Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred is the managing editor 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

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At this point, premium automakers have no excuse not to have an all-electric vehicle in their line-up, like Tesla, or at least one in late stages of development, like Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and others. It’s a different thing for more affordable vehicles, but batteries are now cheap enough to allow large battery packs in luxury cars with performance competitive with internal combustion engines.

British automaker Bentley is now considering joining the rest of the industry in electrification with an all-electric SUV. expand full story

February 25

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Last year, Tesla launched a new program called ‘Drive to Believe’ in order to invite car owners across European markets to swap their car for a Tesla Model S for a whole week.

Apparently, the participants completed their week and Tesla is now featuring some of them in a series of promotional videos with “more to come”. expand full story

February 24

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The news that Tesla is looking at not only one location but possibily 3 more locations for Gigafactories got a lot of countries, states, and regions quite excited this week. Some European countries had already launched efforts to attract Tesla after they announced last year that they would be looking for a location in Europe to build another massive factory to manufacture both batteries and vehicles.

Now that the number of plants went up, the US could apparently also get another Gigafactory. expand full story

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We find that automakers who have historically been betting on hydrogen fuel cells over battery-powered vehicles, like Honda, are very focused on the speed of charging since it’s currently the only advantage fuel cells have over batteries.

While charge rates are obviously important, it’s not actually the biggest barrier to EV adoption since most people charge overnight. Nonetheless, Honda wants to give “unlimited range” to electric vehicles with a new dynamic charging technology at high speeds. expand full story

Following a new effort to unionize Tesla’s workforce amid the production expansion for Model 3, claims about the company’s worker compensation and conditions at the Fremont factory were made in order to gain support for a union. These actions CEO Elon Musk believes were deeply influenced by the United Auto Workers (UAW), which has been trying to unionize the plant for years.

Nonetheless, Musk said last week that he would investigate the claims. He has now completed his investigation and addressed the claims in an email to all employees, which Electrek has obtained, below. expand full story

The 89th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and as usual, celebrities are expected to arrive on the red carpet in limousines and luxurious vehicles.

Tesla vehicles, both the Model S and X, could be the most popular among them this year thanks to a new all-Tesla limo service financed by Morgan Freeman. expand full story

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The biofuel and oil industries, which were both heavily subsidized over the years, are now working together to lobby against electric vehicle incentives under the pretext that they are seeking “a level playing field”.

Their respective main lobbying groups made the announcement this week. expand full story

February 23

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In its continuous effort to bring its second generation Autopilot to parity with its first generation of the driver assist system, Tesla has started pushing yet another update to vehicles equipped with the new Autopilot hardware.

The company is now introducing ‘Autopark for parallel parking’ on ‘Enhanced Autopilot’. expand full story

Automakers will be going to Geneva in the next two weeks for the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. A few of them have announced that they will bring new electric vehicle concepts to the trade show. expand full story

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While most of the information that came out of Tesla’s earnings yesterday about the Model 3 were related to the vehicle’s production program, CEO Elon Musk also disclosed new details and gave a few interesting hints about the upcoming vehicle.

Considering Musk pushed the final unveiling of the Model 3 to a few months later than anticipated, it might be a while before we get more information on the vehicle and therefore, reservations holders and enthusiasts (ourselves included) are sure to over analyze any new detail until then. expand full story

As we reported earlier this week, a new bill (HB 7097) is being introduced in Connecticut to allow direct sales of electric vehicles in the state. Tesla is pushing for the bill to pass, while local dealerships are strongly opposing it.

Yesterday, the Connecticut Transportation Committee held its first hearing on the bill during which Tesla and dealerships argued yet again over direct sales. expand full story

In an exclusive report published last summer, we revealed that Tesla started offering custom car insurance to its customers in Australia and Hong Kong. At the time, the company didn’t want to comment on the new venture, but that changed yesterday during the earnings conference call.

CEO Elon Musk and President Jon McNeill confirmed that they plan to expand the program and have it match the progress of the Autopilot, which should reduce insurance rates to match its lower accident rate. expand full story

One of the main concerns of current and future Tesla owners is the company’s ability to scale its service operations after the Model 3 launch, which will add hundred of thousands of vehicles in Tesla’s global fleet.

The automaker is already having difficulties keeping up with service demand in some regions, but it has now announced a “reengineering and expansion” of its operations in order to prepare for Model 3. expand full story

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February 22

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The final reveal of the Tesla Model 3, which has been referred to as “Part 3”, was expected in March or April based on comments made by CEO Elon Musk last year, but he has now apparently changed the plans – though it doesn’t seem completely fleshed out.

The CEO is now guiding for a reveal “probably” after the Model 3 production starts in July since the first vehicles will go to employees and the configuration will open around the same time. expand full story

Tesla released its shareholders letter today and gave an interesting update on the Model 3. The company seems hell bent on achieving production as soon as July 2017 and ramp up rather quickly to “volume production” in September.

They announced having produced new prototypes earlier this month and even having performed some crash tests. expand full story

After market close today, Tesla released its financial results and shareholders letter for the fourth quarter and full year 2016. Wall Street was expecting revenue of $2.201 billion for the quarter and a loss of $0.13 per share, but the company delivered higher on revenue of $2.284 billion and missed on earnings with a loss of $0.78.

For the full year 2016, revenues were up 73% from 2015 at $7 billion.  expand full story

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VW debuted its 2017 e-Golf with a slightly refreshed look and a new 35.8 kWh battery pack at the LA Auto Show last year. The all-electric vehicle received its official EPA rating today and it increased the range to a combined highway and city cycle of 125 miles. expand full story

We have reported before on some spectacular accidents involving Tesla vehicles where the drivers have credited the company’s engineering and safety features for having saved their lives. In one case last year, Tesla even featured the story behind one of the accidents as part of its “customer stories” series.

The same story is coming back in the news this week as we now have footage of the accident taken by the Autopilot camera and recovered from the salvaged vehicle. expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described Hong Kong as a “beacon city for electric vehicles” due to its fast growth in EV adoption, which Tesla is a big part of since the company had an impressive 80% market share of Hong Kong’s 5,800 EVs as of this July.

Locky Law from EV advocacy group Charged Hong Kong estimates that the number is now over 7,000 with Tesla still maintaining over 80% market share. It makes Hong Kong a very important market for the company, but that’s about to change. expand full story

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As we currently understand them, BMW’s electric vehicle plans for the next few years simply consist of incremental improvements to its current lineup, BMW i3 and i8, up until its first new all-electric car, which is not expected before 2021.

It will leave BMW out of the pack of electric vehicles that premium automakers, like Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar, are all planning to release in the next 2-3 years.

BMW has so far only referred to the upcoming new all-electric vehicle as “iNext”, which was believed to be the long-rumoured ‘BMW i5’ electric crossover/SUV, but a new report now suggests that it could actually be a mid-range sedan to compete with the Model 3. expand full story

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