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The upcoming Rivian R1T pickup and R1S SUV will be cheaper than previously expected.  The R1T was originally announced with a $69,000 base price (and the R1S SUV at $72k).

Rivian now says that $69k will be the price for a “well-equipped vehicle” and that base model pricing will actually be lower than that.

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Yesterday

An 83 minute-long video of a dinner attended by Donald Trump in April 2018 was released today by Lev Parnas.

The video touches on many subjects, many of which been covered elsewhere.  But here on Electrek, we are particularly interested in the part starting around minute 57, where there is approximately 15 minutes worth of discussion about electric vehicles, alternative fuels, shipping, and autonomous driving.

And almost all of it is nonsense.

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The Tesla Cybertruck prototype was spotted around Los Angeles it was being driven around by none other than Elon Musk and Jay Leno. expand full story

Tesla announced the Cybertruck to much fanfare two months ago, and the internet was immediately flooded with reactions.  The news about the truck reached far and wide but people were polarized over its looks.   It even disrupted the holiday season with these ugly sweaters.

The Cybertruck’s strange appearance hasn’t stopped the do-it-yourself crowd, though, as it seems to have inspired a lot of knockoffs, likely in part thanks to its easy-to-replicate angular form.  We’ve collected some of the best ones from around the world below.

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When Super73 teased its upcoming electric bicycle announcement last month, I never expected something this epic. But the brand who was there at the beginning of the electric mini-bike craze is back with a new (and premium) offering: the Super73 R-Series electric bikes.

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Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, this month officially unveiled the GV80, its first sport-utility vehicle. It will launch in South Korea powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine. However, Genesis said it would have three crossovers. MotorTrend reported this week that the third Genesis SUV will be an electric vehicle built next year on Hyundai’s new dedicated electric platform.

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Tesla is preparing to launch several new hardware updates including, new Model S and Model X battery packs, a new suspension update, and more, based on new code found by a Tesla hacker. expand full story

  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he’s more worried about Iran than climate change.
  • Why Bernie Sanders’ expensive, radical plan to tackle the climate crisis just might work.
  • Not everyone at Davos is “elite”: Meet the youth climate activists who slept in tents in the snow.
  • And more…

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that Tesla intends to open a product design center in Europe.  The design center would likely be built at the same site as Tesla’s Gigafactory 4 project outside Berlin.

Earlier this month, Musk also announced that Tesla wants to open a design center in China to design cars for the global market.

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