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Tesla receives massive shipment of robots for Model 3 production line – first pictures | Electrek

Less than 3 months away from the planned start of Model 3 production, Tesla has received a massive order of robots for its production line. Hundreds of Kuka robots arrived at Tesla’s Fremont factory and are now being installed.

Pictures of the robots inside the factory give us a rare glimpse at what Elon Musk has been describing as an ‘Alien Dreadnought’.

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Less than 3 months away from the planned start of Model 3 production, Tesla has received a massive order of robots for its production line. Hundreds of Kuka robots arrived at Tesla’s Fremont factory and are now being installed.

Pictures of the robots inside the factory give us a rare glimpse at what Elon Musk has been describing as an ‘Alien Dreadnought’.

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Uber claims it will having flying cars in Texas and Dubai…

SFGate Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, hates the phrase “flying cars.” But he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 – something he said “fits …… More

SFGate Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, hates the phrase “flying cars.” But he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 – something he said “fits …… More

How likely is it China will outpace the U.S. in electric-car adoption? Poll results

China is the biggest new-car market in the world, and has been since 2010.

The world’s largest country also has some of the smoggiest cities on the planet, and that’s a source of increasing public agitation.

So at national, state, and local levels, a variety of Chinese government entities are using carrots and sticks to encourage the sale of more zero-emission vehicles.More

China is the biggest new-car market in the world, and has been since 2010.

The world’s largest country also has some of the smoggiest cities on the planet, and that’s a source of increasing public agitation.

So at national, state, and local levels, a variety of Chinese government entities are using carrots and sticks to encourage the sale of more zero-emission vehicles.More

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The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming – Bloomberg

Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA , one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade.

The surge in battery powered vehicles will cause demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s, Total Chief Energy Economist Joel Couse sa More

Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA , one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade.

The surge in battery powered vehicles will cause demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s, Total Chief Energy Economist Joel Couse sa More

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Continental Lifts Electric-Car Spend as Combustion Era Peaks – Bloomberg

Electric and hybrid components to get extra investment funds
Spending on tradition technologies will fall ‘step by step’
Continental AG  will scale back investments in traditional motor components and allocate more funds for hybrid and electric powertrains as the auto-parts maker prepares for the eventual decline of combustion engines.

Europe’s second-largest comp More

Electric and hybrid components to get extra investment funds
Spending on tradition technologies will fall ‘step by step’
Continental AG  will scale back investments in traditional motor components and allocate more funds for hybrid and electric powertrains as the auto-parts maker prepares for the eventual decline of combustion engines.

Europe’s second-largest comp More

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Honda to launch electric car in China next year too, joining Toyota, reluctantly

While corporate average fuel-economy standards through 2021 remain in place in the U.S., automakers are preparing their case to argue for delays in further tightening.

Meanwhile, China is turning the policy screws on automakers operating in the country, telling them they must sell more electric cars.

In the U.S., only the state of California now does that, and its unique set of emiss More

While corporate average fuel-economy standards through 2021 remain in place in the U.S., automakers are preparing their case to argue for delays in further tightening.

Meanwhile, China is turning the policy screws on automakers operating in the country, telling them they must sell more electric cars.

In the U.S., only the state of California now does that, and its unique set of emiss More

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Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk shows off its flying electric ‘car,’ available later this year | Electrek

A relatively new startup by the name of Kitty Hawk is showing off its all-electric flying ‘car’ for the first time today, almost a year since we first learned that Alphabet CEO Larry Page is one the startup’s biggest backers. While often referred to as a flying car, it’s obvious now that what Kitty Hawk has been working on for the last couple of years is more accurately described More

A relatively new startup by the name of Kitty Hawk is showing off its all-electric flying ‘car’ for the first time today, almost a year since we first learned that Alphabet CEO Larry Page is one the startup’s biggest backers. While often referred to as a flying car, it’s obvious now that what Kitty Hawk has been working on for the last couple of years is more accurately described More

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[supercharger] Tesla is making a big expansion to its Supercharger network – The Verge

esla will have more than 10,000 high-speed Supercharger electric car chargers by the end of the year, the company revealed today, a doubling of where it was at the beginning of 2017. It also will expand its Destination Charging network — where the company partners with hotels, restaurants, and parking garages to install chargers — from 9,000 to 15,000 connectors.

The information comes i More

esla will have more than 10,000 high-speed Supercharger electric car chargers by the end of the year, the company revealed today, a doubling of where it was at the beginning of 2017. It also will expand its Destination Charging network — where the company partners with hotels, restaurants, and parking garages to install chargers — from 9,000 to 15,000 connectors.

The information comes i More

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Tesla To Voluntarily Recall 53,000 Model S And Model X Vehicles Over Electric Parking Brakes That Could Get Stuck | Gizmodo Australia

Tesla has announced that it’s issuing a voluntary recall for Model S and Model X SUVs built between February and October 2016 over a potential manufacturing issue. Specifically, it’s related to a gear in electric parking brakes that could’ve been manufactured improperly and if that gear breaks, it might prevent the brake from releasing.

Photo: AP

The automaker said More

Tesla has announced that it’s issuing a voluntary recall for Model S and Model X SUVs built between February and October 2016 over a potential manufacturing issue. Specifically, it’s related to a gear in electric parking brakes that could’ve been manufactured improperly and if that gear breaks, it might prevent the brake from releasing.

Photo: AP

The automaker said More

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India Considers 100% Electric Vehicles By 2030 | CleanTechnica

The Indian government is working on ways to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles with a target to have a 100% electric car fleet by 2030.

The Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal recently stated that his government is looking at innovative ways to have people purchase electric vehicles without the need for any subsidies. The minister di More

The Indian government is working on ways to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles with a target to have a 100% electric car fleet by 2030.

The Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal recently stated that his government is looking at innovative ways to have people purchase electric vehicles without the need for any subsidies. The minister di More

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Tesla Selling Model 3 Test Cars: Accounting Questions Seek…

Electrek
Seeking Alpha Tesla says the first Model 3 cars will go to “employees, investors and whatnot” so that “we can experience any challenges before our customers do.… More

Electrek
Seeking Alpha Tesla says the first Model 3 cars will go to “employees, investors and whatnot” so that “we can experience any challenges before our customers do.… More

GM Will Start Producing an Electric Car in China in Two…

Fortune General Motors will start production of an all-electric vehicle in China within two years, the Associated Press reported on Friday.… More

Fortune General Motors will start production of an all-electric vehicle in China within two years, the Associated Press reported on Friday.… More

BUSINESS Fremont electric bike maker partnering with…

East Bay Times GenZe, a Fremont-based maker of electric bikes and scooters, is partnering with DoorDash to achieve greener, faster food deliveries.… More

East Bay Times GenZe, a Fremont-based maker of electric bikes and scooters, is partnering with DoorDash to achieve greener, faster food deliveries.… More

India Considers 100% Electric Vehicles By 2030 | CleanTechnica

The Indian government is working on ways to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles with a target to have a 100% electric car fleet by 2030.

The Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal recently stated that his government is looking at innovative ways to have people purchase electric vehicles without the need for any subsidies. The minister di More

The Indian government is working on ways to incentivize consumers to purchase electric vehicles with a target to have a 100% electric car fleet by 2030.

The Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal recently stated that his government is looking at innovative ways to have people purchase electric vehicles without the need for any subsidies. The minister di More

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GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020 | The Seattle Times

SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.

GM will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years, Matt Tsien, president of GM China, told a news conference duri More

SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.

GM will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years, Matt Tsien, president of GM China, told a news conference duri More

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How Tesla Model 3 design differs from Chevy Bolt – Business Insider

The Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt  are both long-range, all-electric cars for the people — each is about $35,000 to $37,000 before tax credits — but they embody very different design philosophies.

The Model 3 , expected to launch later this year, is the handiwork of Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen. When it was unveiled in Marc More

The Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt  are both long-range, all-electric cars for the people — each is about $35,000 to $37,000 before tax credits — but they embody very different design philosophies.

The Model 3 , expected to launch later this year, is the handiwork of Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen. When it was unveiled in Marc More

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Chinese Startups Take Aim at the Tesla Model 3 – The Drive

Startups like Faraday Future , Lucid Motors , and NextEV’s Nio brand are developing luxury cars to take on the Tesla Model S and Model X, but what about the $35,000 Model 3 ? It seems some Chinese startups have that covered as well. Future Mobility, WM Motor, and Singulato Motors are all planning Model 3 competitors for their home market, More

Startups like Faraday Future , Lucid Motors , and NextEV’s Nio brand are developing luxury cars to take on the Tesla Model S and Model X, but what about the $35,000 Model 3 ? It seems some Chinese startups have that covered as well. Future Mobility, WM Motor, and Singulato Motors are all planning Model 3 competitors for their home market, More

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Tesla driver says Model S ‘saved his life’ after walking away unscathed from a crash ~500-ft down a hill | Electrek

We have reported before on Tesla owners crediting their vehicles’ safety features for saving their lives after severe accidents, like when a Model X crashed into a semi-truck earlier this year, but probably none as spectacular as a crash that happened in California last week.

A Tesla Model S driver and his passenger walked away unscathed after their vehicle tumbled ~500 feet down More

We have reported before on Tesla owners crediting their vehicles’ safety features for saving their lives after severe accidents, like when a Model X crashed into a semi-truck earlier this year, but probably none as spectacular as a crash that happened in California last week.

A Tesla Model S driver and his passenger walked away unscathed after their vehicle tumbled ~500 feet down More

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Foreign carmakers embrace China as electric car development hub | Reuters

China’s crackdown on vehicle pollution will turn the world’s largest auto market into a hub for cutting edge electric car technologies previously exported from Europe and the United States, industry executives at the Shanghai motor show said.

Foreign automakers have long been building cars in China to meet surging demand in the world’s most populous nation.

But a r More

China’s crackdown on vehicle pollution will turn the world’s largest auto market into a hub for cutting edge electric car technologies previously exported from Europe and the United States, industry executives at the Shanghai motor show said.

Foreign automakers have long been building cars in China to meet surging demand in the world’s most populous nation.

But a r More

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NIO unveils its first production electric vehicle: 7-seater SUV with battery swap | Electrek

After unveiling its ‘EVE’ concept, an all-electric and autonomous vehicle , and raising ‘up to $600 million’ in latest round led by Baidu , NIO is now unveiling its first “production vehicle” at the Shanghai Auto Show today.

The vehicle is called NIO ES8 and it is a full size 7-seater electric SUV.

While NIO presents itself as a “global automa More

After unveiling its ‘EVE’ concept, an all-electric and autonomous vehicle , and raising ‘up to $600 million’ in latest round led by Baidu , NIO is now unveiling its first “production vehicle” at the Shanghai Auto Show today.

The vehicle is called NIO ES8 and it is a full size 7-seater electric SUV.

While NIO presents itself as a “global automa More

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China EV makers to take on Tesla’s Model 3 through price, local manufacture | Reuters

It’s not due to arrive in China until next year, but already Chinese-funded, smart, connected plug-in car start-ups are scrambling to launch cars to go head-to-head against Tesla Inc’s “mass market” Model 3 sedan.

For leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-ups such as Future Mobility, WM Motor and Singulato Motors, the key is that they will produce their cars lo More

It’s not due to arrive in China until next year, but already Chinese-funded, smart, connected plug-in car start-ups are scrambling to launch cars to go head-to-head against Tesla Inc’s “mass market” Model 3 sedan.

For leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-ups such as Future Mobility, WM Motor and Singulato Motors, the key is that they will produce their cars lo More

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VW Plots Tesla Attack With Four Affordable Electric Vehicles – Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG is gearing up to take on Tesla Inc.  with its namesake brand planning to roll out four affordable electric vehicles in the coming years and the Audi unit debuting an upscale battery-powered crossover it aims to introduce in 2019.

To make its electric vehicles more viable, the German company has made “huge progress” in reducing production costs, C More

Volkswagen AG is gearing up to take on Tesla Inc.  with its namesake brand planning to roll out four affordable electric vehicles in the coming years and the Audi unit debuting an upscale battery-powered crossover it aims to introduce in 2019.

To make its electric vehicles more viable, the German company has made “huge progress” in reducing production costs, C More

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[charing network] Nissan and EVgo to build EV fast-charging corridor on the east coast: 50 kW (pre-wired for 150 kW) | Electrek

At the opening ceremony of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Nissan and EVgo announced that they have partnered to create a corridor of DC fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along interstate 95 between Boston and Washington D.C.

The good news is that while they are still only deploying “barely” fast-charging 50 kW chargers, they are going to pre-wire the sites for “ More

At the opening ceremony of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Nissan and EVgo announced that they have partnered to create a corridor of DC fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along interstate 95 between Boston and Washington D.C.

The good news is that while they are still only deploying “barely” fast-charging 50 kW chargers, they are going to pre-wire the sites for “ More

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Tesla Set To Gain Increased Traction In Asia – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) | Seeking Alpha

Summary

Government-led drives for EVs in China and elsewhere in Asia will benefit Tesla.

Recent investment by Tencent could be the key strategic and financial move.

Countries all around Asia are moving increasingly toward incentives for EVs.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA ) will see increasing opportunities in Asia as countries in the region continue to put more emphasis on More

Summary

Government-led drives for EVs in China and elsewhere in Asia will benefit Tesla.

Recent investment by Tencent could be the key strategic and financial move.

Countries all around Asia are moving increasingly toward incentives for EVs.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA ) will see increasing opportunities in Asia as countries in the region continue to put more emphasis on More

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Tesla’s New Truck: Don’t Laugh, Says Analyst – Barron’s

We still don’t know much about Tesla’splans for an electric semi truck, which Elon Musk tweeted about on Thursday, but one analyst believes the vehicles could disrupt the trucking industry.

“Commercial vehicle makers — and their suppliers — would be wise to stymie their laughter and take these tweets seriously,” Piper Jaffray’s Alexander Potter wrote Tuesday.

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We still don’t know much about Tesla’splans for an electric semi truck, which Elon Musk tweeted about on Thursday, but one analyst believes the vehicles could disrupt the trucking industry.

“Commercial vehicle makers — and their suppliers — would be wise to stymie their laughter and take these tweets seriously,” Piper Jaffray’s Alexander Potter wrote Tuesday.

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Nissan’s electric vehicle Leaf may debut in India soon; co may seek incentives – Moneycontrol.com

The past few years have seen consistently low gas prices and, with them, a rise in sales of SUVs. That’s led some carmakers, including Ford , to grumble about meeting current fuel-economy standards, which CEO Mark Fields believes will hinge on selling large numbers of electric cars and hybrids.

But despite low gas prices, AAA says demand for electric cars is still robust. More More

The past few years have seen consistently low gas prices and, with them, a rise in sales of SUVs. That’s led some carmakers, including Ford , to grumble about meeting current fuel-economy standards, which CEO Mark Fields believes will hinge on selling large numbers of electric cars and hybrids.

But despite low gas prices, AAA says demand for electric cars is still robust. More More

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[model 3] New Survey Shows the Tesla Model 3 Could Dominate the Market | Inverse

Tesla is gearing up to launch the Model 3, and if a new survey is right, it could dominate the marketplace for years to come because the teens love it. Respondents said that they believed Tesla would be the most successful in electric cars, and people that had a preference for the company were also the most likely to purchase an electric car. The Model 3 , set to enter mass production late More

Tesla is gearing up to launch the Model 3, and if a new survey is right, it could dominate the marketplace for years to come because the teens love it. Respondents said that they believed Tesla would be the most successful in electric cars, and people that had a preference for the company were also the most likely to purchase an electric car. The Model 3 , set to enter mass production late More

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Tesla’s cheapest Model S just got cheaper – The Verge

Tesla is dropping the base price for most of its Model S and Model X vehicles ahead of the entry-level Model 3’s unveil later this July . The base 75 and 75D versions have seen price reductions of $5,000 and $3,000 for Model S and X respectively, while the 90D’s price drops by $2,000 for both cars. That means the least expensive Tesla now starts at $69,500, effective today.

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Tesla is dropping the base price for most of its Model S and Model X vehicles ahead of the entry-level Model 3’s unveil later this July . The base 75 and 75D versions have seen price reductions of $5,000 and $3,000 for Model S and X respectively, while the 90D’s price drops by $2,000 for both cars. That means the least expensive Tesla now starts at $69,500, effective today.

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Plug In America: Put Used EVs on the Road with SB 79!

Put Used EVs on the Road with SB 79!

Dear Plug In America Friends,
Thanks to the Zero Emissin Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, we have more than 275,000 of these clean vehicles on the road in California today – way more EVs than any other state has on their roads. Since the vehicles are mainly leased on three year terms, California is also unique in that it technically has two EV markets More

Put Used EVs on the Road with SB 79!

Dear Plug In America Friends,
Thanks to the Zero Emissin Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, we have more than 275,000 of these clean vehicles on the road in California today – way more EVs than any other state has on their roads. Since the vehicles are mainly leased on three year terms, California is also unique in that it technically has two EV markets More

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VW announces new all-electric crossover with ‘Autopilot mode’ to be unveiled next week | Electrek

VW has been unveiling a series of new all-electric concept vehicles called “I.D. concepts”. While only concepts for now, the German automakers presents them as the basis for a series of new electric vehicles to use its MEB platform and go into production around 2020.

After a compact car and a minibus, VW now confirms that the next vehicle is an all-electric crossover and it will feature More

VW has been unveiling a series of new all-electric concept vehicles called “I.D. concepts”. While only concepts for now, the German automakers presents them as the basis for a series of new electric vehicles to use its MEB platform and go into production around 2020.

After a compact car and a minibus, VW now confirms that the next vehicle is an all-electric crossover and it will feature More

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