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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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Audi e-Tron Specs, Tesla Shutdown, Model 3 Video Collecting – TEN Episode 206

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Will Porsche’s DC Quick Charge Plans Rival Tesla’s Supercharger Network?

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It’s pretty clear by now that Porsche really wants a piece of Telsa’s crown. Not only has it got the Mission E and Mission E Cross-Turismo as potential cars to go against the Model S and Model X in the plug-in marketplace, but it too wants to build its own massive rapid-charge network for electric cars.

But there are a few differences between what Porsche’s planning and how Tesla operates its network. For a start, the power levels are different. Then there’s the matter of network exclusivity (Porsche says any EV could use its network).

And then there’s the sheer volume of Porsche’s rollout: five hundred 320 kilowatt DC quick chargers in the U.S. in just one year.

Will that mean Porsche becomes a Tesla competitor? Will it need to? And what lies in the future for Porsche’s network?

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What’s V2V? – And Why Will It Make Your Car Safer?

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In the age of semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles, we’re getting used to seeing cars that exhibit some pretty smart capabilities, utilizing the latest in computer artificial intelligence and image recognition to keep you safe on the road.

But in 2021, Toyota and Lexus will introduce a technology as standard across the two brands which will allow you (and your car) to detect and respond to other vehicles long before you can even see them.

Welcome to the world of Vehicle to Vehicle and Vehicle to Grid. Here’s what it does, and why it’s going to be a valuable addition to the car of the future.

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Just Where Can You Get Your Electric Car Serviced?

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The more complex cars have become, the less likely it is that owners will service their own cars. As a consequence, there’s quite a lot of misinformation surrounding just where you can get your car serviced — especially if it’s electric.

Some automakers haven’t helped either, through stated or implied restrictions on where and how your electric car should be service.

But what’s the real situation when it comes to electric car service? Where can you get it done? Where should you get it done — and what’s the implications (if any) for warranty?

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(And if you’re interested in Rich’s problems with his Salvage Model S, head here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZjIWy1uyKw )

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Why Tesla Model 3 Production Is Harder Than Tesla Had Planned

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Over the past eight months or so, Tesla has been ramping up production of its Model 3 electric car. Currently, just over two thousand cars are coming off its Fremont production line, a major improvement on the number of cars being produced per week at the start of the year.

However, Model 3 production volume is still below what Tesla CEO Elon Musk had originally hoped it would be by now. The reason? Tesla tried to use too many robots in its production line, and made the Model 3 a little too complex. Yet, as Musk detailed in an interview with Gale King from CBS’s Good Mornin (https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/FMN4XL5kYziyfOOgz_QcKARo7NWm0Gsf/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-offers-rare-look-inside-model-3-factory/) last week, he’s is willing to learn from the experience and believes Tesla is heading out of “Production Hell”

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Model 3 “Time Shift”, Model Y Rumors, Killing ICE Smart Cars – TEN Episode 205

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How You Can Help Self-Driving Cars Get Better

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Autonomous cars are coming — like it or not. But in recent weeks we’ve had a series of nasty accidents involving semi-autonomous cars which illustrate the fact that not all autonomous vehicle technology is ready for prime time yet.

At face value, accidents — especially fatal ones — involving semi autonomous or fully autonomous cars actually slows down the autonomous vehicle development and adoption process. Yet today’s semi-autonomous vehicle technology is in so much of an ‘Uncanny Valley’ in terms of its competence that it’s easy to mistake it for full autonomous capability.

So how can we help get cars to full autonomy quickly and safely? Watch the video to find out, like, comment and subscribe, and support us using the links above.

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From PS4 To Reality, Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is Beautiful

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For several years now, the Playstation Gran Turismo game (or sim if you prefer) has become something of a playground for automakers seeking to let their imagination run free, creating the perfect virtual race cars with none of the usual financial constraints of the real world.

Aside from being fantastic halo cars for their brands, these vehicles have been raced and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of avid race fans around the world.

And now, for the first time in history, one automaker has turned its vision for the perfect GT from the computer game into reality.

Meet Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo — and find out why it’s such an influential vehicle — by watching the video above.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV OTA Update, Battery Calibration Update: The Important Bits

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Chevrolet has just announced a couple of new service bulletins for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, but unlike past service updates, one of them includes an over-the-air software update that will be rolled out to customers’ cars in the next few weeks.

What does each entail? And what will each update do to your car?

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Why The U.S. China Trade War Is Bad For Tesla (But Not All EVs)

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Right now, the U.S. and China are engaged in an ongoing war of rhetoric (and tariffs) which could result in Chinese goods being heavily taxed in the U.S. and U.S. goods being equally heavily taxed by Chinese authorities.

At the heart of the tariffs is the automotive industry. It will will suffer increased raw material costs in the U.S. thanks to American import tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminium, as well as import tariffs on any vehicles sent to China. Unfortunately for the plug-in world, California company Tesla is likely to suffer the most.

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Rapidgate Response, Tesla Q1 Records, BMW i3 Future – TEN Episode 204

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What Will Reduced EPA Fuel Economy Standards Mean For Electric Cars?

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected official fuel economy standards set for 2022-2025 by the previous administration. Calling them unrealistic and inappropriate, the head of the EPA Scott Pruitt also hinted that the EPA would be looking to examine the current waiver the state of California has which allows it to set tougher fuel economy and emissions standards than the rest of the U.S.

It, like the Obama-era CAFE standards, is in danger of being eliminated completely.

But while politicians and environmentalists argue about the dropping of these standards, what does it all mean for electric vehicles? After all, lower fuel economy standards means that there’s less pressure on automakers to make electric cars. And if California is prevented from setting its own standards, the pressure currently set by the zero emission mandate could be eliminated, meaning automakers may not even want to produce electric cars any more.

Or will they? After all, the rest of the world is pushing for tougher fuel standards.

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Fatal Tesla Model X Autopilot Crash: What We Can Learn

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A few weeks ago, a Tesla Model X crashed into an exit-ramp barrier on the 101 near Mountain View, California. The impact, made worse by a lack of functioning crash attenuator on the barrier, completely destroyed the front of the Model X and caused the battery pack to catch fire. The driver, while still alive immediately after the crash, died of his injuries.

While plenty of automotive accidents occur across the world on a daily basis resulting in both severe injury and death to occupants, the Model X crash has hit the headlines partly because it involved a Tesla electric car and partly because it was disclosed by Tesla that autopilot had been engaged at the time of the collision.

But with Tesla stating the driver ignored warnings to place his hands on the steering wheel prior to the accident — and partly laying the blame at CalTrans (which had not replaced the crash attenuator immediately following an accident earlier that week)  — there’s been something of a blame game going on as to who is ultimately responsible.

While we’ll not know the official cause of the crash until the NTSB investigation into the crash has been completed, it is worth taking time out to ask, given what we know, what we can all learn from this terrible crash — and how we can work together to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Nissan: LEAF Rapidgate Tapering Is a “Safeguard”

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A few weeks ago, an informal ‘race’ in the UK (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpwyue9IiBE) highlighted that there appeared to be an issue with Nissan’s brand-new 2018 LEAF and consecutive rapid charging sessions. Quickly coined “Rapidgate” the issue received some significant attention, with Nissan saying at the time stating that it would work with owners of affected vehicles to understand what was causing brand-new LEAFs to dramatically drop rapid charging speed when charging for two or more times on a long-distance trip.

Today (as read out in our live hangout earlier discussing the topic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY7j507VdQs ) we received an official statement   from Nissan which read: “The 2018 Nissan LEAF has charging safeguards to protect the battery during repeated fast charging sessions in a short period of time. While the safeguards may increase charging times after multiple fast charging sessions, they are important to maintaining battery life over an extended time period.”

Which leads to the following question: should you buy a 2018 Nissan LEAF?

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Autonomous Jaguar I-Pace, Kona Electric Launched, Tesla Challenges – TEN Episode 203

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Are (Will) Electric Cars Be Any Good Off-Road?

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Electric cars have already proven themselves just as capable as their internal combustion-engined counterparts on both the road and the race track.

But in the world of off-roading (save for a few one-off builds) electric vehicles have yet to gain any…traction.

The reason? So far, very few companies have focused on electric off-roaders — but that’s set to change in the coming few years with companies like Bollinger producing the B1 on-off road truck and traditional brands like Jeep and Land Rover considering their own plug-in models.

Which leads to the question: are electric cars any good off road?

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How To Plan A Long-Distance Trip By Electric Car

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There comes a time in every electric car owner’s life when they decide to ditch the relative safety of the area around their home and decide to push their car beyond the limit of a single charge, often by several hundred miles.

If you’re new to the world of electric cars (and you don’t own a Tesla) the chances are the idea of long-distance electric car travel is a bit daunting, especially when it comes to route planning. But worry not! We’ve got a short guide on how you can best prepare for your trip, from route planning to charger planning.  (And if you’re looking for the Plugshare site, you’ll find it at http://www.plugshare.com)

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What Would The Model T Of Electric Cars Be Like?

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Just under a year ago, we asked if the Tesla Model S, Model X or Model 3 could be compared to the iconic Ford Model T, concluding that while Tesla has an incredibly important part to play in vehicle (and electric vehicle) history, it wasn’t quite at Model T importance.

So, in following up to this video (and because we’ve seen a lot of you complain about electric vehicle price points) we’ve come up with this video describing what we think an electric car would need in order to become as influential and revolutionary as the Model T.

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“RapidGate”: What We Know About 2018 Nissan LEAF Rapid Charging Woes

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Just over a week ago, a now-infamous race occured in the UK between a 2018 Nissan LEAF, a 2017 Hyundai IONIQ EV and a previous-generation 30 kilowatt-hour Nissan LEAF. Starting in Leicestershire and driving in accordance with all regulations, the three cars and their drivers set out to see which vehicle would arrive in Aberdeen, Scotland (a trip of 450 miles/724 kilometers) first. On paper, the 2018 Nissan LEAF seemed to be the winner, thanks to its 40 kilowatt-hour battery pack and much longer range than its two challengers.

But because of an issue with rapid charger throttling, the new LEAF actually arrived three hours after the Hyundai IONIQ EV, proving what many early LEAF owners had feared: rapid charging seems to be throttled back on long-distance trips after two (or three) quick charging sessions and highway/motorway driving.

So what next? What’s the cause? And will it get fixed? Here’s what we know thus far — and as always, we’ll update you when we have more info.

If you’re interested in following the story from all angles, we’ve even created a special playlist on the Transport Evolved channel covering as many angles as possible of the original story — you can find it by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBV7xzMwg_k&list=PL0tVAP7GqUpbBTQE5JzuCuKJ5Vs4RxXrC

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Elon’s Pay Packet, Slow LEAF Charging, Self-Driving Fatality – TEN Episode 202

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After Uber Self-Driving Fatality — What Now?

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Over the weekend, an Uber SUV collided with a woman pushing her bicycle across the road in Tempe, Arizona. It was night time, and the car appears not to have seen the woman as she begun to cross. Camera footage from the car suggests (according to local police) that the shadows were such that neither car nor its human supervisor would have seen and reacted to the woman in time.

Any fatality involving autonomous vehicles will of course be heavily scrutinized. It was when Joshua Brown, well-known Tesla advocate, was killed during a freak accident involving his Model S, inappropriate Autopilot use, high sun glare and a white tractor trailer unit.

It is important of course to collect and reflect on Sunday’s tragedy before moving forward with autonomous vehicle development — but what observations and modifications can be made from such a terrible loss of life?

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CES 2018 — Chargepoint, Batteries, Fisker e-Motion, Autonomous Cars, Energica Esse 9: Show Day 2 Roundup

Kate and Nikki introduce day two of CES 2018: https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=0m20s

Nikki checks out Chargepoint’s new electric car charging technology : https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=2m07s

Kate experiences Honda’s modular battery vision for the future: https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=6m49s

Nikki looks at the Fisker e-Motion https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=9m34s

Kate examines one possible future for in-car entertainment in the age of autonomous vehicles https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=13m10s

Nikki and Kate get excited over the Energica Esse 9 Electric motorcycle https://youtu.be/dC0Qb1_DF5Y?t=15m13s

Please note: Due to the noisy environment of CES, the audio quality does vary during this video.

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Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Kate Walton-Elliott at CES 2018 as they tour some of the future transportation and automaker booths on display at CES 2018, revisit some of the exhibits they learned about during the two previous press days, and get up close and personal with some weird and wonderful tech.

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FF91 Prototypes, Model 3 Production, Supercharger Price Rise, – TEN Episode 201

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What’s A Grey Market Electric Car — And Should You Buy One?

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All over the world there are certain makes and models of cars that are available in some markets but not in others. And sometimes it’s very frustrating looking at the market in other countries and wishing you could bring one particular car back home with you.

The process of doing that — called grey market importing — is fairly common in some parts of the world and almost unheard of in others. In Europe for example, it’s relatively easy to import a car from the U.S. to a European country. In New Zealand, it’s relatively easy to import a Japanese-market car for use on Kiwi roads.

In the U.S. meanwhile, it’s nigh-on-impossible.

If you’re determined enough and you’re not in the U.S., grey market imports may seem like a great way to get the EV of your dreams. But should you bother?

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Why The Rimac C_Two Is A Car To Watch

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Born out of the hobby of its founder — namely converting internal combustion engined vehicles to electric — Rimac Automobili is a company that’s not only got a rags-to-riches story but was also responsible for one of the fastest electric cars in history.

Granted, only a handful of Rimac Concept_One examples were built, but each one has helped the Croatian company take one step closer to being taken seriously as a hypercar manufacturer.

And at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Rimac unveiled its second car, the Rimac C_Two, a vehicle which on paper looks like it will wipe the floor with plenty of internal combustion engined vehicles, including the famous Bugatti Veyron (at last when it comes to acceleration)

With only 150 examples planned to be produced, it’s easy to think that the Rimac C_two will not have much of an effect on the wider automotive world. But we’re not so sure.

Watch the video above to find out why.

 

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