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Electric Vehicles

Tesla Is Doomed to Be Interesting

We’ll never know what a Tesla without Elon Musk could have looked like.

Politics

Gas Prices Are Polluting Our Politics

Add it to the list of reasons to switch to EVs.

Technology

AM Briefing: Google’s Geothermal Deal

On the tech giant’s geothermal deal, Musk’s pay package, and the climate costs of war

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The Skies Are About to Open Up in Florida

AM Briefing: Florida’s Looming Deluge

On extreme rainfall, tailpipe rules, and giant viruses

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May Was a Pretty Good Month for EVs

As long as you’re not talking about Tesla.

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Electric Vehicles

The Airstreams of the EV Age

You can do so much with an electric RV.

The Pebble RV.
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Battery-powered vehicles appear ill-suited to the backcountry — at first blush, at least. Big cities and well-traveled highways are where the plugs are. Far-flung locales, like the kind of places you’d want to drive an RV or tow a trailer, aren’t brimming with DC fast charging stations. And towing extra weight exacts a penalty on the EV’s range.

Yet the electric vehicle market is starting to get outdoorsy, providing more ways for people who might have gone electric because they care about the planet to get out there and see more of it. That’s thanks in part to startups and engineers trying to reimagine the RV market for the EV age.

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Electric Vehicles

AM Briefing: Rivian’s R1 Revamp

On the R1S and R1T, fusion, and a copper shortage

Rivian’s Next-Gen R1 EVs Are Here
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Current conditions: China just experienced its warmest spring on record • Some residents in Sydney, Australia, are evacuating after excessive rainfall caused a dam to overflow • Eleven people suffered from heat exhaustion while waiting outside a Trump rally yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

THE TOP FIVE

1. DOE announces plan to speed up fusion research

The Department of Energy wants to to “accelerate” the development of commercial fusion energy. It will put $180 million toward funding fusion research from universities, nonprofits, national labs, and also private companies. The department also plans to create a public-private consortium framework that will utilize funding from state and local governments, private companies, and philanthropies. President Biden has a goal of developing commercial fusion within a decade. Nuclear fusion, the process by which stars produce energy, is seen as a sort of holy grail for the future of clean power, but research into harnessing this reaction has so far been slow and costly, hence the DOE’s new strategy to ramp things up.

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