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  • Solar panels on a Walmart store

    Walmart sued Tesla on Tuesday, alleging that solar panels that Tesla installed on seven Walmart stores caught fire. The lawsuit accuses Tesla of breach of contract, negligence, and failing to live up to industry standards, according to the court filing. Walmart alleges that the fires resulted in evacuations, and damage to property and inventory, according to a CNBC report. Walmart filed the suit in New York State Supreme Court. Tesla installed the panels on the roofs of 240 Walmart stores in the U.S. Walmart alleges that Tesla installed defective panels which should have been apparent to any...

  • Lightyear One
    Would solar cells add value to your EV? Twitter poll results

    The result of our recent poll suggest that many of our readers and followers do believe that putting solar cells on vehicles is a worthwhile pursuit.

  • Toyota Prius Prime PHV test vehicle with solar panels in Japan
    Toyota covers Prius Prime with solar panels to test mileage

    Toyota is testing the potential of leading-edge solar cells from Sharp, which when placed on the rood, hood, and rear hatch of the Prius Prime might recover meaningful driving range.

  • Lightyear One
    Lightyear aims to build solar-team expertise into an electric car

    A Dutch startup is making some highly optimistic claims about the range it might be able to regain from solar panels on its roof and hood.

  • Tesla Solar Roof
    Tesla’s share of the home-solar market continues to slide

    Tesla's share of home solar has been sliding ever since its acquisition of SolarCity. Will the Solar Roof turn the trend around?

  • 2020 Toyota Highlander teaser
    Elon Musk tweets, 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, NYC solar: Today's Car News

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk reaches a new settlement with the SEC to avoid contempt charges. We sat down with the chief engineer of the new 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to learn how it reaches fuel-economy estimates similar to the compact Corolla. Some new infrastructure could help boost wind power in...

  • MTA 207TH Street rail yard [CREDIT - Fan Railer - Wikimedia Commons]

    Updated to correct the total power output expected from the MTA rooftop project. Electric cars and public transportation go together in more ways than one. In the latest example, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to add solar panels to the rooftops of its rail yards and bus depots to help feed the local power grid. READ MORE: Forget light poles, British firm to build chargers from cable boxes The MTA started last Monday with requests for bids on seven properties belonging to NYC Transit, the Long Island Rail Road, and the Metro-North Railroad in Westchester County. The...

  • Sono Sion solar assisted electric car
    Solar-boosted Sono Sion electric car will be made in Sweden at former Saab plant

    Quirky electric hatchback that started as a crowdfunding campaign is now ramping up for production.

  • Sono Sion solar assisted electric car
    Production Sono Sion solar-assisted car makes appearance

    Concept cars are relatively easy to build—particularly concepts of cars that may exist only on paper or as clay and foil design studies. That has given rise to a host of new concepts launched as online crowd-funded endeavors of various levels of seriousness and potential. One is Sono Motors...

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class equipped with AMG Line package
    Solar primer, Tesla Powerpacks, Mercedes diesel lawsuit, GCR turns 10: Today's Car News

    A longtime reader and plug-in car owner lays out an effective roadmap for going solar. Tesla and Electrify America reach an agreement to install Tesla stationary battery storage at some EA DC fast-charge stations. Mercedes-Benz joins the ranks of automakers whose diesel engines are involved in a...

  • George Parrott's home solar installation [Credit: George Parrott]
    How to charge your electric car from the sun, at home

    With the big upturn in electric-car adoption driven by the Tesla Model 3, incoming Kia and Hyundai options, and the highly competitive Chevrolet Bolt, many drivers will be moving to vehicles that will be primarily charged at home. This means that their household electric bills are likely to show a...

  • Hyundai Motor Group solar charging system
    Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof tech for electric cars—or gasoline ones

    As solar cells get more efficient, powerful panels can fit on smaller areas. For those looking to use renewable energy for transportation, that means solar panels can now move from home rooftops used to power car chargers to cars themselves. In Korea on Wednesday, Hyundai and Kia revealed some...

  • Tesla and SolarCity solar farm on Ta'u, American Samoa

    Electric cars and solar power fit together like a hand in a glove. Charging with solar power, electric cars can drive using almost no non-renewable energy. Now according to a report in Bloomberg New Energy Finance last week, solar investment has dropped by 19 percent worldwide in the second quarter following a trade war between China and the U.S. that includes a 30 percent tariff on Chinese solar panels imported to the U.S. The new tariffs took effect in February. Digging a little further into the data reveals that new investments in renewable energy aren't as dire as a quick glance at those...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Renewables to generate half of worldwide electricity by 2050: report

    Falling prices for lithium-ion batteries will enable half the world's electricity to come from renewable solar and wind by 2050. That still won't be enough to meet global climate targets, however. Those are the conclusions of a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), released today...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    If you own an electric car, what's your at-home charging from? Twitter poll results

    Over the years, we've noted the paucity of solid data on the intersection of home solar energy and driving plug-in electric cars. A California-only study from 2012 still gets quoted occasionally, and we continue to seek more recent and more comprehensive data. Out of a mix of curiosity and...

  • Photovoltaic solar panel installation on house, Fremont, California   [image: Shiva Singh]
    If you own an electric car, what's your at-home charging source? Take our Twitter poll

    Drivers who buy an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge the battery often start to consider the source of their energy. A 2012 analysis from California, in the earliest days of modern electric cars, indicated as many as four in 10 electric-car drivers were already using or...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Effect of Trump solar-panel import tariffs on clean-power growth debated

    A majority of the photovoltaic solar panels used in the U.S. are imported from such countries as China, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Now, environmentalists and energy analysts worry that the new 30-percent tariff on solar-panel imports announced last Monday by President Donald...

  • Nissan Energy Solar
    What maker offers electric cars, plus solar panels and energy storage, beside Tesla?

    While Tesla may be the automaker most known for marketing home-solar equipment, it's actually not the only player on the block. Japanese automaker Nissan previously offered home-energy storage solutions in Europe, dubbed Nissan xStorage, that utilized cells recycled from Nissan Leaf batteries...

  • Wind farm outside Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada   [photographer: Joel Bennett]

    Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with fossil fuels on cost. That's right: saving our environment will actually save electric utilities some money, too. DON'T MISS: Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA The cost of generating electricity with onshore wind has fallen by about 25 percent since 2010, according to a new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) During that same period, solar power generation...

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas
    U.S. regulator rejects coal, nuclear bailout, says renewable energy may double by 2020

    For much of last year, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry pursued a plan that, in essence, would prop up the financially challenged U.S. coal and nuclear industries. His proposal, submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last fall, provided financial subsidies to electric-generation...

  • APR Energy's GE TM2500 Gen 8 mobile gas turbines in Puerto Rico
    Why diesel beats solar for disaster recovery in places like Puerto Rico

    Call it the Ikea mindset. On populated islands, space is at a premium, just like those stereotypical Swedish kitchens you see when you stroll through your local assemble-it-yourself retailer. That space restriction is a major reason fossil fuels remain a better power-generation option than...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    In Germany, neighborhood solar starts to eat away at utility revenue

    Five years ago, an electric-utility think tank issued a dire warning to its members: Your century-old business model is ending. The continually falling costs of renewable energy generation, especially solar panels, would begin to erode utilities' business from its most profitable customers, the...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart (updated)

    Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar installations for electricity generation, numerous forecasts by internationally respected bodies have proven woefully conservative. The chart in the tweet below, created by Auke Hoekstra at the...

  • Stella Vie Dutch solar car winner in World Solar Challenge
    Stella Vie 'family sedan' wins long-distance solar car race

    Earlier this month, the 30th World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin, Australia, with 42 competitors vying for victory. At the end of the 3,022-kilometer (1,880-mile) race from Darwin to Adelaide, one team emerged victorious in the highly contested Cruiser class. Solar Team Eindhoven, from the...

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