Porsche EV, the ‘Mission E,’ Set for 2019

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Finally, a Porsche EV.  The German automaker plans to launch its first all-electric model, a street version of the Mission E concept, in 2019. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds.] In an interview with Car Magazine, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the Mission E will start at around $85,000. Porsche previously has said that … Read more »

Tesla Model 3 – First Photos

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The first photos of the production version Tesla Model 3 electric sedan have surfaced, courtesy of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who posted these on Twitter. [Estimated Reading Time: 40 seconds.] Production began last month and the first deliveries – just 30 of the cars – are slated for July 28. Musk has said he expected … Read more »

Electric Pickups? BEVs, FCEVs in the Works

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Hidden in Toyota’s announcement last week of a prototype Class 8 fuel-cell electric truck was word that the automaker also has been playing around with a hydrogen fuel-cell electric pickup; several companies, big and small, also are working on battery-electric pickups. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min. 30 seconds.] Most automakers with pickups in their lineups … Read more »

Tesla Supercharging Free No More

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If there’s a Tesla on your shopping list this year, drop free use of the Tesla supercharging network from your list of perks. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 55 seconds.] Starting with Model S and X cars ordered on Jan. 15, Tesla will provide a base annual allotment of 400 kiloWatts of power from its … Read more »

Tesla Gigafactory Starts Battery Production

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Tesla said it and partner Panasonic have begun mass production of commercial quality lithium-ion battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory, pushing the electric car and energy storage company closer to production of its Model 3 electric car. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 30 seconds.] The cells now in production at the Nevada factory are intended … Read more »

Nissan Leaf Halfway To No Federal Incentives

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U.S. sales of Nissan’s Leaf EV tiptoed past the 100,000 mark last month,  the second plug-in vehicle to do so. Chevrolet’s Volt surpassed 100,000 sales in June. With the federal tax credit for PEVs scheduled to start phasing out as a manufacturer’s sales of qualified vehicles hits the 200,000 mark, that means the two most … Read more »

Tesla To Buy SolarCity

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Tesla Motors has proposed acquiring home and commercial solar systems giant SolarCty, the automaker announced in a blog post today. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 25 seconds.] It’s no surprise. Tesla Motors makes electric cars. Tesla Energy was formed last year to make and market energy storage systems; its Powerwall and Powerpack systems for homes … Read more »

Tesla Gets New Production Chief

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[Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 20 seconds.] Tesla Motors, which has been bedeviled by production glitches and delays with each new model, has gone to an established player for its new production chief.  The Silicon Valley EV-maker has hired former Audi production executive Peter Hochholdinger as its new vice president of production. Hochholdinger is tasked … Read more »