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Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred is the Editor-in-Chief and the 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 or on Twitter @fredericLambert

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Today

Tesla (TSLA) is trying to convince Cybertruck reservation holders to lease new Tesla vehicles now amid an important end-of-year delivery push.

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Herbert Diess, the head of the Volkswagen group, has released a blog post discussing his effort to reform the giant automaker, including revealing “Mission T,” his plan to “catch up with Tesla.”

It comes as the executive forced a vote of confidence over his leadership at Volkswagen.

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Lucid Motors announced that it completed the first phase of construction at its EV factory in Arizona.

Eventually, they plan to produce up to 400,000 electric cars per year at the facility after future expansions.

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Yesterday

Tesla has started to release a new software update with a bunch of small improvements to its navigation system and text messaging user interface, as well as a few new features.

It’s not the big holiday update yet, but there are still a few interesting improvements.

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Tesla Gigafactory Texas in Austin is starting to take shape with construction ramping up on both sides of the first section of the construction site.

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Maserati says that it plans to “electrify” its entire lineup within the next five years, but it is using the safe “electrify” word, and we should expect many hybrids.

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Audi is returning to rally racing and doing it with an electric vehicle.

The German automaker teased the new electric off-road prototype, which will first compete in the Dakar Rally in 2022.

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GM has dropped its plan to build the Nikola (NKLA) Badger electric/fuel cell pickup truck and take a stake in the controversial company.

However, GM will still supply Nikola with fuel cell hydrogen technology for its semi trucks.

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Tesla (TSLA) has secured tax exemptions for “new energy vehicles” in China for its upcoming new Model Y made at Gigafactory Shanghai.

It’s one of the last steps before the electric SUV can be delivered to customers in the country.

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November 29

According to the latest timeline, Tesla could be just two weeks away from its wider release of its Full Self-Driving Beta.

The prospect of the software update going to more people is both scary and exciting at the same time.

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November 28

Tesla’s Sentry Mode is about to bring things to a whole new level by enabling Tesla owners to remotely see what their cars can see through Autopilot cameras.

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November 27

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including new rumors of a Tesla Model S and Model X refresh, TSLA stock is going to the moon, a possible new electric pickup, and more.

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A used Tesla buyer managed to get himself a fully working 2014 Model S electric sedan for just $15,000, or about $15,000 less than the going price.

That was all thanks to a company that was able to find a single bad battery cell in the pack.

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QuantumScape (QS), a battery startup backed by Volkswagen and Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, went public with a bang today.

The stock is already up more than 50%.

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Tesla is now facing NHTSA scrutiny with a new preliminary evaluation over potential suspension failures in Model S and Model X vehicles produced between 2015 and 2017.

The new investigation comes after Tesla started a recall over the issue for vehicles in China, but the automaker argues that there’s no defect and China is forcing an unnecessary recall.

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The electric car market is about to be accessible to a lot more people as we’ve now learned that Tesla and Volkswagen, the two market leaders for electric vehicles, have now both greenlit electric car programs that are going to start at ~$25,000 to $30,000.

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November 26

Tesla is currently improving on its Full Self-Driving Beta software with new updates and we are catching glimpses of what it can do in the early access program.

Now we see a quick new video of the Tesla FSD Beta yielding for a pedestrian in an intersection that would give some humans pause.

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Silent Yachts, which has been described as the “Tesla of the seas”, is ramping up production of its electric catamarans.

The company now has 10 boats under construction and they are increasing production capacity to be able to produce dozens of electric boats a year.

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The 2021 Audi e-tron electric SUV is coming and the German automaker has made a few interesting updates, including a new optional 22 kW onboard charger and a new steering wheel.

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November 25

Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla plans to launch ‘special colors’ for the new Roadster electric supercar.

What color options do you want to see?

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