Tesla Cybertruck’s radical design is inspiring some very ambitious projects, including now a garage/bunker for the electric pickup truck. expand full story

December 7

Tesla’s Cybertruck has been getting a lot of press and a lot of pre-orders — over a quarter million as of the last update.  But until now, nobody quite knew if the monolithic piece of machinery would fit in their garage.

Today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went to Twitter to give us a little insight on the actual size of the thing, which should help fans figure out where they’re going to keep it.

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A persistent concern among some EV drivers is the long-term health of the battery. All batteries lose some storage capacity over time. But how might that degradation affect your driving range a few years down the line? To help answer that question, we can now look to Geotab, a leading telematics-fleet-management company with access to a lot of EVs. Lo and behold, the losses are minor.

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Tesla has released a giant new version of its latest home solar system – a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000+ sq ft homes. expand full story

For those looking to do any last minute holiday shopping, our friends over at EV Items have extended its holiday sale for Electrek readers with a special last minute 20% off all of its Tesla accessories using coupon code electrek. EV Items is also throwing in a free Starman Elon Musk air freshener with all orders and free shipping in North America for orders over $50 (if you hurry, you’ll still be able to get your order in time for Christmas).

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Head below for a look at some items from the holiday sale including the company’s interior LED light upgrade kit and its Qi charger inserts for your Model S, X, or Model 3.

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One of the standout features of the Porsche Taycan is its incredible promised 350kW charge rate.  Tesla has updated its Model 3 to have a 250kW charge rate, which is available on Tesla’s V3 superchargers.

At first glance, this looks like a loss for Tesla.  But it’s not.  Because of Porsche’s low efficiency, it turns out that almost every Tesla adds more range per minute at peak charge rate than the Taycan does – and some by a significant margin.

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December 13

Mercedes-Benz has once again delayed EQC deliveries, pushing them back by another year in the US, as a “strategic decision to first support the growing customer demand for the EQC in Europe.”

Mercedes last delayed the EQC this February. It has just started deliveries in Europe in the last couple months.

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You can watch, but more importantly listen, to Tesla’s electric ATV prototype crawling in rare footage from the launch of the Cybertruck. expand full story

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including the news that Tesla Cybertruck is actually a medium-duty truck, Tesla Solar Roof expansion, Tesla Gigafactory 4 plans, and more.

Sponsored by EV Items: Get 20% off EV Items Tesla accessories incl. Qi console charger, Interior LED Light Upgrade & more w/ code Electrek.

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Insurance runs on data, and electric cars have a lot of it. One firm in the UK is giving Tesla drivers cheaper insurance by tapping into the car’s systems to track driver mileage.

This could expand into other telematics, offering drivers better rates in exchange for more snooping.

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