Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, announced last week a $1 billion investment in electric car and battery production in the US.

As with any new EV investment from a legacy automaker, the media painted it as an “attack on Tesla“, but Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and largest shareholder, doesn’t seem too worried about it. expand full story


After a Tesla Model 3 was spotted in the Netherlands earlier this month – making it the first in Europe, there was another sighting in another European country.

A Tesla Model 3, possibly the same as the one in the Netherlands, was spotted in Stuttgart, Germany. expand full story

September 23

In this week’s top stories: As deliveries continue to increase, we learn more about the Tesla Model 3, Tesla discontinues its cheapest Model S option, Hummer unveils its all-electric vehcile, and much more. Head below for a full rundown of this week’s news…

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I’m in Wisconsin visiting with in-laws this week but when I heard that Trek announced its new CrossRip+ ebike, I knew it would be a great opportunity to visit the headquarters/factory in nearby Waterloo. I was neither disappointed by the factory, bike celebrities wandering the halls during the World Cup event, nor the CrossRip+ electric cyclocross which Trek let me take on a 10 mile on and off road test ride…

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As Tesla Model 3 vehicles start to get into more hands, it looks like the “friend non-disclosure agreement” that appeared to prevent more in-depth first looks at the early production cars is starting to lift.

Now closer walkaround videos of new deliveries are starting to emerge. expand full story

September 22

As we reported yesterday when Tesla updated its mobile app to support Model 3, the automaker’s new vehicle is using a phone-based unlocking system with a key card system as a backup.

Now we obtained the company’s FCC application for the system – giving us more insights into how it works. expand full story

Green Deals: Ryobi 14-inch 40V Cordless Electric Chainsaw $169, more

Home Depot offers the Ryobi 14-inch 40V Brushless Cordless Electric Chainsaw for $169 shipped. That’s a $30 savings off the regular price and the best offer available. It’s time to start cleaning up your yard and prepping for winter. Ryobi’s electric chainsaw provides 40V of power and a cordless design for easy trimming. Ships with a five-year warranty. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

At 11.07 AM this morning, in Washington DC, the United States International Trade Commission ruled 4-0, in agreement with Suniva that the US Solar Panel industry has suffered harm from the global solar manufacturing industry.

The process now follows that on October 3rd, this group will have hearings on what the remedy to this injury should be. On October 13th, they will vote on a remedy to recommend to the President. The President has until January 12th to respond with the offices final ruling on what those remedies will be. See bottom of the article for full schedule.

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Tesla’s Fremont factory is already one of the biggest buildings in the world in terms of footprint and yet, the automaker has been expanding it rapidly as it ramps up Model 3 production.

A new drone flyover gives a fresh look at the factory and shows new buildings. expand full story

Tesla’s first responders’ guides for Model S and for Model X gave some interesting insights into the company’s two flagship vehicles.

Now the automaker released the Model 3’s first responders’ guide and it doesn’t fail to give us the same insights into the new vehicle architecture developed for Tesla’s third-generation vehicle. expand full story

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