Tesla Update 7.1, SmartThings + BMW, Chevy Bolt EV T.E.N. Future Car News 15 January, 2016

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: Faraday Future launches at CES; Volkswagen showcases a new electric car platform; Toyota announces the hires for its new $1 billion research institute; BMW and Samsung pair up to make your car smarter; Chevrolet Bolt EV production details; Mitsubishi says no to CHAdeMO for U.S. Outlander PHEV; Toyota asks dealers to halt deliveries of the Mirai due to lack of fueling infrastructure; Tesla rolls out 7.1 update for Model S; U.S. government commits $4 billion to autonomous vehicle programs; Nissan shows us its self-driving LEAF.

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  • Zero to seeFaraday Future’s grandiose launch at CES
  • Volkswagen’s hopesVolkswagen unveils electric cars at CES and hopes we’ll forget about dieselgate
  • Toyota research – Toyota announces the new academic hires for its Toyota Research Institute
  • Smart house, smart car?– BMW and Samsung SmartThings join together to make your electric car smarter
  • Like a Bolt out of the blue – More details on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, and GM’s decision not to invest in CCS infrastructure. 
  • Outlandish Plan?  –  No CHAdeMO for U.S. Outlander PHEV
  • Holding pattern— Toyota asks dealers to refrain from delivering Mirai until more H2 stations exist.
  • Tesla 7.1 The latest update from Tesla teaches the luxury car some new tricks. 
  • Government support – U.S. Federal government to invest nearly $4 billion in autonomous vehicles.
  • Self-driving LEAFs – What it’s like riding in an autonomous Nissan LEAF. 


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  • vdiv

    Calling it like it is. It’s hard for the automakers to plead ignorance at this point so their decisions not to support fast charging is really rather unfortunate. Couple in the lacking hydrogen refueling infrastructure and the message is really clear, we need a comprehensive effort, now more ever, to move away from fossil transportation.

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