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Fred Lambert


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

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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Model 3 issues in cold weather, Model 3 getting a CCS plug in Europe, an electric Mustang, and more. expand full story

Riding on the success of its first giant battery project in South Australia, Tesla is getting a lot of demand for more energy storage projects in the country. The company has now deployed another big 50 MWh Powerpack project in Australia. expand full story

Rivian’s electric vehicles have been almost 10 years in the making, and yet, they have very little hype about them. That might change soon as they start teasing their electric pickup truck ahead of this month’s unveiling. expand full story

It’s international expansion week for the Tesla Model 3. After launching the Model 3 display fleet in Europe and Asia, Tesla is now opening orders in China and seemingly unveiling a new wheel for the market at the same time. expand full story

Tesla’s global fleet is growing at a record pace and we now learn that it reached a total of 10 billion electric miles with half a million cars this week. expand full story


Tesla has been aiming to ramp up Model 3 production during the fourth quarter, but it has been careful not to give clear numbers.

Now, Electrek learns that Tesla is pushing to achieve a Model 3 production capacity of 7,000 units by November 28th. expand full story

Tesla Energy announced today that they are reducing the prices of their solar power systems by $3,000 to $5,000 for the average homeowner.

They cite improvements in “vertical integration” as the reason for the price cut. expand full story

Getting rid of dirt is one of the largest costs of digging tunnels and Elon Musk’s Boring Company is exploring some creative ways to do that.

They are launching “DIY watchtowers” with bricks made of dirt from their tunnels. expand full story

Tesla extended the deadline to order Model 3 and get a delivery by the end of the year in order to get the full federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

CEO Elon Musk says that they achieved that by “acquiring trucking capacity”. expand full story

No one in the electric vehicle space has managed to make battery swapping work yet, but Nio is trying big time with 18 new battery swap stations covering a 2,000+ km expressway in China. expand full story

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, has several electric programs across its brands, including several for its commercial vehicles, like buses. One of these programs is the Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro electric bus and the German automaker announced the first delivery today. expand full story

Satellite images show that Tesla could fit a building the size of the planned Gigafacoty 1 at its new site in China. Though the automaker probably won’t – at least for now. expand full story

November 14

Tesla Model 3 is going to see its first serious winter in the next few months and some owners are already reporting a few important issues in cold weather.  expand full story

Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization with the goal to “help people affected by poverty or in emergency situations”, says that its Santa Barbara-based pharmaceutical warehouse “can never afford to lose power.” It’s why they contracted Tesla to deploy a microgrid at the location to keep it running in case of a disaster. expand full story

Today, Volkswagen is announcing that it is converting two more factories to electric vehicle production and it is partnering with SK Innovation for battery cells. expand full story

Fossil fuel companies are seeing the writing on the wall and investing their profits from burning oil into renewable energy. British oil giant BP’s wind energy is a good example of that and it is now combining a wind farm with its first Tesla Powerpack project. expand full story

While you still can’t buy an electric Mustang from Ford, a company decided to combine resto-mod with all-electric conversion to sell some stunning all-electric 1960’s Mustangs. expand full story

After years of speculation, Tesla finally confirmed today that Model 3 is getting a CCS Combo 2 plug in Europe and an adapter is coming for Model S and Model X. expand full story

November 13

Today, Tesla launched a new ‘Enhanced Anti-theft’ package that includes a motion sensor that can trigger an alarm as an aftermarket product for Model S and Model X. expand full story

The German government doesn’t like to see its local automakers rely on battery cells from Asia to build electric vehicles, which is why it announced today a 1 billion euro investment to support local battery cell production. expand full story

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