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Tesla will add automatic “enter/exit” seat positions in future software update after Twitter request

Tesla is leveraging both its CEO’s popularity on twitter and its cars’ over-the-air update capability to respond to another customer request, with CEO Elon Musk promising on twitter that a future software update will include a function to automatically move the seat and steering wheel into a more comfortable position for entry and exit when the vehicle is put in park.

The Model S can be slightly difficult to get in and out of for less-flexible people, so this feature should be a nice addition for many customers.  I’ve personally seen several owners who have an “enter/exit” driver profile on their Teslas, with the seat and wheel position saved for easier exit and entry.  So while this workaround was always possible, Tesla’s software update will make it more automatic.

With the Model 3, Tesla is parting ways with using a regular key fob and instead built the experience around its mobile app.

The automaker has now released a few new official shots to show how to unlock and use the Model 3 with its key card and iPhone-based unlocking system. expand full story

Yesterday

Have you ever ask yourself how the Tesla Model S would fare against a brick wall? Now you have the answer.

A teen stole his father’s Model S in the Netherlands earlier today and after engaging in a police chase, the teen crashed the car into a house. Fortunately, none of the passengers of the vehicle nor the occupants of the house were seriously injured. expand full story

Green Deals: Suaoki 20000mAh Portable Generator w/ DC + USB $170, more

Suaoki (99% positive feedback from 7,700+) via Amazon offers its 20000mAh Portable Generator with DC and USB ports for $169.99 shipped when promo code ZQQCS5R9 is applied during checkout. That’s good for $40 off the regular price and the best offer that we’ve tracked at Amazon. These portable generators are perfect for tossing in your car in case of emergency. Features include a 20000mAh battery, dual USB ports, a DC outlet and a built-in handle. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Lucid Motors brought a new prototype of its all-electric Air sedan at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during the Monterey Car Week. expand full story

Four months ago, Seth got a chance to try out the 2017 Hyundai IONIQ Electric at a Hyundai media day, and came away impressed. The IONIQ is Hyundai’s new three-powertrains-on-one-platform model, with a hybrid released and a plug-in hybrid planned, alongside the pure EV model we reviewed. Seth’s takeaway was that the IONIQ compares very favorably to the Prius, the car which it seems aimed to compete against.

Last week, I was given the chance to take a week long test drive of the IONIQ Electric, to go into a deeper dive of how the car works, more than our short test drive could give us (though do have a look at Seth’s review for a lot of the spec details). What I found is that the IONIQ is a lot of car for the money, and a complete game-changer in the “entry-level” EV market.

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A recent update to the Tesla Model S’ interior went under the radar. When Tesla repackaged its Model S and Model X interior options last month, it also updated the Model S’ back seat and those first vehicles with the new feature should be delivered soon. expand full story

The Tesla Model S is arguably the most advanced and futuristic-looking car in production today. Its 17-inch touchscreen and Autopilot features can impress even the most tech savvy millennials, but now imagine experiencing the vehicle as a person in their nineties. expand full story

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.

Health benefits of wind and solar offset all subsidies – Berkeley environmental engineer Dev Millstein and his colleagues estimate that between 3,000 and 12,700 premature deaths have been averted because of air quality benefits over the last decade or so, creating a total economic benefit between $30 billion and $113 billion. The benefits from wind work out to be more than 7¢ per kilowatt-hour, which is more than unsubsidized wind energy generally costs. Thousands of people are alive and tens of billions in health costs weren’t spent because of cleaner air. That’s the goal.

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Audi’s upcoming all-electric e-tron quattro SUV, which is expected to go into production in 2018, was spotted testing and towing a trailer – giving us a glimpse of the capacity of the vehicle.  expand full story

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