Earlier this year, McLaren confirmed its development of new hybrid powertrains to be introduced in its vehicle lineup and that it was even considering building an all-electric version of the P1 or P1 GTR. Now McLaren will have a great opportunity to showcase its battery technology as it was announced that the British-based automaker won a contract to supply the battery pack for upcoming seasons of the Formula E championship. expand full story
The Tesla Powerwall, a home battery pack, can be expensive. It starts at $3,000, but when you add an inverter and the installation, it can go up quickly. Eneco, an energy company and Tesla Energy distributor in the Netherlands, generally sells the device installed for €7,000, but through a new service called ‘CrowdNett’, the company reduced the price to €4,500 euro installed. expand full story
Earlier this month, we reported on Tesla’s ‘Head of Global Communications’, Khobi Brooklyn, leaving the automaker just a few months after her boss, Vice President of Global Communications Ricardo Reyes.
Electrek has learned that Tesla has found a new head for the PR and communications department by hiring a veteran public relations manager at Apple. expand full story
When reporting on Tesla’s delivery numbers in Europe, we often highlighted the fact that the company’s vehicles are not very popular in France compared to smaller neighboring markets. That’s despite 6,300€ (~$7,000) in incentives offered by the French government at the purchase.
Things could get more difficult until the Model 3 launch in the country as the French government introduced a new version of the program this week, which would put a cap of 40 000€ on the base price of an EV in order to get an incentive. expand full story
It was a busy, busy day for Daimler AG at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Along with announcing their all-electric Mercedes ‘Generation Q’ SUV, they also debuted three new variants of their smart electric vehicles: fortwo, fortwo cabrio, and forfour. These new EVs are being positioned by the company as “Built for the city. Perfect for escaping it.” [but not terribly quickly and only about 100 miles out]…
While automakers like Renault and Mercedes are unveiling new battery pack options and brand new electric vehicle models at the 2016 Paris Motor, BMW is unveiling a new color option for its lineup of electric cars.
It’s kind of disappointing, but to be honest, I find the new paint job to be so stunning that I almost forgive them for not having anything else new on the EV front for the Paris Motor Show. expand full story
After first unveiling its all-electric van Edna, a test mule for its electric powertrain, and benchmarking it against a Tesla Model S earlier this year, Atieva made some upgrades and tested it against a BMW i8 and a Viper.
The electric car startup is back to the dragstrip with a new (3rd) version of its prototype, which is equipped with a new high-power inverter, and the vehicle can now perform a 0-60 mph run in 2.74 seconds. expand full story
Several German media outlets are reporting this morning on an accident involving a Tesla Model S and a bus on the Autobahn in northern Germany. According to the reports, the Model S was changing lanes using the Autopilot feature and crashed into a bus.
The 50-year-old driver was reportedly “slightly injured” in the accident, but all passengers on the bus were unhurt. expand full story
Last week, we reported on Tesla filing a lawsuit against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials over the ban on direct car sales from automakers to consumers. The suit was filed after the Secretary of State denied Tesla’s application for a dealer license due to a law preventing an automaker from operating a car dealership.
Tesla claims that the law “violates the Due Process, Equal Protection, and Commerce Clauses of the Constitution”.
Gov Snyder commented on the situation for the first time this week and while he says that he is open to working with Tesla, he insists that they have to go through dealerships, which is really the only matter at hand in this situation. expand full story