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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.

Since this is a liveblog, there’s no need to refresh the page: new content will be added automatically. To enjoy, just keep the page loaded in a convenient browser window, and new content will be loaded as it is published.

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Will Tesla’s Electric Cars Really Become Appreciating Assets?

Tesla’s Full Self Driving Autopilot feature may not be available yet to use in the real world, but Tesla is hopeful that very soon it will be able to roll that feature out for its customers to use.

And Tesla CEO Elon Musk is convinced that thanks to this feature — and the Tesla Robotaxi service Tesla is planning to offer customers — its cars won’t depreciate as traditional cars do, but appreciate instead.

But even with the revenue-earning potential of a self-driving Tesla, will Tesla cars stop being merely a car and become an appreciating asset instead?

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The Harley Davidson LIvewire Electric Motorcycle Is Here. Will It Be Revolutionary?

After what seems like an eternity, Harley Davidson has finally revealed official specifications and pricing for its first ever mass-produced electric motorcycle: the Harley Davidson LiveWire.

With a powerful drivetrain, large battery pack and premium sticker price, it’ll certainly get the attention of some buyers.

But is this motorcycle a revolutionary one or not? It depends on if you’re talking about the brand itself, or the wider motorcycle world. If it’s the former, then maybe. If it’s the latter, absolutely not.

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Why Some Tesla Model S, Model X Cars Are Taking Longer To Charge Than They Once Did

Tesla’s supercharger network recently got a boost thanks to the new V3 Superchargers (capable of charge rates of more than 1,000 miles of range per hour), as well as an upgrade to the power output of its V2 Superchargers (from 120 kW to 150kW).

This has resulted in faster charging for all Tesla customers. All that is, except a group of Model S and Model X owners with cars fitted with 85 kilowatt-hour battery packs.

We’ve had some reach out to ask why this is — so we decided to make a video explaining it all.

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Sunday Musing: Should We Be Racing Electric Vehicles In Remote Places?

Formula E has been a true ambassador to the world of electric vehicles, engaging audiences of all ages around the world.

Now the team behind Formula E want to set up a new race series: Extreme E. It will take either battery electric or hydrogen electric race-built off-roaders to extreme and remote places around the world, partly to showcase that electric vehicles have what it takes to do anything, and partly to highlight the threats that those areas face at the hands of global warming.

But as with any race series, there’s a lot that goes into making the race happen. Teams, Transportation, and lots more.

Today, we’re asking if we should be trying to host races in extreme, vulnerable locations — or if there’s a better way of raising awareness of the challenges and threats these places face?

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ID.R EV Breaks F1 Record, Mini Cooper SE Revealed, No tTo Model S, X Updates — TEN 257

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

  1. (00:45) Faster Than F1 – Volkswagen ID.R makes new record at Goodwood hillclimb – https://www.volkswagen-newsroom.com/en/press-releases/faster-than-formula-1-new-record-for-the-volkswagen-idr-in-goodwood-5174
  2. (01:23) Revealed – MINI Cooper SE finally revealed, specs, pricing released – https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0298510EN/statements-press-conference-world-premiere-of-the-new-mini-electric
  3. (02:04) “No Update” – Elon Musk says no update to Model S, X — only incremental improvements – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123936_no-updates-for-tesla-model-s-model-x-says-musk
  4. (02:40) Expanded Alliance – Volkswagen and Ford announce extension of existing alliance to include EVs and Self-Driving cars – https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2019/07/12/ford-vw.html
  5. (03:14) Rated – Tesla Model 3 aces crash tests in Europe – https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/tesla/model-3/37573
  6. (03:50) Investment – FIAT commits to €700 million investment to produce next-gen Fiat 500e –https://www.marketscreener.com/FIAT-CHRYSLER-AUTOMOBILES-18191992/news/Fiat-Chrysler-Automobiles-FCA-s-Mirafiori-Plant-Turns-80-Work-Begins-on-New-Assembly-Line-for-the-28883771/?utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=20190711
  7. (04:27) The Open Road – Harley Davidson announces free charging with Electrify America – https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/harley-davidson-livewire-electrify-america-free-charging/
  8. (05:03) Model 3 Ramp Up – Chinese parts supplier for Tesla says it is doubling its supplies for Tesla Model 3 cars next month – https://www.digitimes.com/news/a20190710PD214.html
  9. (05:39) Autobahn Ready – Mercedes, BMW says that their cars will have level 4 self-driving capabilities, be ready to drive on the German Autobahn, by 2024 – https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/05/mercedes-bmw-level-4-self-driving-autobahn/
  10. (06:28) More Teasing – Volkswagen teases more ID3 info in latest dash-video. – then removes it!? – https://electrek.co/2019/07/10/vw-id3-dashboard-video/
  11. (06:44) Second Factory – LG Chem is considering building a second battery production facility in the U.S. – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-chem-batteries-usa-exclusive/exclusive-lg-chem-considering-building-2nd-u-s-ev-battery-plant-idUSKCN1U60KZ
  12. (07:02) Major Opposition – 23 U.S. states now publicly oppose the EPA fuel economy freeze – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123951_23-states-now-oppose-epa-fuel-economy-freeze
  13. (07:23) Problems – Seres — formerly SF Motors — delays launch and lays off staff – https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20689610/chinese-ev-startup-seres-halts-us-launch-layoff-sf5-90-people-silicon-valley
  14. (07:42) Stealing Code? – former Tesla engineer admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud account before leaving the company for Xiopeng Motors-  https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20689468/tesla-autopilot-trade-secret-theft-guangzhi-cao-xpeng-xiaopeng-motors-lawsuit-filing
  15. (07:58) ’Incentives’ Volkswagen working to persuade battery cell suppliers to join its electric vehicle goals – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-electric-batteries/vw-to-deepen-alliances-with-battery-suppliers-for-electric-push-idUSKCN1U30I8
  16. (08:17) CHAdeMO OK – Tesla officially makes Model 3 compatible with Tesla CHAdeMo adaptor – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1123963_tesla-opens-access-to-chademo-chargers-for-model-3-drivers
  17. (08:34) Rocketman – MINI says that it may bring the Rockeman electric concept to China as an smaller-than-MINI city EV – https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/mini-rocketman-resurrected-compact-electric-car
  18. (08:49) New Regulations – The EASA releases new regulations to make autonomous VTOL aircraft taxis a reality – https://www.electrive.com/2019/07/08/easa-releases-new-electric-aircraft-regulations/
  19. (09:07) Conceptualization – Bentley showcases the EXP 100GT to envisage an all-electric future for the brand https://www.bentleymedia.com/en/newsitem/957-bentley-reimagines-the-future-of-grand-touring-with-the-extraordinary-bentley-exp-100-gt
  20. (09:26) Performance package – Polestar 2 will have an optional performance package – https://www.autoblog.com/2019/07/09/2020-polestar-2-performance-package/
  21. (09:41) Muscles, Electrified – Dodge could be going electric – https://www.autonews.com/mobility-report/dodge-sees-electric-future-its-performance-cars
  22. (09:59) Storing Power – UK National Grid proves that electric cars will help, not destroy the electricity grid – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/11/electric-cars-could-form-battery-hubs-to-store-renewable-energy
  23. (10:18) Taking Over – Elon Musk continues take over of Autopilot team as more engineers lose their jobs – https://electrek.co/2019/07/09/tesla-autopilot-team-loses-engineers-elon-musk-takes-over/
  24. (10:41) XJ-Electric Confirmed – Jaguar Land Rover announces expansion of electric vehicle lineup, confirms all-electric XJ successor is on the way – https://www.jaguarlandrover.com/news/2019/07/jaguar-land-rover-accelerates-electrification
  25. (10:57) Solar Tests – Toyota begins trails of super-efficient on-car solar panels for charging EVs – https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/corporate/28787347.html?_ga=2.35470881.1096195333.1562947786-2127292456.1562947786
  26. (11:19) Twenty Years – Volkswagen expands its Silicon Valley research presence, unveils Type 20 concept EV – https://media.vw.com/en-us/releases/1174
  27. (12:04) Thank You – The mission to thank those for driving EVs – https://www.patreon.com/evthankyou/overview

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Will We Get Brownouts, Power Cuts If Everyone Drives An Electric Car?

In the last couple of weeks we’ve been debunking some myths and explaining some misgivings about electric cars. Today we’re back at it — explaining why fears that everyone switching to a plug-in car won’t cause the electricity grid to fall apart.

In fact, as the UK’s National Grid recently detailed, electric cars could save, not kill the electricity grid.

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After Confirming €700 Million Investment In It, Here’s What Next-Gen Fiat 500e Needs

The current generation Fiat 500e is very much a compliance car, sold in two U.S. states (California and Oregon) to satisfy their respective zero emission vehicle mandate.

But with more and more places bringing tougher emissions regulations about (except the U.S.) Fiat, just like other automakers, is having to focus more on electric.  Earlier today, it confirmed a new €700 million investment in the Mirafiori plant in Italy, stating that the sixty-year old facility would be home to the new Fiat 500e.

We don’t know a lot about this second incarnation of the hard-to-buy Fiat, but here’s what Fiat will need to offer in order to get the 500e flying off dealer lots.

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Tesla, Superchargers and Paying Rent: Some Much-Needed Context

As with any news story surrounding Tesla these days, things can get pretty out of hand pretty quickly.

So when YouTube channel What’s Inside made a twitter post yesterday (https://twitter.com/whatsinside/status/1148738270299222016) discussing a Utah Supercharger site where the property owner said Tesla had not paid rent, it gained a lot of attention.

Here’s what we know about the story thus far, what we know about Tesla Supercharging sites — and what we think this incident can teach us all.

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BMW Unveils The 2020 MINI Cooper SE Electric Hatch: Will It Sell?

Back in 2008, BMW announced its MINI E prototype test fleet program. Since that program ended — and was replaced by the BMW Active E test fleet (and then BMW i3 production), many MINI fans and plug-in fans alike have asked BMW to produce an electric MINI model.

Today, BMW unveiled the Cooper SE electric hatch – the first ever production MINI model to come with a 100% electric drivetrain.

Here’s what you need to know about this new model, and our take on how it will (or won’t) sell.

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Your Questions, Answered: Are Electric Cars Safe To Ride In With All That Electromagnetic Radiation?

We often get asked questions by our viewers — and (although we can’t answer them all) we do our best to answer them, either by commenting to the questions directly, firing off a quick email, or using the question as a topic for a video.

In the last couple of months, we’ve had several people ask about the health risks associated with electric car ownership, specifically the risks associated with electromagnetic radiation from the car’s power electronics and motors.

To put those fears to bed, we decided to make this video explaining why you shouldn’t be worried at all.

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Sunday Musing: How Do We Make Up For All Those Flights?

This week, Nikki has been in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  for a bit of a mini-holiday. Pittsburgh is the other side of the U.S. to Portland, Oregon.

While it’s Nikki’s first personal flight of the year — one she’s carbon offsetted already — it’s got us thinking about Transport Evolved’s carbon footprint. We’re often asked to fly to different parts of the world to cover new cars and cleaner, greener, safer, smarter technology — which feels a little disingenuous given our channel’s content remit.

Just like our friends at Fully Charged, we do everything we can to make up for our flights. But at the same time, our viewers don’t like it if we don’t get to car launches or test drive certain models we can’t get near our home base.

So how do you square the round hole? Are we doing the right thing to carbon offset? Or is there another solution we haven’t thought of? And while we’re carbon offsetting right now using mainly commercial sites (and sometimes direct donations to green projects), is there a better way to offset the CO2 we generate when we travel?

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Study Suggests Hybrids, Not EVs, Are The Better Way To Reduce Emissions. Wait. What?

(Happy July 4 to all our U.S. Viewers!)

We love looking into reports and studies on this channel, and in the past we’ve both debunked studies and backed them up. Sometimes, we just provide extra context to tackle any public confusion there might be following some misinterpreted headline.

So when we heard of a study that seemed to suggest hybrids, not EVs, were the way to reduce emissions, we had to look.

Hear our take above, and read the report for yourself here: https://www.emissionsanalytics.com/news/hybrids-are-better

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The New Renault ZOE 50 Has Been Priced — But Here’s Why The ZOE 40 is More Important

Back in June, Renault confirmed the 2020 Renault ZOE would feature a larger, higher-capacity 52 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Called the Renault ZOE 50, it would offer a WLTP range of 390 kilometers per charge.

Earlier this week, Renault officially priced that model — but while the new Renault 50 represents a great deal, it’s actually not the best value Renault you can buy.

That, we think, might be the entry-level ZOE, which, along with this new upgrade, has increased its battery capacity from 22 kilowatt-hours to 41 kilowatt-hours.

Here’s why this change is so important for Renault — and EV owners in Europe.

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So Far This Year, Electric Cars Accounted For Almost A Half of New Car Sales in Norway. Can Other Countries Copy it?

It’s official. During the first six months of this year, electric cars made up almost one half of all new car sales in Norway.  It’s the highest market share that electric cars have ever enjoyed in the country, and acts as a beacon of hope that other countries can follow suit.

But can they? We’re all familiar with what makes Norway’s electric car success story so great — but do other countries have the ability to copy it?

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Tesla Turns Sixteen Today. Here’s How It Got Here

Sixteen years ago today in the state of Delaware, a new business was incorporated. That business wanted to make an electric sports car that performed like no other electric car.

So, like any teen celebrating their sweet sixteenth, we thought it was worth taking some time out to look at Tesla’s highs and lows so far — and celebrate how far it’s come.

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Sunday Musing: How To Report (And React) To Conflicting Stories From Automakers

Earlier this week, BMW held a big event at which it promoted its future electrified lineup. Promising 25 new electrified models by 2023 (two years ahead of schedule) it looked like BMW was super serious about plug-in cars.

Then reports started to emerge from the same event, quoting executives with less rosy views of electric cars. Headlines denouncing what appears to be a double standard were quick to follow.

In a large company however, there are always those who disagree with the official company line — or have their own opinions that differ from those of their colleagues.

Does this mean someone is lying? Are they being two-faced? Or is it just a conflict of opinions? And how should we (and others) in the automotive media cover that?

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BMW Conflicted on EVs, Tesla Brushes off Hack Claims, Kiwi Battery Replacements for LEAFs — TEN 256

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BMW Pushes Forward Electrification Plans – But Is Everyone Singing From The Same Hymn Sheet?

Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW have all recently really been eagerly talking about their plans for electric vehicles, and at a special event this week, BMW went one step further, pushing forward its plans to have twenty-five new electrified models (more than half of which will be electric) onto the market by 2025 to 2023.

On the face of it, the BMW event seems to showcase good things for the future of BMW’s plug-in lineup. But are all BMW executives singing the same tune?

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The Lightyear One Is A Real Self-Charging Electric Car. Here’s What We Know So Far

Tesla has helped transform the way electric cars are viewed around the world thanks to its range of fast, sexy electric cars.

Now a handful of companies are trying to change the way people view solar cars too — working hard to produce cars that don’t even need to plug in in order to be driven. A truly self-charging electric car, if you will.

Earlier this week, Dutch company Lightyear unveiled its LightYear One plug-in solar hybrid car. It can charge from a regular electric car charging station or CCS quick charge station — but thanks to 1.25 kilowatts peak of solar panels on its body, it can also add an impressive 50-70 km of range per day simply by being parked outside.

Here’s everything we know so far — and everything you need to know!

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Here’s How To Buy An Electric Car With Gas Money!!!

We’re often told by eager would-be plug-in car drivers that electric cars are just too darned expensive for them to be able to afford.

But what if we told you there was a way you could exchange your daily-driver commuter car for an affordable, low-maintenance electric car for about the same cost as you’re probably currently paying in gasoline (petrol)?

There’s a way – and we’re going to show you how to do just that!

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LA to Vegas: About That New York Times Electric Car Trip In A Chevy Bolt EV

As electric vehicles become more and more popular, and electric car charging networks become more and more advanced, we’re starting to see more people than ever before undertake an electric car road trip.

We’re also seeing more and more people share their experiences — both good and bad — of the same.

This past weekend, The New York Times ran an article by energy correspondent Ivan Penn in which he detailed what seemed like a pretty arduous trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back in a single day. The headline “LA to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In” said it all. And by all, we mean the same old fears that people have about traveling long distance.

Normally, we’d go through such an article and point out some of the areas in which perhaps the journalist or blogger was mistaken or inexperienced. But this time, we were able to go one step further: compare it to a very similar trip we made in January to CES in a Chevy Bolt of our own.

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Sunday Musing: “Electric Cars Can’t Do That!” – Hold Our Drink Moments

People often cite one particular trip or duty as the real reason they can’t make the switch from gasoline to electric. Sometimes it’s a road trip. Other times it’s being able to two or carry a specific load.

But after many years of driving electric, our team at Transport Evolved have got used to carrying a whole host of different and unusual things with our cars, making long-distance road trips, or doing things that most people think an electric car can’t do.

So today, we want to hear about the times you did something similar – as well as the fears that you might have that prevent you from buying an electric car if you don’t already have one!

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Tesla Range Drop, Florida Ditches Backup Driver, Model 3 ‘Truckla” Pickup — TEN 255

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Why Electric Cars Are About To Go Mainstream

We’ve been hearing about a magic tipping point for electric cars for some time now — a point where the price of electric vehicles have dropped and where enough people are making the switch that plug-ins reach a significant market share point.

In some countries like Norway, that’s already happened thanks to strong incentives and consumer engagement.

Tesla and the Model 3 have also helped drive the number of people making the switch from internal combustion to electric — but we’re about to hit that tipping point for electric cars in large parts of the world, and it’s got very little to do with just one car.

It’s got everything to do with the number of new all-electric models coming to market alongside internal combustion engined counterparts. For the first time, we’re now seeing electricity being offered as a legitimate fuel source alongside other fuels — and rather than be forced to wait for their launch, customers will be able to spec an electric variant from launch.

And that’s very special indeed.

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Review: Energica Esse Esse 9 Electric Motorcycle. Fast, Fun, Planted. Should You Get One?

We love riding motorcycles here at Transport Evolved. Both Nikki and Kate are both keen bikers, so whenever a chance presents itself to get on two wheels, we’re there!

Back at CES 2018, they both fell in love with the Energica Esse Esse 9, a then brand-new Italian electric motorcycle that not only looked the part but seemed to tick plenty of boxes on paper. The only downside we saw at the time? Its price.

Now, after a week of riding it, Nikki’s here with her verdict on the motorcycle she’s been wanting to ride for a really long time. Did it live up to the hype — or is it let down by one very small, but very essential oversight?

Watch the video above to find out!

Note: Due to stock, the motorcycle we’ve reviewed is the 2018 model year variant. The 2019 model year is subtly different, and adds extra rider assistance safety features like traction control as standard.

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