Tesla Drive Units, Ford's $4.5 Billion EV Push, & Our Renewable Energy Future (Cleantech Talk 14) −

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Published on December 19th, 2015 | by Zach


Tesla Drive Units, Ford’s $4.5 Billion EV Push, & Our Renewable Energy Future (Cleantech Talk 14)

In the latest episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast (embedded below), Kyle Field, Matthew Klippenstein, and I talk about early Tesla Model S drive unit problems and the implications for future models and Tesla as a whole; Ford’s big $4.5 billion electric vehicle push, and a soon-to-be-unveiled plug-in hybrid electric SUV from Ford; and the cost advantage of solar power and wind power compared to coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear power. Enjoy!

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For more info and discussion on the stories we talked about this week, you can see Matthew’s article regarding Tesla drive units on Green Car Reports, Kyle’s and Tina’s articles on the Ford EV push here:

Ford Commits $4.5 Billion to Electrify 40% of Existing Vehicles

Ford Stirs The EV Pot With $4.5 Billion For New EVs, Batteries, Fast Charging

Ford Teases January Reveal of New Plug-In SUV

… and articles relating to renewable energy integration and cost-competitiveness here:

We Already Have The Technology To Solve Climate Change. What We Need Is Deployment.

Solar Power Prices Already Low — Are Breakthroughs Even Needed?

Grid Operator: 70% Solar + Wind On German Grid Before Storage Needed

I’ll let you dive into the podcast and/or those articles to learn more of our thoughts on these topics.


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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009.

Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity.

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  • alan P.

    heya zack for a good laugh check out http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/north-carolina-town-rejects-solar-farms-for-silly-reasons/vi-BBnybMy i would have given almost anything to be at this meeting so i could ask them to repeat the reasons a couple dozen times

    • Thanks. When I first saw that headline a couple of places, I thought someone found an article from The Onion or something and thought it was real. When one of our writers on CleanTechnica covered it and I was editing the piece, I was surprised to find out it was legit… and the main opponent was a former science teacher. Yikes.

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