Tesla’s Future, India Going Electric, Boring Company Race – TEN 252

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

  1. (00:42) Ten months – Tesla has 10 months to achieve breakeven, says Elon Musk in Employee Email (Despite looking to a record breaking delivery figure) — https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-cost-cuts/musk-to-review-all-of-teslas-expenses-in-new-cost-cutting-plan-idUSKCN1SM2SS
  2. (01:21) Five Stars – Audi e-tron gets 5* rating from EuroNCAP – https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/audi/e-tron/35869
  3. (01:50) 10,000 – Sono Motors confirms it’s had 10,000 reservations for the Solo Sion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdApqrMX7nw
  4. (02:24)  iTesla – Apple once attempted to buy Tesla – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123218_report-apple-once-attempted-to-buy-tesla
  5. (03:05) Overland – Rivian builds special Overland-themed R1T with built-in electric camp stove – https://media.rivian.com/rivian-r1t-is-first-electric-vehicle-at-overland/
  6. (03:44)  Going Electric – India looks to mandate electric two-, three wheelers from 2023 onwards. – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/only-electric-2-wheelers-may-be-sold-in-country-after-2025/articleshow/69451954.cms
  7. (04:30) Recall Alert – 2018 BMW i3s recalled for circuit board issue – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123139_2018-bmw-i3-recalled-for-circuit-board-issue-causing-sudden-shutdowns
  8. (05:02) Parity? Toyota says that the price of hydrogen fuel cell cars will match those of hybrids today within 10 years – https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/toyota-expects-fuel-cell-prices-match-hybrids1
  9. (05:48)   Bad Review – Consumer Reports gives Tesla Navigate on Autopilot a bad review – https://electrek.co/2019/05/22/tesla-navigate-on-autopilot-cr-review/
  10. (06:04) No More Calculation – EPA says it’s no-longer going to count pollution deaths or lives saved by changing emissions – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html
  11. (06:22) Big Update – General Motors announces big update to on-car tech, enabling more extensive over-the-air updates – https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2019/05/20/gm-unveils-most-advanced-electronics-systems/3736468002/
  12. (06:37) Corsa-e – Opel Corsa-e revealed – https://int-media.opel.com/en/sixth-generation-opel-corsa-goes-electric
  13. (06:57) Ban? – New Bill introduced to try and ban ICE car sales from 2040 onwards, but has slim chance of passing – https://www.merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MAZ19464.pdf
  14. (07:18) Plug-in at Chevron  EVGo starts installing charging stations at Chevron gas stations – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123206_want-to-charge-up-evgo-builds-chargers-at-chevron-gas-stations
  15. (07:34) More Changes – Tesla yet again changes pricing on vehicles, self-driving https://insideevs.com/news/350728/tesla-model-s-x-price-cuts/
  16. (07:51) iV Hookup -Škoda launches Citigo iV EV – https://www.skoda-storyboard.com/en/press-kits/skoda-iv-press-kit/skoda-citigoe-iv-the-zero-emission-city-sportster/
  17. (08:09) Research – Audi opens new 1.9 MWh grid-tied energy storage research project – https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/press-releases/audi-opens-battery-storage-unit-on-berlin-euref-campus-11681
  18. (08:27) It’s Back! – Tesla reinstates free unlimited Supercharging on its inventory cars – https://electrek.co/2019/05/21/tesla-free-supercharging-sell-inventory-cars/
  19. (08:44) Joint Research – Honda, GM join forces to research smart grid EV benefits – https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Automobile/Honda-and-GM-join-in-smart-grid-and-electric-car-research
  20. (09:01)   Get Juiced – eMotorWerks introduces JuicePlan – https://emotorwerks.com/news/releases/548-emotowerks-introduces-juiceplan
  21. (09:20) Cutting back – GM cuts back on its Maven car sharing service – https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/21/gm-scales-back-maven-car-sharing
  22. (09:37)  Not for PHEVs – UK purchase grant for plug-in vehicles confirmed to no-longer accept PHEVs – https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/exclusive-government-wont-reinstate-plug-hybrid-grants
  23. (09:56) Scoot! – BMW announces electric scooter to be launched this Autumn – https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0296232EN/launch-of-the-new-bmw-e-scooter-from-autumn-2019
  24. (10:13) Here We Go Again – Washington, DC becomes location of latest war on charging standards – https://electrek.co/2019/05/24/utility-chargepoint-evgo-and-tesla-duke-it-out/
  25. (10:37) Hello to Bye – BlackBird partners with By Aerospace for Electric plane service – https://www.byeaerospace.com/blackbird-partners-with-bye-aerospace-to-make-on-demand-flying-more-affordable-than-driving/
  26. (11:16) Time For A Race – The Boring Company races two Tesla Model 3s to prove its tunnels are faster than surface streets.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcMedyfcpvQ

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