Canadian Solar: Sponsor worldwide electric vehicle race
Canadian Solar Inc, one of the largest solar companies in the world, will be sponsoring a one-of-a-kind, zero-emission electric car race. The unique car race is due to begin today, August 16, 2010, at the Square Nations of Geneva, and will travel throughout Europe, Asia and North America. The race will consist of four teams, who have up to 80 days to go over 30,000 kilometers across 16 countries in their zero-emission, electric cars.
"We loved the idea of going around the world in electric cars from the very first day. This project symbolizes the solar industry's power of innovation, and it provides a vision of what will be possible in the future. This remarkable race is perfectly in line with Canadian Solar's sustainability goals. We are very proud of our association with this event and congratulate the teams for their participation," said Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO and Chairman of Canadian Solar.
Each of the teams has specially-designed, highly-sophisticated electric vehicles for the 80 day world tour. Unlike traditional car races, the focus of this event is not on speed, but rather on the environment, energy efficiency and reliability.
The ZERO race was created by Louis Palmer from Switzerland, who was the first person to travel around the world in a solar-powered vehicle. The team responsible for the race wants to grow public awareness on the potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency. In November, the race participants are due to stop at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. "We want to demonstrate that in the long term, seven billion people who live on this planet depend on renewable energies, and on clean mobility approaches. The ZERO Race is mostly about demonstrating realistic approaches to find a more climate-friendly and greener future," said Palmer.
GM-backed Cruise robotaxis to operate in Dubai from 2023
Futuristic-loving Dubai is teaming up with General Motors to introduce Cruise self-driving taxis in the city from 2023 and become the first to operate the vehicles outside the US.
It plans to ramp up the vehicles, which have been operating in San Francisco, to 4,000 cars by 2030.
In a statement, it said the move supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for self-driving technology, as the emirate seeks to reduce transportation costs by AED900 million a year and save AED1.5 billion a year by reducing environmental pollution by 12 per cent.
It added that it would generate AED18 billion annually by increasing the efficiency of the city's transport sector.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, saidt he selection of Cruise was not taken lightly and it engage in a comprehensive, multi-year process to choose the best possible partner.
"Cruise’s technology, resources, purpose-built vehicle, automaker partnerships, approach to safe testing and deployment and strategy give them the ability to launch safely and faster than any other company," he said.
Vehicles collect petabyte-scale data daily from sensors, complementing ML, AI and robotic technology.
In January, Cruise and General Motors entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles, leveraging Azure, its cloud and edge computing platform (click here).
Microsoft will join General Motors, Honda and institutional investors in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 billion in Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of Cruise to $30 billion.
"Advances in digital technology are redefining every aspect of our work and life, including how we move people and goods,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "As Cruise and GM's preferred cloud, we will apply the power of Azure to help them scale and make autonomous transportation mainstream."