Tesla has been increasingly using more solar panels made by Panasonic at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo for its solar retrofit business.

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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla scaring reservation holders by removing mention of $35,000 base Model 3, Tesla preparing Model 3 leasing, an interesting EV efficiency test, and more.

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Tesla is launching today the ability to use Powerwall 2 for backup power in Europe through its new Gateway 2 hardware. expand full story

BMW says that it is hiring 2,000 more people at its Dingolfing factory for jobs in electrification in a push to ’emerge winner’ in the auto industry’s transition to electric and autonomous vehicles. expand full story

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Tesla is hosting today hundreds of students at 8 of its facilities across the in US in partnership with Envirolution for ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’. expand full story

Rivian has filed for a patent to expand the energy capacity of its upcoming R1T electric pickup truck through a novel auxiliary battery which can be added to the truck’s bed after manufacture.

The patent was filed last year, published last month and today is marked as “pending” by the US patent office.

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With new premium electric SUVs hitting the market, Tesla is seeing some competition, but that competition is also highlighting Tesla’s incredible lead when it comes to efficiency.

Now a third-party range test against Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace is confirming that the rest of the industry is behind when it comes to efficiency. expand full story

Electric vehicle sales are skyrocketing in China before the country phases out incentives. Meanwhile, overall passenger car sales continue to go in the opposite direction.

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Finding a way to mitigate Tesla’s impact is now a top priority for some automakers, according to one of the largest car dealer groups in the US who admits that Model 3 is affecting its BMW sales. expand full story

Apple Car rumors still in drive, Project Titan said to focus on electric van and battery research

A rumor today from German publication Manager Magazin, shares some alleged details about a shift in Apple’s Project Titan. While Apple’s car efforts were originally expected to include the company manufacturing its own vehicle, it reportedly later changed course to just focusing on developing autonomous vehicle software. However, today’s rumor suggests that Apple is working on its own electric van.

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