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Tesla is a chain of startups, Elon Musk explains –

Today during a call with investors and journalists, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked to expand a tweet from yesterday. In it, he stated: “Tesla should really be thought of as roughly a dozen technology startups, many of which have little to no correlation with traditional automotive companies.” Tesla wows on latest numbers In short, […] → Read More

Ford outs 4th-gen self-driving platform with better sensors, cleaning tech, and improved batteries –

Ford and Argo AI today released details about its fourth-generation self-driving test vehicle. Built on the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, the vehicle has everything needed to standup a self-driving service, the Detroit automaker said. It’s equipped with an improved battery system, new sensors, and sensor cleaning technology. The previous three generations of test vehicles used […] → Read More

Watch GM unveil the $80,000 GMC Hummer EV right here –

GM just took the wraps off the Hummer EV and it looks great. The vehicle is coming to dealers in 2022, with pre-orders starting in 2021. You can watch the unveiling here. The vehicle is detailed here. With 1,000 HP, 350 mile range, and autonomous drive modes, it’s an impressive vehicle though still significantly more […] → Read More

GMC reveals the Hummer EV: 1,000 HP, 350 mile range, and 0-60 in “around 3 seconds” –

General Motors today revealed the GMC Hummer EV, its first electric pickup. The vehicle has a 350 range, 1,000 HP, and up to 11,500 pound feet of torque (through fuzzy math). Yes, it sort of looks like the Tesla Cybertruck. Several key stats stick above the rest. The electric powertrain and vehicle platform are impressive, […] → Read More

Meadow launches a powerful mobile marketing tool for cannabis dispensaries –

Meadow was once called the Amazon of weed. Now it’s trying to be the Salesforce of weed, too. Meadow, the maker of a popular point of sale system for cannabis dispensaries, is today launching new tools for its clients. Called the Meadow Platform, it includes two key tools for dispensaries: a customer relationship manager (CRM) […] → Read More

The Polaris Slingshot R is a 3-wheel pocket rocket begging for electrification –

The Polaris Slingshot has always wowed. Three wheels, open cockpit, and a design reminiscent of the Batmobile. It draws a crowd and is a blast to drive. I spent several weeks in the reworked Polaris Slingshot. The company just unveiled a new version that is finally available with an automatic transmission. Past versions were limited […] → Read More

Nanoleaf adds large and small triangles to its revamped Shape product line –

Nanoleaf launched the next generation of its light panels in July. Called Shape, this new product looks like the company’s original offering, but sports better connectors, a simpler mounting solution, and most importantly, these panels can work with different shapes. Today, Nanoleaf announced triangle panels, which join the hexagon shape that launched in July. This […] → Read More

Nabis raises $5m Series A to grow its cannabis distribution platform –

The cannabis industry is quickly growing up, and companies like Nabis play a critical role. Today, the company is announcing it raised $5 million in Series A funding, which will help it grow and expand its offering. Nabis is a business to business distributor, handling logistics, payment, and warehousing. Instead of being a distributor for […] → Read More

Elon Musks tweets the Model S will be priced at $69,420 because he’s a child –

The Tesla Model S is about to get a bit less expensive. Tesla CEO and resident meme maker, Elon Musk, just tweeted that the Model S sedan will soon be priced at $69,420. This pricing wasn’t done on a whim and a joint. The price cut is likely in response to Lucid undercutting Tesla on […] → Read More

Lucid reveals the price of its base Air sedan — $77,500 minus $7,500 US tax credit –

Electric car company Lucid finally revealed the price of its least expensive vehicle and it will start at $77,500. US buyers also qualify for a $7,500 tax credit making the vehicle eventually cost $69,900. This version of the Lucid Air comes rightfully less equipped than its more expensive counterparts. For $77,500 buyers get a 480 […] → Read More

Polestar CEO defends the Polestar 2’s recall and 233-mile EPA rating –

Polestar is a young automaker spun out of Volvo and Geely. Now, just four years old, it has two cars on the market with more launching soon. Like many startups, the company is weathering early storms coming from government regulators and early recalls. Earlier this week, the EPA released its findings on the Polestar 2’s […] → Read More

Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable –

The road to sustainable vehicles likely ends at electric cars, yet the route to this goal isn’t clear. There are multiple ways to get there, and Porsche is looking at synthetic fuels as a potential path. These so-called eFuels are produced from CO2 and hydrogen. If produced using renewable energy, they can help vehicles powered […] → Read More

General Motors finally gets serious about in-car tech, taps the Unreal Engine for next-gen interface –

The upcoming GMC Hummer EV will feature a new in-car user interface powered by the Unreal Engine. This powerful platform underpins the latest video games and is well-suited to provide vehicle occupants with a dynamic and robust experience. Epic Games made the announcement yesterday while unveiling the latest development tools for its human-machine interface program. […] → Read More

Hear how Porsche is preparing for the electric future at TC Sessions: Mobility –

Detlev von Platen is a car guy, and in this age of new mobility, that’s important. Platen has been at Porsche for over 30 years and is currently on Porsche’s executive board as the sales and marketing executive. Before his current role, he lead Porsche North America, where he oversaw incredible growth. We’re thrilled Platen […] → Read More

Trym raises $3.1M seed to grow its cannabis cultivation platform –

Commercial cannabis operations often rely on software platforms to track and forecast crops from seed to sale. Trym today is announcing a large $3.1M seed round that will help the company expand its software offering. Trym’s solution offers commercial growers a robust set of features, including integration with the regulatory platform Metrc and environmental sensors. […] → Read More

Cannabis vape companies experiencing sales boom during pandemic –

The global pandemic is driving interest towards cannabis, and device makers are recording record sales. From startups to major players, several leading manufacturers told TechCrunch that their companies are seeing record sales since the start of the crisis. Coupled with supply constraints, consumers are now seeing limited supply on some top models as makers try […] → Read More

Netflix finally comes to the Amazon Echo Show –

Amazon announced the Echo Show line in 2017, and today, it’s finally gaining access to Netflix. The video service joins Hulu and Prime Video as the only officially supported video streaming apps.6 The news came from Amazon’s yearly Echo event where the company unveiled a series of new products and services including redesigned speakers and […] → Read More

Amazon redesigns the Echo line with spherical speakers and swiveling screens –

Amazon today announced a lot of new products including the new Echo speaker line. And the products looks dramatically different. Gone are the cylinders. They’re spheres now and look like nothing else on the market. The lights are now on the bottom, while there are still rounded buttons on the top. The Alexa software got […] → Read More

Amazon removes the $500 Prime Bike, says it has nothing to do with the Peloton knock-off –

Yesterday, a fitness equipment maker called Echelon Fitness announced its latest product, the so-called Prime Bike. At $500, it’s nearly a clone of Peloton’s $1,900 product. The company said it had developed the bike “in collaboration with Amazon”. Amazon is now saying that’s not true and has removed the product from its site and issued […] → Read More

Amazon taps Echelon for the Prime Bike, a $500 Peloton knock-off –

Amazon teamed up with Echelon to build and sell the Prime Bike. The $500 exercise bike is a virtual clone of the $1900 Peloton bike minus the screen — even the color scheme and design are the same. The bike is available now from Amazon (and Walmart with slightly different branding). Echelon builds several fitness […] → Read More