About the Author

Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek. He mainly covers electric vehicles, autonomous cars and ride-sharing platforms.

You can read his work on Electrek, 9to5mac.com and 9to5google.com

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

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Yesterday

When buying a Tesla Wall Connector, new Model S and Model X owners had to choose between a 8.5′ or 24′ cable.

The $50 difference between the two made it easy to go with the 24′ for maximum flexibility, but now Tesla is even reducing the price down by another 10%. expand full story

BMW is about to unveil its new roadster version of its BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and today it released new teaser images of the vehicle and preliminary energy consumption figures. expand full story

There are a lot of electric cars on the road being powered by solar energy today, but the energy is coming from rooftop residential solar or utility-scale installations.

Some automakers want to have the solar cells directly on the vehicles.

Today, Audi announced its own effort to do just that with new prototypes coming by the end of the year. expand full story

Today, LG Electronics announced plans to establish a new U.S. factory for “advanced electric vehicle (EV) components” in Michigan.

The Korean electronic manufacturer made the announcement after it saw its revenue from vehicle components grow 43% to more than $1.5 billion, which they attribute “in large part to the successful collaboration with General Motors on the popular Chevrolet Bolt EV.”

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Tesla is really going wild with those new “secret level” prizes of its latest round of the referral program for Model S and Model X owners.

After a discount on the unreleased next-gen Roadster, Tesla has now added a second “secret level” that has to do with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s latest company: The Boring Company. expand full story

Royal Mail, an important postal service and courier company in the UK, unveiled a new electric truck made by Arrival.

The company is starting a trial today with 3 versions of the vehicle to transport packages between its mail and distribution centres around London. expand full story

eTruck Motor, a Budapest-based electric truck startup, announced this week that they are “in talks with the Hungarian agriculture ministry and the mayor of Hegyeshalom, western Hungary,” to build “a 10 billion euros factory” on a plot of land on the city’s outskirts.

With the announcement, a video of their alleged electric truck prototype surfaced and while they claim it’s the ‘first all-electric semi truck’, it appears to be no more than a camouflaged diesel truck. expand full story

August 22

With the Model 3, Tesla is moving away from the mostly aluminum chassis that it designed for Model S and Model X with some high-grade steel reinforcements.

Instead, the automaker is adding more steel to the mix for Model 3 and we now get our first look at the alloy mix in the chassis of Tesla’s less expensive electric car. expand full story

Nissan is starting to run out of things to tease about its highly anticipated upcoming next-generation 2018 Leaf, which is set to be unveiled in just two weeks.

Yet, they released another teaser with a picture of the tail lights and a new video today. expand full story

The Tesla Model 3’s standard 18″ aero wheels are starting to get more and more interesting.

After seeing them without the aero caps last week and seeing how great they look, we now learn about the potential efficiency gain with the caps on. expand full story

A day after we reported on Ford potentially going ‘all-in’ on all-electric vehicles under new leadership, the American automaker announced a new expansion of its all-electric vehicle lineup.

Though it’s only for the Chinese market. expand full story

Can you hear the shredders? In the latest development in Tesla’s lawsuit against the State of Michigan over their right to sell and service their vehicles in the state, a federal judge has ordered lawmakers involved in creating the sales ban to disclose their communications related to the ban. expand full story

Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen says that they designed the Model 3’s interior to “age gracefully”, which could actually help with its resale value in the long-term as cars are expected to change a lot in the next few years with the advent of self-driving and car-sharing.

Interestingly, a new report trying to project the Tesla Model 3 depreciation curve now suggests that it will be “best-in-class”. expand full story

August 21

Early Tesla and Uber investor Jason Calacanis is calling for a merger of the two companies, which he says could “beat everybody at transportation.”

Calacanis says that it would also solve Uber’s CEO search by making Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, in charge of both companies. expand full story

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to have an important impact on productivity and a noticeable one on solar energy generation, but all the travel to optimize the viewing experience also has another less obvious impact.

It is putting Tesla’s Superchargers to the test and it is showing some weaknesses in the network. expand full story

Mercedes-Benz is about to expand its lineup of all-electric vehicles under its new ‘EQ’ brand with an all-electric compact car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) next month. expand full story

Ford’s electrification plan has been disappointing to EV enthusiasts. They focused on hybrid vehicles and the company’s first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up to be electric is not expected to arrive until 2020.

But now an analyst sees an opportunity for Ford to go ‘all-in’ on EVs following the ousting of CEO Mark Fields and appointment of Jim Hackett. expand full story

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its latest annual evaluation of “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development” report today.

The assessment shows that about 1,300 new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been deployed on California’s roadways between June of 2016 and April 2017, based on the latest active registrations reported by DMV. expand full story

We get our latest look at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, which CEO Elon Musk claims is already producing more batteries than any other factory in the world, thanks to a new flyover and drone video. expand full story

As an SUV, the Tesla Model X, especially the latest P100D version, is putting a lot of exotic sports cars to shame when it comes to 0 to 60 mph acceleration and quarter-mile performance. It also just happens to be all-electric.

Now a Model X beat a Lamborghini Aventador in a drag race and established a new quarter-mile record of 11.4 seconds at 118 mph at the same time. expand full story

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