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New Tesla Model S hypermiling record: over 900 km (560 miles) on a single charge

Hypermiling is the practice of driving vehicles as efficiently as possible in order to achieve the longest distance possible on one charge/fuel tank.<p>It’s not a useful way to determine the range of a vehicle, but it’s an interesting way to see how the way someone drives can impact fuel …

Autos

Roborace releases in-car footage of DevBot’s full autonomous lap of the Berlin circuit

Two weekends ago at the Berlin ePrix, spectators got to see Roborace’s DevBot, the autonomous racing car prototype, do a full lap of the Formula E circuit at Tempelhof airport. We’ve seen a few short videos which we’ll link below, but today Roborace released the thing we’ve been waiting for: actual …

Transportation

Elon Musk is optimistic about making his vision for tunnels happen after talks with LA mayor

While Elon Musk’s project to build networks of tunnels with electric sleds transporting cars and people at high-speed underneath cities is ambitious in itself from a technology standpoint, several naysayers claimed it would be infeasible from a permitting standpoint.<p>Musk understands the challenge …

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Elektroauto: Tesla will eine Fabrik in China bauen

Elektroauto: Tesla will eine Fabrik in China bauen - Golem.de Elektroauto: Tesla will eine Fabrik in China bauenChina ist ein wichtiger Markt für …

SNCF: Der TGV soll fahrerlos fahren

SNCF: Der TGV soll fahrerlos fahren - Golem.de SNCF: Der TGV soll fahrerlos fahrenDie französische Eisenbahngesellschaft SNCF plant einen …

Ford wins contract to make 2,500 all-electric vans for Deutsche Post

Ford has won an important contract to further electrify Deutsche Post’s fleet of delivery vehicles.<p>Deutsche Post has already been deploying electric vehicles in its fleet, but this new contract should quickly add 2,500 all-electric vans on the roads.<p>They will use the chassis of the Ford Transit, …

Electric Vehicles

GM announces completed production of 130 autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs

Earlier this year, GM announced that it is growing its fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt EV prototypes for its ‘GM Cruise’ startup.<p>Now the automaker announced the completion of the first batch of 130 prototypes at its Orion Assembly Plant located in Orion Township, Michigan.<p>They claim that this …

Electric Vehicles

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Chinese startup wants to upgrade e-scooter commuters with a ~$8,000 all-electric ‘ultra-compact’ car

Chinese start-up CHJ Automotive announced plans for what it calls a new all-electric ‘ultra-compact’ car.<p>Interestingly, the vehicle is aimed at one of the biggest and most electrified segments of ground transport: scooters.<p>CHJ Automotive’s plans came to light today in an interview with Co-Founder …

Electric Vehicles

Is the Trek Super Commuter +8S super at commuting?

“Goodbye car,” is what it says on the Trek website and that was our initial question: Can this bike replace a car for a meaningful percentage of commuters?<p>Clearly, Trek is positioning the Trek Super Commuter +8S bicycle as a viable alternative to a car for your daily commute. As far as the price of …

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First all-electric garbage truck in California

If you are following Electrek closely, you know that we firmly believe virtually all form of ground transport will quickly move to electric propulsion in the next few decades. And that includes garbage trucks.<p>In a move toward that goal, California just took delivery of its first all-electric …

Electric Vehicles

Luxury sleeper train Mizukaze departs from Osaka on first run

West Japan Railway Co. launched its latest tourist draw Saturday, a 10-coach luxury sleeper train called a “hotel on wheels.” Since February, when …

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Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push - Bloomberg

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s …

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Angela Merkel: Autonomes Autofahren könnte in Zukunft Pflicht werden

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hat in Argentinien auf die Frage, was sie von der Zukunft erwartet, unter anderem prognostiziert, dass …

Hyperloop One unveils 9 new potential European routes for high-speed travel

After unveiling 11 potential routes for the high-speed transportation system in the US, Hyperloop One is now announcing 9 new potential European routes.<p>While it doesn’t mean that any of them will actually be built, those are currently the most likely routes to be among the first regions to get a …

Transportation

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Tesla to start adding a new section to Gigafactory 1 in Nevada – new building permits

Earlier this year, Tesla reached over $1 billion in construction spending on the Gigafactory in Nevada, according to building permits. Despite the large investment, the current structure, which hasn’t changed much so far this year, only represent a fraction of the planned final building.<p>We now …

Autos

Luminar reveals sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human

Cameras help autonomous vehicles read street signs and the color of traffic lights. But LiDARs, aka light detection and ranging systems, do the important work of sensing and helping cars avoid obstacles, whether that’s a fallen tree, drunk driver, or a child running out into the road.<p>Now, a startup …

Transportation

Tesla delivers quarterly record of 25,000 vehicles in Q1

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Tesla Inc, the U.S. luxury electric car maker, said on Sunday first-quarter vehicle deliveries jumped 69 percent from a year ago to a quarterly record of 25,000 vehicles, bouncing back from delays in the previous quarter.<p>The company said of the total vehicles delivered, about 13,450 …

Autos

Mercedes and Bosch to launch driverless taxis by ‘beginning of the next decade’

German automotive giant Daimler has announced a partnership with electronics and engineering powerhouse Bosch to bring a fully automated driverless car system to urban roads.<p>The goal of the collaboration, which pairs Mercedes-Benz’s parent company with one of the world’s biggest suppliers of …

Transportation

Meet T-pod, an autonomous electric truck that can also be controlled remotely

A Swedish company has today lifted the lid on an ambitious new project to bring electrically powered driverless trucks to market, with a view to cutting harmful emissions.<p>Einride is touting not just a truck, but what it calls “a new transportation system” consisting of futuristic-looking vehicles …

Transportation

Tesla Motors changes company name to just Tesla

No longer just about the cars<p>Tesla Motors is now simply known as Tesla, Inc., the company announced this morning. The change reflects the moves that CEO Elon Musk has made in the last year to combine his clean energy efforts. Beyond electric cars, Tesla already also makes home batteries and solar …

Autos

Google’s self-driving cars just got way better at driving themselves

Waymo is way safe<p>California’s Department of Motor Vehicles released its annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report today, in which all the companies that are actively testing self-driving cars on public roads in the Golden State disclose the number of times that human drivers were forced to …

Transportation

SpaceX’s hyperloop race was a milestone for the futuristic transportation system

Pods in tubes, y’all<p>Last weekend, excitement ran high at the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, a culmination of a year’s work on dogged research and development to imagine and build the transportation of the future. Just before the first finalist’s pod launched, a rustle ran through the crowd of SpaceX …

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