In this week’s top stories: A first look at Tesla’s v8.0 software update, VW’s electric range claims, and a Tesla Model S P100D takes on a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan in this week’s top video.
Another Tesla Model S prototype with lidar sensor was spotted in Palo Alto today. It follows a recent sighting of another Tesla vehicle with a lidar sensor, though the lidar tower, from Velodyne, is different this time. expand full story
We have been reporting quite often on accidents involving Tesla’s Autopilot program so it’s just fair that we also let you know about accidents involving other autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle programs.
We learned that one of Google’s self-driving prototype was involved in a serious crash with a commercial van in Mountain View today. expand full story
If the word ‘Sondors’ rings a bell to you, it is probably because you’ve heard of their electric bike. The Sondors Electric Bike campaign was one of the most successful projects on Indiegogo ever. It raised over $6 million from 15,000 backers and they actually shipped the product – which is not always a given with these crowdfunding projects.
We can understand why it was and still is so successful. The Sondors eBike with 350W of power and up to 50 miles of range for just $500, it’s a hard to beat offer in the ebike market. Now the founder of the company, Storm Sondors, announces that he is making another electric vehicle. This time, it’s an electric car. expand full story
Elon Musk has been leaving breadcrumbs about Tesla’s intention to reinvent the entire energy sector from generation of renewable energy with SolarCity to energy storage and consumption with Tesla. It looks like the company’s vision will be unveiled on or around October 28 when Tesla will make its next product announcement:
Musk has one of the best Twitter accounts right now. Even Twitter’s own founder says it. He uses it to answer questions from his fans, correct media perception on his businesses and even to make occasional product announcements. But this Tweet in particular, it might be his most important yet. expand full story
Electric GT, an all-electric racing championship using only Tesla Model S sedans, unveiled its modified version of the Model S this week ahead of an official debut next week on the island of Ibiza. The racing series is marketing itself as “the first 100% zero emissions GT championship”. expand full story
Tesla announced that it added a new C-level officer role to its executive team by creating a Chief Accounting Officer position at the company and hiring SunPower’s Senior Vice President Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Eric Branderiz, for the role.
He will be joining Jason Wheeler, Tesla’s Chief Finance Officer, as the automaker’s top executives in finance. expand full story
Every time we publish an article about electric vehicle startup Faraday Future, the first comment is always a variation of “where is the car?” or “vaporware”. That’s because EV enthusiasts were mostly disappointed after the company stumbled out of stealth mode at CES 2016 by unveiling the not-really-meant-for-production FFZERO1 concept.
They want to see an actual car they can potentially buy and we can now report that the company is closer than ever to show what it is really working to offer to consumers. expand full story
A new study shows that Tesla is successfully building its brand in Canada. The University of Victoria released its second-annual Gustavson Brand Trust Index (GBTI), which ranks national brands per industry sectors by measuring consumers’ level of trust based on a survey of 6,384 people.
Surprisingly, the results placed Tesla has the most trusted car brand in Canada. expand full story