CleanTech Talk — Tesla, Solar, Batteries, AI, Tech
Summary: CleanTechnica's Zach Shahan and Mike Barnard discuss cleantech news and original analyses with cleantech leaders, top researchers, and investment experts in the fields of solar energy, battery storage, climate change, artificial intelligence (AI), electric vehicles (EV), and more. The "Tesla Inside Out" show is also part of the CleanTech Talk podcast.
For the second episode of a daily Cleantech Talk Today show, Nicolas Zart and I talked about Tesla marketing, Tesla Model 3 battery production, Tesla battery recycling, and some other highlights from Tesla's annual shareholder meeting. But that was just to kick off the show. We also discussed the ongoing insanity of fossil fuel subsidies & politics. On a slightly more positive note, we discussed high-speed rail and a cool new Texas bullet train that connects to Amtrak. Of course, the US rail story is not super uplifting, but it was good to talk about a bit of progress. We ended our chatting with a long back & forth on wireless EV charging, BMW's leadership (more or less) in bringing a car to market that comes with wireless EV charging, and the super odd fact that it's a plug-in hybrid with a relatively small battery.
Nicolas Zart and I have been thinking for months about an idea of doing a daily chat about cleantech news. We finally kicked this off. In this chat, we talked about Tesla Model 3 safety a bit. We highlighted the odd Canadian news about the government buying a Kinder Morgan pipeline, a topic we've had a couple more op-eds discussing since my chat with Nicolas. A couple of other quick notes were about Zipcar adding 325 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its London fleet and a 96-year-old auto mechanic and racing legend falling in love with his new Tesla Model 3. We spent the most time, though, discussing innovation at Tesla, Tesla Model 3 motors, Tesla batteries, and Tesla's unique over-the-air updates (unique for the auto world, that is).
In this podcast, we discuss the roles cities can play in supporting, stimulating, advancing, and benefiting from e-mobility. The discussion relates to our new report, "Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines For Cities." To learn more, go to: https://future-trends.cleantechnica.com/ev-charging-infrastracture/
Electric mobility is critical for cities to promote and stimulate because it solves insane public health crises, is great for business, and can be a key part of a transition into a smart city future. Listen and learn more here: https://future-trends.cleantechnica.com/ev-charging-infrastracture/
Today a new contribution to the electrification of European transport was launched at the TEN-T Days conference. The paper, "Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities," draws on the experience and expertise from a wide range of professionals in electric vehicle charging infrastructure development to provide specific and actionable information for European city officials trying to plan and procure electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This podcast explains why cities should pay attention to this topic now and get planning. It also tells about the initial stimulus for this project. Listen and learn more here: https://future-trends.cleantechnica.com/ev-charging-infrastracture/
Episode #49 of Cleantech Talk is here! In this episode, we talk about reinventing the wheel, a Faraday Future maybe-resurrection, and Japan’s logical hots for hydrogen.
Episode #48 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers solar + storage nuking natural gas (peaker plants, that is), fantastic floating wind farm news, and the latest in fat-tire electric cycling!
Episode #47 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers Cobalt, EV batteries, BMW batteries, Tesla batteries, and Car2Go.
Episode #46 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers Tesla’s Q4 call and the question “what would you YIMBY?”
Episode 45 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers Ferrari’s electric envy, California’s climate leadership, a “Dear Elon” letter, and Norway’s oil & gas expansion.
Episode #44 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers Shenzhen’s taxi plans, the launch of China x Cleantech, premature triumphalism, and a Roger Bannister moment for EV charging access.
Episode #43 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers accident liability for self-driving cars, the EV tax credit, and fuel cells’ exponential ramp.
Episode #42 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers my LA Auto Show-inspired VW-Scooby Doo fantasy crossover and “Fair Trade” Copper.
This week is Cleantech Talk’s Tesla Truck take. Anyone can offer a “hot take” on current events, and darn near every media outlet did! But it takes a brave team (or just a very busy-with-other-work one!) to offer a “cold take” weeks later. In our defense, we were trying to add something to CleanTechnica’s already-substantive coverage and reflections (e.g., this and this).
Episode #40 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers a massive electric bus order in Shenzhen, new bioplastics, and a huge new solar power plant in Oman.