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Fred Lambert

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

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Today

As part of Toyota, Lexus has been following the lead of its parent company and hasn’t pushed hard for the electrification of its lineup.

Lexus has yet to release an all-electric vehicle despite virtually all premium brands, like its top German competitors Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, going electric with new vehicles.

The head of the brand, Yoshihiro Sawa, now says that he believes that it is still too soon for EVs and therefore, they are not falling behind but having a better approach to alternative powertrains. expand full story

Nissan is finding a market for the next-gen Leaf in Europe where it has become the best-selling all-electric vehicle with now 18,000 deliveries and 37,000 orders, according to the automaker.

It makes the Leaf a production constrained vehicle – joining the ranks of other EVs that can’t be produced fast enough for consumers, like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt EV. expand full story

Yesterday

Tesla’s continued issues with the German government over electric vehicle incentives are now impacting buyers retroactively as some are being asked to pay back the €4,000 EV incentive that they received from the government.

The automaker is appealing the decision and confirmed to Electrek that it will cover the cost of the incentive until it is resolved. expand full story

Automakers and tech companies are rushing to bring autonomous driving systems to market and accumulating mileage with their test vehicles.

Tesla is taking a different approach by accumulating mileage with its customer fleet through its Autopilot driver assist program.

A new report now estimates that Tesla has accumulated over 1.2 billion miles on Autopilot and more than twice that when accounting for mileage in ‘shadow mode’. expand full story

The growing space of VTOL personal electric aircraft has got yet another entry from a new startup. This latest working prototype of a new ultralight all-electric personal VTOL aircraft has about 25 miles of range. expand full story

The Mercedes-Benz EQC all-electric SUV is going to be the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up.

It’s going to launch its new all-electric EQ sub-brand next year and in the meantime, it’s undergoing a thorough test program as we get a look at an EQC electric prototype making its tires squeal on the Nürburgring race track. expand full story

Tesla’s vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with taxi and shuttle services, which are pushing their vehicles a lot over short periods of time – giving us a good glimpse at how the cars hold up with high mileage.

Tesloop, a Tesla-only shuttle service based in Southern California, recently had a Model S reach 400,000 miles on the odometer and gave an account of how it is holding up. expand full story

Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor and Performance versions got their official EPA ratings last night, which is generally the last step enabling the automaker to start deliveries of the vehicles to customers. expand full story

July 16

Tesla is starting to deliver the Model 3 Performance vehicles to its store in order to build a test fleet ahead of customer deliveries.

We’ve now got our first good look at the new version of the Model 3. expand full story

Munro & Associates, an engineering research and consulting firm, bought a few Tesla Model 3 vehicles to tear them down and produce an analysis of the new electric vehicle.

The firm has been releasing partial reports on the Model 3 for months now.

At first, they were highly critical, but they are now “eating crow” and admitting that the vehicle should be “highly profitable.” expand full story

Last week, we reported on Ontario shutting down its electric vehicle rebate just as Tesla Model 3 deliveries are ramping up in the province.

Now we’ve learned that the situation is even worse than first thought for Tesla buyers as the Ontario government is treating the company in a different manner than car dealerships. expand full story

Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it reached a deal with the South Australian government to install solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world.

The deal was jeopardized after a new government was elected in the state a few weeks later, but they have since come around and confirmed that they will be moving forward with Tesla’s initiative as long as it gets financing.

Now, Tesla has deployed first 100 Powerwalls for the virtual power plant in Australia and it’s already having an impact. expand full story

The Goodwood hill climb this weekend was dominated by all-electric vehicles. Nio’s EP9 all-electric hypercar and VW’s Pikes Peak I.D. R all-electric race car took over Goodwood with new records. expand full story

Just a few months after establishing the 606-mile (975 km) Tesla Model 3 hypermiling record, another team has beat it with a 622-mile (1,001 km) run with a twist: the Model 3 was also “unmanned” and on Autopilot. expand full story

The latest round of Tesla’s referral program for owners was supposed to end last night, but the automaker has extended it for two more weeks – maintaining the opportunity for new buyers to get free unlimited Supercharging for Model S and Model X vehicles a little longer. expand full story

July 15

We have yet to see any result from third-party crash tests on the Tesla Model 3, but we are still learning about the safety performance of the car through real-world accidents.

Now an owner reports back on what could be the first reported Model 3 rollover accident. expand full story

In the race of making electric vehicles more efficient, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is still the reigning king with its exceptionally small and efficient battery pack.

The Tesla Model 3 is its closest competitor and it could eventually beat it with upcoming new versions of the car, but not with the new Performance Model 3 which is unsurprisingly much less efficient. expand full story

July 14

Just a few weeks after updating the delivery timelines of all Model 3 versions available to order, Tesla is updating them again to accelerate deliveries for new orders.

Some Model 3 buyers could even get their car in a month. expand full story

July 13

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla opening up the Model 3 design studio to anyone in the latest move to stop ‘anti-selling’ the vehicle, Model 3 Performance version is about to become available, and more.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been releasing side products mostly unrelated to the company’s main purpose, like hats and flamethrowers.

The latest product has more to do with boring tunnels since they plan on selling and/or giving away bricks made from dirt dug in the company tunnels.

The Boring Company is now showing a glimpse at how the bricks are being produced. expand full story

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