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Fred Lambert


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While Tesla doesn’t make any commercials itself, it has often been the target of other automakers’ commercials.

Now we get another example of it as GM takes a swipe at Tesla in its latest Cadillac commercial. expand full story

March 16

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a new big Tesla Autopilot software update, a Tesla Semi prototype goes on a road trip, electric vehicles get cleaner thanks to a greener grid, and more.

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Nissan has long been rumored to be working on a bigger version of the Leaf to produce an all-electric SUV or crossover.

Seven years after releasing the Leaf, Nissan has yet to bring the vehicle to market, but an executive now says that it will come to production based on the IMx concept. expand full story

Some politicians and electric utilities are now pushing the idea to remove the cap of 200,000 electric vehicles sold per manufacturer in order to get access to the federal tax credit just as Tesla and GM are about to hit the threshold. expand full story

The mining industry has some of the biggest and toughest vehicles in the world and they are going all electric.

Now a massive, new all-electric 40-tonne truck has been unveiled to bring zero-emission vehicles to underground mining. expand full story

As we reported yesterday, Tesla started pushing a new Autopilot update to the fleet this week and it apparently features some significant improvements to Tesla’s semi-autonomous driver assist system.

Now some owners are releasing videos of their first drivers with the new software and most of them are quite impressed. expand full story

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype is currently traveling in the Midwest as part of the automaker’s test program ahead of the vehicle’s production next year.

Now the truck has been spotted on the side of the road in Missouri apparently broken down to the enjoyment of detractors of Tesla’s electric truck effort, but the company says that it actually wasn’t even “broken down”.  expand full story

March 15

Ford doesn’t have much to show for when it comes to all-electric vehicles aside for the Focus Electric, a compliance car converted from the gas-powered version, and a lot of press releases, but the automaker now teases a series of new electric vehicles and its strategy to convince customers to go electric. expand full story

In the Netherlands today, a Tesla Model S crashed into a cyclist, scooter and another car, leaving someone injured and in an unknown condition.

The police cited a “technical issue” that led to the accident, which the local media quickly linked to Autopilot, but Tesla says that the system is not to blame. expand full story

A few months before bringing the all-electric vehicle to market, Audi has finally broken the silence about the price of the e-tron quattro.

The SUV will start at 80,000 euros (~$99,000 USD) in Germany – with international availability and pricing coming later. expand full story

Don’t panic if you are a Model 3 reservation holder in Europe and haven’t received an invite to order your electric cars, Tesla is still months away from officially bringing the car to Europe. However, the first Model 3 vehicles are nonetheless now going for sale in Europe on the gray market. expand full story

GM announced today that it is investing $100 million into upgrading two factories to start making the production version of its self-driving Chevy Bolt EV for its upcoming driverless ride-sharing service to be launched next year. expand full story

Tesla has started pushing a new software update to its fleet this week and owners testing it are reporting significant improvements to the Autopilot system – something that the automaker has been promising for a while now. expand full story

We have heard of several small Tesla Powerpack projects in the UK over the last year, but a company has now deployed a much larger project that became the biggest behind-the-meter battery in the country when it came online last month. expand full story

As we reported earlier this week, a Tesla Semi prototype made quite a trip after its first cargo test run last week.

The electric truck ended up at an early Tesla Semi customer in St-Louis and it resulted in one of our best looks at the truck so far. expand full story

March 14

If you got a new Tesla Model S or Model X recently, you might be experiencing a much better and smoother center display UI and now we know why.

Today, Tesla confirmed that it updated the onboard media computer in the Model S and Model X. expand full story

Tesla’s stock took a tumble today after a report from CNBC claimed that the automaker was suffering from an increasing number of ‘flawed Model 3 parts’ and relied on “remanufacturing” to fix the issues. Tesla later issued a full response – embedded below. expand full story

After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado. expand full story

After unveiling the Kona Electric earlier this month, Hyundai now elaborates on its latest all-electric vehicle’s performance in cold weather. expand full story

It’s interesting to see all the different approaches that automakers are taking to secure battery supply for their electric car efforts.

In the latest example, Mercedes-Benz announced today that it is investing 100 million euros (~$120 million USD) in a battery factory in Thailand. expand full story

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