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Solar-powered airplanes, sexy French concepts, record electric car sales, plummeting battery prices, all these stories and more told in vivid full-color in this week's edition of EV World Insider Illustrated.
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TESLA EXPLORES ENERGY STORAGE

If you’ve developed a level of engineering expertise in battery systems for the demanding environment in which automobiles must operate, doing the same for the stationary market should be a slam dunk; and it appears that’s exactly what Tesla is doing, as the logo on the cabinet above would seem to indicate. The image is from the SolarCity web site and according to Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher, Tesla and the solar panel system installer have partnered on developing energy storage for SolarCity -equipped homes, solving -- at least in part -- the problem of how to power homes after the sun sets or on cloudy days. She reports that the two companies began collaborating two years ago on a $1.8m research program that would eventually install Telsa-developed battery units in six homes. Now the collaboration appears to be going commercial with the two firms filing applications for up to 70 projects under the California PUC’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). How extensive this program is within Tesla is not currently known, but presumably the aim is to build a business out of their expertise.

WHERE ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE CLEANEST IN AMERICA

Critics of electric cars are wont to point out that much of the electricity used to power them comes from coal-fired generators, so calling them ‘green’ is misleading. And to a degree, they are correct, but as a new Union of Concerned Scientists USA study now shows, at worst, they are as good as any gasoline car averaging 37mpg in North America in terms of global warming gas emissions, and in regional utility grids like CAMX serving California, they create emissions equivalent to a gasoline car getting 79 mpg. In parts of Alaska where all the electrical generation comes from hydropower, it’s equivalent to a whooping 112 mpg.

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