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Tesla Cybertruck driven by Elon Musk and Jay Leno spotted driving around Los Angeles

The Tesla Cybertruck prototype was spotted around Los Angeles it was being driven around by none other than Elon Musk and Jay Leno. Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November of last year and the vehicle has been spotted a few times on public roads since. Most famously, Elon Musk was spotted driving the electric pickup … → Read More

Tesla leaks several new hardware updates in code: battery packs, suspension, and more

Tesla is preparing to launch several new hardware updates including, new Model S and Model X battery packs, a new suspension update, and more, based on new code found by a Tesla hacker. Some hackers have root access to Tesla’s software in their vehicles, and they have often revealed features ahead of time. A Tesla … → Read More

Podcast: Tesla Cybertruck manufacturing, Maxwell acquisition, unintended acceleration, and more

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Cybertruck manufacturing potential, Elon Musk comments on Tesla’s Maxwell acquisition, Tesla being under scrutiny due to claims of unintended acceleration, and more. The Electrek Podcast is me, Fred Lambert, editor-in-chief of Electrek, and Seth Weintraub, … → Read More

VW deploys first electric car charging stations with giant integrated batteries

VW has started deploying its new electric car charging stations with giant integrated batteries to help manage the power demand of the stations and keep them online in case of a power outage. We first reported on the project when it was just a concept over a year ago: VW announces new mobile charging station … → Read More

Mercedes-Benz admits Tesla's acquisition of automation firm affected its battery production

The head of Mercedes-Benz’s work council admitted that Tesla’s acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, an automation firm, affected their own battery pack manufacturing plans. In 2017, Tesla acquired a medium-size German engineering firm named Grohmann Engineering that was working with many automakers to deploy automated manufacturing equipment. A few months after the acquisition, Tesla started… → Read More

Tesla releases first software update of 2020

Tesla has this week started pushing its first software update of the new year: 2020.4. So far, it seems to only be pushed to Tesla owners in China, with some new features for them to mostly catch up to things already released in other markets. 2019 was a big year for Tesla’s over-the-air software updates, … → Read More

Toyota's 'self-charging hybrid' ad is banned in Norway, deemed a lie

Toyota has a history of creating misleading electric-vehicle advertising, especially with its “self-charging hybrid” ad campaign. Norway has now banned the campaign, deeming it a lie. The Japanese automaker has long been a proponent of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. In the process, it has shunned all-electric vehicles and focused on “electrified” by 2025. Toyota … → Read More

Tesla gets some official loopholes around stupid laws to sale direct in Michigan

Tesla has reached a settlement with the state of Michigan to allow its direct sale and service of vehicles through some official loopholes around the stupid laws that were preventing them. A change to the law in 2014 prohibited direct sales from automakers, which is blocking Tesla from obtaining a dealership license and selling cars … → Read More

Tesla Gigafactory 4 site search resulted in finding 25 unexploded WWII bombs

Tesla has to make a lot of things happen in order to start the construction of Gigafactory 4 in Germany, and one of them is apparently getting rid of 25 unexploded World War II bombs. Last year, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is going to build Gigafactory 4 in the “Berlin area.” The project … → Read More

Tesla is about to launch a new branded wireless phone charger

Tesla is about to launch a new branded wireless phone charger for its vehicles after introducing its own for the Model 3 last year and disrupting the significant third-party aftermarket for Tesla accessories. Model 3 comes with a wired docking system to charge smartphones in the center console, but many owners have opted for different … → Read More

Tesla reduces price of solar products, adds new referral incentive

Tesla has reduced the price of some of its solar products — likely to compensate for the reduced tax incentive for solar installations in the US — and it added a bigger referral incentive for referrers and new buyers. Over the last year, Tesla has been trying to revamp its solar business. More recently, Tesla launched … → Read More

Tesla Model Y prototypes spotted cold-weather testing in Minnesota snow

Two Tesla Model Y prototypes have been spotted in the snow in Minnesota, presumably doing some cold-weather testing ahead of the start of production. In March of last year, Tesla unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover based on the Model 3, with up to 300 miles of range. Over the second half of 2019, … → Read More

Tesla (TSLA) market cap surges past $100 billion — triggering Musk's compensation plan

Tesla’s (TSLA) stock price surged more than 5% this morning, boosting its market capitalization to over $100 billion — and triggering Elon Musk’s CEO compensation plan. It also made the electric automaker more valuable than Volkswagen. Tesla shareholders have been enjoying a seemingly unstoppable rally for the past month that saw Tesla’s stock pushed to … → Read More

Trump says Tesla is going to 'build a very big plant in the US.' What is he talking about?

Today, Donald Trump commented on Elon Musk and Tesla’s recent success on the stock market, and the US president ended his comments by saying that Tesla is going to “build a very big plant in the US.” What is he talking about? In a CNBC interview released earlier today, Trump was asked what he thinks … → Read More

Tesla Cybertruck: new look at user interface could give glimpse at UI update

A new look at the Tesla Cybertruck’s user interface in the prototype could give us a glimpse at what Tesla might do with upcoming UI updates. When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in November of last year, it created a lot of talks, mostly about how it looked, the design, but many people focused on the insane … → Read More

GM Cruise unveils self-driving electric car for ride-sharing

Cruise, GM’s self-driving startup, has unveiled the Cruise Origin, a new autonomous electric vehicle that will power an all-electric completely autonomous ride-sharing service. The vehicle is a result of a partnership between GM’s startup and Honda. For a few years now, GM has connected self-driving and electrification together. At first, it started with Cruise using … → Read More

Tesla settles with Michigan over direct sales, could open door to enter the state

Tesla has been in a legal battle with the state of Michigan over direct sales and service for four years now, but it has reportedly come to a settlement with the state that could finally open the door for Tesla to enter Michigan. A change to the law in 2014 prohibited direct sales from automakers, … → Read More

Elon Musk: Tesla acquisition of Maxwell is going to have a very big impact on batteries

Elon Musk has commented on Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell, an ultra-capacitor manufacturer and battery technology company, and shed some lights on the automaker’s plan for the company. When Tesla announced the acquisition of the San Diego-based ultracapacitor and battery company Maxwell for over $200 million, it was unclear if it was for the company’s main business, … → Read More

Tesla (TSLA) gets new $800 price target based on its ability to execute

Several Tesla analysts on Wall Street are revising their models and price targets on Tesla (TSLA) following the massive stock rally. One of the analysts, who accurately predicted the recent price increase, set a new high price target of $800 on Tesla (TSLA). Pierre Ferragu from New Street initiated coverage of Tesla over a year … → Read More

Mercedes-Benz gives preview of its EQS electric sedan with pre-production prototype [Gallery]

Mercedes-Benz gave a preview of its upcoming EQS electric sedan with the concept vehicle and a pre-production prototype this week in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to the event, but Mercedes-Benz was nice enough to send us a lot of pictures of the new vehicle. You will find a gallery below. Mercedes-Benz launched … → Read More