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As we recently reported, the vast majority of the Tesla Model X SUVs delivered so far are now seeing winter for the first time. It will be the vehicle’s greatest test yet, especially for Tesla’s proprietary Falcon Wing doors.

Here in Quebec, we got our first few decent snow storms last week and a Model X owner tested the Falcon Wing doors, one of the greatest concerns of potential Model X buyers, after ‘une bonne bordée’ as we say around here. expand full story

December 3

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After shipping a few thousand Model X SUVs with 6 and 7-seat configurations since launching the vehicle over a year ago, Tesla finally started producing the all-electric SUV with 5-seat configuration last month. Now that there’s an option that can have the second-row seats fold flat, the Model X has the best-in-class storage of any SUV with 88 cubic feet.

The first few Model Xs with the new configuration have been spotted off the assembly line at the Tesla Fremont Factory – giving us our best look at the new option so far. expand full story

Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to restrict testing of self-driving vehicles…

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While the Chevy Bolt EV is currently only available in California and Oregon, it will soon make its way to the east coast thanks to a deal between GM and the city of New York. The de Blasio administration is ordering 50 all-electric Chevy Bolt with the first ones set to arrive in the spring and the order is expected to go up to 80 vehicles by the end of the fiscal year.

After a discount from GM and federal incentives, the city of New York is getting the vehicles at a very attractive price. expand full story

In this week’s top stories: Tesla Enhanced Autopilot gets a release date, Audi’s first all-electric vehicle heads to the moon with SpaceX, countries make bids for Tesla Gigafactory 2, the latest Chevy Bolt EV news, and much more.

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December 2

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Since the beginning of the decade, investments in electric vehicle startups haven’t represented anything too impressive, but it still trended at a healthy $800 million per year from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, the bankruptcy of a few startups, namely Fisker, A123, and Better Place, spooked the investment community and virtually stopped money from going into EV ventures.

It took a while for the industry to convince investors to send money their way again, but thanks to the successes of companies like Tesla, the electric vehicle startup space is now in a better place than ever. According to a recent report, electric vehicle startups are on pace to raise $2 billion in 2016 – an increase of over 100% from last year. expand full story

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State of Florida law states only an approved and regulated electric utility is allowed to sell electricity to the public. The 1988 court case, PW Ventures, Inc. v. Nichols, clarified this position. With Tesla’s SolarCity announcing that they’ll service customers of Duke Energy and the Orlando Utilities Commission in the greater Orlando area, they’ll have to abandon their ‘solar lease’ model in Florida – a state with no solar incentives.

In this model, Tesla owns the solar power system and takes all incentives, then sells the homeowner discounted electricity in a 20-year contract. With a population greater than 20 million people, the third largest state is a ripe opportunity – and maybe a laboratory.

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At face value, Tesla and the ‘American Legislative Exchange Council’ (ALEC), a conservative lobbying group, have little in common considering Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the advent of renewable energy and ALEC has often pushed for regulations to slow the growth of renewable energy, primarily residential solar installations.

But things are changing with the new political climate in the US and Tesla will need to change some minds if it wants to get the legislature on the side of climate. Now the company is not necessarily getting in bed with ALEC, but it did host a party for the launch of the group’s new Energy Innovation Project at its Washington, D.C. showroom – pictured above. expand full story

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Michigan is the home state of the Big Three automakers and the most populated state in the US that still doesn’t have a Tesla store or service center. For that, you can thank a law backed by GM and local dealerships that prohibit automakers from operating car dealers in the state.

Tesla has been trying to open a store and service center in Michigan for the better part of the last 3 years, but it wasn’t able to get around the law, which is why it sued the state earlier this year. While the case is in court, Tesla went ahead and opened a showroom in Troy yesterday – something that pushes the boundaries of Michigan’s direct sales law. expand full story

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