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A startup is taking on Tesla with a stunning SUV in the hottest market for electric cars

Nio will sell its electric SUV, the ES8, in China in early 2018. The move puts the startup in direct competition with Tesla as it looks to gain traction in the country.<p>China had more electric car sales than Europe and the US in both 2015 and 2016 and has also exhibited faster sales growth.<p>Tesla has …

Tesla’s Model S outsells Mercedes S-Class, Porsche Panamera, and BMW 6/7 Series combined in the US

While Tesla has been increasingly focusing on other markets, like China, where it had some significant success lately, the US remains Tesla’s most important market and where it dominates its segments.<p>Tesla shocked the industry last year when it confirmed having delivered 25,202 Model S sedans in …

Tesla’s full list of new features enabled with software updates is a glimpse at the future of the auto industry

Tesla has been pushing the use of software updates, and especially over-the-air software updates, like never before in the automotive industry. Other automakers have been held back by their dependence on third-party dealerships who want to retain their monopoly on servicing vehicles, which is …

A struggling Chinese tech giant looking to make a big splash in the US is said to be selling off property to raise money

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported early Friday that the cash-strapped company was in talks with another China-based firm about a land sale that could top $260 million.<p>LeEco bought the property from Yahoo in June at about the same time it opened its first US headquarters in San Jose, …

Why America needs more Teslas and fewer Ubers

Tesla has a seemingly bottomless appetite for capital. The company raised $2 billion from bond investors in 2014, sold $738 million in stock in 2015, and sold $1.46 billion in stock in 2016. Now it’s planning to raise another $1.15 billion in the coming months.<p>Tesla needs so much cash because it …

Tesla Model 3 ‘release candidates’ are currently being built – Musk notes ‘almost entirely built with production tooling’

We recently reported that Tesla disclosed being currently in the process of building Model 3 “beta prototypes” ahead of the start of production in July. We mentioned that they are cutting it close with just 4 months left before production, but we now learn that they are actually referring to those …

Top 10 Most Dependable Automakers, according to J.D. Power

The J.D. Power U.S. Dependability Study examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2014 model year vehicles. The …

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Tesla is now claiming 35% battery cost reduction at ‘Gigafactory 1’ – hinting at breakthrough cost below $125/kWh

Recent studies show that average electric vehicle battery cost dropped 80% in 6 years down to ~$227/kWh. It’s exciting progress for the electric vehicle industry, but it’s still not enough to make long-range electric cars affordable.<p>You need batteries significantly below the average – battery cell …

Ford's Dozing Engineers Side With Google in Full Autonomy Push

As Ford Motor Co. has been developing self-driving cars, the U.S. automaker has started noticing a problem during test drives: Engineers monitoring …

“Für das Auto bricht eine neue Ära an“

BMW-Chef Harald Krüger spricht auf dem CAR-Symposium 2017 in Bochum. Bild: CAR-SymposiumEine neue Ära des Automobils ruft BMW-Chef Harald Krüger auf …

Tesla, BMW electrics fall short of highest crash-test rating

DETROIT (AP) — Two luxury electric vehicles — the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 — fell short of getting the highest safety ratings in new crash tests …

McLaren teams with BMW for stronger, greener engines

McLaren is planning a new family of engines that promises more powerful supercars but with greener emissions, and BMW is being tapped to help with …

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Tesla Confirms Cancellation Of Model 3 Supply Order Due To Supplier's Inability To Meet Technical Standards

Tesla Model 3<p>Tesla said this week that the company did, in fact, cancel a substantial Model 3 supply order that was previously contracted with …

Global Motors: It’s Good For the Auto Business. Is It Still Good For America?

The Big Picture: Understanding the real value of today’s globalized auto industry to the U.S economy<p>In 1953 newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated GM CEO Charles “Engine Charlie” Wilson as secretary of defense. When asked during his confirmation hearings whether he could ever make a …

Comparing electric cars, fast charging grows, Tesla Autopilot, home hydrogen: The Week in Reverse

<i>When will Tesla's Autopilot restore its previous capabilities and add new features that take it closer to self-driving?</i><p><i>And how is Hyundai suggesting</i> …

Tesla launches its HEPA air filter with ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’ as an aftermarket upgrade for Model X

Tesla is introducing a relatively small but welcomed change for current and future owners. With the increasingly worrying levels of air pollution in major cities across the world, powerful air filters are becoming a more popular feature in cars. Tesla has on of the most advanced in-car HEPA air …

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

A coupe for all seasons.<p>Among Detroit’s three pony cars, Dodge’s Challenger is an oversize peg that fits in an altogether differently shaped hole than do the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The beefy two-door is by far the largest in its class, has the only usable back seat, and is the most …

Chevy Bolt EV arrives in Canada, first delivery in Quebec (new ZEV market)

After a soft launch in California last year, GM’s Chevy Bolt EV is now arriving in Canada – or at least one Bolt EV has arrived in Canada. GM’s Bourgeois Chevrolet dealership in Rawdon, Quebec, announced that it received its first all-electric Bolt EV.<p>GM started taking orders for the vehicle in …

Elon Musk just got more involved with Trump's administration

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO was selected to join President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, CNBC reported Friday. This is the second committee Musk has joined under Trump — he is also part of the president's economic advisory board.<p>On Monday, Musk attended a meeting in the White House …

Morgan Stanley analyst says don't invest in Tesla because of Trump

He's joined Trump's council of business advisors and offered support for probable Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a titan of the very fossil-fuel industry that Musk is determined to leave in the dust of history.<p>Musk's switcheroo on Trump was initially puzzling — I've argued that there are no two …

Tesla says GM and Uber bought ‘little more than demoware’ w/ $1 billion acquisitions of Cruise and Otto

As we reported yesterday, Tesla is suing its former Director of Autopilot programs, Sterling Anderson. The company claims that he allegedly poached Tesla employees and stole confidential information in order to start a competing company with Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s self-driving …

Two Companies Think They’ve Cracked the Autonomous–Car Code

Brake lights flashed. Cars inched forward, sped up, and slowed down. Drivers swooped from lane to lane, searching for the slightest of advantages in the late-afternoon rush. It was all part of a routine commute along Interstate 15—for every car except one.<p>Operating amid the traffic fray was an Audi …

10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020

Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself.<p>Tech companies are also trying to pioneer the self-driving car. Recently, Google announced …

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Tesla sues former Autopilot head for breach of contract and employee poaching

Chris Urmson, former self-driving technical lead at Google, sued as well<p>Tesla is suing Sterling Anderson, the former program manager of its Autopilot team, and Chris Urmson, the former technical lead of Google’s self-driving car program, alleging that Anderson and Urmson worked together to poach …

Tesla's newest Model S is crazy fast and can go 335 miles on a single charge

Tesla has now finally added the 100D to its website and revealed that the car should have an EPA-rated range of 335 miles. The Model X also has a 100D variant whose claimed range is 295 miles.<p>It means the Model S 100D and Model X 100D deliver 20 and 6 more miles of range than their respective P100D …

China steps up as global leader while the U.S. steps away

<b>China's President Xi Jinping, speaks during a Press Statement in the Hotel Bellevue Palace during his visit to Switzerland, in Bern, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP) (AP)</b><p>As the Trump administration is disinclined to play a worldwide role, Beijing accepts opportunities to …

BMW and Nissan launch 174 new dual-plug EV chargers in the US

They plan to launch 50 more chargers this year.<p>Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 owners now have a lot more charging stations they can go to. The automakers have expanded their dual-format fast-charging network, adding 174 stations to their current crop with the help of eVgo. These 174 stations spread across …

Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO …

Uber's self-driving cars are coming back to San Francisco, but they won't be driving themselves

The futuristic-looking Ubers will be reappearing on the streets of its hometown on Wednesday, nearly a month after the California DMV revoked its vehicle registrations in a very public dispute with the company.<p>The Ford Fusions, which had previously been used in the Pittsburgh self-driving car …

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