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  • Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million
    EV Connect, the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company has raised $25 million to date. EV Connect’s cloud-based platform has an open standard architecture that is... Read more »
  • Pizza Hut is testing Zume’s compostable round boxes
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    Pizza Hut this morning announced plans to pilot Zume’s signature round pizza boxes. Testing for now will be extremely limited — in fact, it’s only happening at a single location in Phoenix, Ariz. The boxes are one of a number of different technologies being pushed by the SF Bay startup.... Read more »
  • In the Accelerator over the Sea
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    In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange... Read more »
  • Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five-year pitch to be digital EVP
    Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, set for a dual role in the next Commission, faced three hours of questions from members of four committees in the European Parliament this afternoon, as MEPs got their chance to interrogate her priorities for a broader legislative role that will shape pan-EU digital... Read more »
  • NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing
    NASA will fly in the near future a crewed X-plane, one of the experimental aircraft it created to test various technologies, for the first time in two decades. This X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell to be exact, is significant for another reason, too: It’s the first fully electric experimental plane... Read more »
  • Here’s how much the all-electric Polestar 2 will cost in its launch markets
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    Volvo group’s Polestar electric performance car sub-brand has announced pricing for the Polestar 2, the company’s second production car, a four-door mid-sized fastback that will begin production in 2020 and start shipping as early as next June. Starting prices are set at between 58,800€ (around $63,720 U.S.). Those prices... Read more »
  • Package Free picks up $4.5 million to scale sustainable CPG products
    The climate crisis continues to be just that… a crisis. And it’s spurring people across the country (and globe) to take action, particularly when it comes to their own lifestyle. Lauren Singer is one such person. After studying Environmental Science and Politics at NYU, she started a blog called Trash... Read more »
  • ClimateTech is the new hot space for investors in a warming planet
    How do you attract the attention of a prince? Aside from being Meghan Markle, of course. One answer came recently in the form of Prince Harry’s backing of a new initiative designed to make offsetting the carbon from your airline flights a properly mainstream idea. For Harry, the initiative had a... Read more »
  • Google announces 18 new renewable energy deals
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    Google today announced its largest package of renewable energy deals yet. Worth a total of 1,600-megawatts, the package includes 18 deals in the U.S., Chile and Europe. This brings Google’s current set of wind and solar agreements to about 5,500 megawatts (MW) and the company’s number of total renewables... Read more »
  • Amazon’s ‘climate pledge’ commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 100% renewables by 2030
    In Washington today, Amazon announced a series of initiatives and issued a call for companies to reduce their carbon emissions 10 years ahead of the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement as part of a sweeping effort to reduce its own environmental footprint. “We’re done being in the middle of... Read more »
  • Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon-neutral by 2040
    Amazon will be stepping up its efforts to reduce its climate impact, CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Thursday. The company will be ordering 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Michigan’s Rivian as part of this commitment, Bezos said. The commerce giant will seek to meet its goal of becoming... Read more »
  • The man behind Tesla’s Powerwall is now pitching an all-in-one power management system for homes
    Arch Rao, the former head of product at Tesla who was behind the company’s Powerwall home energy storage is system, is back with a new company pitching energy management and efficiency for homes. Span is looking to upgrade the electrical fuse box for homes with a digital system that integrates... Read more »
  • FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest $14.5M in funding
    Automating agriculture is a complex proposition given the number and variety of tasks involved, but a number of robotics and autonomy companies are giving it their best shot. FarmWise seems to have impressed someone — it just raised $14.5 million to continue development of its autonomous weeding vehicle. Currently in... Read more »
  • iFixit gives Fairphone 3 a perfect 10 for repairability
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    Here’s something the hermetically sealed iPhone can’t do: Score a perfect 10 for repairability. Smartphone startup and social enterprise Fairphone’s latest repairable-by-design smartphone has done just that, getting 10/10 in an iFixit Teardown vs scores of just 6/10 for recent iPhone models. The Fairphone 3, which was released in Europe last... Read more »
  • Porsche’s all-electric evolution: from sketch to Mission E concept to Porsche Taycan
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    The Porsche Taycan, the German automaker’s first all-electric sports car, has arrived. After four years of development, the company lifted the veil Wednesday on the Porsche Taycan. Here’s a look back at how this four-door electric vehicle developed from a few sketches to the Mission E concept, and then to... Read more »
  • Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S: Spec for spec, price for price
    The Porsche Taycan is a missile aimed straight at Tesla. The German electric sedan packs everything needed to give the Model S its first real fight. The Porsche is just as fast, is sleeker thanks to a lower drag coefficient and packs several technical goodies missing from Tesla’s ... Read more »
  • Porsche unveils the $150,900 Taycan Turbo electric sedan
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    Porsche has poured more than $1 billion into the development of its first all-electric vehicle, a sleek four-door specimen that marks the beginning of a new chapter for the German automaker and its biggest bet in more than a generation. On Wednesday, in three simultaneous events in Canada, China and... Read more »
  • Climate activists plan to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport next month
    A UK group of climate activists is planning to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport next month in a direct action they hope will shut down the country’s largest airport for days or even longer. The planned action is in protest at the government’s decision to green-light a third runway at... Read more »
  • Walmart and Tesla are going to try and work things out
    Walmart came out swinging earlier this week in a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence over problems with rooftop solar panel systems installed at the retail giant’s stores. Now, just days later, the lawsuit has been placed on hold while the two companies try to reach... Read more »
  • The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has a 259-mile range thanks to some cell chemistry tinkering
    The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV now has 259 miles of range, a 9% increase from previous year models of the electric hatchback, according to the EPA. To get there, the company focused on cell chemistry, not the battery pack. The GM brand did not add more battery cells or change the battery... Read more »
  • Cuddle Smart Crib Concept with Humidifier and Air Purifier
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    Babies and dust are not good friends, that’s why newborns and babies are better left indoors to avoid fine dust. Unfortunately, fine dust can still enter the room through various ways and those harmful gasses from homes can threaten babies Cuddle Smart Crib has been designed to provide solution to... Read more »
  • Frideko Retro Industrial Table Lamp with a Vintage Style Clock
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    Gorgeous industrial style Frideko Retro Table Lamp would look awesome in your steampunk theme décor. It’s an iron pipe desk lamp with a nice vintage style clock. It’s made of high-quality iron with cutting, polishing, painting, and hand-made color of fine workmanship. This retro design would add personality to your... Read more »
  • MY Fata Morgana Superyacht Concept Looks Like a Fantasy Island in The Middle of Arctic Ocean
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    Just like its name suggests, MY Fata Morgana features unique design that demonstrates a complex form of superior mirage just like described in sailor’s old legends. It’s a concept explorer super yacht designed specially to raise awareness about the melting of the ice caps. This 70m explorer yacht has been... Read more »
  • ConSoLight Solar Powered Floating Sea Lantern Concept for Fishing
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    Similar to Triton, ConSoLight is a solar powered floating sea lantern to function as a marking light or fishing equipment. This concept sea lantern is carefully designed to withstand tough marine environment, it is able to collect sunlight through solar cells inside the body all day long then transforms it... Read more »
  • Cute Chestnut Bluetooth Mini Speaker with Built-in Microphone
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    Go nuts with your music, this little Chestnut Bluetooth Mini Speaker is so small that it is hiding in plain sight. You can simply strap it onto your backpack or purse and listen to Hi-Fi quality music on-the-go. Featuring dimension of 2.1×2.1×2.3-inch, it’s a mini speaker that goes with you,... Read more »
  • Virgin Galactic x Under Armour Spacewear System for Private Astronauts
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    Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, has announced a collaboration between Virgin Galactic with Under Armour in January 2019. Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO, explains that the company would become Virgin Galactic’s Technical Spacewear Partner. This October, these companies have unveiled the result of this collaboration by showing... Read more »
  • Futuristic Remote Operations Vehicle and Observatory (ROVO) for NASA
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    Lee Rosario has submitted his latest concept proposal for NASA, ROVO stands for Remote Operations Vehicle and Observatory, it’s a futuristic vehicle fueled by a micro nuclear reactor core. Nuclear power is a technology that’s already being considered to power extended space flights and boasts several proposed technologies that would... Read more »
  • OtterBox USB A-C + Qi Wireless Power Pack Is Dust and Splash Resistant
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    This powerbank from OtterBox features 10,000mAh power that will charge up to three devices at once. It’s an essential device for everyday adventures. It’s not your standard power bank, it features durable exterior that’s dust and splash resistant. It means that you can easily go from the office to the... Read more »
  • Keeback – Futuristic Multimedia Backpack with In-Built RGB Display
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    Designed by Steel Drake, Keeback is a futuristic city backpack that breaks the norm. It’s a high-tech and multi-functional backpack to keep you safe and highly visible under low light environment. Claimed to be the first of its kind, this hard-wearing backpack would complement your style, it’s stylish and unique... Read more »
  • With Biomega EV, You Can Replace Its Battery While On-The-Move
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    Using less-is-more approach, Biomega EV has been designed based on these Scandinavian design standards. There’s a paradigm shift in the way we as society imagine transportation, it should be a combination of social innovation, design thinking, and sustainable. Biomega EV has been designed with a new open-wheel vehicle typology, it... Read more »