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Big Auto Going Global Electric
BMW & Tesla Expanding Production of Electric Vehicles in China
Source: BMW MINI Cooper
Tesla's Cybertruck About to Set a Record
BMW is significantly expanding its global electric vehicle operations. BMW and its Chinese partner Great Wall announced today that they plan to build a $716 million plant in China big enough to manufacture 160,000 electric cars a year. The plant will produce electric MINI's for BMW and also Great Wall electric vehicles. Great Wall is China's #1 SUV and pickup truck manufacturer. Meanwhile, US-based Tesla is close to setting a new record with its electric pick-up Cybertruck.
Big China Electric Vehicle Market Expansions
The BMW-Great Wall plant is due to open in 2022 near Shanghai. For e-car makers, the opportunity in China is huge. China has new quotas starting in 2025 requiring that 20% of total vehicle sales are electric and rechargeable hybrids. Automakers and suppliers are diligently working to meet these tough, new, antipollution standards that China is enforcing. VW is opening two plants in China with a combined production capacity of 600,000 electric vehicles per year. And, Tesla is building a new plant in Shanghai to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year.
Meanwhile, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says his electric Cybertruck orders are closing in on a new record. 250,000 customers have signed up to buy the muscle, e-pickup truck. The orders are within one week of launch, despite the shattered "bulletproof" windows that broke twice when hit by metallic balls during the big debut. Production of Cybertruck is targeted for 2022 so CEO and engineer Musk has time to fix the glass. For a free borrow of journalist Ed Kane's books on innovation in green energy and transportation, go to amazon.com/author/ekane
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
Amazon Book Promotion Source: Amazon Special Deep Discount for a Limited Time I'm pleased to announce that Kindle and Amazon are beginning a promotion on journalist Edward Kane's book "SPACE 2020's: WHAT'S UP THERE?". Starting May 27 through May 30, the book goes on sale for $3.99. That is a deep discount off the regular price of $6.99. And, on May 31 through June 2 8AM PDT, it will be selling for $4.99. It then returns to its regular price of $6.99 Great Deals on a Great Resource If you enjoy learning about WHAT'S UP THERE? in space, you'll love the book and find it a great resource on the top space missions and very recent space discoveries of the 2020's. Here's a link for access to the book ASIN: B087DV4DZ6 And for access to Ed's Amazon Author's Page, click here amazon.com/author/ekane I co-authored the books with Ed. ... ...
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Source: Change Toothpaste Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste. "Paste with No Waste" Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemic