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Tech worries throw future of driverless electric bus route into doubt

Hong Kong’s first driverless bus route may not survive its test run at an arts hub, after the district’s manager said the technology was not ready.

The West Kowloon Cultural District has been testing a self-driving electric minibus on a 1km route along the harbourfront for several months, with a proposed timetable to run driverless shuttle services throughout the area by 2023.

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Hong Kong’s first driverless bus route may not survive its test run at an arts hub, after the district’s manager said the technology was not ready.

The West Kowloon Cultural District has been testing a self-driving electric minibus on a 1km route along the harbourfront for several months, with a proposed timetable to run driverless shuttle services throughout the area by 2023.

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Apple hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains in effort to bring electric car to market

There has long been a debate about Apple’s secretive automotive project being only about a self-driving system for vehicles rather than a full electric autonomous vehicle. It now looks clear that the latter is the case as Apple hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains.
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There has long been a debate about Apple’s secretive automotive project being only about a self-driving system for vehicles rather than a full electric autonomous vehicle. It now looks clear that the latter is the case as Apple hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains.
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This engineer lived Tesla’s parking lot — now he wants to replace helicopters – CNBC

Impossible Aerospace research found that there are around 18,000 municipal police departments across the US, and around 32,000 fire departments, but only sixty municipalities have access to a helicopter. That’s partly because a police-grade helicopter can cost millions of dollars. “A drone can provide about half of the utility of a helicopter at less than 1 percent of the price,” More

Impossible Aerospace research found that there are around 18,000 municipal police departments across the US, and around 32,000 fire departments, but only sixty municipalities have access to a helicopter. That’s partly because a police-grade helicopter can cost millions of dollars. “A drone can provide about half of the utility of a helicopter at less than 1 percent of the price,” More

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Bloomberg Tesla Model 3 Tracker Suggests a Possible Surprise – Bloomberg

An experimental tool built by Bloomberg to track the rollout of Tesla’s Model 3 electric car suggests next week’s production total could approach 80,000 cars, far higher than the average analyst estimate of 64,400, according to research firm Visible Alpha. The gap between Bloomberg’s projection and the Wall Street consensus is more than $800 million worth of Model 3 cars.

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An experimental tool built by Bloomberg to track the rollout of Tesla’s Model 3 electric car suggests next week’s production total could approach 80,000 cars, far higher than the average analyst estimate of 64,400, according to research firm Visible Alpha. The gap between Bloomberg’s projection and the Wall Street consensus is more than $800 million worth of Model 3 cars.

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Tesla Model 3 gets higher 134 MPGe efficiency with new battery pack, Hyundai Ioniq still king – Electrek

Tesla Model 3 with the new Standard Range Plus battery pack is pushing the efficiency of the vehicle to a new high of 134 MPGe — making it one of the most efficient vehicles ever, but the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is still king when it comes to efficiency.

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Tesla Model 3 with the new Standard Range Plus battery pack is pushing the efficiency of the vehicle to a new high of 134 MPGe — making it one of the most efficient vehicles ever, but the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is still king when it comes to efficiency.

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Tesla overwhelms China car carriers with Model 3 end of quarter push

Car carrier rental companies in Shanghai are starting to feel what it’s like to be part of Tesla’s end of quarter push. Recent reports from the country indicate that Tesla has been moving so many Model 3 sedans in China; car carrier rental companies in Shanghai are already running out of vehicles that can be used by the electric car maker.

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Car carrier rental companies in Shanghai are starting to feel what it’s like to be part of Tesla’s end of quarter push. Recent reports from the country indicate that Tesla has been moving so many Model 3 sedans in China; car carrier rental companies in Shanghai are already running out of vehicles that can be used by the electric car maker.

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Tesla is one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies, says noted consulting firm

The Boston Consulting Group’s 13th annual report, which defines the world’s most innovative companies, has listed California-based electric car maker Tesla as 9th in its rankings. Tesla is the lone automaker that made the group’s Top 10 list, which is dominated by tech companies like Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Apple.

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The Boston Consulting Group’s 13th annual report, which defines the world’s most innovative companies, has listed California-based electric car maker Tesla as 9th in its rankings. Tesla is the lone automaker that made the group’s Top 10 list, which is dominated by tech companies like Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Apple.

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UPS just beat out Amazon, FedEx, and Uber to make America’s first revenue-generating drone delivery

Moving medical samples around WakeMed’s sprawling medical campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, can sometimes take up to 30 minutes in traffic. That can be challenging when the material being moved is a life-saving specimen like blood or an organ sample.

But drone delivery has cut that commute to three minutes and 15 seconds.

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Moving medical samples around WakeMed’s sprawling medical campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, can sometimes take up to 30 minutes in traffic. That can be challenging when the material being moved is a life-saving specimen like blood or an organ sample.

But drone delivery has cut that commute to three minutes and 15 seconds.

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Harbour Air to convert all its seaplanes to electric for first all-electric airline

Being billed as the “world’s first all-electric airline,” the partnership will see MagniX convert all of Harbour Air’s more than 30 seaplanes to electric. The planes will be powered by MagniX’s magni500, a 750-horsepower all-electric motor

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Being billed as the “world’s first all-electric airline,” the partnership will see MagniX convert all of Harbour Air’s more than 30 seaplanes to electric. The planes will be powered by MagniX’s magni500, a 750-horsepower all-electric motor

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China reduces electric car subsidies

China’s Ministry of Finance announced the changes in a statement on its website, with Bloomberg noting “the subsidy for pure battery electric cars with a driving range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) and above will be cut by half, to 25,000 yuan ($3,700) per vehicle from 50,000 yuan.” Electric cars must now have a range of at least 250 miles to qualify for any subsidy.
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China’s Ministry of Finance announced the changes in a statement on its website, with Bloomberg noting “the subsidy for pure battery electric cars with a driving range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) and above will be cut by half, to 25,000 yuan ($3,700) per vehicle from 50,000 yuan.” Electric cars must now have a range of at least 250 miles to qualify for any subsidy.
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Number Of Identified Tesla Model 3 Orders In Europe Now 27,000

According to the voluntary dataset of Tesla Model 3 orders placed in Europe, more than 27,000 orders were identified (27,119 as of March 25, 2019) compared to about 20,000 in the beginning of February. As the numbers are unofficial, this gives us only a glimpse of the demand side.

The most orders were identified in Germany (over 8,000), Norway (over 5,000) and the Netherlands (over 3,000). More

According to the voluntary dataset of Tesla Model 3 orders placed in Europe, more than 27,000 orders were identified (27,119 as of March 25, 2019) compared to about 20,000 in the beginning of February. As the numbers are unofficial, this gives us only a glimpse of the demand side.

The most orders were identified in Germany (over 8,000), Norway (over 5,000) and the Netherlands (over 3,000). More

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Tesla is shaking up German automakers with Model 3 doing surprisingly well on their home turf

With Model 3, Tesla has now a new opportunity to pierce the market and there are already early signs of the vehicle doing well in Germany.

The automaker only started deliveries last month in Europe and already delivered 1,000 Model 3 vehicles in the country.

It was enough to make the Model 3 the best-selling electric vehicle in the country — beating the Renault Zoe, BMW i3, and VW More

With Model 3, Tesla has now a new opportunity to pierce the market and there are already early signs of the vehicle doing well in Germany.

The automaker only started deliveries last month in Europe and already delivered 1,000 Model 3 vehicles in the country.

It was enough to make the Model 3 the best-selling electric vehicle in the country — beating the Renault Zoe, BMW i3, and VW More

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Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 buildout hits overdrive as China’s workforce mobilizes 24/7

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The latest video (credit to 烏瓦 who shot the footage on March 25, 2019) from Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 highlights the speed and efficiency that is made possible when an ambitious timeline is taken seriously by a workforce that specializes in quick, surgically-precise buildouts. The upcoming battery and electric car factory is expected to be in operation later this year, and to make thi More

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The latest video (credit to 烏瓦 who shot the footage on March 25, 2019) from Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 highlights the speed and efficiency that is made possible when an ambitious timeline is taken seriously by a workforce that specializes in quick, surgically-precise buildouts. The upcoming battery and electric car factory is expected to be in operation later this year, and to make thi More

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[supercharging] Tesla Unlocks V2 Supercharger 145 kW Rate Via New Software Update

Tesla is now applying its innovative over-the-air software update ability to enable 145 kW-charging for the Model 3. We’re looking at an increase in charging rate of upwards of some 20 percent. Keep in mind, this is prior to the mass implementation of Tesla’s sought-after V3 (250 kW) Superchargers coming online and expanding incrementally.

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Tesla is now applying its innovative over-the-air software update ability to enable 145 kW-charging for the Model 3. We’re looking at an increase in charging rate of upwards of some 20 percent. Keep in mind, this is prior to the mass implementation of Tesla’s sought-after V3 (250 kW) Superchargers coming online and expanding incrementally.

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U.S.’ Most Affordable EVs Per Mile Of Range: Tesla Model 3 Is #1

The launch of the Tesla Model 3Standard/Standard Plus battery versions was tremendous news in the past weeks, but it’s the return of Long Range rear-wheel driveversion that turns out to be most affordable in terms of price (MSRP + destination charge) per mile of EPA range.

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The launch of the Tesla Model 3Standard/Standard Plus battery versions was tremendous news in the past weeks, but it’s the return of Long Range rear-wheel driveversion that turns out to be most affordable in terms of price (MSRP + destination charge) per mile of EPA range.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Canada Continue Increase In January, February

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada started the year 2019 with reasonable growth. In February, over 2,700 plug-ins were sold, according to EV Sales Blog estimations, which is 38% more than a year ago, at a market share of 2.2%.

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada started the year 2019 with reasonable growth. In February, over 2,700 plug-ins were sold, according to EV Sales Blog estimations, which is 38% more than a year ago, at a market share of 2.2%.

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Finland Reach 5.7% Market Share

Finland follows Sweden and Norway by having one of the highest EV market shares.

The general car market in Finland shrunk in February by 13%, but plug-in electric car sales are moving forward. In total, some 488 new registrations translated into growth of 25%year-over-year.

With 1,109 new registrations YTD (up 22%), market share stands now at a record 5.7% – not bad at all taking i More

Finland follows Sweden and Norway by having one of the highest EV market shares.

The general car market in Finland shrunk in February by 13%, but plug-in electric car sales are moving forward. In total, some 488 new registrations translated into growth of 25%year-over-year.

With 1,109 new registrations YTD (up 22%), market share stands now at a record 5.7% – not bad at all taking i More

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Watch Tesla Enhanced Summon In Action: Video

According to Tesla, the Advanced Summon is now part of the Full Self-Driving capability package, which includes:

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Advanced Summon – “your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”
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According to Tesla, the Advanced Summon is now part of the Full Self-Driving capability package, which includes:

Navigate on Autopilot
Advanced Summon – “your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”
Auto Lane Change
Autopark
later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs (automatic driving on city streets More

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SpaceX will blast people across the Atlantic in a rocket in under 30 minutes by 2030

Long-haul flights in a rocket could soon make plane travel on Earth virtually obsolete, an investment firm suggests.

A trip from London to New York would only take 29 minutes and less than one hour to Sydney on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship.

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Long-haul flights in a rocket could soon make plane travel on Earth virtually obsolete, an investment firm suggests.

A trip from London to New York would only take 29 minutes and less than one hour to Sydney on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship.

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Work Now At Full Steam On Tesla Gigafactory 3 In China: Video

The first phase of construction work at the Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China is progressing and the factory is gradually taking shape. The latest video shows that the foundation was placed and soon the first buildings will start climbing up. The work seems to be very demanding, 24/7.

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The first phase of construction work at the Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China is progressing and the factory is gradually taking shape. The latest video shows that the foundation was placed and soon the first buildings will start climbing up. The work seems to be very demanding, 24/7.

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Waymo Ramps Up Self-Driving Car Testing In South Bay – CBS San Francisco

> For years, Google, and now Waymo, have been testing the self-driving cars all over Mountain View. The company even built a 90-plus acre test facility – a fake city, if you will – in the Central Valley town of Atwater.

Finally, after 10,000,000 miles, the company is gearing up to expand into Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

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> For years, Google, and now Waymo, have been testing the self-driving cars all over Mountain View. The company even built a 90-plus acre test facility – a fake city, if you will – in the Central Valley town of Atwater.

Finally, after 10,000,000 miles, the company is gearing up to expand into Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

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Top 10 Countries In The Global EV Revolution: 2018 Edition

2018 has been a true transition year. One could say, Year zero of EVs charging into the major leagues. For that we have to thank mostly China, Tesla, and Hyundai–Kia, in that order. Highlights:
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2018 has been a true transition year. One could say, Year zero of EVs charging into the major leagues. For that we have to thank mostly China, Tesla, and Hyundai–Kia, in that order. Highlights:
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Top 10 Countries In The Global EV Revolution: 2018 Edition

2018 has been a true transition year. One could say, Year zero of EVs charging into the major leagues. For that we have to thank mostly China, Tesla, and Hyundai–Kia, in that order. Highlights:
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2018 has been a true transition year. One could say, Year zero of EVs charging into the major leagues. For that we have to thank mostly China, Tesla, and Hyundai–Kia, in that order. Highlights:
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Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet.

The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of the year. The company’s existing 60,000-square-foot faci More

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet.

The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of the year. The company’s existing 60,000-square-foot faci More

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Navigant: GM Cruise, Waymo Lead Tesla And Others On Full Autonomy

Each year, Navigant Research analyzes the major players in the Autonomous Vehicle space. The research firm ranks each company on their program strategy and execution in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market in some fashion. According to Navigant, vendors are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to market strategy, partners, production strategy, technology, sales/marketing/distribution, product More

Each year, Navigant Research analyzes the major players in the Autonomous Vehicle space. The research firm ranks each company on their program strategy and execution in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market in some fashion. According to Navigant, vendors are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to market strategy, partners, production strategy, technology, sales/marketing/distribution, product More

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Canada announces new $5,000 incentive for electric cars, Tesla vehicles excluded

“To encourage more Canadians to buy zero-emission vehicles, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $300 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to Transport Canada to introduce a new federal purchase incentive of up to $5,000 for electric battery or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $45,000. Program details to follow.”

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“To encourage more Canadians to buy zero-emission vehicles, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $300 million over three years, starting in 2019–20, to Transport Canada to introduce a new federal purchase incentive of up to $5,000 for electric battery or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $45,000. Program details to follow.”

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Massive Georgia battery plant to serve need for electric vehicles

SK Innovation President and CEO Jun Kim told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his company will hire engineers, quality control experts, assembly workers and corporate staff as it creates its first U.S. factory. Volkswagen, which has a factory in Chattanooga, will rely on SK to supply batteries for electrified cars in North America, but the company sees the booming automotive manufacturing industry More

SK Innovation President and CEO Jun Kim told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his company will hire engineers, quality control experts, assembly workers and corporate staff as it creates its first U.S. factory. Volkswagen, which has a factory in Chattanooga, will rely on SK to supply batteries for electrified cars in North America, but the company sees the booming automotive manufacturing industry More

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Tesla asks workers to volunteer to help deliver 30K cars: Report – Fox Business

As electric automaker Tesla looks to ramp up sales and production, it reportedly is asking employees to help deliver vehicles to customers.

The automaker is asking workers to volunteer to help the company deliver 30,000 vehicles before the end of the quarter – in about two weeks, Business Insider reported on Monday

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As electric automaker Tesla looks to ramp up sales and production, it reportedly is asking employees to help deliver vehicles to customers.

The automaker is asking workers to volunteer to help the company deliver 30,000 vehicles before the end of the quarter – in about two weeks, Business Insider reported on Monday

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Tesla Model 3 Deliveries Flood Norway: Video

Norway accepts all Model 3s that the factory can deliver.
This new video presents up to approximately 1,000 Tesla Model 3s (and roughly 100 Model S/X) unloading from a ship to trucks in Oslo in Norway .

According to Bjørn Nyland, the Model 3 soon will be seen everywhere in Norway and at some point in the future will take over the majority of the Superchargin More

Norway accepts all Model 3s that the factory can deliver.
This new video presents up to approximately 1,000 Tesla Model 3s (and roughly 100 Model S/X) unloading from a ship to trucks in Oslo in Norway .

According to Bjørn Nyland, the Model 3 soon will be seen everywhere in Norway and at some point in the future will take over the majority of the Superchargin More

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Tesla Model 3 Poised To Set Norwegian Record For Most EV Sales In One Month | CleanTechnica

n March 2018, Nissan sold 2,172 new LEAF electric cars and 216 used LEAFS, establishing a new record for electric cars sold in Norway in one month (2,388 cars). As of March 14 2019, Norway’s Electric Car Statistics show 1,613 Tesla Model 3s have been registered in the country. Extrapolating those numbers for the full month of March — which has 31 days as we all remember from elementar More

n March 2018, Nissan sold 2,172 new LEAF electric cars and 216 used LEAFS, establishing a new record for electric cars sold in Norway in one month (2,388 cars). As of March 14 2019, Norway’s Electric Car Statistics show 1,613 Tesla Model 3s have been registered in the country. Extrapolating those numbers for the full month of March — which has 31 days as we all remember from elementar More

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