Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

 The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of range. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation price of $20,000 – or, if they want a “Founders Series,” they can get one for $200,000, with the… Read More

Tesla completes the world’s largest battery for Australian wind farm

 Tesla has managed to deliver something on time, even if it \’s falling behind its projections for the Model 3 electric car: It has completed production of a massive battery farm in South Australia, which is designed to capture and store energy produced by a wind farm and distribute it to the grid when it’s needed most, in an effort to curb frequent summer blackouts. The Tesla… Read More

Nano-watch has steady hands

A new nanomechanical hand shows the time of an electronic clock, by spinning a tiny cylinder using light. A silicon nanorod, less than a thousandth of a millimetre long, can be trapped in thin air using focused laser beams, and spun to follow the ticking of a clock, losing only one-millionth of a second over four days.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121132543.htm

Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121132331.htm

New device boosts road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nissan Leafs, which go about 107 miles on a charge, sometimes end up relegated to commuter cars due to battery-range worries. The mass-market, standard Tesla Model 3 can go double that but still can be disconcerting on long road trips. Both batteries could work up to 50 percent longer with a new device. It reconfigures modules — clusters of battery cells — in electric cars to be online or offline depending on whether they’re going to pull down the other modules.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095351.htm

Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst

A new catalyst brings researchers one step closer to artificial photosynthesis — a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy. By both capturing carbon emissions and storing energy from solar or wind power, the invention provides a one-two punch in the fight against climate change.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171120111324.htm

Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks

 Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, which is supposed to start shipping in 2019.… Read More

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

 Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including decreasing their overall emissions footprint. The retailer will… Read More

‘Ion billiards’ cue novel material synthesis method

A team of researchers has developed a novel material synthesis method called proton-driven ion introduction (PDII) which utilizes a phenomenon similar to ‘ion billiards.’ The new method could pave the way for creating numerous new materials, thus drastically advancing materials sciences.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171117103751.htm

Watch Tesla’s new Roadster show off its record-breaking speed

 Tesla has delivered the ultimate fan car – a revamped version of its original Roadster, with crazy fast acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph times of only 4.2 seconds, a top speed north of 250 mph and 621 miles of estimated range on a single charge.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the car peel out in person, which I got a chance to do at the Tesla Semi… Read More