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Tesla Model 3 faces some serious competition from Chevy’s 2017 Bolt

By on September 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Tesla Model 3 faces some serious competition from Chevy’s 2017 Bolt

When it comes to affordable EV transport, Tesla isn’t the only game in town anymore. Chevrolet yesterday announced that its new 2017 Chevy Bolt comes with an impressive 238 miles of range on a single charge. Notably, this represents about 23 more miles of range than what Tesla’s entry level Model 3 is expected to deliver when it begins shipping late next year. The Model 3 is said to sport 215 miles of range, but more expensive configurations may include longer range options.

The new Chevy Bolt is expected to ship in late 2016 with a sticker price of $37,500, putting it directly in the ballpark of the Model 3 which will sell for $35,000. All told, the Chevy Bolt will ship before the Model 3, will be approximately the same price and will feature more impressive range. Suffice it to say, Tesla’s Model 3 will have more stringent competition than many might have otherwise assumed.

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Tesla Autopilot Features

Tesla announces new Autopilot software with significant safety improvements

By on September 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM.

Tesla announces new Autopilot software with significant safety improvements

As promised, Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier today published a blog post detailing all of the new safety features the company plans to introduce once it rolls out version 8 of its Autopilot software.

One of the more interesting aspects about the update is that the radar technology used by Autopilot will take on a more prominent role in detecting upcoming obstacles on the road.

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Apple Car Project

Apple’s rumored car project hits a speed bump amid reports of massive layoffs

By on September 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Apple’s rumored car project hits a speed bump amid reports of massive layoffs

Once again, Apple’s car plans appear to be in flux. According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple is completely rethinking its plans in the automotive space and, in turn, recently laid off a large number of employees. Word of the layoffs come just about a month after revered Apple executive Bob Mansfield was brought back into the mix to head up Apple’s car project, an initiative otherwise known as Project Titan.

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VW Engineer Pleads Guilty

Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty to cheating emissions tests, could face jail

By on September 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM.

Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty to cheating emissions tests, could face jail

Volkswagen is still dealing with the fallout from Dieselgate, the years-long plot to cheat the EPA’s emission tests. While the company is facing serious financial penalties, one engineer with a crucial role in the plan has pleaded guilty to much more serious charges.

James Robert Liang, a Volkswagen engineer, pleaded guilty today to his role in the Dieselgate scandal. Having been indicted by a grand jury in June, Liang pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, to commit wire fraud, and to violate the Clean Air Act.

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Mercedes Benz

As Tesla preps the Model 3, competition in the EV space intensifies

By on September 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

As Tesla preps the Model 3, competition in the EV space intensifies

A new report from Reuters relays that Tesla’s competition in the EV space is poised to intensify greatly in the years ahead. In addition to competition from the likes of Porsche and Audi, Reuters adds that Daimler is now planning to release at least six distinct electric vehicle models under the Mercedes-Benz brand over the next few years. Interestingly enough, one of these models is said to be a hybrid SUV powered by fuel cells.

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Audi A9 e-tron

Audi’s ambitious A9 e-tron EV to go head to head with Tesla’s Model S

By on August 31, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Audi’s ambitious A9 e-tron EV to go head to head with Tesla’s Model S

The success Tesla continues to enjoy with the Model S has prompted a number of big name auto companies to follow suit with plans to release luxury EVs of their own. Most notably, Porsche over the past few months has boasted that its upcoming Mission E – set for release in 2020 – will be a 600 horsepower beast of a car with 310 miles of range on a single charge.

Also interested in joining the luxury EV party is Audi. According to a recent report from Autocar, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler recently gave the green-light for the company  to develop and release a car set to go head to head with Tesla’s Model S.

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Tesla Model 3 Supercharging

Owning a Tesla Model 3 will be a little more expensive than we thought

By on August 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Owning a Tesla Model 3 will be a little more expensive than we thought

One of the big perks of Tesla ownership is access to the Supercharger network, a worldwide network of super-fast electric charging stations for Tesla owners. Use of the chargers is free for most Model S and Model X owners, but it won’t be for Model 3 owners. We knew that already, but details of how Tesla will charge for use of Superchargers may have just leaked.

Electrek found code on Tesla’s website that talks about “Supercharger Credits,” an option to use a credit card to buy Supercharger access by the kWh. If this plan works out, owning a Model 3 will be a little less simple and magical than we thought.

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Self-Driving Cars Explained

This video accurately explains why self-driving cars will be so awesome

By on August 31, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

This video accurately explains why self-driving cars will be so awesome

I am evangelical about the benefits of self-driving cars, so much so that my friends will clear the room the second they hear the word LIDAR. But in my defense, self-driving cars are going to be the biggest technological innovation of this decade. Don’t believe me? Just watch this.

YouTube star CGP Grey does an excellent job of explaining why humans inherently suck at driving, and why self-driving cars can do it so much better. It’s probably all arguments you’ve heard before, but the concise explanations (and cute graphics) are enough to cure the most Miata-loving sceptics.

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Tesla Model S Mod

Will.i.am’s Telsa Model S mod is the actual definition of Ludicrous

By on August 30, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Will.i.am’s Telsa Model S mod is the actual definition of Ludicrous

Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas is a jack of all trades. Aside from his many music related ventures, the popular recording artist has a knack for showing up everywhere and, over the past few years, has dabbled in acting, fashion, smartphones and an array of other varied ventures. You might even remember, for example, that the singer back in 2014 released a widely derided smartwatch that many quickly proclaimed was the worst tech gadget of the year.

While such a failure might have ruined lesser men, it’s hard to keep Will.i.am down. After all, with an estimated net worth of $75 million, Will.i.am is certainly capable of handling a few business missteps here and there.

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Tesla Model S Discount

Tesla is reportedly offering big discounts on some of its fastest cars

By on August 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM.

Tesla is reportedly offering big discounts on some of its fastest cars

Tesla’s dealership model relies heavily on a CarMax-style no-haggling policy: you pay list price, and in return you get 0-60 in two and a half seconds. But according to some reports, Tesla is very quietly offering discounts to get older inventory out the door. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a Model S P90D, a $30,000 discount could be the difference maker.

Electrek reports that since Tesla unveiled the Model S P100D, taking the crown as the “Quickest Production Car in the World” in the process, there are some P90Ds left in inventory surplus to requirements.

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Tesla Model 3 Interior

New photos show off the inside of Tesla’s Model 3 for the first time

By on August 29, 2016 at 3:22 PM.

New photos show off the inside of Tesla’s Model 3 for the first time

Hundreds of thousands of people might’ve put down $1,000 on a Tesla Model 3, but that doesn’t mean we actually know what the inside looks like. The Model 3 is still two years away from real production, and minor design details like “what the cabin looks like” still haven’t been confirmed.

Thankfully, the internet is on it. Instagram user Richard Hennessy posted a photo of the inside of what looks a lot like a Model 3 being driven around Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.

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