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TT 191? - Year in Review and Predictions


SHOW NOTES: TT 191Best New EV

  • Model Y
  • Taycan
  • VW ID3
  • VW ID4
  • Mach E

Top Space Story


  • SpaceX launches 26 rockets 
  • SpaceX Crew 1
  • Chang’E 5 Moon Mission
  • Boeing Software Failure
  • SN8 best flight of the year
  • JAXA Touch & Go mission

Best Announced EV 

  • Tesla Model $25k
  • GM Hummer
  • Buick Lyric
  • Aptera EV
  • Canoo
  • Zoox
  • Archimoto
  • Where’s Rivian?

Biggest Battery Announcement 


  • Costs reductions at Tesla Battery Day
  • LG signs massive ~$10 billion deal to make batteries in Indonesia
  • Tesla battery researcher shows new test results pointing to batteries lasting over 2 million miles
  • Battery startup backed by VW and Tesla cofounder JB Straubel QuantumScape (QS) goes public
  • Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030
  • https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/01/16/microsoft-will-be-carbon-negative-by-2030/
  • Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030
  • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/07/apple-commits-to-be-100-percent-carbon-neutral-for-its-supply-chain-and-products-by-2030/
  •  ITC extension (Solar investment tax credit)
  • A spending package President Trump signed before the New Year keeps the Investment Tax Credit at 26 percent through 2022 and at 22 percent through 2023, a policy similar to one the White House eliminated during spending negotiations at the same time last year.
  • US Presidential Change of Focus on Renewables
  • Joe Biden’s win presents major upside for the solar industry. The candidate campaigned on a national plan to reach 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. Solar offers a key technology to achieve that goal, with 2020 marking its second year in a row to claim the largest share of new generating capacity of any resource.
  • COVID impact on pollution 
  • Half of the world population is under some form of lockdown due to COVID-19.
  • Environmental pollution is reduced up to 30%.
  • Mobility is reduced up to 90%.
  • A  study found that even as NO2 emissions plummeted 60% and fine particulate matter dropped 31%, global average ozone went up slightly around the world. 
  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969720323378
  • https://cen.acs.org/environment/atmospheric-chemistry/COVID-19-lockdowns-had-strange-effects-on-air-pollution-across-the-globe/98/i37#:~:text=When%20viewed%20broadly%20and%20globally,Natl. 




2021 -  Tesla’s Biggest News Story

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 2021-01-02  2h3m