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It’s Tesla Model 3 Day! Join In The Fun With Our Wall-to-Wall LiveBlog Coverage

You asked for it — and we’ve listened.

Our previous Tesla event liveblog coverage has proven so popular that we’re going one step further this time with a whole day’s worth of 24LiveBlog coverage for you to enjoy, covering everything there is to know about Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] latest production electric car — the Tesla Model 3.

We know you want it -- so here it is. Wall-to-Wall Model 3 Coverage.

We know you want it — so here it is. Wall-to-Wall Model 3 Coverage.

Later on today, we’ll get to see the car for the first time — and we’ll cover the big reveal live in our very own  Transport Evolved special with guests including Robert Llewellyn and Chelsea Sexton. But for now, join us and our friends at 24liveblog as we bring you the latest from the queues, the reservation process, and of course, the fans eager to buy Tesla’s first ‘affordable’ electric car.

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Why Electric Buses Are Far More Important Than Teslas

We’ve all got used to the idea that making the world a cleaner, greener, safer and smarter place can start by cleaning up our transportation choices.

For many people, that means swapping their internal combustion engined car for an electric one.

But the impact of electric cars disappears into insignificance when compared to eh impact another electric vehicle could have on the world: electric buses.

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Tesla Sues Two Startups In A Week: Here’s Why

Telsa may have a commitment to open-sourcing its patents for like-minded companies to use in order to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and clean electricity — but this week it issued papers against two companies — and former employees — that it says have stolen Tesla’s proprietary information.

Here’s how that’s possible, even though Tesla wants to share its patents — and why Tesla is probably going to win in one case but not the other.

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Can We Trust Volkswagen, GM, And Other Legacy Automakers? It’s Complicated…

Every time we cover a legacy automaker on this channel, we’re met with a fair few commenters telling us we’re crazy for even giving them the time of day — and adding that anyone who supports companies like GM, Ford, Honda or Volkswagen is a fool.

While some of these companies seem to have made a change of late toward more serious investment in electric cars, many electric car fans still remain wary.

So can we really trust so-called legacy automakers when they seem committed to electric cars? Its it vaporware? Will we ever see these models? And should we give them our money?

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Elon Musk V The SEC: What’s Next — And What Needs To Happen

back in August last year, Elon Musk made a series of tweets about taking Tesla private which upset quite a few people on Wall Street — including the SEC.

It cumulated in a court case late last year which saw Musk step down as company Chairman of the Board, retain his position as CEO, pay a $20 million fine, and agree to have his future Tesla-related tweets vetted before posting them.

Since then, Musk has continued to tweet, and both he and Tesla have admitted that his tweets haven’t been vetted. That’s landed him back in the courts, with the SEC seeking to have him found in contempt.

So what’s next? What happens? Who is to blame? And what’s the smart outcome?

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Battery and Hydrogen Electric Cars Once Shared The Same Problems – But Here’s Why Batteries Won Out

At one point not so long ago, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric cars were both faced with massive challenges in their race to become the chosen alternative to fossil fuels. What’s more, those challenges were pretty similar, and both battery electric and hydrogen electric vehicles had poor infrastructure, were expensive to buy, and required car owners to do something different to fill up.

Battery electric vehicles have, for the most part, solved their problems. But hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are still stuck with some pretty big challenges.

Here’s what they are, why battery electric vehicles won out, and what hope Hydrogen has in the future of at least becoming an alternative to battery electric as diesel is to gasoline.


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Should All New Homes Be Required To Be EV, Battery Backup Ready?

In some parts of the world it’s now required for new homes to be ‘ready for electric cars’, with requirements ranging from extra capacity for charging stations through to actual installation of a charging station.

But should it be an international requirement looking forward? Should every country around the world put measures in place to make it a requirement that all new homes come with renewable electrical generation, electric car charging capabilities, and battery backups?

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Tesla Model Y, VW ID Orders Open in May, Volvo’s Autonomous Electric Bus – TEN 244

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Tesla Model Y Unveiled: Here’s What You Need To Know

After a long wait, Tesla’s Model Y SUV finally broke cover last night, marking a conclusion in Elon Musk’s desire to make electric cars S3Xy.

Available from $39,000 US for the standard range Model Y and going all the way up to the $60,000 dual motor performance Model Y, this seven seat mid-size SUV combines the engineering of the Model 3 with some of the style of the Model X.

And, says Elon Musk, will likely sell more than the Model 3 and the Model X combined.

Here’s everything you need to know about this new electric car from Tesla that is due to enter production next year.

Side note: apologies for the later arrival of this video: Nikki has been in Southern California for most of the week and has been balancing filming features with traveling, and producing regular TE content! 


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Could This Concept Car From FIAT Revolutionize The Way We Build Electric Cars?

There are generally two types of concept cars made by automakers: Those which look conventional enough (and functional enough) to be pre-production prototypes; and those which look so outlandish that it’s unlikely they will ever see the dealer forecourt as a production car in their current form.

The Fiat Centoventi electric concept — which debuted last week at the Geneva Motor Show — certainly fell into the latter group thanks to its futuristic, minimalist interior and its user-customizable exterior.

But this week we learned that Fiat Chrysler is readying a next-generation electric-only Fiat 500 which will feature some of the Centoventi’s ideas. And we think there’s only one that’s worth transferring: its modular battery pack.

Is Fiat Chrysler about to become the first automaker to produce an electric car with a modular battery pack you can easily expand for long-distance trips?

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Is Volkswagen AG Tesla’s Biggest Threat?

As one of the world’s largest automakers, Volkswagen AG — which owns many brands, including Volkswagen cars, Audi, Porsche, Bugatti, Bentley, Skoda and SEAT — makes and sells more than ten million cars a year.

Despite the criminal activity that lead to Dieselgate, Volkswagen still enjoys a very healthy balance sheet. And while many electric car fans are dismissive of Volkswagen because of Dieselgate and its constant electric car promises with no production cars to show for it, Volkswagen is finally starting its assault on the electric car market.

And it represents the biggest threat — or rather competition — that Tesla has ever seen.

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What’s a Charge Timer — And Why Should You Use One With your Electric Car?

While we like to keep abreast of the latest news in the world of cleaner, greener, safer and smarter transport, today we’re coving a topic that’s a little less news-based but equally as valid: the topic of charge timers.

We’ve had a lot of people reach out and ask what a charge timer is — and why they should use one. So we decided it was time to answer with a video!

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Tesla Changes Its Policy On Stores, Increases Pricing For Everything Except Model 3 Standard Range. Why?

Less than two weeks after it announced it would be closing the majority of its retail locations, Tesla has made a blog post revisiting that decision. (https://www.tesla.com/blog/update-Tesla-stores-and-pricing)

Instead of closing all its stores, it now plans to keep some open, while simultaneously increasing prices on all but the entry-level Tesla Model 3 Standard Range.

What prompted the change of direction? And is it the right decision?

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Car Sharing Sounds Great — But How Do We Solve These Challenges?

As mobile technology improves, we’re seeing more and more car-sharing schemes promised, ranging from ad-hoc car shares based on commercial fleets as well as peer-to-peer car sharing.

The benefits to such a system are huge: owners get to make money by sharing out their cars, and the number of cars on the road don’t go up because vehicles are servicing more than one need.

But in order to make such a system really work in the real world, there are some pretty basic challenges that need to be resolved — such as how to keep a vehicle clean, how to ensure owners who lease out their cars are protected, and how we get over the thought that our car is being ‘used’ by someone else.

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Audi Q4 e-tron, Tesla V3 Supercharging, iPace Car Of The Year — TEN Episode 243

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Tesla Launches V3, 250 kW+ Supercharger. Here’s What You need To Know

Hot on the heels of its Model 3 Standard Range and Model 3 Standard Range Plus announcement, Tesla has officially opened its first V3 Tesla Supercharger.

Located at the Supercharger site next to Tesla’s Fremont Factory, this new ‘beta’ V3 charging station can refuel Model 3 electric cars at speeds in excess of 250 kilowatts (1,000 miles per hour).

Here’s everything you need to know about this super-fast charging standard — and what you can expect of it when it rolls out.


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Why This Tiny Honda EV Should Get You Excited About The City of the Future

Like many of its rivals in the automotive world, Honda hasn’t really been all that serious about plug-in cars.

We’ve seen some concepts, we’ve seen some limited-production electric vehicles, and some compliance cars. And while those limited-production and compliance cars (like the Honda Fit EV) have been fantastic, Honda hasn’t really done a whole lot in terms of plug-in cars.

At this week’s Geneva Motor Show however, Honda revealed the E-Prototype, the final, near-production ready version of a small city compact EV that it says will start making toward the end of this year.
While it’s smaller than most electric cars out there, and has a smaller range, the Honda E-Prototype has gained a lot of attention from traditional automotive journalists and car fans alike.

And here’s why we think you should get excited about it too.


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Audi’s Going All-In With Electric — And It’s Not Fooling Around

Not so long ago, companies like Audi were dismissive of electric vehicle technology.

Now most of them are finally taking plug-in cars seriously.

But at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi’s show stand — completely devoid of non plug-in vehicles — shows just how seriously Audi is going after the plug-in market place.

Here’s why Audi’s going all-in with electric — and why other automakers should pay attention.


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Staff Car Update: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at 25,000 Miles

Back in August 2017, Nikki took out a lease on a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt LT.  Since then she’s driven it during the daily commute as well as taken it on several long-distance road trips.

Today, it rolled over 25,000 miles.

Here’s an unscripted update on how the car has fared thus far.


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2019 Nissan LEAF Plus Priced: Who Will Buy It?

Nissan has just announced pricing in the U.S. for its 2019 LEAF Plus — the longer-range, 60 kilowatt-hour variant of its second-generation LEAF hatchback.

But with the starting price higher than some of its competition — including the Tesla Model 3 – some people are questioning if anyone will buy the LEAF.

Because car purchases are so individual however, we think plenty of people will buy the LEAF Plus.

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Why Tesla Needs To Slow Down Its Constant, Relentless Price Changes

Tesla’s primary mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to renewable energy and sustainable transportation.

So far, it’s done a great job, bringing down the price of its electric cars and causing many other automakers to follow with their own plans for plug-in cars and energy products.

But in recent months, Tesla’s almost continual price changes and content switches has started to leave potential customers in the dust. And when large changes to policy or pricing are pushed with seemingly no warning, it’s started to upset some existing customers.

To counter this, Tesla needs to slow its price changes down. Here’s why.


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Do Electric, Plug-in Cars Still Have An Image Problem?

Electric and plug-in cars are far more capable than they once were — and have certainly shed the image of the old, slow, boring vehicle of old thanks in part to Tesla.

But in recent years electric vehicles have been branded as something else: the playthings of the rich and wealthy.

As more affordable plug-in cars come to market however, are people still sticking with the old stereotypes? And does this mean that people who might buy an electric car aren’t because of the image they still have?

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Model 3 Standard Range, Zero SR/F, Polestar 2 — TEN Episode 242

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Tesla Closing Retail Locations, Goes Online Only, Warns About Profits: What This Means

Yesterday, Tesla confirmed that the Model 3 Standard Range would finally be available to order from $35,000. It also unveiled the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus.

At the same time, it also confirmed that it would be closing the majority of its Tesla Stores and Galleries, turning instead to online only purchases in order to reduce costs and bring more affordable cars to market.

In a conference call with select journalists after the announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said that Tesla is unlikely to turn a Profit in Q1.

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Model 3 Standard Range Is Here: What You Need To Know

Earlier this year in the Q4 2018 earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that we’d likely see the long-awaited ‘mass-market’ $35,000 Tesla Model 3 enter production some time in the summer, completing the Tesla Model 3 lineup after nearly two years of production.

Today, after teasing something important was on the way, Tesla announced it was taking orders for two Model 3 standard range variants: the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range ($35,000) and the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus ($37,000)

Here’s what you need to know about both models — and when you can expect them if you want to buy one.

PLEASE NOTE: This video uses images of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, as Tesla has not made any Model 3 Standard Range images or B-Roll available at the time of production.


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Just How Serious Is Fiat Chrysler About Plug-in Cars? It’s Not In The Headlines

For as long as we can remember Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has been a pretty reluctant manufacturer of plug-in vehicles, making and selling limited numbers of its Fiat 500e (while its executives complain loudly), and producing just one plug-in hybrid to date.

Earlier this week however, it announced a big investment in the U.S. into new manufacturing facilities which, as part ot its announcement, it promised a new electrified future.

Has FCA changed its tune on electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, or is this another reluctant attempt to follow others?

Watch the video above to find out, like comment and subscribe below, and use the provided links to support the show.


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