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VW brand chairman sees Tesla as their main competitor

It’s not often that a company sells ~70 times as much product as its main competition. But according to an interview with VW brand chairman Herbert Diess, published on VW’s employee web magazine “Inside” and reported on by Reuters, that’s the case between Tesla and VW.<p>In the interview, Diess claims …

Tesla

Honda bets on luxury over range with the electric Clarity

In 1998 Honda introduced the first hybrid to North American roads. The Insight looked like a futuristic CRX and should have heralded the automaker as a leader in the green-car space along with Toyota and its Prius. Except it didn't. The Prius took off while Honda continued to produce the …

Tesla Model 3: pictures of the very first production unit at the factory

After confirming that Tesla completed the first Model 3 production unit at the Fremont factory late on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk has now released the first picture of the historic vehicle and a few more shots have leaked.<p>The vehicle seen in the pictures is actually Musk’s own Model 3 since he was …

Tesla

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk confirms first production unit built

Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he expected that the very first production Model 3 would come off the production line on Friday.<p>Albeit a day late, Musk has now confirmed that Tesla has manufactured the first Model 3 “production unit” at the Fremont factory and it is now “going …

Tesla
Alternative Fuel
Tesla

BMW is rumored to unveil an all-electric 3 Series in September to compete with Tesla’s Model 3

While BMW’s electric car plans have long been confusing, the German has been positioning itself for moving more seriously in the electric vehicle space lately. The company started holding meetings to warn employees that EVS are coming and here to stay and they announced production expansion for …

Elon Musk’s car tunnel gets an elevator next week

He started digging in the SpaceX parking lot.<p>Elon Musk’s plan to dig tunnels under cities for cars to circumvent traffic is coming to fruition — starting in the SpaceX parking lot in Los Angeles.<p>The serial entrepreneur is breaking ground with his new startup The Boring Company, which Musk says …

Elon Musk

Watch the Faraday Future FF91 set a Pikes Peak record

Despite a technical problem, the FF91 made it to the top. As Faraday Future continues to develop its FF91 luxury EV, the company has been putting the car through rigorous dynamic testing. The biggest challenge so far has been to tackle the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The FF91 took on …

GM self-driving cars: Coming soon to a city near you

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, outfitted with General Motors’ self-driving electric car technology, has finally hit the streets. GM is about to become one of the first automakers to build and mass produce a self-driving electric car that you will actually be able to purchase and drive in the near future. …

Tesla wins contract with major Australian electric grid to deploy Powerpacks across several sites

Australia is feeling the need to stabilize its electric grid through energy storage and Tesla is among several companies trying to present their battery packs as ideal solutions.<p>Now we learn that Tesla has won the latest contract with Transgrid, the company operating the NSW transmission grid, in …

Energy

Some owners could be invited to the unveiling of the Tesla semi-truck

In an newsletter item circulated on Saturday, Tesla reminded owners that by participating in the carmaker's referral program, they can collect some appealing extras. (Tesla outlined its currently spate of referral perks last month.)<p>One of these is an invite to the company's semi-truck reveal. You …

Tesla

Cummins CEO Sees Opportunity in Electric Vehicles

Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive officer at Cummins Inc., talks about the company’s integration of electric vehicles into their product …

Electric Vehicles
Autonomous Cars

Report: Auto Sales under Attack from Multiple Angles

Automakers saw boom times for new-car sales in 2015 and 2016, and the notion that what goes up must come down (or plateau, if you’re being generous), has appeared to take hold in 2017. Car buyers are, after all, a finite resource. People don’t need to buy new vehicles regularly, and data shows …

General Motors

The Car Industry Is Losing Its Head Over Uber

Though a student of philosophy, Sergio Marchionne gets right to the point when it comes to one of the big trends sweeping the auto business:<p>“Contrary …

Carsharing

Analyst: Tesla may need to start worrying about Apple’s car ambitions

Tesla Inc. may be facing more competition from other tech giants than initially feared, and one of the analysts that had been most bullish on the firm is growing increasingly worried.<p>Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas, who downgraded shares of Tesla in mid-May on risk of competition from the world's …

Tesla
Automotive Industry

A look at Fisker’s unbelievable claims about its upcoming all-electric car with ‘over 400 miles of range’ & ‘9-minute charging’

There’s a lot of hype around Fisker’s upcoming all-electric EMotion car. Ambitious claims are being made and it feels like many of those will be vaporware at this early point.<p>But nonetheless, let’s take a quick look and try to understand some of those ‘unbelievable’ claims.<p>To be clear, by …

Electric Vehicles

Qualcomm demonstrates driving while charging

Qualcomm Technologies has been working on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles called Halo. Now it’s taken the idea a step further — a Halo on the go, if you will. The dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system can charge electric vehicles as they drive over the charger.<p>Halo DEVC, …

Electric Vehicles

Copper Weekly: The Electric Vehicles Are Coming

Electric vehicle usage is expected to grow 9x over the next decade.<p>This would result in a 7% increase in copper demand.<p>With degrading mines and …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla is negotiating with Indian government to start importing vehicles and build a factory

EV enthusiasts from India have been waiting for Tesla to enter the market for a long time and they have recently been putting pressure on the company and the government to move ahead.<p>CEO Elon Musk now confirmed that Tesla is in discussions with the government of India to request “temporary relief …

Tesla

Opinion: Is now the time to buy battered energy stocks?

The energy sector has been in a world of hurt for about three years running.<p>Crude-oil prices US:CLN7 were north of $100 a barrel back in mid-2014, …

Stock Markets

Audi is Taking Aim At Tesla With Their New Electronic SUV

It looks like Audi is putting its production where its mouth is. A press release from Volkswagen — Audi’s parent organization — says that the car …

Tesla

Electric bus maker Proterra raises $55 million from Al Gore’s investment firm and BMW

Electric bus maker Proterra has raised another $55 million in funding, less than six months after closing a chunky $140 million round.<p>The latest cash injection arrives via Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management LLP, which led the round, and BMW’s VC arm BMW i Ventures.<p>Founded in 2004, …

Apple Car rumor roundup: What you need to know about Project Titan

Apple Car? iCar? Project Titan? Call it what you will: The main question surrounding Apple’s interest in cars has switched from “will they, or won’t …

Driverless Cars

Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road?

As cars achieve initial self-driving thresholds, some supporters insist that fully autonomous cars are around the corner. But the technology tells a …

Driverless Cars