About the Author

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

If you find his articles helpful and want to buy a Model S or Model X, please consider using his referral code: http://ts.la/frederic5610 and contact him with any question.

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Today

On the new electric vehicle front, BMW had nothing to offer since launching the i3 and i8 almost 5 years ago and they are not expected to have a new EV from built from the ground up to be electric until the end of the decade.

But they could be releasing updated versions of their current EVs in order to compete with new longer range electric cars coming to markets. expand full story

We are just a week away from the Tesla Model 3 delivery event and the sightings of Model 3 units have been increasing with the hype.

Now it allows us to get a rare look at the Model 3’s backseat. expand full story

Yesterday

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has long been warning of the impact of Tesla’s fast pace of innovation in the auto industry. He even warned that Tesla’s Autopilot machine learning could potentially render all other cars obsolete.

Now Jonas suggests that the auto industry’s inability to match Tesla’s over-the-air software update capability could make them “highly vulnerable to obsolescence”. expand full story

9to5toys 

Tesla launched in South Korea earlier this year despite being at a disadvantage against other electric vehicles. Tesla buyers don’t have access to the very generous electric vehicle incentive of up to 26 million won (~$23,000) offered by the government.

Now they have announced that they are removing the restriction that made Tesla’s vehicles ineligible. expand full story

Regenerative braking is one of the most interesting and differentiating features of electric vehicles. While virtually all electric cars on the market have it, the feature is tuned differently for each vehicle.

Now Nissan promises one of the most advanced regenerative braking systems for the next-generation Leaf. expand full story

Since unveiling an actual prototype of its upcoming all-electric vehicle last month, Fisker has been gradually revealing more details about the vehicle through social media.

We now learn that they are using li-ion battery cells from LG Chem, dual cameras in the mirrors, and more. expand full story

9to5mac 

Automakers are hedging their bets when it comes to self-driving. They all have development programs in-house, but most of them have also invested in startups.

Now GM, BMW and Toyota are all investing in the same “self-driving startup”, Nauto. expand full story

After Tesla’s former Autopilot Program Director, Sterling Anderson, launched his own self-driving startup earlier this year, we now learn of a second startup in the field of autonomous driving launched by former Tesla Autopilot engineers.

Andrew Kouri and Erik Reed, two former engineers on Tesla’s Autopilot Team, as well as George Tall, a computer vision engineer from iRobot, have taken their startup, lvl5, out of stealth mode today. expand full story

July 18

Founder & COO Peter Rive, Chairman Elon Musk , SolarCity Founder & CEO Lyndon Rive speak at the company’s IPO at the NASDAQ stock exchange on December 13, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. SolarCity is a leader of distributed clean energy and will trade under SCTY. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for SolarCity)
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After his brother and former CEO of SolarCity, Lyndon Rive, left Tesla last month, now Peter Rive, the former CTO and co-founder at SolarCity, is also leaving the company. expand full story

9to5google 

The Tesla Model X is the first all-electric vehicle with a significant towing capacity. We have seen it tow boats, trailers, and even other cars, but a Model X owner in the Netherlands is pushing it a step further by launching a glider with it. expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is getting the very first Model 3 production unit, VIN001, which was produced earlier this month.

The company is about to start delivering the first batches of Model 3 production units and they have now updated their VIN decoder for future owners. expand full story

For over a year now, Tesla has been expanding its Fremont factory in preparation for the start of Model 3 production.

The plant, which is already one of the biggest in the world, has changed quite a bit, but there was no new significant large structure like this new one coming up right now. expand full story

GM has confirmed that its Orion plant, where they build the Chevy Bolt EV, will see an extended shutdown as part of the automaker’s broader effort to reduce inventories.

It is sending mixed messages about the all-electric vehicle program. expand full story

9to5toys 

Lucid Motors keeps impressing us with its all-electric sedan under development, the Lucid Air, which recently reached a 235 mph (378 km/h) top speed on the track.

But the company’s efforts to bring the vehicle to market seem to be moving slowly. After announcing its EV factory to be built in Arizona back in November 2016, nothing has moved as the company is reportedly trying to raise the $700 million needed to build the plant.

Now they reportedly shifted their strategy to look into the potential sale of the company and they are said to have been holding talks with none other than Ford.  expand full story

July 17

Earlier this year, Tesla’s board of directors was criticized after the announcement of Tesla’s intended acquisition of SolarCity due to most of the members having ties to CEO Elon Musk, who was also SolarCity’s biggest investors at the time. Some called for new independent board members to join Tesla’s board.

Soon after, Tesla announced that they were looking for new independent board members – though they claim that their search preceded the criticisms.

Today, the company announced the appointments of two new board members. expand full story

Yesterday, we reported on an accident in Minnesota that resulted in a Tesla Model S rolling over off road and ending up upside down in a marsh.

After the accident, the driver, David Clark, blamed Tesla’s Autopilot, according to the local sheriff’s department.

Clark now recants his view of the accident after cooling down and having talked to his passengers. expand full story

9to5mac 

Despite its financial troubles, which recently led them to abandon their EV factory project in Nevada, Faraday Future has remained surprisingly good at attracting high-profile talent, like hiring former BMW/Deutsche Bank CFO Stefan Krause.

Today, the electric car start-up announced that they managed to poach BMW’s head of EVs, Ulrich Kranz, as their new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). expand full story

Some oil companies are well aware of the world’s car fleet fast transition to electric vehicles and they are looking to adapt. As electric cars increase in popularity, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream.

Shell aims to not be left out in this transition by installing electric vehicle chargers at their gas stations. expand full story

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk already announced that the automaker will be holding a special delivery event on July 28 to unveil the production version of the car and hand over the first 30 units to their owners.

Now Tesla started sending out the first invites today to the Model S and Model X owners who won access to the event as a prize through their referral program. expand full story

9to5google 

As we previously reported, Tesla’s vehicles get rarely stolen thanks to its always-on advanced GPS tracking feature, but there are always a few non-techie thieves who make the mistakes and it results in some satisfying justice, like when a Model S was briefly stolen in Vancouver and the owner gave live-instructions to the police while they were catching up with the thief.

But there are also some professional car thieves who know exactly what they are doing.

They have apparently been targeting Tesla vehicles over the past few months in Europe and managed to get away with quite a few of them. Now Tesla is reportedly pushing a new software update to try to prevent future thefts. expand full story

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