First U.S. gas station to ditch oil for 100% electric vehicle charging opens

The national public charging infrastructure is coming online.

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  • There are over one million EVs in the U.S., but no gas stations have completely switched until now.
  • Takoma Park, Maryland, is home of RS Automotive, the first merchant to fully make the leap.
  • Worldwide, there's an urgent need for about 2 million public chargers.
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It looks like Tesla just developed a million-mile battery

Such a battery would make it far cheaper to implement robotaxis and long-haul electric trucks, both of which Tesla is developing.

  • A team of researchers working with Tesla recently released a paper describing a lithium-ion battery that should last 1 million miles over 4,000 charges and depletions.
  • The researchers reportedly optimized commonly used components of EV batteries, and made their findings available to other battery researchers.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said robotaxis could hit streets as early as 2020.
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  • Study presents roadmaps for 139 countries to go 100 percent renewable.
  • Authors suggested it was a much more aggressive strategy than the Paris agreement.
  • Researchers found that it's possible with current technology and capabilites to go full renewable by 2050.
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The next clean energy source? Snow.

Researchers from UCLA invent a device that generates electricity from a rather unusual source.

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  • UCLA scientists have invented a cheap, flexible, and simple device called snow-TENG that generates electricity when it comes into contact with snow.
  • Scientists have known that snow carries an electrical charge for several decades, but this device is one of the first to capitalize on that effect.
  • The researchers believe that snow-TENG could be used in movement-tracking applications or as a simple weather station that requires no battery to operate.
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Chattanooga's airport is now 100% solar powered

The solar farm is expected to save the airport millions over the following decades.

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  • Tennessee's Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport recently completed construction of a 2.74-megawatt solar farm.
  • The system includes battery storage that enables it to continue operating without constant sunlight.
  • Airport officials hope it will serve as a model to other airports.
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