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It becomes harder and harder to get excited about Henrik Fisker’s new electric vehicle. As we reported earlier this month, the renowned car designer started a new electric car company called Fisker Inc. and he set up a sister company to bring to market a new hybrid supercapacitor technology in order to create an all-electric vehicle with a range of over 400 miles.

You would think that his reputation as a successful car designer would be enough to create some hype around his project, but now it looks like Fisker is using some shady shortcuts to hype his car and he partly used Electrek to do it. expand full story


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Today, Tesla sent out invitations for its upcoming event on Friday. According to CEO Elon Musk’s tweets from last month, the company plans to unveil its ‘solar roof’ product, next generation Powerwall, and a new Tesla charger at the event.

The invite confirmed that the event will take place at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and it will be live-streamed starting at 7pm local PT (UTC-7) October 28. expand full story

Consumer Reports really likes the Model S.  Last year, it somehow managed to place both first and second in their “best cars of 2015” list, and the P85D broke their rating system by scoring 103 out of 100 points – beating the previous 85kWh model which had previously been described as the “best car ever” when it scored 99 out of 100 on the same scale.  That’s right, not the best EV ever, but the best car ever.  It has also topped their list with the highest owner satisfaction ratings ever seen in multiple surveys of their subscribers, as well as the highest satisfaction for repairs and service.

So last year, when Consumer Reports rescinded their recommendation, it was big news.  But today, Consumer Reports has reversed that decision based on new reliability ratings, and now that the Model S is back in “average” reliability range, it means that Consumer Reports can once again recommend that consumers buy it.

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Tesla is set to jointly unveil with SolarCity its new ‘solar roof’ product on Friday. The event is planned ahead of a scheduled shareholders vote on a potential merger between the two companies. The companies recently sent a joint proxy statement package to shareholders sparking speculation about the new solar roof product. expand full story


The announcement that Tesla is now equipping every car coming off its assembly line with what the automaker believes to be the necessary hardware to enable full self-driving capability has been met with skepticism among industry watchers and left the market mostly unimpressed.

Tesla’s stock price fell by 2% after the announcement, which indicates that the market either has doubts about Tesla achieving level 5 full autonomy with the new hardware or it doesn’t understand the implications of having full autonomous capabilities. The latter is unlikely considering the value of self-driving technology for automakers has been mostly understood for the past few years now.

The former is more likely the case here since we have been told that lidar sensors are required for full autonomy and redundancy ever since self-driving vehicle development has become mainstream in the industry, and Tesla is almost famously not using the laser-based sensor. expand full story

Electric and self-piloted aircraft might be coming sooner than you think. Competition is a great accelerator in bringing technologies to market and it seems like there’s never been that many companies in the field. Earlier this year, it was even revealed that Alphabet CEO Larry Page was financing two separate startups with over $100 million to compete in developing their own electric aircraft designs.

Now Airbus is also entering the race and unveiled its design for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) electric and autonomous aircraft. expand full story

Tesla started deliveries of the Model S P100D a few months back now, but new owners are still pushing the all-electric beast and getting more performance out of it. Brooks Weisblat of DragTimes was expected to be among those owners getting great quarter-mile times out of the car, but bad weather in his home state of Florida prevented him from racing for the past few weeks.

Now the weather cleared and Brooks didn’t disappoint with his first runs with his new Tesla Model S P100D at the Palm Beach International Raceway. expand full story


Tesla (TSLA) is set to release its third quarter 2016 financial results on Wednesday, October 26 after market close. As usual, the release of the results will be followed by a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time). Now here’s what to expect on Wednesday: expand full story

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