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Tesla (TSLA) delivers record of 180,000 cars in Q4, barely missing goal of 500,000 cars in 2020

Tesla (TSLA) delivers record of 180,000 cars in Q4, barely missing goal of 500,000 cars in 2020

Tesla released its delivery and production numbers for the fourth quarter of 2020 and the full year 2020. They managed to deliver a record number of over 180,000 vehicles, but barely missed the goal of 500,000 vehicles delivered in the full year. Tesla Q4 Delivery and Production Over the last few weeks, we reported on Tesla trying to achieve what CEO Elon Musk referred to as the “historic milestone of 500,000 cars built and delivered” in 2020. It’s a goal that the CEO had put in place 5 years ago. In order to achieve it, Tesla needed to produce around 170,000 vehicles and deliver around...

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Porsche unveils electric van concept that it killed — dope or nope? - Electrek

Porsche unveils electric van concept that it killed — dope or nope? - Electrek

YesterdayPorsche has unveiled a series of concept vehicles that it killed over the years, including a new electric van concept.Dope or nope?The German automaker released a new series of concepts called “Porsche Unseen” today:“Under the title “Porsche Unseen”, Porsche is for the first time publishing design studies from 2005 to 2019 which have until now been kept under lock and key. The sports car manufacturer is showing spectacular visions of 15 different cars. In this way, Porsche is offering an exclusive insight into its design process – from the very first drawing to the finished model...

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Electrify America's electric car fast-charging reaches milestone of 500 stations - Electrek

Electrify America's electric car fast-charging reaches milestone of 500 stations - Electrek

TodayElectrify America has reached an important new milestone: it has opened its 500th electric car fast-charging station in the US.More are coming.Electrify America was born out of the settlement deal between the EPA and Volkswagen over the Dieselgate standard.They thought that instead of just having them pay a fine, they should force them to build a fast-charging network to support new electric cars coming to the US.A few years later, it has grown to be one of the largest charging networks and the main charging partner for most new EVs coming to market in America.Today, the company...

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Elon Musk's Boring Company to join Tesla in Austin for new tunnel project - Electrek

Elon Musk's Boring Company to join Tesla in Austin for new tunnel project - Electrek

November 9Elon Musk’s Boring Company has announced that it is joining Tesla in Austin, Texas for a new tunnel project.It is already starting to hire.The Boring Company is already involved in several tunnel and ‘Loop’ projects in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and in Maryland.A ‘Loop’ consists of a tunnel with moving passenger autonomously at high speeds inside.Now it is adding another one to the list.The Boring Company has posted several jobs in Austin, Texas and tweeted something that makes it sound like they want to build a tunnel in the city:“Rumor has it that “Austin Chalk” is geologically one...

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Elon Musk: Tesla's next 'killer product' is Solar Roof - Electrek

Elon Musk: Tesla's next 'killer product' is Solar Roof - Electrek

October 25Elon Musk says that Tesla’s next ‘killer product’ is its Solar Roof and that it will become “obvious” next year.It looks like Tesla is getting ready for it by hiring an army of roofers.During a conference call following Tesla’s Q3 2020 earnings results this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hyped up the solar roof tiles.The CEO said that it will become a clear ‘killer product’ next year:“When you look around the neighborhood in the future, decade from now, what do you want? What products are going to make your life better? What future do you want? And I think a future where we’ve got...

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Tesla starts Full Self-Driving Beta rollout, Elon Musk says it 'will be extremely slow and cautious' - Electrek

Tesla starts Full Self-Driving Beta rollout, Elon Musk says it 'will be extremely slow and cautious' - Electrek

October 20Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is starting the rollout of its Full Self-Driving Beta update, which the CEO says “will be extremely slow and cautious.”We have been expecting the update for a while now.Over the last few months, Elon Musk has been talking about Tesla working on “.”He has been teasing the new core change to Autopilot, which should be able to interpret its environment in 4D instead of 2D after the update and should result in a rapid improvement in performance and new features being released quicker.More recently, the CEO has been referring to the update as “Full...

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GM announces $2 billion for electric vehicle factory in Tennessee, will build Cadillac LYRIQ and more - Electrek

GM announces $2 billion for electric vehicle factory in Tennessee, will build Cadillac LYRIQ and more - Electrek

TodayGM announced today that it is investing $2 billion to produce electric vehicles at its factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.The updated factory will produce the Cadillac LYRIQ electric SUV, among other electric vehicles.Only days after announcing , GM’s new electric vehicle only factory built out of the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, GM is now announcing a new investment in electric vehicle production.Today, GM announced the transition of its its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant:General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant will...

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Tesla battery researcher shows new test results pointing to batteries lasting over 2 million miles - Electrek

Tesla battery researcher shows new test results pointing to batteries lasting over 2 million miles - Electrek

October 18A Tesla battery researcher showed updated test results pointing to batteries lasting over 15,000 cycles or the equivalent of over 2 million miles (3.5 million km) in an electric car.Last year, we reported on Jeff Dahn and his lab, who is under contract to do battery research for Tesla, releasing a paper that shows how in electric vehicles.In a new presentation, Dahn discussed updated test results from this new battery, which he hopes becomes the new standard Li-ion battery against which new battery technologies benchmark themselves.The scientist, who is widely recognized as a...

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Mercedes-Benz teases 'highest-efficiency electric car in the world' with over 750 miles of range - Electrek

Mercedes-Benz teases 'highest-efficiency electric car in the world' with over 750 miles of range - Electrek

TodayMercedes-Benz teases a new super-efficient electric car concept, the Vision EQXX, with more than 750 miles of range on a single charge.At Daimler’s latest company update, the automaker teased a new technical program to develop “the longest-range and highest-efficiency electric car the world has ever seen.”Mercedes-Benz’s head of research and development, Markus Schafer, commented:We have set up a group of our engineers to take on an extraordinary task: to build the longest-range and highest-efficiency electric car the world has ever seen. This is a serious project, chasing...

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Tesla to make two new different electric cars at Giga Berlin and Shanghai, Elon Musk confirms

Tesla to make two new different electric cars at Giga Berlin and Shanghai, Elon Musk confirms

Elon Musk clarifies that Tesla plans to make two new and different electric car models at Gigafactory Berlin and Shanghai as the automaker is planning to make cheaper electric cars. Tesla’s short- and mid-term product road maps have been somewhat clear until recently. The automaker is planning to bring to market the Cybertruck, Tesla Semi, and Roadster over the next two years. After that, things get murkier. Recently, Tesla has talked about designing and manufacturing new vehicles in Germany and China. At first, CEO Elon Musk talked about tapping into local engineering and design...

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Tesla to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Tesla to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients

CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to attempt to quickly reopen Gigafactory New York in order to make ventilators for COVID-19 patients in the state. Several hospitals in the US are finding themselves in need of ventilators to help save patients who are more badly affected by the coronavirus. In previous comments over the last month, Musk has been skeptical that there’s going to be a need for more ventilators. The CEO believes that we “may have passed the inflection point for US cases.” However, that’s excluding New York, which has been hit harder by the virus than any other...

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Tesla Model 3 leads industry in value retention, barely loses any value after a year

Tesla Model 3 leads industry in value retention, barely loses any value after a year

Tesla Model 3 is leading the industry in value retention by barely losing any value after a year and half the depreciation rate as the second-best vehicle, according to a new study. Last year, CEO Elon Musk claimed that Tesla vehicles are now “appreciating assets” due to their self-driving capability. He claims that once Tesla achieves full self-driving capability, its vehicles will become revenue-generating assets for their owners, and as the system improves, Tesla will be increasing the price of the self-driving capability, resulting in increased value for all cars. At one point, Musk...

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Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

In an email obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to “ignore stock price” as it soars to new highs in a market rally. Over the last few weeks, Tesla’s stock price blew past its longtime all-time high to now over $430 per share. CEO Elon Musk addressed the recent rally in an email titled “Please ignore stock price” sent to Tesla employees and obtained by Electrek. Musk wrote: “My silly jokes on Twitter are just that. What really matters is our actual execution and effectiveness as a company.” When he talks about “silly jokes”, he is likely referring to him tweeting...

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Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

While Elon Musk didn’t want to talk about the upcoming Tesla pickup truck today, he still managed to hype the vehicle up by saying that the ‘Cybertruck’ could be Tesla’s best product ever. Many people, including financial analysts, are trying to know more about the upcoming Tesla vehicle. During the conference call following Tesla’s Q3 2019 earnings, Elon Musk didn’t want to comment about Tesla’s pickup truck when asked by an analyst. Yet, the CEO went on to say that he thinks the pickup truck, which he is now calling the Tesla ‘Cybertruck’, might end up being the automaker’s “best...

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Tesla quietly acquires battery production expert in push to make its own cells

Tesla quietly acquires battery production expert in push to make its own cells

Tesla has quietly acquired a battery manufacturing and engineering company based in Canada called ‘Hibar Systems’ in a push to start making its own battery cells. There’s no detail available about the acquisition other than Tesla listing Hibar Systems as a subsidiary in its official filings with the Canadian Federal lobby registration, as first reported by Canada’s Electric Autonomy. The manufacturing company wasn’t on Tesla’s subsidiary list in July and now it appeared on it on October 2 – meaning that the acquisition happened in the last 4 months. Hibar has since gone dark, killed its...

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Tesla launches solar rental service, can get a solar panel system for $50 per month

Tesla launches solar rental service, can get a solar panel system for $50 per month

Tesla is launching today a solar rental service – a brand new way to get a solar panel system on your roof for as little as $50 per month without any long-term contract. SolarCity pioneered new models to sell solar power systems with no upfront cost by leasing them to homeowners and selling them the electricity it generates, like a regular electric utility. The model created impressive growth, but it required them to pay for the costly systems upfront on most installations, which weighed heavy on their financials. When Tesla acquired SolarCity back in 2016, it gradually moved away from...

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Tesla launches its Megapack, a new massive 3 MWh energy storage product

Tesla launches its Megapack, a new massive 3 MWh energy storage product

Tesla is launching today its ‘Megapack’, a massive new energy storage product that combines up to 3 MWh of storage capacity and a 1.5 MW inverter. Electrek exclusively reported last year that Tesla has been working on a new energy storage system called ‘Megapack’. We found out that Tesla was going to use the Megapack at a giant new energy storage project in California. Today, almost a year later, the company is now officially launching the product. Tesla wrote about it in a blog post: “Megapack significantly reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy...

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