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We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!

Jim Saber, President & CEO

What he’s reading: Teslas still go much farther on a single charge than their competitors. But the strategy carries risks
Media: The Washington Post
What makes it interesting: Interesting take on how Tesla and others are addressing driving range with their EVs

Angella Durkin, COO

What she’s reading: Project Kinetic: Making Inclusive Mobility a Reality in Detroit and Michigan
What makes it interesting: Article contains some great insights from our partner PlanetM on what it takes to develop successful public-private-philanthropic initiatives.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure

What he’s reading: Wearable Cooling and Heating Patch Could Serve as Personal Thermostat and Save Energy
Media: U-C San Diego
What makes it interesting: U-C San Diego researchers have developed a lightweight device which can be sewn or integrated into clothing which cools the skin regardless of the surrounding ambient temperature. This could lead to being able to set building temperatures +/- ten degrees normal set temperatures. The researchers expect this “smart clothing” could cut building cooling costs by 70 percent.

Nathalie Osborn, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

What she’s reading: Microgrid in a Box: A Plug-and-Play Microgrid for Rooftop Solar
Media: IEEE Spectrum
What makes it interesting: Interesting read on the role residential microgrids and the findings of the EnergySwitch system installed on a home in Austin, TX. The project was cooperation between the DOE SunShot Initiative, Pecan Street, a non-profit clean energy research firm, and Concurrent Design, a technology development firm.

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Ryder, ABB, and In-Charge Jointly Unveil Industry-First Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Solution for Fleet Operators
Media: Bloomberg
What makes it interesting: Ryder, ABB, and In-Charge are the next set of partners announcing a plan to support the conversion of vehicles to electrification. While this announcement on its own is important, the greater takeaway is that the industry clearly believes there is a need to provide more options for turnkey solutions to their customers.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: The Best of CES 2020
Media: Wired
What makes it interesting: The Consumer Electronics Show is over and there’s no shortage of media articles sharing the latest and greatest gadgets. I personally am curious about a blast from the past, Segway. Now introducing Segway Ninebot T60, this electric scooter can be summoned from a user’s mobile app! You don’t walk to the scooter; instead, the scooter automatically finds its way to you. What do you think?


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