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This wireless charger is made specially for the Tesla Model 3

Tesla certainly has big ambitions for its sleek all-electric vehicles, though these plans don’t (yet) include wireless chargers.

But, come April, a group of engineers say they will launch a wireless charging pad that fits seamlessly into the Tesla Model 3, the electric vehicle company’s first mass-market offering — and the vehicle the company’s future is balanced upon.

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Tesla Wireless Pad is marketing their $99 product as something Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, “forgot” to include below the Model 3’s touch screen.    Read more…

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Ford Announces Huge $11bn Investment In Electric Cars

The Ford motor company has announced that it will be doubling its current investment into electric vehicles to a whopping $11bn and has promised that it will offer some 40 hybrid and electric cars by 2020.

According to Ford it will offer 16 fully-electric cars and 24 hybrids by the self-imposed deadline.

Rather than building new models, Chairman Bill Ford confirmed that the company’s approach would be to electrify current vehicles.

“We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream vehicles, our most iconic vehicles, and we’re electrifying them.” said Ford.

“If we want to be successful with electrification, we have to do it with vehicles that are already popular.”

Now you would be forgiven for seeing this announcement as Ford playing catch-up with its major rivals, many of which have already announced considerable investment in electric vehicles.

Volkswagen Group, the largest car manufacturer in the world, announced late last year that it would be investing a staggering $40bn into electrification with its entire range converted by 2030. That’s over 300 models.

The 5th largest car manufacturer currently doesn’t sell any hybrid or electric vehicles in the UK.

Go over to the US and you’ll find Ford’s recently announced Focus Electric 2018 which has a range of just 115-miles.

It will have to compete with the likes of the Nissan Leaf, which now offers an improved range of over 230-miles and the Tesla Model 3 which is also promising a range of around 220-miles.

Then of course there are the new entrants into the electric car industry including Fisker and rather surprisingly, UK-based Dyson.

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Tesla made this feature to quell concerns about becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere

Tesla’s latest feature doesn’t even require owning one of its vehicles. 

The electric car company today launched an online trip planning tool that shows people where they can drive around the U.S. in a Tesla. 

Although anyone is free to explore the tool, it’s designed for prospective Tesla customers — perhaps those concerned about running out of battery life while stranded on a lonely, windswept New Mexican highway during monsoon season. Tesla owners already have this specialized navigation tool in their cars, but now, it’s being made available to everyone on the website.

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Hidden message in Tesla Model 3 shows Elon Musk is proud of his team

Although he’s described the manufacturing process as “production hell,” Elon Musk is apparently quite pleased with the outcome of the Tesla Model 3, his company’s newest and most affordable electric vehicle. 

The Model 3 is the first truly affordable (i.e. about $35,000) electric sports sedan from Tesla, one that’s significantly smaller and cheaper than the high-speed luxury Model X and Model S vehicles.

After a series of well-publicized production setbacks, the first Model 3s are now rolling out to consumers (as opposed to just Tesla employees), and the auto blog Electrek has found an Easter egg — or hidden message — in the car’s software. Read more…

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Tesla’s big semi truck reveal delayed again — but Elon Musk has good reasons

Sorry Elon Musk fans: You’ll have to wait another month to watch the Tesla CEO finally reveal the company’s big semi truck design. 

Musk will now unveil Tesla’s highly anticipated new vehicle on Nov. 16, rather than Oct. 26 as planned. The pushback marks the second time Elon & Co. have delayed the semi truck’s public debut; Musk first slated the reveal for September, then pushed the event into the next month.  

Tesla plans to instead spend the month of October focusing its attentions on two more pressing issues: ironing out its highly publicized Model 3 production struggles and aiding in international storm recovery efforts.   Read more…

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Tesla built just 260 Model 3s in the last quarter

The production of Tesla’s Model 3 isn’t going as planned. 

The company sent out a press release Monday, detailing vehicle deliveries and production for the third quarter of 2017. And in that period — from July to September — the company built just 260 Model 3 cars. 

SEE ALSO: Even Elon Musk’s mom needs to wait for her Tesla Model 3

Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously said the company planned to produce 1,500 Model 3 cars in the quarter before ramping up production to approximately 20,000 per month by December. 

The company ascribed the significantly smaller number of Model 3s built to “production bottlenecks.” Read more…

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Samsung will challenge Tesla with its own electric car batteries

Samsung has chosen a wise time to start building long-range car batteries: China plans to ban gas-powered cars and automobile giant Volkswagen will offer electric versions of all their vehicles by 2030. 

These millions of forthcoming vehicles will need powerful batteries, and Samsung just introduced its “multifunctional battery packs” at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, which it claims can power electric cars for up to 430 miles. That would theoretically get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco with about 50 miles to spare.

For reference, Tesla says that the recently released Model 3, its affordable class vehicle, has batteries that can power the car for 220 miles. Read more…

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