About the Author

Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred is the Editor-in-Chief and the 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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The Tesla Cybertruck prototype was spotted around Los Angeles it was being driven around by none other than Elon Musk and Jay Leno. expand full story

Tesla is preparing to launch several new hardware updates including, new Model S and Model X battery packs, a new suspension update, and more, based on new code found by a Tesla hacker. expand full story

January 24

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Cybertruck manufacturing potential, Elon Musk comments on Tesla’s Maxwell acquisition, Tesla being under scrutiny due to claims of unintended acceleration, and more.

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VW has started deploying its new electric car charging stations with giant integrated batteries to help manage the power demand of the stations and keep them online in case of a power outage. expand full story

The head of Mercedes-Benz’s work council admitted that Tesla’s acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, an automation firm, affected their own battery pack manufacturing plans. expand full story

Tesla has this week started pushing its first software update of the new year: 2020.4. So far, it seems to only be pushed to Tesla owners in China, with some new features for them to mostly catch up to things already released in other markets. expand full story

Toyota has a history of creating misleading electric-vehicle advertising, especially with its “self-charging hybrid” ad campaign. Norway has now banned the campaign, deeming it a lie. expand full story

January 23

Tesla has reached a settlement with the state of Michigan to allow direct sales and service of vehicles through some official loopholes around the stupid laws that were preventing them from operating in the market. expand full story

Tesla has to make a lot of things happen in order to start the construction of Gigafactory 4 in Germany, and one of them is apparently getting rid of 25 unexploded World War II bombs. expand full story

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly cut its EQC electric SUV production target in half due to a battery cell shortage from LG Chem, according to a new report from Germany. expand full story

Tesla is about to launch a new branded wireless phone charger for its vehicles after introducing its own for the Model 3 last year and disrupting the significant third-party aftermarket for Tesla accessories. expand full story

Tesla has reduced the price of some of its solar products — likely to compensate for the reduced tax incentive for solar installations in the US — and it added a bigger referral incentive for referrers and new buyers. expand full story

January 22

Two Tesla Model Y prototypes have been spotted in the snow in Minnesota, presumably doing some cold-weather testing ahead of the start of production. expand full story

Tesla’s (TSLA) stock price surged more than 5% this morning, boosting its market capitalization to over $100 billion — and triggering Elon Musk’s CEO compensation plan.

It also made the electric automaker more valuable than Volkswagen. expand full story

Today, Donald Trump commented on Elon Musk and Tesla’s recent success on the stock market, and the US president ended his comments by saying that Tesla is going to “build a very big plant in the US.”

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A new look at the Tesla Cybertruck’s user interface in the prototype could give us a glimpse at what Tesla might do with upcoming UI updates. expand full story

January 21

Cruise, GM’s self-driving startup, has unveiled the Cruise Origin, a new autonomous electric vehicle that will power an all-electric, completely autonomous ride-sharing service. expand full story

Tesla has been in a legal battle with the state of Michigan over direct sales and service for four years now, but it has reportedly come to a settlement with the state that could finally open the door for Tesla to enter Michigan. expand full story

Elon Musk has commented on Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell, an ultra-capacitor manufacturer and battery technology company, and shed some lights on the automaker’s plan for the company. expand full story

Several Tesla analysts on Wall Street are revising their models and price targets on Tesla (TSLA) following the massive stock rally. One of the analysts, who accurately predicted the recent price increase, set a new high price target of $800 on Tesla (TSLA). expand full story

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