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Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred Lambert is the Editor-in-Chief and one of the founding members of Electrek. He mainly covers electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Lambert made a name in the EV space through a steady stream of exclusive scoops about Tesla, including being the first journalist to try Tesla’s Autopilot feature back in 2015. Lambert also repeatedly broke stories about new Tesla products, like Enhanced Summon, Model S design refresh, Tesla Autopilot 2.5, and more.

In 2020, he was also the first to report that Tesla’s new planned Gigafactory in the US would be located in Austin, Texas months before the official announcement.

His reporting has been used by many mainstream news organizations, like the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many more.

Lambert has appeared on television (CNBC) and has been featured in national papers for his expertise in electric vehicles.

You can contact him by email at fred@9to5mac.com or on Twitter @fredericLambert

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Yesterday

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s record earnings but coming with delays, a big new Tesla software update, Tesla’s retail shift, and more.

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Tesla has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over throttling battery capacity.

The court hasn’t approved the settlement, but it is expected to be and will include a payment of $625 to each affected Tesla owner.

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Tesla has reduced the price of the Model 3 Standard Range in China, as the price of the same vehicle produced in the US has been going up.

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A Tesla Megapack part of a giant battery project in Victoria, Australia, has caught on fire – creating a blaze that’s almost impossible to control.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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July 29

Mercedes-Benz has announced several new electric vehicle premieres at the upcoming IAA mobility show in Munich.

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Trevor Milton, the founder and former CEO of Nikola, a company working on electric and fuel cell trucks, was indicted today by a grand jury on three counts of criminal fraud over false claims he made about the company.

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Elon Musk announces a date, August 19, for Tesla AI Day, an event to share progress in the automaker’s software and hardware development related to artificial intelligence.

The CEO aims to use the event as a recruiting platform for Tesla’s AI team.

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Tesla has started to push a new software update to its fleet today, and it’s one of the bigger ones with several new features, including Disney+, Car Wash Mode, hotspot capability, and more.

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July 28

Battery recycling is key to making electric vehicles sustainable, and Redwood Materials, a company founded by Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, is a leader in the space.

Today, the company announced a $700 million capital raise to accelerate its effort.

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Tesla (TSLA) has been trading sideways despite beating expectations with its Q2 2021 earnings.

The market is digesting the results, but Tesla has created questions about its short-term growth due to supply chain issues.

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Tesla (TSLA) is currently implementing a major shift in its retail strategy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The automaker will move away from showrooms in fancy malls, and instead it will focus on cheaper locations, remote managing of test drive fleet, and delivery centers.

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July 27

Tesla has obtained today a design patent for the Cybertruck, and the patent application references several interesting prior designs that could have influenced Tesla’s unique design.

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Tesla Energy, the automaker’s energy division, had a record quarter, but the market doesn’t seem to care much due to how small it is in relation to its automotive business.

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Su Qing, the head of autonomous driving at Huawei, has been removed from his position after making some controversial comments about Tesla — going as far as claiming that Tesla vehicles are killing people.

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Tesla has all but confirmed that Cybertruck production is going to be delayed into next year.

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July 26

Elon Musk has released more details about how non-Tesla electric car owners are going to be able to use the Supercharger network once the automaker opens it up later this year.

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Tesla has confirmed that it decided to delay the “launch of the Semi truck program to 2022” over battery cell supply constraints.

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Tesla has released a rare update on 4680 battery cell production, which is critical to launching the automaker’s upcoming new electric vehicle programs.

The company confirms that there’s still some work to do.

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Tesla (TSLA) has released its financial results and shareholders letter for the second quarter of 2021 after market close today.

We are updating this post with all the details from the financial results, shareholders’ letter, and the conference call later tonight. Refresh for the latest information.

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Revel’s fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis that was shut down by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) last month has been approved.

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