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  • GM, LG Chem to invest $2.3 billion in EV battery joint venture
    GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said Thursday morning that the automaker is forming a joint venture with LG Chem to mass produce battery cells for its electric vehicles, a portfolio that will include a new battery-electric truck coming in the fall of 2021. The two companies said they... Read more »
  • Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai and more sign renewed commitment to Paris Agreement
    The U.S. government may be in the process of formally withdrawing from the term of the Paris Agreement, an international accord on targets to fight climate change, but major U.S. employers say they’ll stay the course in a new statement jointly signed by a group of around 80 chief executives... Read more »
  • Tesla all-electric ATV makes a surprise debut at Cybertruck event
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk definitely didn’t have the most issue-free presentation during last night’s Cybertruck unveil, but he did pull off a pretty impressive “one more thing moment” — revealing a surprise all-electric all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that Tesla created to pair with its futuristic pickup. The Tesla electric ATV... Read more »
  • Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death
    Summer camp for adults and beloved tech-free weekend getaway Camp Grounded ground to a halt in 2017. Its big-hearted founder, Levi Felix, who’d espoused the joys of trading screens for nature walks, was tragically killed by brain cancer at just age 32. Left in his wake was a mourning... Read more »
  • VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics
    After a year of testing out environmental technologies for a private company, co-founder Patricia Ayma developed a process for bioplastic production using bacteria. The system turns organic matter, such as food waste, into a product that can be used as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. “I realized that it... Read more »
  • Ford’s Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV revealed in leaked photos, prices and configurations
    Ford is officially debuting its fully electric crossover SUV on Sunday, November 17 — but we got a look at the new Mach-E (which was just officially named yesterday) a couple of days early. The leak comes from Ford’s own website, as screenshotted for posterity by Jalopnick, and includes photos... Read more »
  • Recycling robots raise millions from top venture firms to rescue an industry in turmoil
    The problem of how to find the potential treasure trove hidden in millions of pounds of trash is getting a high-tech answer as investors funnel $16 million into the recycling robots built by Denver-based AMP Robotics. For recyclers, the commercialization of robots tackling industry problems couldn’t come at a better time.... Read more »
  • Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado
    Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today. Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform as an alternative to options like long-term leasing. Express Drive... Read more »
  • Ford’s all-electric SUV is officially the ‘Mustang Mach-E,’ and you can reserve one starting Nov. 17
    Ford has revealed the official name of its forthcoming EV SUV, which has a Mustang lineage and will be officially revealed on November 17 in LA. The new vehicle is called the Mustang Mach-E, and following its official unveiling (hosted by Idris Elba, by the way), you’ll be able to... Read more »
  • UCLA now has the first zero-emission, all-electric mobile surgical instrument lab
    Electrification in the automotive industry isn’t just about consumer cars: There are plenty of commercial and specialist vehicles that are prime candidates for EVs, including in the healthcare industry. Take the new UCLA mobile surgical lab developed by Winnebago, for instance — it’s a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle that will move... Read more »
  • “Trump should not be our president” says Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox
    Chris Cox’s motivational speeches were at the heart of Facebook’s new employee orientation. But after 14 years at the social network, the chief product officer left in March amidst an executive shake-up and Facebook’s new plan to prioritize privacy by moving to encrypt its messaging apps. No details... Read more »
  • Walmart reaches settlement with Tesla over solar panel fires, drops lawsuit
    Walmart has dropped a lawsuit that accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence after rooftop solar panel systems on seven of the retailer’s stores allegedly caught fire. A settlement has been reached and stipulation of dismissal has been filed with the court, a Walmart spokesperson said in an... Read more »
  • Supercross’s anticipated EV class not ready for primetime in 2020
    Motorcycle racing series Supercross isn’t quite ready to add an EV class. The sport — where riders race high-performance machines on jump-filled stadium tracks — currently fields only gas-powered two-wheelers. Supercross was poised to launch an all-electric class this month, by converting its junior program to a new e-moto manufactured by KTM... Read more »
  • All-electric Mini Cooper SE priced starting at $29,900 in the US
    The new all-electric Mini Cooper SE, the first Mini designed from the ground up as an electric car, is going to retail in the U.S. starting at $29,900 (plus an $850 Destination and Handling fee) — before any tax incentives are applied. That puts final pricing as low as around... Read more »
  • Tesla’s new Solar Roof costs less than a new roof plus solar panels, aims for install rate of 1K per week
    Tesla has launched the third iteration of its solar roof tile for residential home use, which it officially detailed in a blog post on Friday and in a call with media. Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the call with some explanatory remarks on the V3 Solar Roof,... Read more »
  • Elon Musk predicts Tesla energy could be ‘bigger’ than its EV business
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk forecast that the company’s energy business will eventually be the same size as — or even bigger than — its automotive sector, the latest sign that the company plans to put more time and resources to scaling up its solar and storage products. “It could be... Read more »
  • Tesla is launching version three of its solar roof tile this week
    Tesla will debut a new, third iteration of its solar roof tile this week — with an official debut tomorrow afternoon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday that it’ll make an official announcement detailing the differences in generation three on Thursday afternoon. Tesla originally... Read more »
  • Plug and Play launches an accelerator to develop technologies addressing plastic waste
    The Plug and Play network of accelerator programs is partnering with the nonprofit organization Alliance to End Plastic Waste to create an accelerator focused on developing technologies to reduce, remove or replace plastics in the industrial ecosystem. Like Techstars, Plug and Play operates a number of industry-focused accelerator programs around... Read more »
  • 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
    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 »
  • Nitecore LR12 Mini Lantern Flashlight Can Output 1,000 Lumens
    Nitecore LR12 is an award winning flashlight design that functions not just as a flashlight, but also a 360-degree lantern. With maximum output of 1,000 lumens, this flashlight is pretty compact at just 4.2-inches long, it’s smaller than just about any lantern out there. Don’t underestimate its size, the tiny... Read more »
  • Winning Scheme of Adelaide’s Central Market Arcade Redevelopment by Woods Bagot
    The City of Adelaide has revealed concept design of Adelaide’s Central Market Arcade redevelopment, together with Australian developer ICD Property, Singapore-based joint venture partner Nanshan Group, and Australian real estate company Sinclair Brook. The idea of this redevelopment is to connect this arcade to the market where it serves as... Read more »
  • Braven Portable Bluetooth Speaker Can Withstand Dirt, Sand, Snow, and Rain
    Coming with a lifetime guarantee, Braven Indestructible Portable Bluetooth Speaker is powerful enough to play your favorite songs all night long. It is also durable enough to handle getting run over by an SUV, that’s why it’s an ideal gadget companion for camping, tailgating, backyard parties, or hiking. Featuring 100... Read more »
  • Delta Bamboo Residential Retracts During Storms and Expands When It’s Safe
    Delta Bamboo Residential features a unique structure just like a turtle, it retracts into a safe shell during the storms but expands itself when it’s safe. This house can contract to half its size to 40m2 and transforms into a super resilient shape when challenge by the storms, but when... Read more »
  • Compact UVC Ultra Wave Toothbrush Sterilizer with Rechargeable Battery
    Cleaning your toothbrush with just water is not enough, just in case you don’t know, there are more bacteria on your toothbrush than in the bowl of your toilet. Let’s face it, our mouths are the most perfect environments for bacterial growth, therefore, every time you brush your teeth, there... Read more »
  • Induku Design Brown Leather Travel Chess Set Folds Into a Pouch
    This leather travel chess set looks like a simple pouch but actually it transforms into a full chess set. Made with high quality full grain leather, this chess board can be laser engraved on the suede side. The board folds into pouch simply by pulling the leather strings and it... Read more »
  • F33 Spaziale Yacht – Small Yet Reliable Recreational Boat with Different Possible Layouts
    Lazzarini Design Studio has submitted their latest project to Tuvie, F33 Spaziale Yacht. It’s a 33ft. custom yacht that functions as a conventional or foiling style of sailing. Inspired by futuristic lines of a spaceship, this new vehicle boasts a sleek, carbon fiber upper-structure. You probably can see the similarity... Read more »
  • Relax Indoor Farming – Relaxing Micro Farming with a Food Dehydrator
    City dwellers can also learn about farming, it doesn’t have to be that difficult, especially micro farming. Relax is a mini indoor farming system with a food dehydrator that utilizes a raised hub, it’s a concept that aims to encourage people to start home farming. Many people want to grow... Read more »
  • Fairphone 3, a Modular Phone Made With Care for People and This Planet
    As world’s first modular and ethical smartphone, Fairphone has released its latest version Fairphone 3. It’s a smartphone that dares you to be fair, it is made with care for people and our planet, you can expect so much more from this phone. Just like its name suggests, this smartphone... Read more »
  • Recompose Building Facility Gently Converts Human Remains into Soil
    After Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee legalizes natural organic reduction, it means that it is legal now to convert human remains into soil. This special law will go into effect on May 1, 2020. Founded by Katrina Spade, Recompose is a company that offers “natural organic reduction” to public, this... Read more »