LEAF Recall, Tesla Model 3 Lottery, BMW i3 reliability. T.E.N. Future Car News 18th March 2016

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: Nissan LEAF recall, Tesla supercharger fire, Tesla Model 3 invite lottery, Google School Bus Detection Patent, Autobraking to become standard in U.S., BMW, Nissan to enter Formula E, BMW i3 reliability, Nissan treating charging like a pint of beer.

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  • LEAF recalled: Nissan LEAF recall for braking issue
  • Security blanket – Tesla to push update for extra supercharging security
  • By invite only – Tesla launches 20-hour lottery for owner tickets to Model 3 launch
  • Fully-working  – Tesla confirms fully-working Model 3 will be at March 31 reveal event
  • Big Yellow Bus – Google gets awarded school bus-detecting patent for autonomous cars
  • Auto Braking – NHTSA brokers historic deal on making autonomous braking mandatory on new cars by 2022
  • Joining Formula E – Nissan, BMW rumored to be joining Formula E
  • Reliability issues? – BMW i3 called out for poor reliability in Consumer Reports survey
  • Like a nice pint – Nissan explains how pouring a pint and charging a car battery are the same.


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  • Chris O

    5’10”: Model 3 Needs to hit the market late 2018; nope it’s projected to hit the market late 2017.

    Important because it’s the difference between being not too far behind rivals as Bolt and presumably pretty soon the next gen Leaf and just being late to the game.