Recharge Wrap-up: Talking Tesla podcast, RFS ruling imminent

Ford Switches Asia Pacific Facilities To LED Lighting

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Mel Herbert and Tom Wolfson are the men behind the Talking Tesla podcast. According to the podcast's description, they discuss "the cars, the batteries, the superchargers, the rumours, the stock price, anything and everything Tesla." Their goal in creating the podcast is to entertain and educate not just Tesla owners and enthusiasts, but others who care about EVs and sustainability. Herbert is a Model S owner with a Model X on the way, while Wolfson drives a Toyota Rav4 EV, which uses a Tesla battery. Teslarati calls the Talking Tesla podcast "the best automotive radio since The Tappet Brothers did Car Talk on NPR." Read more at Teslarati.

Biofuel and oil industry groups are pushing for their interests as a decision is expected soon on the Renewable Fuel Standard. While uncertainty looms large over the ruling, ethanol groups Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, as well as the American Petroleum Institute, met with the Office of Management and Budget. And while parties are waiting on blend numbers, they are also interested in the justifications for whatever decision the EPA makes. A decision is expected Wednesday. Read more from Platts.

Ford is investing $5 million to switch its Asia Pacific facilities to LED lighting. The change is expected to save 18 million kWh of energy per year, a savings of 50 to 70 percent over current energy consumption. The lights are expected to last five to 10 years, and they don't contain mercury. Ford also cites the additional benefit of better lighting and a cooler work environment for its employees.

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