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BMW i3 With 120Ah Battery Coming In Late 2018

BMW i3 & i3s<p>Expect a big range bump.<p>About one year from now, in late 2018, BMW is expected to begin sales of i3 / i3s models with an upgraded battery …

Median electric car range increased by 56% over the last 6 years

In the general public, the range on a single charge is still the biggest concern when it comes to electric vehicles. That’s despite the fact that most EVs have enough range to cover their average commute several times over.<p>A longer range is believed to be key for wider EV adoption and the vehicles …

Apple Gets Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple plans to start testing self-driving cars on California roads, the clearest signal yet that the world’s most valuable technology company wants to design or build autonomous vehicle technology.<p>On Friday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles granted Apple an official test …

Electric-car charging networks spin out, merge, and go global

Much like the cell-phone network industry in the mid-1990s, the electric-car charging industry is on a fast pace of network expansions and mergers.<p>EV …

Tesla trucks: semi to be shown in Sept, pickup in 18-24 months

Relative few companies regularly make major announcements via their CEO's Twitter account, but electric-car maker Tesla is different.<p>From software …

Luxury electric Lucid Air sedan hits 217 mph in stability test

Only a handful of people have ridden in one outside the company, but development of the Lucid Air luxury electric sedan seems to be proceeding …

Williams Advanced Engineering gets $125 million to build EV battery factory in the UK

Williams Advanced Engineering, the tech division of the Williams Formula 1 team, had the battery supply contract for the Formula E, but its electric vehicle battery effort took a hit when McLaren won the new contract last year.<p>It’s apparently far from dead since we now learn that they got £100 …

Tesla Semi all-electric truck to be unveiled in September and be ‘next level’, says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed today, on the eve of the New York International Auto Show that the company plans to unveil its all-electric semi truck, called ‘Tesla Semi’, in September.<p>He also teased that it will be “seriously next level” and briefly discussed the upcoming Tesla pickup truck and …

Here's Why the Tesla Model 3 Price is So (Relatively) Cheap

When it launches, the Model 3 will be the Tesla’s cheapest vehicle by some distance. It hasn’t been a smooth journey: Since Tesla launched the …

This week’s top stories: Tesla Model 3 chassis, Powerwall 1-year review, BMW i5, and more

<b>In this week’s top stories:</b> we got a lot of updates on the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 through the company’s fourth quarter earnings and through some exclusive reports. We looked into how to invest in some of the resources required for the electric vehicles revolutions and much more on <i>Electrek</i>.<p>…

Tesla releases a series of new promotional videos with people swapping their car for a Model S for one week

Last year, Tesla launched a new program called ‘Drive to Believe’ in order to invite car owners across European markets to swap their car for a Tesla Model S for a whole week.<p>Apparently, the participants completed their week and Tesla is now featuring some of them in a series of promotional videos …

Tesla Autopilot Will Let You Speed After All

Well, that idea lasted less than a month.<p>Right before Christmas last year, we reported that Tesla's latest Autopilot update no longer allowed speeding in some situations. Now, less than a month later, Tesla has released <i>another</i> update that allows a little bit of speeding again.<p>Electrek reports that …

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An electric vehicle startup comes out of stealth mode and buys shuttered Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

While in stealth mode since its inception in 2009 by founder and CEO RJ Scaringe, a MIT graduate, the electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive has been known in Illinois since last year because of talks to take over the shuttered Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois.<p>The company confirmed that …

Tesla is now adding new stalls to existing Supercharger stations as a ‘top priority’, says CEO Elon Musk

Tesla has been focusing on the problem of overcrowded Supercharger stations lately in anticipation of a rapid expansion of its fleet after the upcoming launch of the Model 3 during the second half of the year. The new idle fee and the change to the ‘Supercharger Credit’ program are good examples of …

Samsung unveils its own ‘2170’ battery cell to compete with Tesla/Panasonic and new battery enabling 370-mile EV range & 20 mins charging

A week after Tesla and Panasonic announced the start of mass production of their ‘2170’ battery cell, which they claim will have the highest energy density and be the cheapest mass-produced cell available, Samsung SDI unveiled its own battery cell with the same format at the North American …

Tesla’s battery cell presentation at the Gigafactory: ‘the output of this thing is going to be insane’ [audio of Q&A]

More and more details have been slowly trickling down since Tesla’s investor event at the Gigafactory last week following the start of battery cell production at the plant. We already reported that the company confirmed the start of battery cell production at the event and that Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

Tesla Model 3 prototype had a rare outing at the Gigafactory last week

There have been a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about sightings of new Tesla Model 3 prototypes going around lately, but confirmed sightings are still very rare and only of the few prototypes displayed at the original unveiling of the upcoming all-electric sedan.<p>One of them had an outing at the …

Tesla Model S owners report discounted 75-kWh upgrade

It's still cheaper just to buy the Model S 75 instead.<p>The differences between the Tesla Model S 60 and Model S 75 are few. The 75 offers longer driving range (by 39 miles for the 75 and 41 miles for the 75D). It has a top speed of 140 mph, compared to 130 mph in the 60. The cars obviously have …

Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars

By 2025 most of today’s drivers are unlikely to even want to own a car. But will we still have gridlock? Will you need to pass a test? We asked the experts<p>From forecourt to scrapyard, a new car in the UK lasts an average of 13.9 years, which is why if you got one today, it might very well be the …

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Tesla Releases Supercharger Fee Costs

Models ordered after January 15 will need to pay to use the nationwide charging grid.<p>via Tesla<p>Caleb JacobsView Caleb Jacobs's …

Faraday Future has a year to prove it can do what other tech companies have struggled to pull off: Build a car

Manufacturing an entire car is a lot easier said than done.<p>On a chilly night in Las Vegas this month, Faraday Future — an electric vehicle company that pitches itself as a threat to Tesla — attempted to show off its self-parking feature in front of an auditorium full of journalists, employees and …

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept Announced At Detroit Motor Show

Volkswagen has shown off a new concept car at this years North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept.<p>The …

GM’s Chevy Bolt EV becomes the first all-electric car to win North American Car of the Year award

In the first few months after its launch, GM’s Chevy Bolt EV managed to get away with the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year, the Green Car of the Year, and now it became the first all-electric vehicle to win the coveted North American Car of the Year (NACTOY ) as announced at the North American …

Tesla’s Certified Pre-Owned vehicles still have unlimited free Supercharging, says Tesla President

While the deadline to order a new Tesla and get access to unlimited free Supercharging is this week, Tesla confirmed that you will still be able to get the perk with its Certified Pre-Owned (CPOs) vehicles if they were originally purchased with Supercharging access.<p>It wasn’t exactly clear since …

Volkswagen just unveiled a self-driving, electric microbus concept with a range of 270 miles

Volkswagen is putting a high-tech twist on its classic microbus.<p>The German automaker unveiled an electric microbus concept at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. But this isn't the first time Volkswagen has given its beloved microbus a futuristic facelift — Volkswagen also unveiled a microbus concept …

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Next-gen Samsung EV battery gets 300+ miles of range from a 20-minute charge

Samsung’s SDI battery subsidiary announced a new battery cell designed for use in electric vehicles that offers improved density to manage a max range of up to 372 miles on a full charge, with a quick charge capacity that will help it regain 310 miles or so of charge on just 20 minutes of charging. …

Volkswagen is making an electric, autonomous version of its classic minibus

VW wants in on #VanLife<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>In 2013, Volkswagen announced that its Type 2 minibus would be taken off the production line, seemingly marking the end of a midcentury classic and hippie …

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Tesla moves towards greater autonomy with Autopilot rollout for HW2 cars

Tesla will begin rolling out its Autopilot features for vehicles with second-generation in-car computing and sensing hardware on Monday, Elon Musk announced via Twitter. The new revision will be deployed a to small test group of 1,000 initial testers, as well as all other Tesla vehicles equipped …

No cobalt, no Tesla?

The battery industry currently uses 42 percent of global cobalt production, a critical metal for Lithium-ion cells. The remaining 58 percent is used in diverse industrial and military applications (super alloys, catalysts, magnets, pigments…) that rely exclusively on the material.<p>Approximately 97 …