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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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Electric, Connected, Autonomous Cars And You — Or Why You’re The Product For Automakers

In lieu of our usual Saturday roundup show (Nikki’s moving home next week and has been off for the past week) we hope you’ll enjoy today’s special edition vlog in which Kate Walton-Elliott explores the ways in which automakers are looking to use data about you — and your habits — as ways to earn extra revenue.

… And the reasons why automakers are doing it in the first place.

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Life After GM: Meet The Grandland X PHEV, Opel’s First Plug-in Under PSA

Opel (and its UK sibling Vauxhall) haven’t had that much choice when it comes to plug-in vehicles. Under General Motors, the only plug-ins offered for sale in Europe by Opel were the Opel Ampera (a rebadged Chevrolet Volt that was sold for a few years) and more recently, the Opel Ampera-e (a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt EV that has been available in very limited numbers).

Now Opel and Vauxhall have been sold to the PSA group however, the two brands are getting to benefit from PSA’s new plug-in vehicle plans. These include an all-electric Corsa, Vivano, and electric replacement to the Mokka X. Earlier this week, we saw the first plug-in vehicle to be sold under the Opel badge since its change of parent company – the Opel Grandland X PHEV.

Here’s what we know so far.

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Want Tesla’s Entry-Level “Off-Menu” Model 3? It Just Got More Expensive (But Not By Much – Here’s Why)

Yesterday, Tesla increased the prices of its Model 3 range. This price increase also affected the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range, a car which Tesla has worked hard to bring to market at the promised $35,000 price tag.

Now it’s more expensive — but don’t worry, it’s not by much.

Why the price increase? And why is it so small? We think we have an answer.

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PLEASE NOTE: The video was recorded yesterday with the intention of publishing the same day. Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has been edited and published a day later than planned .


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Are We Holding Autonomous Vehicles To Impossibly High Standards?

Tesla — and (so we’re told) other automakers — have the technology needed to bring either partial or full autonomous vehicle operation to the marketplace.

In Tesla’s case, it says it will be ‘feature complete’ for full autonomous driving by the end of this year, with features ready to be rolled out to customers’ cars by the end of next.

Yet the last hurdle — regulatory approval — could put a spanner in the work… not because the technology might be flawed, but because society is expecting autonomous vehicles to operate one hundred percent perfectly at all times.

Does that mean that we’re expecting too much?

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Tesla Could Run Out Of Batteries If It Makes Model Y Next Year, Says Panasonic. So What Now?

Tesla is known for continually pushing forward its evolution of electric vehicles from one model to the next. So far (including the original roadster), it has launched four models and, next year, that will become five when the Tesla Model Y enters production.

So far, Tesla has relied on Panasonic as one of the main suppliers for the lithium-ion cells its cars need. The two companies jointly invested in Tesla’s Gigafactory 1.

But in recent months, the Tesla Panasonic relationship has soured. Tesla has complained about the restrictions imposed on its Model 3 production by Panasonic’s low cell output, rumors have flow around about quality control at Gigafactory 1, and now Panasonic has warned it will suffer lower profits this year as a result of many different factors — including automotive investment.

The Model Y entering production might appear to be a good thing for Panasonic, as it would increase the company’s sales. But, its CEO warned last week, if Tesla pushes ahead with Model Y production next year, it may find itself running out of battery cells.

So what now? What’s the solution? And can Tesla get through it?

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Sunday Musing: Just How SHOULD Electric Car Owners Pay Towards Road Upkeep?

In the past week there’s been quite a lot of frustration and anger in the plug-in vehicle world after the news that the state of Illinois is considering a $1,000 annual vehicle registration fee for electric vehicles. (https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-electric-vehicle-fee-illinois-20190509-story.html)

The reason given? It’s a way for the state to continue collecting money for road upkeep. Without gasoline taxes, EV owners aren’t paying their way, say legislators.

While it’s false to say that gas taxes are the only way road projects are funded, (it’s not: things are a little more complicated than that — https://taxfoundation.org/state-road-funding-2017/) it is fair to at least re-examine the fees paid by road users for their use of the road.

But just how do you pay toward road upkeep? Raising local taxes? Operating a pay-as-you-drive  system. Or something else?

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VW ID.3 Gets 10k Orders in 1 Day, Battery Density Breakthrough, Tesla Porn – TEN 251

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SUVs and Pickup Trucks are Helping Tesla’s Balance Sheet — Just Not How You Might Think

Gas guzzling SUVs and Pickup Trucks might be as far from the clean, zero emission world of Tesla as you might think it’s possible to get. And for the most part, you’d be right.

But this week we learned that Tesla has just secured a deal with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) in Europe to pool their joint fleet fuel economy and emissions figures together to help FCA avoid some nasty fines from the EU for failing to meet emissions and fuel economy targets.

What does Tesla stand to gain? Quite a lot…

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Volkswagen Opens Order Books For ID.3 Electric Car. Here’s What You Need To Know

Volkswagen has been promising us that it would be launching a whole slew of electric models for many years. And next year, the first all-new electric model to be launched based on its MEB electric vehicle platform — the ID.3 — enters into production.

Yesterday, we got to hear more about the car for the first time, as Volkswagen officially opened the order books in Europe. Within one day, it reports receiving more than ten thousand orders.

So what’s special about the ID3? What do we know about it that we didn’t previously? And why is it proving popular?

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Who (Or What) Killed The Chevrolet Volt? And Could It Happen Again?

Earlier this year, the Chevrolet Volt, GM’s longest-running plug-in car to date, ended production.

At the time, its cancellation was grouped together with the cancellation of many other GM sedans and hatchbacks which the company said weren’t selling in particularly high volumes. Yet just a few years earlier, the Chevy Volt had held its own at the top of the plug-in sales charts alongside the Nissan LEAF.

So what went wrong? What really led to the cancellation of the Volt? And could it happen again with other plug-in models if lessons aren’t learned?

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Bolt EV Owner Sues GM Over Winter Electric Car Range: Will They Win?

If you’ve watched this channel for any length of time, you’ll know that the range of an electric vehicle can drop in the winter due to increased rolling resistance and denser air, colder battery temperatures, poor road conditions, and use of the car’s battery conditioning and cabin heating system.

But one Chevrolet Bolt EV owner is taking Chevrolet to court after alleging that its advertising for the Bolt EV was misleading and false — because his Bolt EV suffered as much as 100 miles of range loss in the winter.

Will they win? Is there a case? We’re no lawyers, but here’s out take.

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Trump V Tesla: The Impact Of US Chinese Trade War Is Hitting Tesla Hard

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is certainly a divisive topic. Some people support it, while others do not.

But regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, one company is suffering at the hand of the trade war — and appears to be losing its attempts to obtain exemption as other companies (like Apple, Amazon and Verizon have done) from paying a hefty 25% tarif.

That company is Tesla — and directly or indirectly, it’s a victim in battle for Pacific trade superiority.

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Sunday Musing: What’s The Minimum Range A Plug-in Hybrid Should Offer?

We all know that plug-in hybrids are given a hard time by many hardened electric vehicle supporters, normally because they offer a far shorter range than a comparable electric model.

But as we’ve said before, plug-n hybrids are a great choice for those who aren’t sure about electric yet, have unpredictable schedules, or need a single car that meets their needs (and they happen to live somewhere without local charging infrastructure).

Lately however, we’ve noticed several new plug-in hybrids launch with ranges of less than 20 miles per charge. One — the new 7-Series BMW plug-in, has an official electric-only range of 16 miles per charge — less than its predecessor.

Which leads us to the following thought: what range is acceptable for a plug-in hybrid? And at what point can we legitimately accuse automakers of greenwashing or compliance rule meeting?

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Tesla Raises Funds, GM Promises Electric Pickup, Energica School – TEN 250

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How Tesla’s Hacking Canada’s Incentive Program For EVs

The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s most popular car, helping it reach profitability in the third and fourth quarters of last year. And this year, it’s going on sale in more countries than before.

You’ve been able to buy a Model 3 in Canada for a while now, but at the start of this month a new incentive program began which intends to give Canadians up to $5,000 CAD discount off their new electric car — provided it had an MSRP of less than $45,000 CAD (for less than six seats, $55,000 CAD for seven or more)  — or was a more expensive variant of no more than $55,000 CAD of a vehicle which had an energy-level MSRP of less than $45,000 CAD.

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range, Tesla’s special ‘off-menu’ item Model 3, didn’t reach the required price point to enable Tesla customers to take advantage of this incentive program.

So Tesla came up with a very clever solution, essentially hacking the system.

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The Hyundai IONIQ EV Gets A Much-Needed Range Update — Just Not As Far As You Might Hope

Even when it launched in 2016, the Hyundai IONIQ EV has been seen as having a mediocre range.

Sure, back in 2016 its official EPA-approved 124-mile range put it on par with the 2016 Nissan LEAF with 30 kWh battery pack. But these days, it’s looking rather sorry for itself when other electric cars on the market are shifting toward 60 kWh battery packs and 200+ mile ranges as the norm.

So why then has Hyundai just unveiled a refreshed, longer-range IONIQ EV with a 38 kilowatt-hour battery pack for the 2020 model year when other Hyundai Kias have battery packs in excess of 60 kWh?

Will anyone buy it? Or is it a crafty move to ensure that the middle-market is given a plug-in to buy?

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Does Tesla Need More Money — And How Might It Get It?

After a profitable second half to last year, Tesla’s started this year by making a pretty big loss. Granted, that loss can be explained (it had lower sales because of export issues and also had to pay off some money it had previously borrowed), but nonetheless, many are expecting Tesla to have its tough start to the year continue into at least its second quarter.

Last week, during the quarterly earnings call for Q1, Elon Musk hinted that, after saying “no” to the idea of raising outside capital for some time, Tesla might now be in a position to start considering some form of capital fundraising.

Tesla backed that up, noting that it may seek sources of ‘alternative funding’ this year.

Extra cash would certainly help Tesla with all of the projects it currently has in the pipeline for production in the next two years — but where might it get that cash from? To answer that, we’re looking at some of the ways it has raised money in the past — and try to guess how it might do so in the future.

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EV Battery War Heads To Court – Here’s What Could Happen

With demand for electric vehicles at an all-time high, companies with the knowledge, skill, and resources to make high-capacity, long-life battery cells for electric vehicles stand to make a lot of money.

And that means that companies are fiercely guarding their IP, trying to ensure they have the edge on their direct competitors.

Earlier today, we saw that in action, when LG Chem issued court papers against SK Innovation, a fellow Korean rival who it alleges stole LG Chem IP when seventy-seven former LG Chem employees started working at SK Innovation.

It’s seeking for the U.S. to ban SK Innovation from importing batteries, or even battery testing equipment, into the country.

Will it succeed? Are its allegations correct? And what does this mean for lithium-ion battery suppliers for now?

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Nikola Wants To Revolutionize The Trucking World With These Two Hydrogen Electric/Battery Electric Trucks. Will It?

Just over a week ago, we headed off to Nikola World in Scottsdale, Arizona, where we  Nikola Motor Company showcased its vision for the future of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Originally, the company had intended to just sell hydrogen electric trucks, but these days, it’s promising us a future where hydrogen fuel cell and electric trucks will be offered alongside one another, with either the Nikola Two (North America) or Nikole Tré (Europe) offering an alternative to Diesel-powered big rigs. Rather than declare war on Electric (as many hydrogen supporters have in the past), Nikola says there’s room for both fuels to work alongside one another, with Electric in town and on shorter-haul routes, and hydrogen fuel cell (which while it is less efficient has gains elsewhere) powered by renewably-generated hydrogen doing longer-distance routes. We also got a chance to see the Nikola NZT, an off-road adventure vehicle that will help Nikola diversify away from just Trucks, as well as Nikola’s military-spec, remote-controllable Reckless off-roader.

With the Nikola Two not due until 2022 and the Nikola Tré not expected until 2023, the race is on to ensure Nikola can hit its targets, or it will lose out to Tesla and the Tesla Semi — as well as battery electric short-haulers from companies like Daimler and Peterbilt.

Will it succeed? Can it produce the amount of hydrogen it says it will from Alkaline Electrolysis? Watch the video and let us know in the comments below.

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Sunday Musing: Is It Responsible To Have Kids? Should We Rethink Parenthood?

Our planet is getting put under increasingly tough strain as the effects of overpopulation and climate change become ever more apparent. Our homes are at risk more than ever before from extreme weather, entire cities are facing dissemination at the hand of rising sea levels, and things are looking increasingly bleak for the next generation…

…So should we be having more frank discussions about having children? Should we be making it more socially acceptable to not have kids at all? And how do you deal with population rise without turning into some dystopian nightmare?

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Tesla Financials, Ford Invests in Rivian, Robotaxis – TEN 249

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

  1. (00:38) Q1 – Tesla turns a loss in Q1 2019, caused by a perfect storm of situations – https://ir.tesla.com/static-files/b2218d34-fbee-4f1f-ac95-050eb29dd42f
  2. (01:23) $500 Million Ford invests $500 in Rivian – https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2019/04/24/rivian-500-million-investment-ford.html
  3. (01:59) RHD Coming – Musk says order books for UK, Australia, NZ and other countries on the way – https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1121469940815425536
  4. (02:41) Direct from the Mine – BMW confirms that it will buy cobalt from Australia, Morocco – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bmw-electric-cobalt/bmw-to-buy-cobalt-direct-from-australia-morocco-for-ev-batteries-idUSKCN1RZ1RK
  5. (03:15) Robotaxi! – Elon Musk promises robotaxi Teslas in just a year – https://livestream.tesla.com/
  6. (03:55) Poor Sales – Jaguar iPace struggling in North America – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122753_the-jaguar-i-pace-isnt-selling-well-in-the-u-s
  7. (04:30) Insurance – Tesla to launch its own insurance programs for Tesla customers next month – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122779_musk-tesla-will-introduce-data-informed-insurance-product-next-month
  8. (05:00) Made in Washington – Mullen Qiantu K50 will be made in Washington State — provided homologation goes ahead – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122792_pending-homologation-qiantu-k50-electric-sports-car-will-be-assembled-in-washington-state
  9. (05:34) Put a Bird On It Daimler commits to making all-electric Freightliner trucks in Portland, Oregon – https://daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com/influence/press-room/PressDetail/dtna-ceo-declares-path-to-zero-emission-2019-04-24
  10. (06:12) Recall Alert – Karma Revero recalled for airbag issues – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122752_2018-karma-reveros-recalled-for-side-curtain-airbag-issue
  11. (06:29) Fine ICE – Colorado passes bill to prevent, fine, ICEholes – https://coloradosun.com/2019/04/22/iceholes-colorado-electric-vehicle-charging-station-law/
  12. (06:53) Tesla Tweaks – Tesla tweaks Model S, Model X range – https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/23/model-s-x-motor-2019-tesla/
  13. (07:11) More Partnerships – Electrify America inks deals with more supermarkets – http://www.newspressusa.com/ViewPressRelease.aspx?pr=61379
  14. (07:29) 150 kW – Tesla keeps upping power at Supercharger Stations – https://electrek.co/2019/04/26/tesla-unlocks-more-power-supercharger-150kw/
  15. (07:48)  Charging in So Cal – Penske Truck Leasing adds 14 DC quick charging stations for heavy-duty trucks at four of its southern California facilities – https://www.gopenske.com/newsroom/2019_4_24_ptl_opens_electric_truck_chargers_sc.html
  16. (08:05) Tesla Leaf (Blower) – Elon Musk says Tesla will build a leaf blower. Is he serious? https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1120831425169674240
  17. (08:25) Nothing To See – Byton says there’s nothing to worry about as co-founder and CEO leaves firm – https://www.reuters.com/article/autoshow-shanghai-byton/rpt-autoshow-china-ev-maker-byton-says-business-as-usual-despite-management-upheaval-idUSL1N2200JB
  18. (08:38) Detroit Bound – Waymo picks Detroit factory to make its autonomous vehicles – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-waymo-selfdriving/waymo-picks-detroit-factory-for-self-driving-fleet-to-be-operational-by-mid-2019-idUSKCN1RZ1IZ
  19. (08:55) Swappin’ like a Ninja – Kawasaki Patent suggests that there’s a battery swapping system for the Ninja on the way – https://www.autoblog.com/2019/04/23/kawasaki-ninja-electric-swappable-batteries-patent/
  20. (09:13) Solid State Future – Prolgium pairs up with Enovate — to commercialize solid state battery tech – http://www.prologium.com.tw/NewsDetail.aspx?02F0EA87FB60FF52003AB70EAECFE03EC80757D9C75EC011C78774DB04F499299380D0DD63766774728C7917344688EEF7E1881D4D6EBD941CB0623747F4232B66CF613E1A6AAC5D7B021DE0284AD5FBC8785B4A1DC30EBB
  21. (09:32) Order Now! – Peugeot opens UK reservations for the e-208 – http://www.peugeotpress.co.uk/releases/1738
  22. (09?48) Spotted – MG ZS EV spotted charging in Germany –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEO5OUaDL8g  and will come to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand – https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/112088646/firstever-mg-pureelectric-vehicle-confirmed-for-new-zealand
  23. (10:05) West Cost Trucking – Washington, Oregon and California work together to replicate West Coast Electric Highway — but for trucks – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1122754_west-coast-charging-corridor-may-expand-to-trucks
  24. (10:23) No Plugs – Bentley decides not to go with electric for now – https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/bentley-model-strategy-focus-grand-tourers-and-suvs
  25. (10:39) Saving the City? – SEAT boss said was like the Minimo could save the city car – https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/small-cheap-evs-could-save-city-car-says-seat-boss
  26. (11:01) Out of Dieselgate – How some states are cleaning up with Dieselgate Money – https://www.codot.gov/news/2019/april/transit-buses-in-colorado-get-cleaner-through-vw-settlement
  27. (11:22) Classic Style – Zero Labs launches with fully-restored, classic Ford Bronco – https://www.zerolabs.com/vehicles
  28. (12:08) Fit for Iron Man – Robert Downey, Jr. Turns up at Avengers:Endgame premiere in Audi e-tron GT – https://www.motor1.com/news/346561/avengers-endgame-tony-stark-audi/

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Is Rivian Ford’s Secret Weapon In The Electric Pickup Revolution?

For several months now, we’ve heard multiple rumors suggesting luxury electric ‘adventure’ vehicle manufacturer Rivian was in talks with major automakers with a view to gaining some significant investment.

These rumors came off the back of confirmation earlier this year that Amazon was investing $700 million in the company.

Last week we learned GM was unlikely to invest in Rivian at this time, but earlier this week Rivian confirmed Ford was making a $500 million investment as well as collaborating with the company on a new Ford-badged electric vehicle.

Given Ford’s lacklustre attitude toward battery electric vehicles in the past, could this acquisition be Ford’s secret weapon in an attempt to lead the electric pickup market?


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Tesla Q1 Earnings Call, More Vehicle Updates: What You Need To Know

Following on from its Investor Day on Monday this week, Tesla published its quarterly financials yesterday, showing a far tougher quarter for the company compared to the end of last year.

With losses instead of profits, the company warned that profits may not be happening in Q2 either, and confirmed that the Tesla Semi wouldn’t enter production until next year.

With bad news in the financials but great news a day earlier (when Tesla announced some pretty substantial tweaks to the Model S and Model X to give longer ranges) we’re here to provide you an 50,000 foot view of everything that’s happened.

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How Hard Is It To Make A Lithium-Ion Battery? This Hard

With demand for plug-in vehicles and the batteries they need to power themselves along increasing, we are most certainly at a point where demand outstrips supply.

That’s leading to some battery manufacturers (like LG Chem, for example) pushing up the prices of their finished lithium-ion cells, resulting in higher sticker costs for consumers and lowered production goals being announced by automakers as they realize they don’t have enough batteries to supply the cars they had planned to build.

At the same time, we’re hearing allegations (which we’ve been unable to verify) that Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nevada is currently struggling to produce batteries at a high enough rate to keep up with Tesla’s high demand for the same.  Moreover, those allegations say that Panasonic/Tesla workers aren’t being diligent enough in their work, resulting in a half million cells per day being trashed because of contamination or poor construction.

While we can’t verify these allegations, we did think it was time to detail just how expensive and time-consuming it is to both build the production facilities that make electric car battery packs — and detail why we just aren’t seeing more production facilities being built in short order.

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Hyundai Kia’s Smartphone App For Performance Tweaks: Smart or Stupid?

Everyone knows that on-board connectivity and remote telematics make electric vehicle ownership fun and easy. These systems also bring with them some fun perks too — such as being able to defrost your car on a winter day without going outside to manually scrape ice.

But as more and more electric cars hit the market we’re starting to see more and more ways in which automakers are trying to give themselves a competitive edge against everyone else.

The latest? Hyundai Kia, which has said that its cars in the future will come with a companion smartphone app that lets you tweak motor performance, accelerator response and more from your smartphone, essentially duplicating what’s already possible in the vehicle but remotely.

Things like remote telematics to check on state of charge seem to have a tangible benefit in the real world. But Hyundai Kia’s latest development seems overkill. In a future where cars won’t be owned but shared, the Korean company says we’ll be able to customize fleet cars to our tastes before we get in. But for now, is it smart or stupid?

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