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

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Today

We received another clue about Tesla’s Model 3 charging infrastructure, which again, we believe could become the most influential for the future of electric vehicles.

Two Tesla Model 3 release candidates were spotted at a CCS/CHAdeMO public charging station in San Francisco yesterday. expand full story

Yesterday

As we reported earlier today, Tesla Model 3 release candidate sightings have been multiplying this week.

A new one is particularly interesting because it features a new color that looks very similar to the classic ‘Signature Red’ that Tesla used to offer. expand full story

The Tesla Model 3 release candidates seem to be multiplying lately now that production is no more than a few months away.

The latest sighting shows not one but two Model 3 release candidates at the same time and one of them seem to be a new black prototype. expand full story

9to5toys 

While Tesla has been increasingly focusing on other markets, like China, where it had some significant success lately, the US remains Tesla’s most important market and where it dominates its segments.

Tesla shocked the industry last year when it confirmed having delivered 25,202 Model S sedans in the U.S. in 2015, which gave the company a 25% market share in the premium sedan market.

Some industry watchers thought that it might be a fluke, but the latest registration data suggests that Tesla is still maintaining its lead in the large luxury sedan segment in 2017. expand full story

Electric vehicle sales keep increasing at an impressive pace in Canada to a point that they are now representing a meaningful percentage of overall car sales.

During the first quarter 2017, electric vehicle deliveries reached a record high of 1,474 units (BEVs and PHEVs) – up 68% over the same period last year. expand full story

Last month, we learned that Elon Musk’s ‘Boring Company’ is not just about digging tunnels, but it will also electrify transport in the process by putting cars and passengers on “electric sleds”.

The company released this week new images of its electric sled concept for passengers that they plan to use in those tunnels. expand full story

9to5mac 

As Tesla gets closer to the start of Model 3 production, it seems like its release candidate testing program is accelerating.

The automaker received new prototypes at its headquarters and now we get one of our best looks at one so far with a video of the vehicle being tested in San Mateo. expand full story

Faraday Future’s troubles intensified over the past few months and as we reported earlier this week, it resulted in dozens of employees jumping ship.

Nonetheless, the company is apparently still investing in its factory under construction in Nevada, where its investment has now reached $174 million, though at a slower pace.They are now reportedly trying to raise a $1 billion round to complete the construction. expand full story

May 25

After first unveiling the product last year, Tesla started taking orders with a $1,000 deposit for the first versions of its solar roof tiles earlier this month.

Electrek has learned that demand exceeded expectations and that its solar roof tiles are now sold out ‘well into 2018’. expand full story

9to5google 

The popularity of Tesla vehicles spurred some new aftermarket modification companies, like Unplugged Performance and TSportline, and the attention of established, like Saleen or Larte Design.

Now FAB Design, a tuning company known for its Mercedes-Benz designs, unveiled a new body kit for the Tesla Model X. expand full story

After Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, and Daimler, now GM becomes the latest automaker being dragged into the ongoing ‘Dieselgate’ scandal.

Customers have now filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of using ‘VW-like defeat devices’ in over 700,000 diesel trucks from 2011 to 2016. expand full story

Only a few days after ousting CEO Mark Fields and appointing Jim Hackett, the head of the automaker’s ‘Smart Mobility’ division, as the new head of the company, Ford is again announcing a new global leadership shakeup.

The changes include bringing back a longtime Ford electric powertrain engineer who left for Uber last year to now lead electric vehicles and autonomous driving programs at the automaker. expand full story

Last week, ‘Tesla Semi’, the automaker’s upcoming all-electric heavy truck, got an official release date: September 28th.

That’s just 4 months away and we think it could hit production, at least low volume production for pilot fleets, quicker than most people think.

Until then, here’s everything we know about Tesla Semi. expand full story

9to5toys 

The lobbying effort around HB 7097, a bill in Connecticut that would enable Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers without having to go through third-party dealerships, has intensified this week.

Tesla has now promised the state 10 stores by next year if the bill passes, while on the other hand, the dealerships warn of losing 10% of their 14,000 jobs in Connecticut. expand full story

Li-ion battery production is the backbone of the electric vehicle revolution and supply will have to increase significantly over the next few years to support the growth.

Tesla has the most ambitious plan with Gigafactory 1 having the same capacity as the entire industry at a single location, but the world will need 100 of those to transition to electric transport and renewable energy.

A few other companies have now announced similar plans. The latest one is a 50 GWh battery factory in Asia. expand full story

May 24

Yet another new Tesla Model 3 release candidate has been spotted yesterday.

Interestingly, the vehicle, which has a glass roof like all other Model 3 release candidate spotted so far, was spotted with a roof rack and a large box on top. expand full story

9to5mac 

The injury rate of Tesla’s workers at its Fremont factory came into the spotlight recently, especially last week after Tesla preemptively defended the safety of its factory and warned of a ‘media push’ from the auto workers union, which has been leading a unionization effort at the factory over the past few months.

Now a new report, seemingly still part of the union campaign, is again going after Tesla’s injury rate at Fremont factory – while Tesla insists that it is now the lowest injury rate in the industry. expand full story

Ford’s Model T is credited for creating a transportation revolution by making the first affordable and truly mass-produced car.

Tesla is trying to do the same thing with electric cars, which make for an interesting comparison to track their respective progression. expand full story

Most industry watchers agree that Tesla’s short term success is linked to a successful launch and ramp up of Model 3 production.

In a new note today, Baird analyst Ben Kallo highlights what a successful launch could do for Tesla’s valuation, which he sees surging to over $80 billion at ~$500 per share. expand full story

9to5google 

As part of its new mission to become a leader in electrification around the world, German automaker Volkswagen confirmed that it received government approval in China for a new joint venture with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

The deal was approved for the annual production of 100,000 all-electric vehicles. expand full story

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