autopilot superfan – TechCrunch

This past week, I’ve had the chance to try out a brand new Tesla Model X P100D, on loan from Tesla for my use during a trip in and around San Francisco. Needless to say, the car got a lot of attention, especially given its all-black exterior and high contrast all-white leather cabin styling. And of course, the P100D’s instant, extreme acceleration was a blast to use first-hand, especially on…

Tesla to help build on-site charging stations for its first Semi customers – TechCrunch

Tesla is going to be working with its first pilot customers for its all-electric Semi truck to build charging stations at their shipping facilities, Reuters reports. We know relatively little about how Tesla will be piloting its truck thus far, but this new info sheds some light on the charging component of the puzzle. Tesla will be working with Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and UPS at least to build out these origin…

Tesla looks to take solar mainstream with Home Depot partnership – TechCrunch

While Elon Musk is preparing for this week’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, his other company is also preparing for a launch. Tesla has made a deal with Home Depot to sell both the PowerWall and Tesla’s solar panels at 800 Home Depot locations. The retail spaces will be Tesla branded and Tesla employees will be on hand to assist with service and sales. Bloomberg first reported the news…

Volkswagen’s I.D. line of electric cars to begin production from November 2019 – TechCrunch

Volkswagen has been showing off its I.D. line of concept electric vehicles for a couple of years now, but we won’t have to wait long for them to actually enter production according to a new report. VW will enter production with the I.D., starting with the I.D. Crozz in the U.S. and the I.D. Golf-sized hatchback for the rest of the world. We don’t know much about the specifics of…

Ontario’s Provincial Police reveal a Tesla Model X pursuit vehicle prototype – TechCrunch

Tesla’s Model X is arguably the best performing SUV you can buy, so it’s fitting that Canada’s Ontario Provincial Police would select it for a cruiser demonstration vehicle, revealed at this week’s Toronto international car show. The Tesla Model X, a P90D model, features full OPP badging and black and white paint, as well as working lights and sirens, but it’s still just a demonstration vehicle at this point, meant…

Watch the Airbus Project Vahana prototype autonomous air taxi take flight – TechCrunch

Airbus recently had the first ever successful flight of its Vahana autonomous air vehicle, and now it’s released video of that pivotal moment in the aircraft’s development. The flight took place at the end of January in Pendleton, Oregon, when the flying, passenger-capable drone took off and hovered off the ground about 16 feet in the air, all while piloting itself. The next step for Vahana is moving directionally through…