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Tesla Autopilot Accidents: 1 out of 4,530,000 Miles; US Average: 1 out of 479,000 Miles

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Published on August 1st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

August 1st, 2020 by Zachary Shahan 


Tesla has released its quarterly “Tesla Vehicle Safety Report.” One of the top reasons — if not the #1 reason — I bought a Tesla Model 3 last was because of its record-setting safety rating, so I’m always interested in seeing new stats on this topic.

The second quarter of 2020 saw a slightly worse result for Tesla than the first quarter in terms of accidents per million miles driven with Tesla Autopilot engaged (see graph below), but keep in mind that the first quarter had a record result. Additionally, the difference was so small that it was probably not statistically significant. On the other hand, Tesla’s Q2 figure was far better than the US average — about 10 times better with Autopilot engaged.

Here are the key statistics:

  • 1 accident every 4.53 million miles when Autopilot engaged
  • 1 accident every 2.27 million miles when Autopilot not engaged but active safety features active
  • 1 accident every 1.56 million miles without Autopilot and without active safety features
  • 1 accident every 479,000 miles — US average

Note: The following interactive graph does not display well on many mobile phones. I recommend viewing it on a real computer or at least turning your phone horizontal instead of vertical. Alternatively, you can look at this non-interactive version (but it’s not as much fun as the interactive version).



In other words, on average, nearly 10 times more miles are driven on Tesla Autopilot before an accident occurs than are driven by the average American driver before an accident occurs.

There is something to keep in mind here, though. First of all, Autopilot is more commonly used on longer freeway trips than in city driving, and accidents are much more common in urban driving than on the freeway, especially per mile. Additionally, in general, Autopilot would be engaged in safer driving situations in which an accident is less likely in the first place.

Lastly, the figure for the US average is based on annual data, and accidents are more common in winter. (Naturally, Tesla’s Q2 data doesn’t cover the winter. Although, its record-breaking result in Q1 does.)

Overall, though, 1 accident every 4.53 million miles is far better than 1 accident every 479,000 miles.

In my experience, having Autopilot on does improve safety considerably. You still have to pay attention and make sure you don’t do something stupid, but with Autopilot on, the car is using many more eyes (cameras, radar, etc.) and its rather clever brain to make sure to not hit other cars or objects on the road. Those eyes and the car’s “brain” work very well.

“While no car can prevent all accidents, we work every day to try to make them much less likely to occur,” Tesla writes. “Active safety features come standard on all Tesla vehicles made after September 2014 for an added layer of safety beyond the physical structure of each car. Because every Tesla is connected, we’re able to use the billions of miles of real-world data from our global fleet – of which more than 1 billion have been driven with Autopilot engaged – to understand the different ways accidents happen. We then develop features that can help Tesla drivers mitigate or avoid accidents. Through over-the-air software updates, we’re able to introduce safety features and enhancements long after a car has been delivered, as well as release updated versions of existing safety features that take into account the most up-to-date real-world data collected by our fleet.”

Even if you do get into an accident, Tesla’s vehicles offer the lowest probability of injury, according to NHTSA testing.

Tesla also addresses fires in its quarterly safety reports, presumably due to all kinds of misinformation and overblown cases regarding a few Tesla vehicles that caught fire over the years. However, Tesla just shares annual data for this, so the latest update is regarding 2019. Here it is:

“From 2012 – 2019, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 175 million miles traveled. By comparison, data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation shows that in the United States there is a vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled.

“In order to provide an apt comparison to NFPA data, Tesla’s data set includes instances of vehicle fires caused by structure fires, arson, and other things unrelated to the vehicle, which account for some of the Tesla vehicle fires over this time period.”

One of the biggest benefits of a Tesla is indeed the high level safety it provides to its passengers and driver.


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Tags: Tesla, Tesla accidents, Tesla Active Safety, Tesla autopilot, Tesla Autopilot Accidents, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus Long-Term Review, Tesla safety, Tesla safety reports


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Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



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J.B. Hunt’s 1st Delivery With Fully Electric Freightliner eCascadia

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August 14th, 2020 by Johnna Crider 


J.B. Hunt has made its first delivery using an all-electric Freightliner eCascadia. J.B. Hunt is one of the largest shipping companies in America and you’ve surely seen its trucks on the highway (if you live in the US). J.B. Hunt specializes in the transporting of full truckload freight containers, and works with companies such as Walmart. It also works with most of the major North American rail carriers to transport truckload freight. For a massive transport company to give an EV truck a chance, this is a big deal. Why?

Imagine a time when all the large shipping companies are using only electric vehicles and there is no messy exhaust clouding the air.

J.B. Hunt Electric Semi Truck

Image courtesy J.B. Hunt

This was the first J.B. Hunt Intermodal delivery using this all-electric Class 8 truck, and it pulled out of the Southgate terminal this week. The company said it barely made a sound. The transport was a 120-mile haul for Walmart, and it kicked off a three-month testing phase. J.B. Hunt plans to integrate the eCascadia with its day-to-day fleet operations in Los Angeles.

J.B. Hunt’s COO, Craig Harper, who was present for the new truck’s arrival, said, “J.B. Hunt is continually exploring innovative solutions such as the eCascadia to improve the sustainability of our fleet and operations. We are excited to test this vehicle and gain more hands-on experience with all-electric tractors.”

The eCascadia has zero tailpipe emissions, which makes it an environmentally friendly vehicle that will reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint. Fully charged, the eCascadia is expected to have a range of up to 250 miles, which makes it perfect for local and regional distribution. The all-electric tractor has a 525-horsepower engine and can recharge to 80% in just 90 minutes.

Richard Howard, senior vice president of On-Highway sales and marketing at DTNA, said, “Together with our great customers, we are leading the way to a future of CO2-neutral commercial transportation. The collaboration between vehicle manufacturer and transportation logistics experts is a necessity to develop these industry-leading technologies, and we’re proud to share this journey with our important customers J.B. Hunt and Walmart.”


Charging stations for the eCascadia have been installed at the Los Angeles terminal, and drivers are being trained to operated the vehicle. The eCascadia that J.B. Hunt is testing is a member of the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet, which is providing DTNA customers a chance to switch their fleets to electric.

Jane Ewing, senior vice president of Sustainability for Walmart, shared her thoughts and excitement. “Walmart encourages and works with our suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their sustainability efforts. This new pilot is reflective of J.B. Hunt’s commitment to maximizing the sustainability of their fleet, and we look forward to learning more as the company tests new innovations to help meet the demands of business in a more sustainable way.”

J.B. Hunt wants to lead when it comes to sustainable transportation. It’s even received the SmartWay Excellence Award from the EPA for the past 10 years. In 2019, J.B. Hunt prevented 3.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere through its OTR to intermodal conversion. This is the equivalent of removing more than 700,000 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year. In total, its current private fleet includes 5 all-electric, medium-duty box trucks. Those were added to the company’s collection in 2018.

Air Pollution Hurts Us

There are many studies that show air pollution hurts us, a lot. Last year, researchers at Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that hospitalizations for several common diseases such as UTis, skin infections, septicemia, and even electrolyte disorders have been linked with exposure to PM2.5, fine particulate air pollution. These little particles are so tiny that you need a microscope to see them.

However, unless we, and by “we” I mean everyone (companies and people alike), stop polluting the air, there is nothing we can do to stop that. This is why what J.B. Hunt is doing is important. Five trucks may not sound like much right now, but it’s a start. Electric vehicles are the future, and while companies such as Tesla are pushing EV passenger vehicles forward, we need more companies — transport companies especially — to create demand for EV delivery trucks as well as other cleaner shipping methods.

And they are. Slowly, but surely, EVs are starting to become more visible on the streets and highways of America, and eventually the world
 


 


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Tags: electric semi-trucks, electric trucks, Freightliner eCascadia, J.B. Hunt


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Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem, and mineral collector, member of the International Gem Society, and a Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter



Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2020/08/14/j-b-hunts-1st-delivery-with-fully-electric-freightliner-ecascadia/

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Firefly Transportation Services and Orange EV Partner to Deploy All…

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All New Orange EV T-Series Pure Electric Tandem Axle

“Orange EV is pleased to partner with Firefly Transportation Services to offer the industry’s first all-new pure-electric tandem axle yard truck, enabling zero-emission goods movement across public roads with a full load.”

Firefly Transportation Services (Firefly TS) has partnered with Orange EV to deliver the all new T-Series Tandem (TST) pure-electric terminal truck to a client in the Chicagoland area, continuing to pave the way with sustainable solutions for yard service and short-haul shuttling.

“Orange EV is pleased to partner with Firefly Transportation Services to offer the industry’s first all-new pure-electric tandem axle yard truck, enabling zero-emission goods movement across public roads with a full load. This customer-driven solution enables Firefly to offer a broader range of sustainable, emission-free yard management options,” commented Wayne Mathisen, Orange EV Chief Executive Officer. “Orange EV will be accepting pre-orders for the T-Series Tandem in the 4th quarter of 2020.”

While most terminal trucks (aka yard trucks, spotters, hostlers) are operated exclusively off-road and in-yard, some operate on public roads and must therefore meet regulations governing maximum gross vehicle weights, wheel loads, and axle loads. The T-Series Tandem 6×2 is designed to legally transport loads up to 81,000 pounds on public roads. Like all Orange EV trucks, the TST will be built to meet site-specific requirements and duty cycles.

“Having successfully run single axle Orange EV trucks for over three years, Firefly TS is thrilled to be bringing our first Tandem EV T-Series unit to our clients, increasing our ability to provide short-haul shuttles,” said Mike Bohnstengel, Firefly Transportation Services Principal Partner. “The addition of a tandem axle EV will immediately expand our service capabilities to our client base by more than 25%. Contact our team to learn more about the range of yard management and spotting services that Firefly Transportation Services can provide.”

“The tandem axle truck is a continuation of Orange EV’s commitment to HDEV solutions,” shared Kurt Neutgens, Orange EV Chief Technology Officer. “Over the coming months, we will be introducing further innovations in the HDEV space including advances enabling autonomous operations.”

About Firefly Transportation Services

Through state-of-the-art technology, Firefly Transportation Services is revolutionizing the spotting services industry. Firefly provides 100% electric trucks for yard management operations to create a safer and healthier work environment, support fleet sustainability goals, and reduce operating costs. For all spotting and shuttling services, Firefly delivers advanced analytics, KPI reporting, and in-depth business reviews. With nearly 75 years of combined experience in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management, the Firefly leadership team has deep industry expertise and is committed to improving clients’ bottom line productivity.

About Orange EV

Kansas City based Orange EV is the leading OEM providing industrial fleets with heavy duty electric vehicle solutions that are proven to save money while being safer, more reliable, and preferred by drivers and management alike. Orange EV trucks meet the most rigorous duty cycles and 24×7 shift schedules while eliminating diesel fuel and emissions. Building both new and re-powered terminal trucks, Orange EV was the first manufacturer offering 100% electric Class 8 vehicles that have been commercially deployed and re-ordered into container handling operations. Orange EV’s commercially deployed trucks, chosen by more than 75 fleets across 15 states and Canada, have surpassed a combined 538,000 key-on hours and 1.6 million miles of operation.

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Vital Pet Life Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil now MSC Certified Sustainable

“Since Vital Pet Life was founded, our core values have always embraced the importance of sustainability and transparency. We are thrilled to announce that our Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil comes from a MSC certified sustainable fishery ensuring it is wild, traceable and sustainable.” says Donie Yamamoto,

As part of their continuing mission to put sustainability first, Vital Pet Life, an American pet wellness company, is proud to announce their Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is certified 100% sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), ensuring that:

  • Their salmon is caught in a sustainable way, guaranteeing healthy oceans and safeguarding seafood supplies for the     future.
  • The facility that bottles their salmon oil is also MSC certified, for a full circle of sustainability.
  • Their salmon is carefully handled and separated from non-certified fish with clear labeling in order for it to be traced to a certified sustainable fishery.
  • Their salmon is regularly DNA tested to ensure that MSC labeled products are correctly labeled, ensuring the trustworthiness of the blue MSC label.

“Since Vital Pet Life was founded, our core values have always embraced the importance of sustainability and transparency. We are thrilled to announce that our Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil comes from a MSC certified sustainable fishery ensuring it is wild, traceable and sustainable.” says Donie Yamamoto, founder of Vital Pet Life.

The MSC blue fish label is only applied to wild fish from fisheries that have been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard, a science-based set of requirements for sustainable fishing.

“Sustainably marketed products have really been driving growth,” Randi Kronthal-Sacco, senior scholar with the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, in a webinar hosted by IRI. “They haven’t been affected by COVID, in fact they’ve actually grown and they should continue to increase…This shows that businesses can do well and do good.”
The NYU researchers collaborated with market research firm IRi to create the Sustainable Market Share Index and found that brands who prioritize sustainability have higher customer loyalty. Vital Pet Life is living proof with their passionate customer community, who proudly share their pets’ transformations after using their Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil.

“Nikki is a rescue. Her skin was in horrible shape…. I’m amazed at how much this has already healed her skin. Her fur is now pleasant to touch. Before it was so rough and coarse, now it’s so soft…….she isn’t scratching herself …anymore. She hasn’t had to take any allergy meds or steroids at all which is amazing. I’m so grateful I found this product. I highly recommend it for every dog.” Jennifer H.

This announcement of their salmon oil’s certification is an acknowledgment of Vital Pet Life’s continued commitment to sustainable practices and higher standards in the pet wellness industry.

About Vital Pet Life – Vital Pet Life is a certified WBENC women-owned business, based in California featuring a curated line of clean and sustainable pet wellness products. Donie Yamamoto founded Vital Pet Life in 2017, after moving to the US from the Philippines six years earlier. In 2019, Donie became a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow for outstanding entrepreneurship and has been featured in Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, Welum and Authority Magazine. Vital Pet Life’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil, MSC certified sustainable, helps pet’s dry, rough skin and coat, leaving it shiny, velvety and itch-free. The botanically enriched Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Natural Pet Shampoo contains mindfully handpicked ingredients, to calm and soothe pet’s skin and coat. Vital Pet Life’s mission is sustainability, transparency and the healing and supporting of rescue animals. They give back by donating products to and working side by side with local shelters and animal rescues.

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