France funds U.S. climate scientists
French president Macron puts the money where his mouth is as he pledges to grant millions to U.S. scientists working on climate change. Such foreign aid had become vital since Trump is in open denial and wants to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.Continue reading
China’s solar highway already down
The 2 km-long photovoltaic pavement stretch opened in the Chinese city of Jinan a few days ago is already out of order. Unknown perpetrators stole one solar panel and damaged seven other ones. In total, the highway features 5,874 square metres of solar panels.
Survey: 54% of interviewed CEOs do not believe in BEVs
The majority of C-level managers at leading carmakers firmly believe battery-electric vehicles are prone to fail. A survey by KPMG among 904 managers found 54 percent in disbelief despite their own electrification strategies pretending to try otherwise.Continue reading
Tesla Model 3s to rent for rather outrageous prices
The EV maker may have conceived the Model 3 as its first economy EV but it is still so rare, some early buyers try to milk their advantage. Offers to rent the small Tesla for a day bear premium prices.Continue reading
Supercharger site with drive-thru café and wheeling waiters
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to increase the attraction of a Supercharger site in LA by turning it into a drive-thru restaurant where waiters wheel around in roller skates, not to forget loud rock music.Continue reading
Toyota loses legal dispute concerning “Prius” in India
Toyota is not allowed to use the name “Prius” for its hybrid model in India. That is, what the Supreme Court of India decided, granting exclusive trademark rights to Prius Auto Industries, an Indian car component supplier that registered this name in 2001 – nine years earlier than Toyota.
Court seizes assets of LeEco founder Jia Yueting
After facing a lot of trouble regarding its companies, Jia Yueting is currently confronted with even worse news: The founder of LeEco and U.S. start-up Faraday Future once stepped forward to challenge Tesla – now, a court has seized all of his assets due to outstanding debts.
Linkin Park co-creates sound for Mercedes AMG
To develop artificial driving sounds for its electrified models, Mercedes-AMG gets support from U.S.-based crossover band Linkin Park. Its members contribute “their interpretation of electrified sounds” – just like several other experts of the game and film industry.
wheelsmag.com.au, carscoops.com, engadget.com
A very curious definition of a charging station
The German forum for “Tesla Drivers and Friends” has posted a picture of a most curious charging station or signage thereof. Someone has underlined the message of a sign post pointing to a nearby charging station by fixing a socket strip to the pole. Unplugged.
tff-forum.de (in German, with pictures)
France’s Ecology Minister says he drives electric 95% of time
The Ecology Minister of France, Nicolas Hulot has been criticised after a disclosure of the wealth of Macron’s cabinet revealed him not only as a millionaire but as one with a liking for motorised vehicles of all kinds.Continue reading
Company accused of running empty electric buses
Authorities in North China are investigating an unusual case of EV subsidy fraud with a bus company accused of running a hundred empty electric buses every day in order to rack up the kilometres required for government grants. At least it is safe to say that no air has been harmed.
Tesla enthusiast imports first Model X to India
Tesla is planning its market launch in India some time after 2019. This clearly wasn’t soon enough for a Tesla fan, who simply imported a Tesla Model X all by himself, which makes his the first Tesla to drive on Indian soil. The Tesla enthusiast may have to wait significantly before the first supercharger stations and service centres are opened, though.
indiatimes.com, indianexpress.com, electrek.co
Tesla with juicy extras
The Tesla Model S is not eligible for the EV grant in Germany any longer as Tesla is suspected of subsidy fraud. One could say the EV maker creatively trimmed the Model S basis version to fit into the price bracket of the EV subsidy. Following an investigation into the very existence of such a “basic” Model S, Tesla had now to agree to stop advertising it.
Continue reading on electrive.com, automobilwoche.
BMW not permitted to use the term “zero emissions”
Advertising standards are a good thing but this case of the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) seems a bit far off. The watchmen have not permitted BMW to distribute a spot on facebook that promoted the i3 with terms such as ‘zero emissions’ or ‘clean’. The ASA ruled the ad to be misleading given that BMW offers the i3 with a range extender – optionally.
theguardian.com, independent.co.uk, asa.org.uk
Musk at its best: “Rocket with Tesla Roadster on board”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk draws attention with another crazy announcement: For the first flight of Space X’s rocket Falcon Heavy in early-2018, he wants to use its own Tesla Roadster as payload.Continue reading
Daimler rents Tesla SUV – and tests it until it is ruined
The carmaker has rented a Model X in order to test it, the magazine Spiegel has learnt. That’s not unusual. But its engineers seem to have disassembled the car, put it together after and to have handed it back in dire state. According to the magazine, Daimler caused a damage of a five-digit amount.
electrek.co, spiegel.de (in German)
Bitcoin hype reaches Tesla
As the Bitcoin mining needs a lot of computing power and electricity, a Tesla owner had the idea to build a cryptocurrency mining rig in his EV. Meanwhile rumours emerged, that the so far unknown Bitcoin creator with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto could in fact be Tesla CEO Elon Musk – well, he’s denying it.
electrek.co, investopedia.com (Musk)