Tesla hits a major milestone: It’s now made 1 million cars

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It took Tesla 17 years to make its one-millionth car after the company’s founding in 2003. Electric vehicle maker Tesla has hit a major milestone. The company’s CEO Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that it’s one-millionth car has rolled off the production line. In the tweet, Musk said, “Congratulations Tesla team on making our 1,000,000th car!!” And included a picture of the one-millionth Tesla vehicle, a Model Y, as well as a photo of Tesla team members. Read Full Story

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Tesla ranks dead last on J.D. Power’s automobile quality survey

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Elon Musks’s car company came in dead last in the rankings. The good news for Tesla? The only way to go next year is up. J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study for 2020. The study, which ranks cars by the number of problems they have per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership, is in its 34th year now. And if you’re Dodge or Kia driver, you’ll probably be very excited about this year’s rankings. But if you’re Tesla fan, well . . . Read Full Story

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Seattle made 20 miles of streets traffic-free during the pandemic—now it’s making them permanent

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The decision is part of a plan to try to convince residents not to start commuting by car as the city reopens. In April, as the pandemic made parks and sidewalks more crowded in Seattle, the city shut down most traffic on a series of streets to help give people more room for exercise or walking to the grocery store. Now, the city plans to make the changes permanent on 20 miles of streets. Read Full Story

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Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team is building emergency ventilators out of car parts

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The Afghan Dreamers—who became famous when they were denied a visa to come to a robotics competition in the U.S. in 2017—are now hard at work helping their country prepare for COVID-19. Even though Herat, Afghanistan, is on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Nahid Rahimi’s days during the pandemic have started with a drive to a mechanic’s workshop. Nahid, 17, is on Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team, named the Afghan Dreamers; her teammate Somaya Farqui’s father drives the girls, all between 14 and 17 years old, through the shuttered city to their technical adviser’s space, where they’re building ventilators from used car parts. Read Full Story

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Here’s what happens to your brain when you don’t sleep

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Sleep deprivation can affect you in more ways than you think. Americans don’t get enough sleep. Even though it’s recommended for adults to log between seven and nine hours per night, most of us never meet that goal. And after a restless night—thanks to our newborn, that late cup of coffee, or work stress—we still pile into our cars or take the train to work. Being productive when our body wasn’t able to properly rest overnight is an uphill battle, and one that can have serious impacts on our productivity. But what exactly is happening to our brain the morning after an unintentional all-nighter? Here, experts explain exactly what happens when we don’t get enough sleep. (Spoiler: It’s not great.) Read Full Story

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James Dyson’s electric car failed. But he’s not giving up on transportation

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“We could get into some form of transportation,” James Dyson says in an exclusive interview with Fast Company. In late 2019, Dyson pulled the plug on its most ambitious project ever: an electric car that the tech company built from the ground up. The car itself was reported to have been largely completed ; everything from the drivetrain to the windshield wiper motors were powered by Dyson technology. Four years in the making, the project had $2.5 billion in promised investments from James Dyson himself. Read Full Story

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We spend 90% of our time inside—why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted?

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Maybe we should actually be wearing masks inside. Have you seen a car ad on television that shows the noisy chaos of the world outside the car before it pans to the driver inside the quiet, luxurious interior of said car, protected from the elements outside? The message you’re supposed to take from this juxtaposition is that this car is “tight”—sealed off from the world outside and all its perils. Read Full Story

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Emissions dropped during COVID-19. Here’s what cities can do to keep them from rising

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It’s time to double down on electric vehicles. COVID-19 upended our daily lives and shifted our relationship to transportation, although we don’t yet know how trends that started during the pandemic will play out. Will people forsake public transit for cars? Will street closures continue, creating more permanent space for walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants? Will work-from-home continue to be the norm, cutting down on commuting hours—and emissions—in the process? Read Full Story

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