Reactions to Tesla Model 3, BYD’s big claims, crowdfunding H2, T.E.N. Future Car News 8th April 2016

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about: Tesla blames parts supply for missed Q1 delivery targets; GM and Nissan react to the Tesla Model 3; Nissan launches updated telematics app for its electric cars; Volkswagen barrels head-first into EPA deadlines; Oak Ridge National Laboratory Demonstrates wireless charging; BYD claims its electric cars are the best in the world; Jaguar says electric drivetrains will reinvent the car; Nissan hints a new electric sports car could be coming; Riversimple tries to crowd-source hydrogen powered car.

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  • Model 3 reactions – Tesla Model 3 reactions from Nissan and GM
  • A case of hubris – Overconfidence and parts supply problems means Tesla Misses Q1 delivery targets
  • Fixed? – Nissan updates NissanConnect EV app
  • Look, no wires! – ORNL demonstrates high-powered inductive charging system.
  • Time’s getting tight  – EPA admits VW may not reach agreement on dieselgate before April 21 deadline
  • Unabashed – BYD makes some pretty big claims about its electric vehicles
  • Reinventing the big cat – Jaguar readies itself for the electric vehicle world
  • Sporty – Nissan hints a sporty electric car is on the way
  • Crowdfunded – Riversimple crowdfunds its hydrogen fuel cell car


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  • Joseph Dubeau

    Right, Tesla only records delivery of car to owner as a sale.

  • Daniel Zamir

    I don’t think you were at all unfair to BYD in your review, but I do get the impression from reading around that they improved greatly in the last few years and months. Perhaps a new review of the e6 / the Qin would be great, if not to give them a passing grade, to see at least of they indeed improved significantly, as some claim.

    • Michael Thwaite

      I’d love to review one of the cars from BYD. I have to assume that, like all manufacturers, time and experience equals improvements… Was the BMW 2002 really that good? Know anyone in country that could report?

  • Daniel Zamir

    Also – since you mentioned BYD, I am following developments from around the world in EV’s. And this website as well as others does a great job of covering most of the globe. But somehow China seems to have a sort of a cultural iron curtain around it, in terms of policy and the thoughts of the Chinese consumers. This is a huge blind spot for all the media for what is already the largest EV market in the world. What I’d most find interesting is interviews with Chinese EV owners. What is important to them? What is missing?