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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 more Tesla price changes, a Supercharger update, Tesla’s stock (TSLA) in focus, and more.

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Tesla is updating some of its Supercharger stations today to limit the top State of Charge (SOC) to 80% at busy stations in order to reduce wait times. expand full story

Tesla’s electric vehicle lead is worrisome to some competitors and laughable to others, but BMW shareholders are now putting some pressure on the automaker. expand full story

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has released a video of a race between two Tesla Model 3 vehicles: one inside the company’s tunnel under Los Angeles and the other traveling the same distance but on the surface streets. expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently launched a new ‘hardcore’ cost-cutting effort to bring the automaker back to profitability and we are starting to learn more about what the plan actually consists of – hint: no more toilet paper. expand full story

May 23

Despite a tough first quarter this year, Tesla is dominating other premium automakers in California and helping to push the electric vehicle market share past 5% of the market for the first time. expand full story

Škoda, a Czech automaker owned by Volkswagen, has unveiled today the Citigo iV, an all-electric city car that is expected to cost less than $20,000. expand full story

We’re getting our first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai as the building is progressing rapidly ahead of production. expand full story

According to an email sent by CEO Elon Musk to employees last night, Tesla is on pace for a new record quarter for deliveries – beating the last record achieved at the end of last year. expand full story

Elon Musk’s Boring Company received approval from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors to move forward with a ‘Loop’ system for passengers at the cost of almost $50 million. expand full story

May 22

In an attempt to be the first to deploy a truly fully autonomous driving system later this year, Tesla is collecting corner cases that its vehicles encounter on the road with its Autopilot system.

We now get an interesting example with a visualization of how Autopilot interprets and reacts to a goose crossing the road. expand full story

Tesla’s latest Autopilot feature, Navigate on Autopilot, has been trashed in a review by Consumer Reports who said the system is “less competent than a human driver”, makes “poor decisions”, and creates “potential safety risks.” expand full story

The Audi e-tron electric SUV, the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up, received a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

You can read their full report and watch the crash test video here. expand full story

Right after helping Tesla (TSLA) raise over $2 billion, Wall Street is turning on the automaker with a series of negative analyst notes predicting a lot of downside for Tesla investors. expand full story

Tesla is again changing the pricing of its Full Self-Driving package, which is now the same price whether you order it now or later during your ownership of the vehicle.

The automaker hopes that the structure is simpler, but it still warns that the price may increase. expand full story

May 21

After moving away from its free Supercharging model due to sustainability concerns, Tesla is now again bringing back free Unlimited Supercharging as a way to sell some inventory cars after the upgraded drivetrain. expand full story

Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature, which enables autonomous lane change on the highway, has suggested a lane change into oncoming traffic for a Model 3 driver. expand full story

Apple reportedly offered to buy Tesla at around $240 per share back in 2013.

The bid from six years ago is now being reported as Tesla’s share price has dipped under the price Apple was allegedly willing to pay. expand full story

Tesla significantly reduced the base price today of its newly upgraded Model S and Model X vehicles that launched just a month ago. expand full story

Tesla is finally starting to expand the rollout of its new more powerful Supercharger V3 stations a few months after unveiling the latest generation of its fast-charging stations. expand full story

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