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    Ford: straight to fully autonomous driving by 2021

    Our system is SO GREAT that our engineers are falling asleep waiting for it to make a mistake! We've got this thing so figured out we're gonna skip right ahead to level 5. We're leading the game! Oh, by the way - we won't have anything to release for AT LEAST 4 years, but we promise it's...
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    1 million Teslas by 2020 - what does it take?

    That's hard to say (it depends on the size of the site and stage of completion). An easier idea is to look at the needs of an individual tradesman, for instance a carpenter, who may be running 3/4kW loads through an inverter to power 120/240v tools over the course of several hours (most...
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    Model M for Mole?

    Love Elon's ideas and can see why he would want to develop this kind of tech before lifting off to Mars. Tunnel Boring is one tough gig, you really can't fault the guy on his stomach for a challenge!
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    Improving Supercharger Availability $0.40 idle fee

    I think the idea is good in principle. Hopefully Tesla tweak it to 10min/20c per minute ($12ph/$288pd) which offers more flexibility for variance in SC charge rates & proximity to amenities while still offering the same improvements to SC congestion.
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    The Chinese billionaire behind Faraday Future just got a grim reality check

    Lucid & FF are two separate companies sharing a similar investor. The investor in question seems to be more heavily involved in FF (far weaker of the two efforts IMO). For reference he is one of four main (and the only Chinese) investors in Lucid / the motor artist formerly known as Atieva ;)...
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    Lucid (Atieva) reveal is December 14th. I'll be there, let you know afterwards.

    I think you'll find they've engage "Snooze Mode", the spiritual antipodal point to "Ludicrous Mode". Torque response muted, all seats at 100% recline and ocean sounds through the 149-speaker system while the co-pilot drives the car ;)
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    Lucid (Atieva) reveal is December 14th. I'll be there, let you know afterwards.

    I think they nailed the styling almost 100% on the first attempt. To me there is plenty of modern Audi/Volkswagen DNA in the lines without the extreme wide stancing ze Germans are trending towards. Interior is beautifully executed too - although the touch screen looks a little outdated already -...
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    Feed me, Elon

    As someone whose diet consists of vitamin-rich daily Tesla news I can sympathise with all of the above feels. Truth is we aren't getting any news because we made too many pre-orders and everyone at Tesla went :eek: we better stop mentioning how cool this thing is until we can fill some of these...
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    Year 2018: Buy a base Model S or a (somewhat) loaded Model 3?

    Dogs being able to fit in the trunk would be a big thing for me. Like the Bible says, "Thou shalt separate thine Canine's muddy paws from the fine Textiles I have given ye"
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    How low will wH/mile fall?

    The Nissan Leaf is using a different (less efficient) electric motor tech (DC Brushless vs AC Induction), has different aero properties, different regen capabilities, single motor, tyres, etc. The higher efficiency of the S reflects a lot of attention to detail accumulating into a whole. The M3...
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    How low will wH/mile fall?

    Interesting that you've identified a narrower delta in EV energy consumption figures than in ICE. Intuitively this would seem to relate to the efficiency (or lack thereof) of ICE vs BEV in converting energy into movement. This lack of efficiency will become noticeable as demand for power soars...
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    "Charge" Release 100 Mile Electric Truck Concept

    At city speeds (20-40MPH) the losses from aero aren't of great significance: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f44778bba2401b11dca3fedaab3597f46af93c35c7fc0d6260b4b57178425a74.jpg?w=600&h=462 Considering a 100 mile range this may be more intended to take on the low hanging fruit of the...
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    "Charge" Release 100 Mile Electric Truck Concept

    UK-Based Firm “Charge” Unveils Truck With All-Electric Range Of 100 Miles, Claims 1 Person Can Build One In Just 4 Hours Another player in the electric Truck game - and one of the more well credentialed entrants too (prior experience developing trucks, current logistics partner to Formula-E)...
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    Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) will be sole battery supplier to Formula E

    Good for these guys. The tech around Edna looks great and the engineering talent they have assembled is very impressive. Trying to one up Tesla will be an industry norm from here on out (it more or less already is). Perhaps these guys will finally offer a nice EV for the track guys who are...
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    All Tesla Vehicles now being produced have full self driving hardware

    We need more X's down here (I've never seen one!) Go for it :)

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