Tesla and SolarCity-powered Island | Crunch Report | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Tesla and Solar City have merged and successfully powered the island of Hau in American Samoa with solar energy, eliminating the need for diesel generators.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How has Tesla and Solar City powered the island of Hau in American Samoa?

Tesla and Solar City have installed solar panels on the island, allowing Tesla batteries to be fully charged with seven hours of direct sunlight, providing three days of power.

Q: Why did Apple decide to participate in Black Friday this year?

Apple's decision to participate in Black Friday is part of its goal to be good to its employees and customers. The company offers free shipping, two-hour delivery in select markets, and encourages customers to visit local stores.

Q: What will the robots at Westfield San Francisco Center and Westfield's Valley Fair do?

The robots, named SoftBanks Pepper, will greet shoppers and engage in activities like playing games and taking selfies. They will also be able to direct shoppers to stores and restaurants.

Q: What is the purpose of the newly opened American Center for Mobility in Michigan?

The American Center for Mobility is a testing facility for autonomous vehicles. It aims to bring together researchers, product developers, and educators to establish standards for a future without human drivers.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Tesla and Solar City have merged and together powered the island of Hau in American Samoa using solar energy, replacing diesel generators.

  • Tesla batteries can be fully charged with seven hours of direct sunlight and last for three days, reducing reliance on diesel fuel and transportation costs.

  • Apple will participate in this year's Black Friday event, offering free shipping and two-hour delivery in select markets through the Apple Store app.

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