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Amazon’s Zoox completes ‘critical checkpoint’ in robotaxi testing and rollout

The Zoox vehicle operated “with no one inside, no chase vehicle, and no emergency stop, all on open, private roads with non-Zoox agents, including pedestrians, cyclists, cars and trucks.”

Renewable energy can help affordably keep the lights on

Montana is poised to transition to clean electricity during the next 10 to 15 years due to its world-class renewable resources. Recent modeling shows that doing this while also electrifying other sectors of the economy would result in nearly $30 billion in savings by 2050 compared to business as usual.

Wingcopter prepares 12,000 cargo drones for world’s largest deployment

German company Wingcopter has signed a deal to roll out 12,000 of its long-range, triple-drop delivery drones across Africa over the next five years, in what promises to be the largest commercial drone deployment ever attempted.

Jetson CEO takes his eVTOL on a commute to work

Walk out into your back yard, jump into a next-generation electric VTOL flying machine, lift off and soar your way to the office helipad: that’s the dream of personal eVTOL ownership, and Jetson co-founder Tomasz Patan has lived it, in a new video.

Missoula metro planers eye electric vehicle infrastructure, alternative fuel corridors

With Highway 93 and Interstate 90 already recommended as alternative fuel corridors, federally funded charging stations could be placed in much of the city with the exception of Brooks Street. Adding Highway 12 to the state’s plan would cover nearly all of Missoula, bringing the Midtown district into the EV future.

How a heat pump can cool your home in the summer

Installing a heat pump to cool and heat your home costs roughly the same as buying a separate air conditioner and furnace.

Talking Headways Podcast: What Cities Gain by Removing Parking

What can we learn from Portland, OR, and Fayetteville, AR, about the effect of parking lots on urban heat islands?

Milan turned 250,000 square feet of parking into public space

Launched before the pandemic, this program has only become more relevant.

Tesla partners with California utility by offering Powerwall customers money to participate

By signing up, Powerwall owners will receive $2 for every additional kilowatt-hour they feed to the grid during designated “events” when the grid is under a lot of stress. That includes any time the California grid operator, CAISO, issues an energy alert, warning or emergency.

Get to know Wheatland County, Montana

One of the most iconic names in Montana is Two Dot (or Twodot, depending on what source you reference). Two Dot got its name from the brand cattleman George R. Wilson used—two dots side by side. Wilson donated the land for the town in 1900. In time, the town had a station and electrification plant for the Milwaukee Road, a bank, and the aforementioned Two Dot Bar. Hank Williams Jr. even sang about the town on his Strong Stuff album. Two Dot is sixteen miles west of Harlowton, just off US-12.

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