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Tesla Superchargers may charge fees, but it’s still cheaper than gas

Tesla Superchargers may charge fees, but it’s still cheaper than gas

For years Tesla's Superchargers have been the gravy-train for drivers of the upscale EVs, but as of this year's production that's all ending. Tesla's decision to begin charging for Supercharger access is, the company insists, all about funding its expansion rather than further lining its pockets. After all, Elon Musk & Co. point out, once the Model 3 arrives there'll be a significantly larger number of Tesla drivers on the road.

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Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

An electric vehicle is really only as good as the charging network that supports it. After all, what use is all that energy efficiency and environment friendliness if you run out of charge in the middle of your trip with no charger in sight. That is why Tesla is investing heavily in its Supercharging system, not just in infrastructure and efficiency but also in its accessibility for Tesla EV owners. The latter apparently means giving brand new owners some free kWh every year on the birthday of their car's delivery some free Supercharging credits.

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Tesla hires Apple’s Swift creator as new Autopilot chief

Tesla hires Apple’s Swift creator as new Autopilot chief

Apple's Swift head has left the company and joined Tesla, it's been confirmed today, where he'll be the automaker's VP of Autopilot Software. Chris Lattner spent eleven years at Apple, most recently as Senior Director of the Developer Tools Department. There, he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language Apple pushed developers over to in 2014, and which was made open-source in 2015.

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Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving style

Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car winks at you, remembers the minutiae of your interests, and suggests detours to hang out with your friends: all in the name of getting you to trust its self-driving talents. Revealed at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, CA. this week, on the one hand it's a striking design study intended to explore the new possibilities unlocked when you're liberated from the tyranny of everyday driving. At the same time, though, it addresses a more fundamental issue, around trust in technology and the fear of the expert. I caught up with Ian Cartabiano, lead designer at the Toyota CALTY studio, and William Chergosky, interior lead designer, to find out why Concept-i is so important.

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Faraday Future sees “overwhelming demand” in FF 91 reservations

Faraday Future sees “overwhelming demand” in FF 91 reservations

It seems that a number of folks have taken a liking to Faraday Future's first electric car, the FF 91. Unveiled at CES 2017 earlier in the week, the reveal of the FF 91 was highly anticipated heading into the trade show. At the end of its presentation, Faraday Future announced that prospective buyers would be able to reserve a spot in line to purchase one of the first FF 91s, and now it says demand for those reservations has been "overwhelming."

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Faraday Future FF 91: Five things you need to know

Faraday Future FF 91: Five things you need to know

If Faraday Future's 2016 CES was shaky, with a last-minute prototype wheeled out instead of the electric car the company had intended to show, then CES 2017 has proved far more dramatic. The freshly-unveiled FF 91 has everything you need from an EV aiming to show up the gas-powered mainstream: sky-high power figures, big range claims, and the sort of technology that you'd expect from Silicon Valley players turned automakers. Here are five big things you need to know.

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Tesla’s Gigafactory fires up battery cell production line

Tesla’s Gigafactory fires up battery cell production line

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Faraday Future's FF 91, Tesla has its own news to share. Tesla may not be revealing a new car today, but what it is doing could potentially be just as big: the company announced today that is has flipped the switch at its Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. It's here that Tesla will be producing lithium-ion battery cells for use in its electric vehicles and energy storage devices.

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Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

It's been a long time coming, but Faraday Future has finally taken the stage at CES 2017 to reveal its first electric vehicle, dubbed the FF 91. Ask Faraday senior vice president of engineering Nick Sampson, though, and the FF 91 is more than just a car - it's a "new species," that will be "the world's first ecosystem connected car." There are four different components to that ecosystem, and Sampson took us through each before pulling the veil off the car for the first time.

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Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford's seven-strong electrified vehicle announcement at CES 2017 this morning is the Detroit automaker's biggest commitment to EVs to-date, and there are no half-measures. On the cards - and, indeed, on the roads within the next few years - will be hybrid versions of some of the blue oval's biggest nameplates. It's a strategy that's markedly different from that taken by many of Ford's rivals, which have focused on a few halo hybrid and EV products amid the rest of their mainstream range. I caught up with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president of Purchasing and the automaker's "executive electrified vehicle champion" to find out more.

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Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

On top of revealing a slew of new electric vehicles today, Ford also made a rather major announcement in that it will be cancelling plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That planet was expected to cost $1.6 billion, but with that money now freed up, Ford will be investing some of it back here in the US. $700 million of that cash will go toward improving its Flat Rock, Michigan plant over the next four years, which is a significant investment.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla's weekend has been busy, with the automaker starting the roll-out of Autopilot to its latest models, as well as extending the window for free Supercharger use. The software update, which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk began distribution on December 31, 2016, will only be uploaded over-the-air to 1,000 cars initially. After that point, and assuming there are no in-the-field problems observed, it'll be more broadly distributed in the coming week.

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