Tesla owners start seeing a data usage counter with a 50GB cap
Tesla last year started splitting data into standard and premium tiers, but it's now hinting that it might watch how much data you're using, too. Some owners have noticed a data use counter showing up on their cars with a seeming 50GB cap. It's not yet clear what this cap is for or what happens if you chew up more than 50GB of data. However, Tesla is displaying this to people with the Premium Connectivity package, not just Standard. We've askedWe've asked Tesla for comment. It may have more to say about data usage once there's a wider rollout for its cars' version 10 firmware. Having said that, it wouldn't be surprising if Tesla charged extra for heavy data use.
Tesla and Walmart clearly weren't ready for a knock-down-drag-out. The two companies have a lawsuit that accused Tesla of neglecting and botching installations for solar panels that caught fire on the roofs of seven Walmart stores. In a joint statement to Engadget, the companies said they were "pleased" and that concerns had been "addressed." The duo looks forward to a "safe re-energization of [their] sustainable energy systems," according to the companies. You can read the full statement below.
Walmart declined to detail the terms of the settlement, although it did confirm to Engadget that the solar panels would remain. We've asked Tesla and will let you know if there's a response. Given that Walmart had originally asked its energy partner to pay for removing panels from all 240 stores, this is arguably a victory (if likely at a cost) for Tesla -- it avoided losing a major customer.
U.S. auto safety agency notes Tesla accidents with 'Smart Summon' feature
U.S. auto safety agency notes Tesla accidents with 'Smart Summon' featureNHTSA said it "is aware of reports related to Tesla’s Summon feature. We are in ongoing contact with the company and we continue to gather information.
It's coming at a crucial moment for Tesla. The company's solar energy business has been on the decline, and it just introduced its third-generationin a bid to reinvigorate its sales. While the settlement certainly doesn't constitute a recovery, it could help Tesla focus on growing instead of minimizing its losses.
"Walmart and Tesla are pleased to have resolved the issues raised by Walmart concerning the Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores. Safety is a top priority for each company and with the concerns being addressed, we both look forward to a safe re-energization of our sustainable energy systems."
5,000 Total Gas Stations Go Solar
To achieve its ambition of "becoming the leader in responsible energy," Total starts with its gas stations. In 2017, a program will be launched to equip 5,000 photovoltaic panels around the world, announced Tuesday, November 15 the French group, which has 16,000 of these stations. The project will start in France and should be completed in 5 years.
A reduced invoice of half
The objective is to generate in the whole 200 MW, "the equivalent of the electricity consumed by a city of 200.000 inhabitants", and to thus reduce of 50% on average the invoice of energy of the stations concerned. For 300 million dollars of investment, Total hopes to save 40 million per year in consumption. The project also allows the group to reduce its CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons per year, says Philippe Sauquet, General Manager Gas, Renewables and Power, in a statement.
One out of every two stations in Africa
The main criteria for the selection of the stations concerned by the project being solar irradiation,. More than 30% are in Europe, where France alone will have 800 of the existing 4,000. In France, "the program will include sites where profitability is positive (...) We will start with the new stations and major motorway stations," said the group, questioned by the Tribune.
The panels will be supplied by the Total SunPower subsidiary, based in San Jose, California (USA) and one of the world's leading photovoltaic companies.
Mexican families of El Paso shooting victims sue Walmart .
Mexican citizens whose relatives were victims in the Aug. 3 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, have filed a lawsuit against the store chain. © FoxNews.com Walmart re-opened its El Paso, TX store nearly three months after a gunman killed 22 people and injured dozens more in August. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said Wednesday it is assisting the 10 Mexican plaintiffs in the suit, filed in El Paso.