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Estimated production cost for Model 3 is $28k

Several Tesla Model 3 vehicles were bought by competing automaker engineering firms to try and to learn about the technology.

Earlier this year, a German automaker was reportedly impressed by the Model 3 after having reverse-engineered it.

Now, another German firm has reportedly completed a teardown of the vehicle and came up with an impressive potential cost for Tesla’s latest ele More

Several Tesla Model 3 vehicles were bought by competing automaker engineering firms to try and to learn about the technology.

Earlier this year, a German automaker was reportedly impressed by the Model 3 after having reverse-engineered it.

Now, another German firm has reportedly completed a teardown of the vehicle and came up with an impressive potential cost for Tesla’s latest ele More

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Is Intel Zooming Ahead of NVDA, TSLA in Self-Driving Space?

Intel INTC, in spite of being a late entrant in the autonomous driving industry, is turning heads with its recent developments in the field. The company has initiated testing of around 100 self-driving cars in Jerusalem and the same fleet will be deployed in several other regions including the United States in the coming months.

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Intel INTC, in spite of being a late entrant in the autonomous driving industry, is turning heads with its recent developments in the field. The company has initiated testing of around 100 self-driving cars in Jerusalem and the same fleet will be deployed in several other regions including the United States in the coming months.

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[finance] Factbox: SoftBank backing more than a dozen mobility startups

Reuters) – Japanese investment group SoftBank, through a variety of affiliated companies such as its $100-billion SoftBank Vision Fund, holds stakes in more than a dozen startup companies involved in some aspect of future transportation.
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Reuters) – Japanese investment group SoftBank, through a variety of affiliated companies such as its $100-billion SoftBank Vision Fund, holds stakes in more than a dozen startup companies involved in some aspect of future transportation.
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[auto-pilot] GM and SoftBank invest 3.35B in autonomous driving

Japan’s Softbank is pouring more money into the future of American cars.
Softbank will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle efforts, months after it took a large ownership stake in Uber.
GM announced it is also investing $1.1 billion in the joint effort. CEO Mary Barra said the investment will allow GM to launch autonomous vehicles next year.

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Japan’s Softbank is pouring more money into the future of American cars.
Softbank will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle efforts, months after it took a large ownership stake in Uber.
GM announced it is also investing $1.1 billion in the joint effort. CEO Mary Barra said the investment will allow GM to launch autonomous vehicles next year.

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Land Rover declared that it’s developing “off-road self-driving SU

Today, Land Rover declared that it’s developing “off-road self-driving SUVs” to which I snorted and prepared a squinty-eyed shakey-head “why?” GIF. But after thinking about it for a few more seconds, this actually makes a lot of sense.

Land Rover is calling this all-terrain autonomous driving project “CORTEX” and explained it thusly in a press release:

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Today, Land Rover declared that it’s developing “off-road self-driving SUVs” to which I snorted and prepared a squinty-eyed shakey-head “why?” GIF. But after thinking about it for a few more seconds, this actually makes a lot of sense.

Land Rover is calling this all-terrain autonomous driving project “CORTEX” and explained it thusly in a press release:

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Rivian Electric Car Startup Ramping Up For LA Reveal CleanT…

CleanTechnica It is quietly going about its business of building a 5-passenger electric pickup truck called the A1T and a 7-passenger electric SUV called the A1C. Both vehicles will use the same basic chassis featuring a battery pack in the middle and an electric motor at …… More

CleanTechnica It is quietly going about its business of building a 5-passenger electric pickup truck called the A1T and a 7-passenger electric SUV called the A1C. Both vehicles will use the same basic chassis featuring a battery pack in the middle and an electric motor at …… More

Tesla Model 3 Gets CR Recommendation After Braking Update – Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports now recommends the Tesla Model 3, after our testers found a recent over-the-air update improved the car’s braking distance by nearly 20 feet.

The software update came a week after Consumer Reports published test results that showed stopping distances for the Model 3 that were significantly longer than any other contemporary car. That braking performance, along with More

Consumer Reports now recommends the Tesla Model 3, after our testers found a recent over-the-air update improved the car’s braking distance by nearly 20 feet.

The software update came a week after Consumer Reports published test results that showed stopping distances for the Model 3 that were significantly longer than any other contemporary car. That braking performance, along with More

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VW sees electric vehicle demand in Europe and China help…

Electrek Strong regulations to encourage electric vehicle adoption in Europe and China are expected to have a major impact on the auto industry in the next few years. VW thinks it will create enough electric vehicle demand to help them beat their goal to make 1 …… More

Electrek Strong regulations to encourage electric vehicle adoption in Europe and China are expected to have a major impact on the auto industry in the next few years. VW thinks it will create enough electric vehicle demand to help them beat their goal to make 1 …… More

Electric vehicles will grow from 3 million to 125 million…

CNBC There will be enough electric cars on the road for roughly every person in Japan — the world’s 11th most populous country — in just more than two decades, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Electric vehicle (EV) ownership will balloon to …… More

CNBC There will be enough electric cars on the road for roughly every person in Japan — the world’s 11th most populous country — in just more than two decades, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Electric vehicle (EV) ownership will balloon to …… More

Musk Says Challenging India Regulations Preventing Tesla’s Entry

India has been wooing Tesla Inc. to set up a factory on its soil, but billionaire Elon Musk isn’t falling for it. At least not yet.

In a tweet, the chief executive officer of the electric-vehicle maker said a restrictive policy environment in the South Asian country is proving to be a hurdle for local production. Earlier this month, the Palo Alto, California-based company moved a step clo More

India has been wooing Tesla Inc. to set up a factory on its soil, but billionaire Elon Musk isn’t falling for it. At least not yet.

In a tweet, the chief executive officer of the electric-vehicle maker said a restrictive policy environment in the South Asian country is proving to be a hurdle for local production. Earlier this month, the Palo Alto, California-based company moved a step clo More

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Model 3 travels 606 miles without charging

Hypermiling is the practice of driving vehicles as efficiently as possible in order to achieve the longest distance possible on one charge/fuel tank.

It’s not a useful way to determine the range of a vehicle for normal driving, but it’s an interesting way to see how the way someone drives can impact fuel efficiency.

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Hypermiling is the practice of driving vehicles as efficiently as possible in order to achieve the longest distance possible on one charge/fuel tank.

It’s not a useful way to determine the range of a vehicle for normal driving, but it’s an interesting way to see how the way someone drives can impact fuel efficiency.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX satellite internet good enough for gaming

It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious little information about what they’re up to. Until today.
Responding to a follower’s Twitter inquiry, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk assessed how the twin satellites, dubbed Tintin A and B, are doing:

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It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious little information about what they’re up to. Until today.
Responding to a follower’s Twitter inquiry, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk assessed how the twin satellites, dubbed Tintin A and B, are doing:

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BMW to increase ‘BMW i’ electric vehicle production by…

Electrek BMW announced this week a more than €300 million expansion of its Leipzig factory, which will enable an annual production capacity increase by “approx. 100,000 units.” It will include a 54% increase of BMW i vehicle production, BMW’s electric vehicle …… More

Electrek BMW announced this week a more than €300 million expansion of its Leipzig factory, which will enable an annual production capacity increase by “approx. 100,000 units.” It will include a 54% increase of BMW i vehicle production, BMW’s electric vehicle …… More

Tesla announces new China CFO: former General Motors exec…

Tesla Inc on Friday announced a number of executive hires, including former GE and General Motors executive James Zhou as its China CFO and Neeraj Manrao, a former Apple executive, as director of energy manufacturing.

Zhou previously served as CFO for Asia-Pacific and India for Ingersoll Rand.

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Tesla Inc on Friday announced a number of executive hires, including former GE and General Motors executive James Zhou as its China CFO and Neeraj Manrao, a former Apple executive, as director of energy manufacturing.

Zhou previously served as CFO for Asia-Pacific and India for Ingersoll Rand.

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Tesla expedites battery production

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for its Model 3 electric sedan, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

Transporting equipment for a production line by air is costly and hardly ever done in the automotive industry, and the move underscores More

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for its Model 3 electric sedan, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

Transporting equipment for a production line by air is costly and hardly ever done in the automotive industry, and the move underscores More

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Tesla’s Shanghai gallery sells out entire Model X inventory…

Teslarati Tesla has since started pushing its initiatives in the country. Less than a week after being granted a business license to independently operate a facility, Tesla Motors Hong Kong Co., LLC, the company’s HK division, started its recruitment efforts. Since May 16 …… More

Teslarati Tesla has since started pushing its initiatives in the country. Less than a week after being granted a business license to independently operate a facility, Tesla Motors Hong Kong Co., LLC, the company’s HK division, started its recruitment efforts. Since May 16 …… More

Electric vehicle fleets could save billions with controllab…

Electrek The advent of electric vehicles is expected to increase the demand for electricity, but EVs also offer some advantages by controlling the power load. A new study values those advantages in the billions of dollars and it would enable the grid to take better …… More

Electrek The advent of electric vehicles is expected to increase the demand for electricity, but EVs also offer some advantages by controlling the power load. A new study values those advantages in the billions of dollars and it would enable the grid to take better …… More

Electric vehicle startup Rivian gets $200 million in…

Chicago Tribune Startup Rivian Automotive has secured a $200 million loan to begin producing electric vehicles at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill., by 2020. While the Michigan-based company has yet to unveil a single vehicle design, the central Illinois city of Normal …… More

Chicago Tribune Startup Rivian Automotive has secured a $200 million loan to begin producing electric vehicles at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill., by 2020. While the Michigan-based company has yet to unveil a single vehicle design, the central Illinois city of Normal …… More

South Korea to trial autonomous public transport ZDNet -…

ZDNet South Korea will commence a proof-of-concept project for autonomous public transportation, its transport ministry has announced. The research will last until 2021 with a budget of 35.9 billion won ($33 million), with SK Telecom and Hyundai as participants.… More

ZDNet South Korea will commence a proof-of-concept project for autonomous public transportation, its transport ministry has announced. The research will last until 2021 with a budget of 35.9 billion won ($33 million), with SK Telecom and Hyundai as participants.… More

Tesla sent out a massive Model 3 shipment to Canada as some…

Electrek Tesla is evidently starting Model 3 deliveries in Canada in a massive way with large shipments being spotted throughout the country including one with an estimated 1,000 Model 3 vehicles in Toronto. The massive volume in Canada is coming as Tesla …… More

Electrek Tesla is evidently starting Model 3 deliveries in Canada in a massive way with large shipments being spotted throughout the country including one with an estimated 1,000 Model 3 vehicles in Toronto. The massive volume in Canada is coming as Tesla …… More

Tesla Model 3 gets boost from predicted ‘positive surprise’…

The Mercury News Just days after a Morgan Stanley analyst downgraded Tesla’s stock over problematic production of the Model 3 sedan, another analyst is predicting a profitability “surprise.” Last week, Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas took aim at the Model 3’s design, …… More

The Mercury News Just days after a Morgan Stanley analyst downgraded Tesla’s stock over problematic production of the Model 3 sedan, another analyst is predicting a profitability “surprise.” Last week, Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas took aim at the Model 3’s design, …… More

Honda to produce affordable EV in 2020

Honda is currently seen as lagging behind when it comes to electrification at this moment with very little electric vehicle efforts.

But the Japanese automaker is now reportedly working on an important new global electric vehicle program in partnership with CATL, China’s biggest battery maker.

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Honda is currently seen as lagging behind when it comes to electrification at this moment with very little electric vehicle efforts.

But the Japanese automaker is now reportedly working on an important new global electric vehicle program in partnership with CATL, China’s biggest battery maker.

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China is going to sell half the world’s electric cars by…

Quartz Ninety seven million new vehicles were sold globally last year. Only about 2% of them were electric. Yet things are changing fast. The world last year saw a 50% annual growth rate in electric vehicle (EV) sales. In 2018, EV sales should near 1.6 million.… More

Quartz Ninety seven million new vehicles were sold globally last year. Only about 2% of them were electric. Yet things are changing fast. The world last year saw a 50% annual growth rate in electric vehicle (EV) sales. In 2018, EV sales should near 1.6 million.… More

Apple partners with VW on self-driving car

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant’s ambitions ran into reality.

So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for its own use with employees. Now, the tech gia More

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant’s ambitions ran into reality.

So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for its own use with employees. Now, the tech gia More

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MIT Made an Autonomous Car Capable of Driving Without 3D Maps – FutureCar.com

Called MapLite, MIT’s system utilizes simple GPS data that works in tandem with multiple sensors, as well as LiDAR to look at the road. Apparently, that’s all it took to have an autonomous Toyota Prius, thanks to the Toyota Research Initiative, navigate unpaved country roads in Devens, Mass. The system reportedly detected road conditions up to 100 feet.
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Called MapLite, MIT’s system utilizes simple GPS data that works in tandem with multiple sensors, as well as LiDAR to look at the road. Apparently, that’s all it took to have an autonomous Toyota Prius, thanks to the Toyota Research Initiative, navigate unpaved country roads in Devens, Mass. The system reportedly detected road conditions up to 100 feet.
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In California, model 3 becomes the best selling luxury sedan in first quarter

Earlier this month, Tesla claimed that Model 3 is about to become the best-selling mid-size premium sedan in the US – electric or not.

While it could be there soon, it’s already there in California, where Model 3 outsold the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class to become the best-selling car in the segment during the first quarter, according to a new report based on new registrations.

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Earlier this month, Tesla claimed that Model 3 is about to become the best-selling mid-size premium sedan in the US – electric or not.

While it could be there soon, it’s already there in California, where Model 3 outsold the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class to become the best-selling car in the segment during the first quarter, according to a new report based on new registrations.

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These Six Chinese Cities Dominate Global Electric-Vehicle…

Bloomberg After trying for two years to get a license for a gasoline-powered car in Beijing’s bimonthly lottery, Gary Zhong gave up and bought the Qin EV300 electric vehicle from Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. “There was no other way,” said Zhong, 31. “I would have …… More

Bloomberg After trying for two years to get a license for a gasoline-powered car in Beijing’s bimonthly lottery, Gary Zhong gave up and bought the Qin EV300 electric vehicle from Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. “There was no other way,” said Zhong, 31. “I would have …… More

Tesla Model 3 falls short of a Consumer Reports recommendation, but still ‘thrilling’ – MarketWatch

While “there’s plenty to like” about Tesla Inc.’s TSLA, +2.87% Model 3, issues with the mass-market sedan’s braking, touch-screen controls, and ride quality “hurt” the car’s standings with Consumer Reports, the magazine said Monday. As a result, the Model 3 did not earn a Consumer Reports recommendation, the magazine said on its website. “These More

While “there’s plenty to like” about Tesla Inc.’s TSLA, +2.87% Model 3, issues with the mass-market sedan’s braking, touch-screen controls, and ride quality “hurt” the car’s standings with Consumer Reports, the magazine said Monday. As a result, the Model 3 did not earn a Consumer Reports recommendation, the magazine said on its website. “These More

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Model 3 with white interior

Good news and bad news about the white interior for the Model 3 came out this weekend. The good news is that it can be ordered right now (Update: the code of the studio is available, but reservation holders can’t order just yet) and it is coming in July, but the bad news is that it will first only be available for the more expensive Performance version.

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Good news and bad news about the white interior for the Model 3 came out this weekend. The good news is that it can be ordered right now (Update: the code of the studio is available, but reservation holders can’t order just yet) and it is coming in July, but the bad news is that it will first only be available for the more expensive Performance version.

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BMW EV and PHEV sales up 49%

Sales of BMW electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are up more than 49% year over year in 2018. In a recent press release, BMW board member Peter Nota said, “We are delighted to announce that there are now over a quarter of a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the world’s roads. Combined sales of BMW i, BMW iPerformance, and MINI Electric vehicles were up 52% in April (9,831), bringing t More

Sales of BMW electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are up more than 49% year over year in 2018. In a recent press release, BMW board member Peter Nota said, “We are delighted to announce that there are now over a quarter of a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the world’s roads. Combined sales of BMW i, BMW iPerformance, and MINI Electric vehicles were up 52% in April (9,831), bringing t More

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