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Fred Lambert

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

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Today

In the US, a study found that the electric vehicle shopping experience at car dealers is quite poor and a problem for EV adoption.

Now, a new study finds a similar problem in Europe where “dismissive and deceptive car dealerships create barriers to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale.” expand full story

Tesla Model 3 got the Consumer Reports treatment and the consumer review organization announced that they will not be recommending the electric car due to issues with the 60-0 mph braking test, wind noise and touchscreen inputs.

The automaker fired back with its own test results, which are apparently better than CR’s. expand full story

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Jaguar is preparing to launch its all-electric racing championship based on production electric car with the I-PACE SUV.

Their race car prototype did its first lap at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin last weekend. expand full story

The use of electric car battery packs to create large energy storage projects is becoming increasingly popular.

Now, a new one made of BMW i3 battery packs is connecting to the UK National Grid and has become one of the largest to date. expand full story

With all the focus on the new Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and Performance versions, there’s another Tesla announcement that went under the radar.

CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla owners will ‘soon’ be able to request service through the app and a Tesla ranger will show up to repair the car without paperwork. expand full story

Last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the timing for the automaker’s next generation of DC fast-charging technology: the Supercharger V3.

Tesla aims to release the more powerful Supercharger V3 for quicker charging ‘late’ this summer. expand full story

Yesterday

The story around the Model 3 production ramp as so far mostly been about the delays, but in a surprising change today, Tesla is actually accelerating Model 3 delivery timelines for new orders amid improvements its production ramp over the last few weeks. expand full story

Good news and bad news about the white interior for the Model 3 came out this weekend. The good news is that it can be ordered right now (Update: the code of the studio is available, but reservation holders can’t order just yet) and it is coming in July, but the bad news is that it will first only be available for the more expensive Performance version.

We now take our official first look at the Model 3 white interior as Tesla starts releasing some configurator images. expand full story

Tesla has long been boasting about the safety of the Model X and especially its low probability of rollover – with good reasons.

Now the company has released some footage of internal tests trying unsuccessfully to make the Model X all-electric SUV rollover. expand full story

Tesla finally released the specs and opened the orders for the long-awaited Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions.

Here’s everything we know so far. expand full story

May 19

Ahead of releasing all the specs and opening orders for the Model 3 dual motor and performance versions, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been slowly releasing some details about the new versions of the electric car.

He now says that the Model 3 dual motor performance will feature both an AC induction motor and a switched reluctance, partial permanent magnet motor. The CEO also said that the performance version will feature a carbon fiber spoiler, 20” Performance wheels, and black and white interior options. expand full story

Tesla has been taking some flak for years now in the software community for using open source software without complying with the licenses.

In a step toward compliance, Tesla is now releasing some parts of its software, which is going to be useful to Tesla hackers and security researchers. expand full story

There are not many people who had the chance to drive the Mission E, Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, but pro-driver Mark Webber is one of them and he gave his impressions after a day at the track with one of the latest prototypes. expand full story

May 18

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla making progress with the Model 3 production ramp up, Elon Musk releasing more details about the Boring Company, and more.

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Over a year after its launch, the Chevy Bolt EV is still alone as an all-electric vehicle with a range of over 200 miles for less than $40,000, but GM hasn’t taken the opportunity to sell more vehicles despite clear important demand.

In Canada, the significant demand and limited availability have created a backlog of up to a year. expand full story

There have been many shake-ups in the leadership of Tesla’s Autopilot as the autonomous driving space is getting increasingly competitive and companies are hunting for talent with experience in the field.

Sameer Qureshi is one of those engineers with experience since he has been “responsible for the entire Autopilot software stack across all of Tesla’s cars and platforms” for the past year and a half.

Now Electrek has learned that he left the automaker this month to join Lyft. expand full story

Mercedes-Benz announced today a new €500 million (~$589 million USD) investment into its Hambach plant in France in order to produce a new ‘compact electric car’ at the factory.

The plant currently manufactures smart cars for Daimler, which are going all-electric, but the new investment is for a new Mercedes-Benz compact EV. expand full story

Tesla updated its online design studios overnight to make some changes to its performance vehicles.

The automaker is bringing back the previously discontinued ventilated seats and it is making new black Arachnid wheels available from the ordering process. expand full story

During an informational session with Q&A today, Elon Musk released more details about the Boring Company’s plan for its network of tunnels under Los Angeles.

He envisions a “personalized mass transit” system that costs only $1 fare. expand full story

May 17

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is moving forward with its plan to create a network of tunnels under Los Angeles that will house a new electric transportation system called ‘Loop’.

It’s a massive infrastructure project and not everyone is on board, but the company apparently found a new partner: LA Metro. expand full story

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