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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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Bolt Stockpiling, VW’s Model 3 Bet, 200-Mile BMW i3 — TEN Future Car News 21/7/2017

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What’s An e-Pedal (One Pedal Driving) — And Why Is The 2018 Nissan LEAF Getting It?

Earlier this week, Nissan announced that the next-generation Nissan LEAF (which is due to debut at the start of September) will come with a feature called “e-Pedal”. Designed to make it easier and more enjoyable to drive the 2018 Nissan LEAF, the e-Pedal functionality is better known in the electric car world as one pedal driving.

But what is one-pedal driving, and why is the Nissan LEAF getting it? Moreover, why are people so excited about it?

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What’s Really Strangling The Self-Driving Car? We Are

The age of the autonomous car is well and truly upon us, with more and more car companies adding semi-autonomous advanced driver assistance features to new models. At the same time, we’re seeing a real roadblock situation develop as legislators and regulators seem to stall the roll out of the autonomous car.

But are legislators really to blame for the slow roll out of the autonomous car, or is there someone else to blame? Like us, for example?

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Could Your Tesla Be Stolen — And What You Can Do To Reduce The Risk

Teslas are fast, full of tech, can travel further than any other electric car on sale today — and are highly sought after… especially in markets where Tesla isn’t currently focusing sales. They also happen to be kind of expensive and difficult to find parts for outside of Tesla’s service network, which makes them the ideal target for car thieves eager to make a quick buck.

Traditionally Tesla’s always-on Internet connection in its cars has offered some deterrent to would-be car thieves, but recently there’s been an increase in the number of reported Tesla thefts.

But are Tesla electric cars at higher risk of being stolen than any other car? What are the issues at play — and what can you do to ensure your car isn’t stolen?

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FF Factory Shelved, Model 3 Prep, Lucid Air Record — TEN Future Car News 14/7/2017

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Get Ready: Renault Zoe RS Hot Hatch Could Become a Reality

Back in March this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault unveiled a concept car based on the Renault ZOE electric hatchback called the Renault ZOE e-Sport Concept. Fitted with the same 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack as the current generation Renault ZOE, the e-Sport Concept came with not one but two electric motors putting out a total of 320 kilowatts of power at the wheels and managing the 0-62 mph (0-100kph) sprint in 3.2 seconds.

At the time, many people — including myself — got excited about the possibility that Renault might actually bring the hot-hatch electric car to market. Knowing it was a concept car rather than a production vehicle however, we remained skeptical.

Now its seems Renault is serious about bringing the ZOE e-Sport Concept to market as the Renault ZOE RS — a hot-hatch version of the regular ZOE that could be on dealer forecourts in just a few years’ time.

But will the ZOE RS sell? And how much should it sell for?

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Have You Opened Tesla’s Lootbox? There Might Be a Roadster Inside…

With Tesla’s customer referral program an established part of Tesla’s marketing strategy, the company is always looking for new and exciting perks to help keep owners engaged in the practice of bringing new friends, family and coworkers to the brand.

Tesla’s current referral program, which began earlier this spring, made it easier than ever before for owners to benefit from making referrals to friends, as well as including free supercharging for the life of the car for all new owners who used a referral program code when singing up.

Now, Tesla has unveiled a new top-level to its latest referral program for people who have referred at least five friends: a ten percent discount off the next-generation Tesla Roadster, with a tiered discount of two percent per five additional referrals. Essentially, this means anyone referring fifty friends or more to Tesla will earn themselves a brand-new Tesla Roadster when the car launches in twenty nineteen.

But should Tesla really be offering perks on a car it hasn’t even unveiled yet? And just when will that unveiling take place?

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What Does an Electric Car Revolution Need? 40 Gigafactories, Says VW

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk proclaimed that in order to move the world’s energy and transportation needs away from fossil fuels completely and onto clean, renewable sources of power, some one hundred Gigafactory-style facilities would have to be built around the world to produce all of the batteries that transition required.

At the end of last month, Volkswagen’s boss of Research and Development Ulrich Eichhorn made a similar prediction, claiming that if the entire automotive industry turned its fleet one quarter electric by 2025, a total of 40 Gigafactory facilities would need to be built globally.

But is that estimate accurate? Is it too high or too low? And what would a larger fleet of electric vehicles look like for the lithium-ion battery industry?

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What Does Volvo’s Plan To Electrify Its Fleet From 2019 Onwards Really Mean?

Last week, Swedish automaker Volvo announced that it would electrify its entire fleet from 2019 onwards, retiring internal combustion engine only vehicles and offering customers a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid drivetrains only.

If it manages to stick with its plan, Volvo will be the first mainstream automaker in the world to electrify its entire fleet. But what does it mean for the future of the brand? Why is Volvo electrifying its fleet now? And what does it mean for the rest of the automotive industry?

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Volvo EVs, Model 3 Starts Production, 2018 Nissan LEAF Reveal Date — TEN Future Car News 7/7/2017

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2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, 2013 Nissan LEAF: Transport Evolved Staff Car Update

Here at Transport Evolved, we don’t just cover the latest news in the world of cleaner, greener, safer and smarter transportation: we try and live with cleaner, greener, safer and smarter transportation day by day.

And while we’d love to be able to afford something like a high-end Tesla Model S or Model X, our staff car garage (split between the Gordon-Bloomfield household in Portland Oregon and the Walton-Elliott household in Olympia, Washington) are a little more modest. At the moment, our collaborative garage consists of two original Toyota RAV4 EVs, a 2013 Nissan LEAF SL, and a original Honda Insight Hybrid. And a 1969 Morris Minor awaiting conversion to Electric.

We’ll be bringing you an update from the Walton-Elliott household in the coming weeks — but with Sparky the Gordon-Bloomfield RAV4 EV doing well on its new battery pack and our 2013 Nissan LEAF losing its first battery capacity bar at 61,080 miles, we felt it was time for an update from the Portland contingent.

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Why Tesla’s Q2 Delivery Figures Were Low — And When You Can Expect To See Model 3s On The Road

Following its own tradition set over the past few years, Tesla released unofficial estimates at the start of July for the number of cars it produced and delivered during the second quarter. And as is equally the tradition following such a release, we’ve been looking over those figures to try and better understand and predict Tesla’s position looking forward.

With estimated deliveries at just over 22,000 cars — some 3,000 cars less than were delivered during Q1 2017 — Tesla is currently blaming a lack of 100 kilowatt-hour battery packs for the lower-than-expected numbers for this quarter. But with Tesla ahead of schedule on Model 3 production and plenty of challenges lying ahead in the next quarter, what does Tesla’s future look like?

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Understanding Renault-Nissan’s Plan on Autonomous Vehicles — And What It Means In The Future

There’s no denying the fact that semi- and fully-autonomous cars are here to stay, with every major automaker now working on their own autonomous vehicle technology.

Some companies have become extremely advanced in the area already, rolling out semi-autonomous vehicle technology in their latest flagship models and next-generation vehicles. Some have yet to push any of their developed technology to market.

The Renault-Nissan alliance is one of the many companies that has a firm plan for the future of autonomous vehicles and as such, will be deploying Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous vehicle technologies across their respective fleets in the next few years. In addition to simply offering autonomous vehicles as a way of improving fuel economy, safety and reducing fatalities on the road, the Renault-Nissan alliance wants to do something bigger: build its own autonomous vehicle car sharing platform.

But what does that mean for the future of Renault-Nissan vehicles? And what will it mean for owners and drivers in the future?

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Porsche Will be 50% Electric In Six Years — Here’s Why That Figure is Important

Traditionally, Volkswagen’s luxury brand Porsche has been associated with high-performance sports cars, high-end race cars, and more recently, luxury SUVS — all of them powered by a range of internal combustion engines ranging from the legendary Boxer engine to powerful turbocharged V-8s.  And electric cars were seen as something of a poorer cousin to those vehicles, their performance deemed too inferior for Porsche to consider building an electric sports car.

But for the past year or so, Porsche has been reading its Mission E electric Sports Coupe for market, complete with a 300+ mile range, Tesla-like 0-60 mph time and rapid charging technology that allows the car to refuel from empty to 80 percent full in as little as fifteen minutes. Even then however, Porsche stated it would aim for a relatively low-volume for the Mission E, with the majority of its sales still gasoline.

Now that’s changed, with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume stating last week that the company aims to make one half of its vehicles fully electric in just six years’ time.

What does that mean for the brand, its attitude toward plug-in cars, and why is it such a big piece of news in the first place?

 

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What’s a CTO? And Why Was Tesla Granted One The Day Before It Increased Its Credit Line? We Explain All

Last week, Tesla was granted the latest in a series of CTOs from the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Happening one day before Tesla increased its Securities Backed Line of Credit, it may have looked to the uninformed layperson that something terrible might be happening at the Californian company.

But as is often the case with industry-specific acronyms, there’s a perfectly benign reason Tesla applied for the CTO, and its granting one day before Tesla extended its lines of credit is purely coincidental.

Watch the video above as we explain what the likely reasons for Tesla’s latest CTO are, as well as an explanation of why it is finding itself borrowing more money… and why you shouldn’t worry about either.

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Nissan LEAF Tease, Trump’s Paris Stance Backfires, Stowaway Model X Kitten — TEN Future Car News 6/23/2017

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Will The Smart Car Brand Die in North America When Daimler Makes It All-Electric? And Who’s To Blame?

As Automotive News detailed earlier this week, some Smart Car dealers in the U.S. are choosing to become ‘service only’ centers later this year when Daimler ceases shipping internal combustion engined Smart Cars across the Atlantic and makes the brand all-electric in North America.

The reason? Aside from the costs associated with training to become an electric vehicle Smart Dealer, some dealerships aren’t convinced customers want an electric car, while others remain distrustful of the technology behind electric cars.

Were it any other brand, dealer misinformation and prejudice, combined with poor training of dealerships on the part of the automaker would be to blame. But in the case of the Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour, there are several additional layers of issues in North America which prevent the Smart Car from being a success.

Which leads us to ask: will the Smart Car die in North America later this year when Daimler makes the brand all-electric? Outside of key Smart Car friendly markets, we think so.

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Is Elon Musk’s Boring Company Facing The Impossible? It Depends On Whom You Ask

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s latest transportation endeavour, has a singular goal: to change the way we travel across congested cities of the future by building a series of networked tunnels underground. Those tunnels, linked to the world above by a series of lift shafts, would then be fitted with special high-speed tracks on which specially-designed electric car-carrying trollies would zip, taking cars across major cities at speeds of up to 200 kph (125mph).

But while we’ve covered the idea of the Boring Company before, this time we’re focusing on the logistical and legislative challenges that lay ahead — and just how difficult it will be for Musk’s new company to obtain the necessary permits it needs to revolutionize private transit.

Is it impossible? Well, that depends on whom you ask.

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Waymo Ditches Pods, Model 3 Test Drives, BMW Invests in Proterra– TEN Future Car News 6/16/2017

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Should You Worry About Battery Replacement Costs for Electric Cars?

Last week, our ever-so-curious friends at GreenCarReports reached out to General Motors to find out just how expensive it would be to replace the lithium-ion battery pack found inside the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The answer, a total price of $15,734.29, is a fair hunk of cash for anyone, and may lead some to argue that electric car battery packs are just too expensive for electric cars to be consideredas mainstream vehicles.

But, as overwhelming data suggests, battery replacements are still very rare and even when they happen, they’re usually under warranty.

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Why BMW’s Investment In Electric Bus Company Proterra Is Big News For The Future of How We Travel

BMW isn’t known for its interest in commercial vehicle, let along vehicles that are used for public transportation. But earlier this week BMW’s i-Ventures investment arm — along with some other influential companies — provided a total of $55 million in investment to electric bus manufacturer Proterra.

If BMW isn’t interested in commercial vehicles, and its own electric vehicle program is continuing to grow without any external input, what’s the real reason behind this latest investment, and what does it mean for the way we travel in the future? The answer (we think) lies in BMW’s devotion to multi-modal transportation.

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Just What is Honda Doing With Its Electric Car Plans?

Long known for its distaste of electric vehicles, Japanese automaker Honda will launch the all-electric version of its Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan — The Honda Clarity EV —  on August first this year, limiting sales to just the states of California and Oregon.

With a range of just 89-miles (143 kilometers) per charge, the Honda Clarity EV is hardly a car to get excited about, and is clearly a compliance card designed to ensure Honda meets California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate.

Yet later this year, Honda is expected to launch not one but two brand-new electric vehicles models. One will be a brand-new vehicle exclusively for the Chinese market, while the other will be a ‘built for electric’ model that Honda hopes to sell around the world. Both are expected to improve on the range of the Honda Clarity EV and should help Honda make up some of the ground it has lost in the plug-in marketplace since it ceased production of the limited-market Honda Fit EV back in 2014.

If Honda is working to bring more capable electric cars to market, what exactly is going on now? Why is the Honda Clarity EV even being produced? And what is Honda’s long-term goal for electric vehicles?

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Just Why is Tesla Limiting Configuration Choices For Its Official Model 3 Launch

For hundreds of thousands of eager electric vehicle fans, the past year has represented an agonizing wait to get their hands on Tesla’s latest and greatest plug-in car — the all-new Tesla Model 3 sedan.

Priced from $35,000 U.S. before incentives, the Tesla Model 3 isn’t a replacement for the Model S, but is a far more affordable, far less complex model that Tesla hopes will not only change the way that people view electric cars for good but will also help it achieve mass-market affordability and production volumes.  And with Tesla due to enter official production of Model 3 in just over a month’s time, with deliveries due to begin some time in Q3, there’s a large amount of hype surrounding the car.

Yet at Tesla’s Annual Shareholder Meeting last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that options at launch for Model 3 would be restricted to a choice of colors and a choice of wheel designs, with customers seeking further customization or options — such as battery pack, power, or interior packages different to the base-level Model 3 — facing a longer wait until their desired options entered into production.

With some commentators and fans angry over this surprise move, we thought it time to explain just why Tesla is restricting initial choices for Model 3 — and what this could mean for you as a customer.

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Union of Concerned Scientists: EVs Are Cleaner Than Ever Before in U.S.

The cleanliness of the exact source of power used to charge electric vehicles has long been a favorite point of discussion for those keen to prove electric cars are worse for the environment than petrol or diesel-powered vehicles, but as any electric vehicle expert will tell you, electric cars are just getting cleaner and cleaner as the utility grid gets cleaner and cleaner.

And as data just released by the Union of Concerned Scientists details, the electricity grid mix in the U.S. during 2014 was the cleanest it’s ever been, meaning that electric cars are a more environmentally-friendly choice for 97 percent of all Americans.

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Is the Cancellation of the BMW i5 a Good or Bad Thing For The Mass Adoption of Electric Cars?

Since the inception of the BMW i-brand back in 2012, we’ve only seen two production models wear the special blue BMW badge: the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. The i3, with its choice of all-electric or range-extended electric drivetrain, has proven popular around the world, selling reasonably large numbers since its introduction, while the BMW i8 — a flagship halo model for the brand — has become a firm addition to many a collector’s garages.

BMW’s plan behind the i-brand was to give it a little more freedom in experimentation with alternative drivetrains and construction methods without tainting its main brand’s reputation. Part of that included plans to expand the BMW i-brand lineup to include future models so that a range of different drivetrains and platforms could be honed before introduction to the mainstream BMW family.

But this week we heard a rumor that BMW is killing the i5 — a mid-sized battery electric crossover — in favor of focusing its efforts on electrification of its main brand (which may focus on plug-in hybrid or electric models) and on building a production high-end halo car based on its Vision Next concept.

So what does that mean for BMW? And what does it mean for its plug-in vehicle program looking forward?

 

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