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Electric Porsche Might Be Offered In 2015

Electric Porsche Might Be Offered In 2015 | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

The Porsche hybrid 918 Spyder went into production last year thanks to the “outstanding customer response” for the $845,000 vehicle. Given Porsche’s interest in green speed, it comes as no surprise that in a recent interview with German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller revealed his desire to launch an all-electric sports car. But can Porsche create a fast EV with a practical range?

We know that an all-electric Porsche will not be offered with an optional gas-burning range extender. Müller has stated that he believes a small engine needlessly adds weight. Instead, the proposed electric Porsche will rely on a battery pack big enough to provide a driving range of anywhere between 190 and 250 miles.

But Porsche wasn’t able to accomplish a range of that size three years ago. In 2011, the company built three experimental, all-electric Porsche Boxster E models, and entered them into a large-scale trial to study the feasibility of EV development. All three Boxster Es were slower than the average Porsche (which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re slow) and had a driving  range of “just” 107 miles. So Porsche, has some work to do if they want to deliver that 200-ish mile range.

Porsche may be able to learn a thing or two from sister companies Audi and Volkswagen, however. The first Audi e-tron concept debuted in 2009 was “a monster” with four electric motors which, together, produced an impressive 313 HP coupled with a jaw-dropping 3300 lb-ft of torque. And engineers and researchers were able to improve the battery pack, even going as far as to change the chemical makeup. The result is an Audi EV with close to 400 km, or 250 miles of driving range between charges.

Similarly, Volkswagen recently announced plans to work on a powerful new battery for its EV fleet. Speaking at the Geneva motor show, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser said that “an 80kWh unit is under development using our own technology. It would provide between three and four times the battery power in a given package.” This means that a battery of equivalent physical size to that used in the new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf could hold the amount of energy in a top-end Tesla Model S.

Of course, Müller did not provide a timeframe for when Porsche will decide if going all-electric is a wise business decision, but the company has to come up with something big to follow up the 919 Hybrid race car it showed at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. Expect a “concept” version of an all-electric Porsche to bow at next year’s Frankfurt and Geneva shows, then.

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Tesla pourrait choisir le Royaume-Uni pour implanter une Gigafactory européenne

Tesla pourrait choisir le Royaume-Uni pour implanter une Gigafactory européenne | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

Le constructeur électrique compte s’établir en Europe. Elon Musk aurait même choisit le pays d’implantation : le Royaume-Uni. Une manière pour le patron de Tesla de toucher un vivier d’ingénieurs automobile qualifiés.

Les plans de Tesla sont clairs. Le constructeur américain de véhicules électriques veut s’implanter en Europe. Selon le patron de Tesla, cité par le Telegraph, "Tesla va faire des investissements significatifs en Europe." Le plan actuel du constructeur est de construire "au moins une" gigafactory, à l’image de son usine américaine du Nevada, mais "peut-être deux ou trois". L’Europe étant un marché important pour Tesla, Elon Musk pense que "la bonne chose à faire" est de commencer à construire sur place au plus vite.

"Nous voulons changer le monde"

Pour son premier site, le milliardaire semble s’être arrêté sur le Royaume-Uni : "Nous sommes susceptibles d’établir un groupe d’ingénierie Tesla au Royaume-Uni à l’avenir." Un choix justifié par la qualité des ingénieurs automobile britanniques. "Nous avons beaucoup de respect pour eux, explique le patron de Tesla. Il n’y a qu’à voir en Formule 1, je reste étonné de voir le nombre de talents britanniques."

Au début de l'année 2016, Elon Musk évoquait l'Alsace pour implanter une usine, peut être pour un prochain site. Il n'a semble-t-il pas (encore) entendu l'appel de la ville de Chateauroux. 

De plus, la tête pensante de Tesla a indiqué "ne pas avoir vu d’impacts significatifs" du Brexit sur les objectifs à long terme de Tesla. "Nous voulons changer le monde avec de nombreux véhicules électriques pour de nombreuses personnes, affirme Elon Musk. C’est d’ailleurs dans ce but que nous avons acheté Gohmann."

Tesla a en effet acquis l’allemand Grohmann Engineering, spécialisé dans les systèmes de fabrication automatisée. Grâce à cette entreprise, le constructeur va pouvoir augmenter sa production et tenter d’atteindre son objectif de construire 500 000 exemplaires en 2018. Car Elon Musk en est convaincu, "Le seul moyen de faire fonctionner une grande usine est d’avoir une automatisation importante."

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Elon Musk présente les tuiles solaires de SolarCity

Elon Musk présente les tuiles solaires de SolarCity | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

Elon Musk, le boss de Tesla et SolarCity a présenté une nouvelle gamme de tuiles photovoltaïques. Avec ces nouveaux produits, il espère souligner les synergies possibles entre Tesla, fabricant de batteries et de voitures, et SolarCity, spécialiste du photovoltaïque. 

Quoi de mieux qu'une rue emblématique de la culture américaine pour convaincre que les toits solaires sont à la portée de tous ? Elon Musk a choisi Wisteria Lane, une rue fictive située dans les studios Universal de Los Angeles, et utilisée dans de nombreuses fictions dont la célébre série Desperate Housewives, pour présenter ses nouveaux toits solaires. 

Avec ce produit, pas de panneaux photovoltaïques à ajouter sur le toit, car c'est la toiture elle-même qui produit de l'électricité. Plus de tuiles ou d'ardoises, mais des petits panneaux en verre, imitant la tuile ou l'ardoise qui vont pouvoir, selon Elon Musk, supplanter les traditionnels panneaux photovoltaïques. "Nos tuiles durent plus longtemps, permettent une meilleure isolation", argumente-t-il. Quant au coût, "il est moindre qu'un toit classique plus le coût de l'électricité", poursuit-il. Elon Musk a également présenté une nouvelle batterie domestique, Powerwall 2, dotée d'une plus grande autonomie, capable de stocker dans la journée l'énergie produite par le toit pour la restituer la nuit dans la maison ou pour charger une voiture électrique. 

Fusion entre SolarCity et Tesla votée le 17 novembre

En août dernier, le PDG de SolarCity, Lyndon Rives expliquait à des investisseurs que cinq millions de nouveaux toits sont installés chaque année aux Etats-Unis. 

Objectif pour Elon Musk avec cette présentation : convaincre des synergies entre Tesla et SolarCity. Un vote sur la fusion des deux sociétés doit avoir lieu le 17 novembre. Selon certains analystes la création de ce nouvel ensemble est plus une manière de sauver SolarCity, déficitaire, qu'en raison de réelles synergies entre les deux entités

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Faraday Future, le nouveau concurrent de Tesla, commence la construction de son usine pharaonique dans le désert du Nevada

Faraday Future, le nouveau concurrent de Tesla, commence la construction de son usine pharaonique dans le désert du Nevada | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Il avait déjà dévoilé en grande pompe son concept car au CES, Faraday Future annonce maintenant la construction de son usine de 300 000 mètres carrés à North Las Vegas, dans le désert du Nevada, non sans rappeler la "Gigafactory" de Tesla. Le nouvel acteur de l'industrie automobile électrique promet de la finir dans deux ans.

Faraday Future veut  construire "une usine connectée de classe mondiale". Rien que ça. Lors d'une cérémonie devant un parterre d'hommes politiques et de partenaires, les dirigeants du constructeur automobile américain ont annoncé jeudi 14 avril la pose de la première pierre (ou plutôt le premier coup de pelle) de leur site de production. Le constructeur compte investir 1 milliard de dollars pour construire un édifice futuriste – comme sa voiture - tout en baie vitrée et bordé de palmiers. Il s'étendra sur plus de 300 000 mètres carrés. Et sera implanté dans le parc industriel d'Apex, une zone tout juste inaugurée située à North Las Vegas, dans le désert du Nevada.
"Nous avons choisi North Las Vega pour son bassin de talents, sa bonne connexion au réseau ferroviaire et autoroutier et sa proximité avec Las Vegas. 42 millions de visiteurs chaque année. Nous espérons que certains d'entre eux viendront acheter nos voitures", explique Dag Reckhorn, vice-président de la production.
"TESLA KILLER"
Nous n'en attendions pas moins de l'entreprise américaine qui avait déjà fanfaronné en janvier au CES de Las Vegas en dévoilant le FFZero1, son bolide électrique aux allures de Batmobile censée révolutionner la "relation entre la voiture et son conducteur". La jeune entreprise, financée par le chinois LeEco, a vite été comparée à son concurrent Tesla. Ce dernier est aussi engagé depuis 2014 dans la construction d'une "Gigafactory" au Nevada, à environ 700 kilomètres de celle de Faraday Future. Avec un budget un peu plus conséquent: 5 milliards de dollars, et des dimensions plus importantes: 6 500 salariés et 126 hectares.
La comparaison avec Tesla n'est pas sans déplaire à Faraday Future. Le designer en chef, Richard Kim, a confié au Daily Mail qu'il appréciait que l'on appelle sa voiture "Tesla Killer".
Voir aussi : le chantier de la Gigafactory de Tesla
L'ambition sans faille du jeune constructeur a fait l'objet de critiques en janvier, lorsque son ingénieur responsable de la batterie démissionnait. Le Guardian soulignait alors les problèmes financiers de la jeune pousse et le retard pris sur le projet de sa future usine.
Pourtant le résultat est (presque) là, le premier coup de pelle a été donné et la première pierre devrait être posée courant 2016. Sans donner trop de détails, le constructeur promet d'utiliser des matériaux haute-technologie pour construire une usine intelligente, connectée et intégrant les clients à la fabrication. Le projet se veut aussi écologique. L'usine ne fonctionnera qu'avec des énergies renouvelables, notamment des panneaux solaires, des éoliennes et un système géothermique.
UN CHANTIER DE DEUX ANS
4 500 salariés devraient y être embauchés au cours des dix prochaines années. FF s'engage à réserver 50% des postes aux habitants du Nevada. Pour trouver cette main d'œuvre, le fabricant a déjà mis en place un plan d'action. L'entreprise est en contact avec le College of Southern Nevada, l'université locale. L'idée est de créer un programme d'ingénierie sur-mesure pour former les futurs salariés.
"Ce projet devrait être réalisé en quatre ans. Nous allons prendre deux fois moins de temps", promet Dag Reckhorn. Tesla devrait finir son méga-site d'ici à 2017. La course à la plus grosse usine est lancée. Même si Tesla a une bonne longueur d'avance.
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All-wheel-drive Tesla electric cars rated more efficient, but how?

All-wheel-drive Tesla electric cars rated more efficient, but how? | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
One of the myriad advantages of electric propulsion, we’re told, is the efficiency of all-wheel drive. The AWD versions of the Tesla Model S, for example, are rated as more efficient than the rear-wheel-drive versions of the car. This flies in the face of 100 years of automotiv
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The Tesla Navigation System Is A Mixed Bag

The Tesla Navigation System Is A Mixed Bag | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
I have put thousands of miles on my Tesla Model S using the built-in navigation, but admittedly, most of that was a straight line along fairly direct freeways with very brief tangents off of the prescribed route for Supercharging. I knew that I had not really put it to the test but didn’t realize just how bad it could be … until recently. CleanTechnica Director and Editor Zachary Shahan flew out to Southern California to cover the Tesla Model 3 announcement event (which we were not invited to … but still managed to get into) and while he was here, we turned the weekend into a full-blown cleantech tour of Southern California.

As Zach covered in full detail, on Thursday, we reserved 4 Tesla Model 3s in Santa Monica, took a quick pit stop at the Century City Tesla Store over lunch, toured high-end Tesla upgrade shop Unplugged Performance in Hawthorne, and finished off the day with some face time with the Model 3. Our late night kept us out until after 2:00am, and after all the dust had settled on our coverage from the night, it was almost 5:00am before we hit the hay.

Friday, we drove south to Long Beach for some pre-race coverage of Formula E and some face time with the Mahindra crew, who were sporting some of their new GenZe electric scooters and electric bikes. Look for a writeup on those soon, as we had a great time with them! We zipped up to Buena Park for the night, then back down to Long Beach Saturday morning for the race… and closed the day by heading back home to Ventura.

All that to say, this trip was the first time I had really put the Tesla navigation system to work in a seriously complex, traffic-laden situation. Throughout the weekend, Zach marveled time and time again at just how many cars were on the streets, just how many lanes the average roads around town had, and how freakin’ big the freeways were. On the freeways between events, we regularly enjoyed the infamous LA traffic (sarcasm), slogging through hours of gridlock at a snail’s pace.

While the overall experience was extremely complicated, a few things stood out to me … some of which work well and a few that don’t.

Voice Commands

As we traveled, we almost exclusively utilized the on-board navigation, with mixed success. The voice recognition works superbly. It is one of my favorite features of the navigation and it is so easy to use. Navigate to Ventura. Boom … done. Navigate to The Queen Mary. Easy peasy. Navigate to Bob’s Taco Shack. Yeah, sure, no problem. After letting off the voice command button, I regularly wish the car “good luck” out loud. Seriously.

I throw the verbal book at this thing time and time again and it nails them at full complexity at an impressively high level of accuracy. Functional voice commands means I don’t have to take my eyes off the road, which means I’m a safer driver and I’m not having to look down to type or make edits … I can just drive.

Yes, ideally, all of the data entry would happen when stopped, but I live my life in the real world and in that world, plans change and decisions happen on the road, and in those situations, voice control becomes your best friend. It doesn’t talk back to you like Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana, but who cares — it works and that’s what matters most.


Image courtesy Tesla Motors
Directions

Traffic and I don’t get along. Frankly, I would be concerned with anyone who did get along with traffic. It’s a drag on driving and the enjoyment of the process … and that frustration is magnified when directions don’t make sense. During our weekend romp around Los Angeles, we were frequently guided off of the freeway, presumably under the pretense that taking surface streets would be more efficient.

A setting in the navigation settings allows you to set the minimum time saved for which the navigation can change the route. For instance, at the 5 minute setting, if the navigation thinks it can save 5 minutes or more by taking another route, it will redirect onto the new, faster route.

In our journey, the route changes were invisible with the exception of the obvious departure from freeways or arterial streets onto smaller streets, and the majority of the time, resulted in much slower progress than would have been possible on the freeway*. I followed blindly up until Friday evening when the navigation repeatedly cut out and froze, after which I paid more attention to the specific routes and changes.

*Editor’s Note: When we left Century City for Unplugged Performance, the navigation said it would take 45 minutes or so. Approximately 15 minutes later, the estimate was over 50 minutes. We seemed to be driving a very circuiotous route that definitely didn’t seem to be saving us any time … and practically made us late to our meeting at Unplugged Performance.

Predictive Redirection

One neat feature of the navigation is the ability to not only identify redirection and route optimization opportunities — what I call predictive redirection. The image below shows a popup that came up as I was leaving work. I obviously don’t use my navigation to get home from work, as I could make the drive in my sleep, but my car knew that the vast majority of the time I leave work, I drive the same route home.


Image by Kyle Field
On this particular day, I unfortunately wasn’t going home and dismissed the pop up, but it’s the thought that counts, right? I was impressed that the car learned my normal route and was actively looking for better routes for me. Obviously, that would only have helped if it really was a better route … but hey, it’s a start.

Audio Volume Controls

Admittedly, I very clearly had an operator error on this one, as my audio mysteriously cut out halfway through our weekend. Thankfully, I talked with long-time Tesla owner Don Baumhefner who shared the trick … which is a little speaker icon on the actual directions popup itself that mutes/unmutes the navigation.

I had searched through the entirety of the Settings and Controls screens for the navigation for a volume control setting but could not find it (spoiler: it’s not there). This could be improved, as it seems like a natural fit with the Settings -> Apps -> Navigation screen. The single, solitary icon on the turn list isn’t intuitive (to me, at least).

Visual Indications

In addition to the written instructions and the audio controls (assuming they are not muted :D), the Tesla navigation system provides visual indications on both the 17″ touchscreen when the map is pulled up and on the main driver console, to the left of the speedometer.


Image courtesy Tesla Motors
Having the navigation instructions visible on the main driver console screen is convenient because it is just below the peripheral vision and means the driver doesn’t have to look as far away from the road to see where the next turn/merge, etc is. This results in a safer experience and goes hand in hand with voice controls, allowing the driver to look down after hearing a queue for additional details, if needed.

OTA Updates

As with other software features of the Tesla system, the navigation has the ability to receive updates over the air, which puts it light years beyond other DVD or even SD card–based systems that require manual, physical updates to the media. It might seem small, but this single feature taps into the power of connected cars to fix an issue that has chafed many a built-in navigation system.



My father in law’s ’97 Lexus GS430 has built-in navigation that has physical DVDs that are hard to find, expensive to buy when they can be found, and don’t ever update the actual navigation software in the car … just the maps. Tesla can rebuild the entire navigation system, the logic behind it, maps, and colors if they so desire, which is a huge advantage and truly a game changer.

Overall

In summary, the Tesla navigation has been built very intelligently but has some small opportunities that will improve the usability of the system. I am not confident enough to completely ditch a backup GPS — though, mine is conveniently built into my phone, so that’s not really an issue.

The issues I ran into might be showstoppers for me if not for OTA updates and the fact that Tesla is already responding to consumer input, improving the system, and making the car more functional. I’m hopeful that the items noted above will be fixed or at least improved upon for the greater good.
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Meet Tesla's Model 3, Its Long-Awaited Car for the Masses

Meet Tesla's Model 3, Its Long-Awaited Car for the Masses | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
The Model 3—the most important car in the brief, volatile history of Tesla Motors—has arrived.
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Tesla Motors Relieved On Porsche's Decision To Not Launch Model S Rival - Bidness ETC

Tesla Motors Relieved On Porsche's Decision To Not Launch Model S Rival - Bidness ETC | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Bidness Etc looks at Porsche's announcement that it is not currently developing an all-electric vehicle to directly compete with Tesla Motors Inc's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S sedan.
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Audi aims to launch two electric vehicles by 2018 | Electric Vehicle News

Audi aims to launch two electric vehicles by 2018 | Electric Vehicle News | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Up-to-date technical analysis of emerging electric vehicle technology.

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Good reason to go electric in the coming years.

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Tesla announces 691 hp Model S P85D with AWD and new driver assist systems

Tesla announces 691 hp Model S P85D with AWD and new driver assist systems | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

Tesla finally took the wraps off its much rumored Model D at Hawthorn Airport outside of Los Angeles tonight and the results look impressive to say the least. The new S P85D, as it's badged, will run an AWD setup as suspected, and put out a whopping 691 hp (515 kW) and 687 lb. ft. (931 Nm) of torque. It will also feature new driver-assist systems including an auto-pilot solution for self-parking.

The car, identical on the outside to the Model S, now features “dual” motors, one for each axle. The Model S felt fast enough before as some readers may recall from my test drive last year. Now the house of Elon has upped the already impressive 416 hp (310 kW) to a supercar-fighting 691 hp! That figure is the same as you’ll find in your Lamborghini Aventador owner’s manual. But what the Aventador can’t do, and where the all-electric Tesla excels, is in the important category of torque.

Running a dual motor setup, the rear axle generator in the top of the line P85D now produces 470 hp (350 kW), while the front motor brings an additional 221 hp (165 kW) to the table. So there’s our 691 hp, but about that torque? The new twin engined Model S now generates an island pulling, tree hauling, yacht parking 687 lb. ft of torque. That figure by itself is outrageous, but the fact that all 687 lb. ft. (up from 443 lb. ft/600 Nm) of twisting power are available to the driver at 0 rpm. Wow. No waiting for pistons to get their pants on or turbos to do their hair, the torque is right there as soon as the launch peddle is depressed.

These figures now give the electric saloon the ability to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in only 3.2 seconds, which is a full 1.2 seconds faster than the Model S P85 and on par with the likes of McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc in terms of raw acceleration ability. For those straight line fans, that equates out to a quarter mile run of 11.8 seconds, down from the already quick 12.6 in the P85S.

Tesla's new Model D is identical in appearance to the Model S (pictured)

But with the new motor up front, weight concerns are a consideration. Turns out the new system adds only another 291 lb (132 kg) to the car, bringing the D’s totally weight to a not so dainty 4,936 lb (2,239 kg). Tesla spins it to the positive by pointing out that front to rear weight balance is now a perfect 50/50 thanks to the new front motor. The addition of AWD will also help increase the car’s already sticky road-holding manners, plus appeal to more northern Canadian folks like myself where snow and ice are an 8-month a year concern.

Mileage for the Model D also doesn’t suffer significantly, taking only a 10 mile hit on range – down from 285 mi (458 km) to 275 mi (442 km). For the lower powered 85D and 60D models, power drops quite a bit to 376 hp 280 and only 362 lb. ft. (491 Nm) of torque, but then again, for these models pricing drops while mileage range rises. Tesla is also claiming that the car can pull off 1 g of acceleration in its new format, which means bring your neck brace and Velcro driving mitts to the test drive.

So if that weren’t enough, Tesla still had to discuss that “other” thing. The other component to the Model D’s unveiling was part of the tease when Tesla first announced the car a few weeks back, and that other thing it turns out is a new passive parking and driver assist system.

The new driver assist system now allows the car to read speed signs and adjust speed accordingly. The system also lets the car not only keep lanes, but also change lanes by itself once the signal is activated thanks to 12 new sensors mounted in critical areas about the car. These systems already exist in some form on similar high-end saloons, but Tesla is set on making its offering the most intuitive and advanced on the market.

The other other thing that was part of the unveil was the addition of an auto-pilot, self-parking solution. Not exactly autonomous, the new Model D, when asked, will have the ability to park itself in the garage or even come to the owner thanks to the new sensor system. No word on how far the car will travel or how the system will be activated, or even what legal or systematic limitations the program has, but a new electromechanical braking system has been put in place to help stop the car when required. Elon noted that every car built in the last two weeks features the new sensor array, while the auto-pilot program will be updated remotely over the next few weeks.

Mileage for the Model D doesn’t suffer significantly, taking only a 10 mile hit on range – down from 285 miles (458 km) to 275 miles (442 km) (Model S pictured)

The cost of the new Model S P85D is US$120,000, which as it turns out isn’t that much more than the rear wheel drive S. As of tonight, Tesla has already started taking orders on the Model D, of which Elon Musk is promising delivery before year's end.

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BMW lance la production de son maxi-scooter électrique

BMW lance la production de son maxi-scooter électrique | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Le C-Evolution, le maxi-scooter électrique de BMW, entrera en production au courant du deuxième trimestre 2014.
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Ford Unveils Its First Autonomous Vehicle Prototype | Autopia | WIRED

Ford Unveils Its First Autonomous Vehicle Prototype | Autopia | WIRED | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Ford has thrown its hat into autonomous car ring with the debut of its Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle, the latest in a series of steps the automaker is taking to realize its grand vision of transportation in 2025.
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Consumer drone business stumbles, but commercial markets beckon

Consumer drone business stumbles, but commercial markets beckon | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
The fledgling drone industry is in the throes of change as weak consumer demand and falling prices drive startups to shift their focus to specialized business applications.

3D Robotics - an early drone startup that raised more than$125 million from investors - has seen its consumer business all but crash. This week, it unveiled a new commercial strategy, announcing a camera-equipped drone with imaging software designed for construction companies.

GoPro Inc this week announced a recall of about 2,500 drones for a refund after just a couple of weeks on the market - some units had sudden power outages - and didn't say when it would offer a replacement product. Europe's Zano, which made mini-drones for consumers, shut down last year.

While many drone-makers overestimated demand from hobbyists, they now see big opportunities selling to businesses under newly relaxed U.S. regulations. Beyond flying robots, investors and entrepreneurs see especially strong prospects in software and services that can make aerial imaging useful for industries including insurance, construction, agriculture and entertainment.

Companies including Amazon.com Inc and Zipline, a drone startup, are also aggressively developing drones for delivery.

Most startups vying to sell consumer drones, often used for racing or photography, have been stung by China-based DJI. The company has dominated by slashing prices, and some retailers have offered even deeper discounts. Some stores' prices on DJI's popular Phantom 3 drone, for instance, have dropped to about $300 from about $1,000 at the beginning of the year.

3D Robotics took a beating after releasing its Solo consumer drone last year for about $1,500, said co-founder and CEO Chris Anderson.

"It's no fun watching prices fall by 70 percent in 9 months," Anderson said, referring to DJI's price-cutting.

After shuttering warehouses and factories and laying off scores of employees, Berkeley-based 3D Robotics has all but scrapped its consumer business, Anderson said, despite having a backlog of drones sitting on Best Buy stores shelves. They now sell for one-third of their original price.

The chill is being felt widely. Venture capital financing for drone companies fell 59 percent in the third quarter, to $55 million from $134 million in the previous year, according to data research firm CB Insights. The drop reflects a widespread funding slump across the tech sector but also heightened caution about drone companies.

Any new company trying to compete with DJI on consumer drones would have "an extraordinarily difficult argument to make" to venture capitalists, said Rory O'Driscoll, a partner at Scale Venture Partners.

"Consumers buy drones, and it's a disposable item," he said. "They play with it, and then they are done."

DJI, which eclipses many Silicon Valley startups with a workforce of 6,000, began making commercial drones and pursuing software development more than a year ago.

"Four years ago, it was enough to take something out of a box, you push a button and it flies," said Adam Lisberg, DJI spokesman for North America. "The smart money is now in drone services."

NEW RULES RAISE HOPES

The industry's excitement about business applications stems in part from new Federal Aviation Administration rules, which took effect in August and offer a clearer pathway for commercial drone uses, though many restrictions remain. The new rules simplified licensing requirements, making it possible for small companies to certify themselves to operate commercial drones.

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3D Robotics' new plan is to outfit the Solo with new technology to capture 3D images that show the shape, size and volume of items at a construction site.

The company joins startups such as DroneDeploy and Airware that are focusing on software to make sense of images, whether it's the angle of a pipe laid at a new construction site or damage to a roof from a hurricane. The drone itself is almost an afterthought.

A report in May from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that, by 2020, about $127 billion worth of labor and business services could be replaced by drones. A separate report released the same month from Grand View Research projected annual sales of consumer drones globally at just $4.19 billion by 2024.

That doesn't mean launching commercial drone businesses will be simple. Trimble Inc., which makes global positioning devices, last month spun off its line of Gatewing drones.

Alphabet Inc has also pushed our managers and cut funding for commercial drone project, according to a Bloomberg report this week.

And some industry experts are skeptical about 3D Robotics' plan to upgrade a hobby-grade drone for commercial use.

"It might be too little too late for 3DR," said industry analyst Patrick Egan. "They aren't the only company that is going to have problems."
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Tesla Model S Gets Glass Roof, Probably Solar Glass Roof Too (#ElonTweets)

Tesla Model S Gets Glass Roof, Probably Solar Glass Roof Too (#ElonTweets) | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Elon Musk just took to Twitter for a serious tweetstorm. The hottest topic was a fully glass roof, and a probable solar glass roof.

The glass roof is now an option on the Tesla website, and it is actually cheaper than the sunroof ($1500 vs $2000 in the US, or $24/month versus $32/month according to the website’s lease estimator).
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Gigafactory that will make or break Tesla to open on July 29th

Gigafactory that will make or break Tesla to open on July 29th | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

The Gigafactory that will make or break Tesla: Elon Musk's megafactory set to open on July 29th and will make 500,000 batteries a year
$5 billion structure in Reno, Nevada will produce 500,000 lithium ion batteries annually to meet demand 
'It will produce more lithium ion batteries than all other factories in the world combined,' Elon Musk revealed
The factory will be used to produce batteries for products including Tesla Model 3 car


Tesla's Gigafactory in the Nevada Desert is finally nearing completion.

Set to open on July 29th, it will have the largest footprint of any building in the world.

The $5 billion structure will produce 500,000 lithium ion batteries each year to meet demand.

When it's complete, Tesla's Gigafactory in the Nevada Desert will have the largest footprint of any building in the world. At the Model 3 launch yesterday, founder Elon Musk said the $5 billion structure will produce 500,000 lithium ion batteries annually to meet demand. Now, new drone footage has revealed progress on construction of the Gigafactory in stunning high-definition


The official invitation sent by Tesla via email went out to existing Tesla owners that participated in the company's fourth referral program by referring 4 or more qualifying sales. 

Lucky owners will be given a tour of the new facility, and are expected the be shown the latest progress of the firm's Model 3 car.

Guests will be allowed test drives and factory tours before and after the 'remarks' at 9 PM. 

However, Tesla has not mentioned the test-drive vehicles.

Recent drone footage gave a glimpse of the vast structure.

The 4k footage shows little progress on the exterior of the building, but Tesla appears to have been working on the area around the plant.

Filmed using a DJI Phantom 4 drone, it reveals more building sections covered in white reflective roofing, as well as a paved parking lot.

Musk said the Gigafactory and its Fremont facility would produce more lithium ion batteries in a year than were produced in the entire world in 2013.

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In terms of sheer size, the Gigafactory is second in volume only to Boeing's airplane factory in Washington. 

But when it comes to how much ground it covers, Tesla's upcoming factory is the largest in the world. 

'This is a vital element,' Musk said in his presentation of the Model 3. 'To give you a sense of scale, the Gigafactory will have the largest footprint of any building of any kind.'

Tesla gigafactory Easter 2016 drone video update in 4k



The 4k footage shows little progress on the exterior of the building, but Tesla appears to have been working on the area around the plant



The pressure is on, with over 400,000 people pre-ordering the Model 3 in less than 24 hours since launch. Demand is expected to remain high


Filmed using a DJI Phantom 4 drone, it reveals more building sections covered in white reflective roofing, as well as a paved parking lot

TESLA UNVEILS THE MODEL 3 
Last night, Tesla finally unveiled the highly anticipated Model 3, hours after fans around the globe already began lining up at its stores to order the luxury brand's new affordable vehicle.

The Model 3 starts at $35,000 in the US - half the baseline price of the 2015 Model S.

Boss Elon Musk dramatically revealed a red, silver and matte black model of the electric car after a lengthy talk that covered the company's dedication to the environment and journey to affordability.

He also revealed the Model 3 will be able to go zero to 60mph in less than six seconds, saying: 'At Tesla, we don't make slow cars'.

The billionaire founder noted that the car will be able to travel a distance of 215 miles per charge, at minimum, and will fit five adults comfortably.

The slick design features a roof made of one continuous pane of glass, which Musk said will give passengers amazing headroom and a 'feeling of openness'.

It is also 20 percent smaller than the Model S and will be fitted with autopilot features.

Like the Model S that came before it, Model 3 will feature front and rear trunks and boasts more cargo capacity than any gasoline car of the same external dimensions. And Musk promises that a 7-foot surfboard will be able to fit inside.

'Our Fremont factory in the past has actually made 500,000 cars a year, so we're confident Tesla can achieve that in the future in terms of vehicle production,' he said.

'I think that's going to be, I wouldn't say straight forward, but very doable.

'But what about batteries? In order to produce half a million cars a year, we basically need to absorb the entire world's lithium production 'That's the entire reason we're building the Gigafactory. 

'It will produce more lithium ion batteries than all other factories in the world combined...We will also be producing the most advanced cell in the world.'

The Gigafactory is now producing battery packs but not yet creating the cells inside, Musk revealed.

The huge project is part of the billionaire's plan to drive down the cost of electric cars and create home battery packs to provide cheaper electricity.

The Model 3 costs $35,000 in the US - half the baseline price of the 2015 Model S. Its lower price tag is thanks largely to cheaper battery packs that can be created by the Gigafactory.

Tesla previously assembled its battery packs with cells made in Japan by Panasonic. But now the companies have teamed up on creating the factory in Nevada.


The latest video follows footage, uncovered by Bloomberg last year, which showed how construction work was progressing.

Musk tweeted at the time that what the drone footage shows is 'not the full Gigafactory, it is just the pilot plant (1/4 size).'

Site preparation began in July at an industrial park along U.S. Interstate 80 15 miles east of Sparks, a Reno suburb.

The aim is to produce enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles a year when it is fully completed and produce a power source that can also be installed in gadgets such as toys and drones.

Production is currently based in Freemont, California, but the plant does not have the capacity to serve the company's future production needs. 


The site will also help produce a 'revolutionary' $3,000 (£1,980) battery which Musk claims can run an entire home for eight hours.

Musk introduced the Powerwall device at a press conference in California last year and said the technology could 'change the world'.

Since it unveiled its home battery plans, Tesla says it has been so overwhelmed by initial demand that it is now exploring whether it can expand production at the battery Gigafactory. 

Elon Musk details the massive new Gigafactory in Nevada


The Gigafactory is now producing battery packs but not yet creating the cells inside, Elon Musk revealed. The huge project is part of the billionaire's plan to drive down the cost of electric cars and create home battery packs to provide cheaper electricity


Tesla previously assembled its battery packs with cells made in Japan by Panasonic. But now the companies have teamed up on creating the factory in Nevada



Queues for the Model 3 were forming all over the world ahead of its launch yesterday (left). Elon Musk is pictured right during the unveiling in which he spoke about the Gigafactory's important to the Model 3 roll out

The Gigafactory will have the largest footprint of any building of any kind 
Last week, Tesla said that it is ahead of its production and construction schedule for the Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada.

Even though Reno has attracted big businesses such as Apple and Amazon, there is concern the city's infrastructure will not be able to cope with the increase in demand. 

But it recently emerged that the Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it's still making satisfactory progress.

A progress report issued last week by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development said there were 272 people working at the Tesla and Panasonic factories at the end of the year. 

That's lower than the 700 jobs initially projected for the end of 2015, according to a September 2014 report available to state lawmakers when they were deciding whether to approve a $1.3 billion tax incentive package for Tesla.

HOW DOES TESLA'S NEW AFFORDABLE CAR COMPARE TO THE MODEL S?
MODEL S 

Price: From £47,600 ($68,350)

Safety features: Autopilot

0–60mph: 2.8 seconds

Power source: 70kWh / 90kWh battery

Range: 340 miles (547km)

Capacity: 5 adults (2 additional children's seats)

Charge time: 5–6 hours (full charge) / 20 mins (half charge on supercharger) 

Source: Tesla 

MODEL 3 

Price: From $35,000 (£24,375)

Safety features: Autopilot

0–60mph: Less than 6 seconds

Power source: To be confirmed

Range: 215 miles (346km)

Capacity: 5 adults

Charge time:To be confirmed

Source: Tesla  

'In its application to the state for abatements, the company refined its annual job creation projections to more accurately reflect that the construction of the gigafactory would be completed in phases instead of all at once as the state's economic impact report initially projected,' economic development office spokeswoman Jennifer Cooper said in a statement. 

'While this will be reflected in the quarterly reports that the company submits to GOED, it does not alter the anticipated investment of at least $3.5 billion or the employment of 6,500 once the factory reaches full production.'

Nevada landed the factory after an intense competition between several states. 

Economic development officials said the Gigafactory has started shipping out battery packs and powerwalls.

Tesla reported it had invested $374 million in capital in Nevada so far, below the early prediction of $1 billion by the end of 2015. 

During the last three months of 2015, there were an average of 894 construction workers at the site each week — 74 percent of whom were Nevada residents  


anticipated Model 3, hours after fans around the globe already began lining up at its stores to order the luxury brand's new affordable vehicle. The Model 3 starts at $35,000 in the US - half the baseline price of the 2015 Model S


Boss Elon Musk dramatically revealed a red, silver and matte black model of the electric car after a lengthy talk that covered the company's dedication to the environment and journey to affordability


Tesla gives rare glimpse inside its Model X robo-factory



The $5 billion Tesla structure is hoping to produce 500,000 lithium ion batteries annually, making it the biggest battery factory in the world. Pictured is drone footage from last year, showing the early stages of construction 



Stunning drone footage captures Tesla's new Gigafactory



The Gigafactory is being built at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Storey County, Nevada. On the right is an image taken from the hills surrounding the complex reveal its isolation and scale

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TESLA'S MODEL 3 UNVEILING 
When will it go on sale?

Tesla has said it expects to start Model 3 production at its Fremont, California, factory at the end of 2017. 

But the company has a history of delays. The Model X, which went on sale last fall, was initially due to go on sale in early 2014. 

Musk said last month that the Model 3, unlike the Model X, is designed for 'ease of manufacturing.' 

Still, some analysts are doubtful. Morgan Stanley auto analyst Adam Jonas thinks Tesla won't start building the Model 3 until the end of 2018.


At the end of his speech Musk revealed that the Model 3, the fourth by the brand, was an instant success - with a total number of orders surpassing 115,000 in 24 hours 

Who are its competitors? 

General Motors is set to start selling the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at the end of this year, a full year before the Model 3. 

The Bolt will have a similar price tag and a 200-mile range. Hyundai's Ioniq, which has a 110-mile electric range and could match Tesla on price, goes on sale this fall. 

Audi will follow with an electric SUV in 2018. Musk said last month he's not worried. 

He thinks the Model 3 will compete most directly with small luxury cars like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series.

How did Tesla make the Model 3 less expensive? 

Cheaper batteries. Tesla previously assembled its battery packs with battery cells made in Japan by Panasonic Corp. 

But Tesla and Panasonic are building a massive, $5 billion factory in Nevada which will supply batteries for the Model 3.

Tesla says the scale of the factory will lower the cost of its battery packs by 30 per cent. 



An artist's impression shows what the site could look like when it is finished. Nevada will also benefit from an investment in roads leading to the facility and potential to surround it with other ventures


The company recently released a video showing the Model X 'getting its wings', with a series of robots attaching its doors. Both the Model S and Model X are currently being made the Fremont factory on two separate production lines


It is one of the most advanced factories in the world. The Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, contains 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space. Everywhere you look, robots are churning out cars in precisely synchronised movements

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Tesla, Faraday, Bollore les nouveaux constructeurs automobile lancés dans le 100% électrique ?

Tesla, Faraday, Bollore les nouveaux constructeurs automobile lancés dans le 100% électrique ? | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it

De Tesla à Bolloré, plusieurs constructeurs automobiles créés dans les années 2000 ont fait le choix de proposer uniquement des modèles électriques.
Parmi les constructeurs, il y a les historiques, qui tentent de réussir leur transition vers des véhicules électriques ; et il y a les nouveaux venus, qui se lancent directement dans l’électrique. Mais qui sont-ils ?


TESLA, LE PLUS CÉLÈBRE
Créé en 2003, l’américain Tesla est le plus populaire des constructeurs de véhicules électriques. Mené par le charismatique Elon Musk, la marque a de l'expérience. Avec un premier modèle en 2008, le Roadster Tesla, il a fait tomber les idées reçues sur la voiture électrique, avec un véhicule affichant une autonomie de 340 km et capable de passer de 0 à 100 km/h en moins de quatre secondes. 
La popularité du constructeur explose en 2012 avec le lancement du Model S. Vendu à plus de 100 000 exemplaires, le véhicule reste une référence dans les voitures de luxe et séduit les célébrités à travers la planète. Seul bémol, son prix : 70 000 dollars.
Aujourd’hui, Tesla se diversifie avec un SUV, le Model X, lancé en 2015, et un modèle abordable par tous, le Model 3, proposé d’ici fin 2017 à 35 000 dollars, moitié moins que la Model S.
En plus des véhicules, le constructeur s’est lancé depuis 2014 dans un énorme chantier de 4 à 5 milliards de dollars : une usine géante dans le Nevada, aux Etats-Unis, qui devrait ouvrir en 2017. A la clé, d’ici 2020, l’équivalent de la production mondiale  2013 de cellules lithium-ion, les batteries utilisées par la marque, en une seule usine.
 
FARADAY FUTURE, LE CHALLENGER
Annoncé comme un concurrent direct de Tesla, Faraday Future a pourtant du mal à s’en démarquer. Le constructeur, qui a vu le jour en 2014, était sorti de l’ombre de manière fracassante lors du CES de Las Vegas en janvier 2016. Son prototype, le FF Zero 1, affiche des performances surréalistes, 1 000 chevaux, 0 à 100 km/h en 3 secondes, dans la droite lignée du Roadster de Tesla dix ans auparavant.
Autre point commun, le lancement de la construction d’une usine géante en avril 2016, à seulement 700 kilomètres de celle de Tesla. Un projet ambitieux, presque trop pour le constructeur qui n’a pas encore présenté de modèle commercialisable. Personne ne sait encore ce que fabriqueront les 4 500 employés prévus pour faire fonctionner l’usine.
Celui qui voulait révolutionner rapidement l’industrie de l’automobile électrique cumule les mauvaises nouvelles. Avec pour unique technologie propre un châssis, Faraday Future reste dépendant des autres constructeurs. Sans compter que Porter Harris, l’homme en charge de développer la batterie Faraday Future, a quitté la société.
 
RIMAC, LE PROMETTEUR
Le marché des véhicules électriques devrait voir apparaître un nouveau concurrent. Rimac Automobili a présenté en mars 2016, lors du salon de Genève, le Concept S. Il s’agit de la version de série du Concept One dévoilé en 2011 et vendu à 850 000 euros. Le prix du nouveau modèle n’est pas connu pour le moment.
La particularité de Rimac, c’est que l’entreprise se trouve en Croatie, un pays dépourvu d’industrie automobile. Mais cela n’a pas empêché Mate Rimac de fonder la société en 2009, à seulement 21 ans. Le jeune patron choisit alors de concevoir l’ensemble de sa technologie et s’interdit de recourir à celle d’autres constructeurs. C’est d’ailleurs de la vente de brevets que provient les premiers fonds de la société.
Les premiers succès de Rimac arrivent en 2012. Mate Rimac transforme une BMW E30 en véhicule électrique en utilisant ses propres innovations. Le bolide décroche les records du monde de vitesse dans de nombreuses catégories, c’est la première fois que l’électrique prend le dessus sur le thermique.
Avec l’annonce de son modèle de série, Rimac automobili espère ouvrir une seconde usine en Croatie et ainsi doubler ses effectifs pour atteindre 300 salariés.
 
 
BOLLORÉ, LE FRANÇAIS
Il n’y a pas qu’à l’étranger que des sociétés se lancent dans le véhicule électrique. En France, le groupe Bolloré a créé sa propre batterie électrique au terme de 20 ans de travail. Cette technologie a permis au groupe de développer des véhicules 100% électrique. Dès 2007, il s’associe au constructeur Pininfarina pour proposer un premier prototype.
Mais grâce au lancement d’Autolib fin 2011, c’est l’autopartage qui popularise ses citadines électriques. La BlueCar fait désormais partie intégrante de grandes villes en France, mais également en Italie, et aux Etats-Unis.
Bien que les voitures soient assemblées en Italie dans une usine Pininfarina près de Turin, les batteries sont toutes fabriquées par Blue Solutions, dans ses usines d’Ergué-Gabéric, en Bretagne, et Boucherville, au Canada.
Après la voiture, le groupe Bolloré est lancé depuis janvier 2016 dans les bus électriques. Le BlueBus, des bus de six et douze mètres de long, arpentera les rues de Paris dès cette année. La RATP, Régie autonome des transports parisiens, a commandé une vingtaine de BlueBus dans le cadre de son plan "Bus 2025", qui vise à renouveler sa flotte avec des véhicules propres.

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Do hybrid or electric supercars still have to roar to be taken seriously?

Do hybrid or electric supercars still have to roar to be taken seriously? | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Fast hybrid and electric cars have shown they have the performance to match traditional sports cars and supercars.

But they're often considered to be missing one oft-cited part of the supercar driving experience.

That would be the engine roar, which of course is totally absent when you're driving on near-silent electric power.

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As supercar manufacturers show more interest in electrified powertrains, the lack of a dramatic soundtrack is getting more attention, according to Bloomberg.

More carmakers are considering hybrid and electric supercars, both to meet stricter emissions standards and because of perceived customer demand.

The performance potential of hybrids has already been demonstrated by cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, as well as the somewhat less extreme 2017 Acura NSX.

Koenigsegg Regera Live Photos, 2016 Geneva Motor Show
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show last month, quite a few smaller companies and startups were hawking hybrid and electric supercars.

These companies—both large and small—want to preserve the drama of internal-combustion motoring, though.

In Geneva, for example, McLaren announced plans to offer hybrid powertrains in half of its models by 2022, and hinted at plans for an all-electric supercar.

ALSO SEE: Supercars stampede toward hybrids, electric power: Geneva roundup

Yet the company is also looking into how to make an electric motor vibrate, CEO Mike Flewitt told Bloomberg in a recent interview.

He said McLaren produces not just mere transportation but "entertainment," and incorporating all of the noise and vibration of its current internal-combustion powertrains into electrified models is apparently important to that.

That's certainly how Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne feels.

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Marchionne recently said that an all-electric Ferrari would be an "almost obscene concept" because of the lack of engine noise.

Engine noise or not, though, supercars are ultimately about performance, and the recent crop of hybrid models have shown electrified powertrains are entirely capable of offering it.

So, for that matter, is the Tesla Model S P90D. In its "Ludicrous" mode, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds—quicker than many current supercars with combustion engines.

MORE: Watch the Tesla Model S P90D race a Boeing

And at least hybrid and electric powertrains don't seriously dilute driver involvement.

Supercar buyers are now also demanding both more automated driving aids and greater smartphone connectivity, Bloomberg says.

Technologies like those—which de-emphasize the activity of driving—would seem to be more of a problem than a lack of noise in cars that are ostensibly built purely to make driving exciting.
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How Tesla Keeps Making the Model S Better and Better—And Pricier

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Since the luxury electric sedan hit the market in 2012, it's changed in lots of ways, and not purely for the better.
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Tesla Model S to go semi-autonomous; Musk foresees a future where human driving is illegal

Tesla Model S to go semi-autonomous; Musk foresees a future where human driving is illegal | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a complicated outlook when it comes to the future of "smart" machines. He's warned about the dangers of strong artificial intelligence, but he's all-in on the lesser forms of artificial smarts, like those at the core of Teslas. He's also bullish on self-driving cars, and this week Musk went so far as to declare that they may completely replace the cars we drive today.

"In the distant future, [legislators] may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous," Musk said on stage at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, following the introduction of Nvidia’s Drive PX self-driving car computer. "We’ll take autonomous cars for granted in quite a short time."

Musk's projected time frames for adoption of such revolutionary innovations can sometimes be a little overly optimistic and hard to parse. To be clear, Musk sees a systemic transition from driven to autonomous cars taking a few decades, and he's also said that initially he expects regulators will want to see at least a few years worth of operational data that prove the safety and reliability of autonomous cars before giving them the green light.

"It’s not going to all transition immediately," Musk said. "It’ll take quite a while."


At the same time, Musk told members of the press on a call later in the week that Tesla will be sending out a software update for vehicle owners later this year. It will enable some semiautonomous features, basically allowing the vehicle to autopilot itself (but with the expectation that the driver is behind the wheel and still paying attention) on major highways. There's also an auto-summoning feature that enables the car to drive itself from a parking spot or garage to pick you up, but this only works on private property, as it would otherwise be illegal.

The software update is reflective of something else Musk explained at the Nvidia conference, which is that autonomous cars work well at very low speeds, as in a parking lot, but urban and suburban environments with pedestrians, cross-traffic and other obstacles is the most challenging aspect of implementing the technology.

"Once you get above 50 MPH in a freeway environment, it gets easy again," Musk explained.

He is confident that eventually we'll all see that his vision is better than today's status quo, both in terms of efficiency and safety. "I think it’s going to become normal, like an elevator," said Musk. "There used to be elevator operators and then we came up with circuitry so the elevator knew to come to your floor. Cars will be like that."
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Exclusif – Les secrets de la fabrication d’une voiture électrique

Exclusif – Les secrets de la fabrication d’une voiture électrique | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Les conducteurs de Nissan LEAF ont parcouru plus d’un milliard de kilomètres. À cette occasion, le constructeur nous a ouvert les portes de son usine de Sunderland avec la visite de la ligne de production des batteries pour ses véhicules électriques.
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Tesla announces Roadster 3.0 upgrade package to extend range 40-50%

Tesla announces Roadster 3.0 upgrade package to extend range 40-50% | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
Most of the Tesla vehicles on the road are some version of the Model S sedan, but that wasn’t Tesla’s first foray into the consumer space. Its first car was the much more […]
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Chinese Automaker Looking To Beat Tesla Motors Inc At Its Own Game - ValueWalk

Chinese Automaker Looking To Beat Tesla Motors Inc At Its Own Game - ValueWalk | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is becoming popular in China not only among those engaged in the auto industry but also among consumers in the country.
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BMW Lifts i3 Electric Car Production 43% on Higher Demand - Bloomberg

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ValueWalk BMW Lifts i3 Electric Car Production 43% on Higher Demand Bloomberg Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has...
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Man charges a LEAF electric car using an Hawaiian volcano! (video)

Man charges a LEAF electric car using an Hawaiian volcano! (video) | Tesla Motors (+ other electric cars news) | Scoop.it
It's not quite as dramatic as it sounds. It's simply a good demonstration of the power of regenerative braking! (Man charges a LEAF electric car using an Hawaiian volcano!
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Electric Car Sales & Registrations Updates For Canada, Switzerland, Denmark - CleanTechnica

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