Too good to be true.
Tesla introduces the “ticket avoidance mode” for the Model S. The EV now detects an approaching meter maid from far and immediately starts counter measures like windshield wiping or self-driving around the block before safely parking falsely again. Mind the date of the announcement!
Tesla's April Fools' joke.
On April 1st, Elon Musk announced the launch of the Model W, a watch that not only tells time but also the date! You will therefore never have to check your mobile for the time again. Clearly, the joke was intended to poke a little fun at the colleagues at Apple.
Apparently, not even journalists always double-check their facts and so our dear colleagues have spread a few false news – some deliberately so. Here is the best of April Fool’s day.
++ In Japan, the BMW i3 can now be ordered via Amazon and boasts 300 km range all of a sudden. The media was in a fool’s frenzy. ++ The RoamR stove is a wood-powered range extender for PHEVs that comes with a carefully controlled burn-rate. ++ Renault fooled folks with a new side-by-side seating configuration for the Twizy. ++ Lastly, the Guardian reports on a purified Jeremy Clarkson as the fired Top Gear presenter became the new face of the Divest Fossil Fuels campaign. “This is Planet Everybloodybody,” right?! ++
With hearty laughter we set the start to a long Easter weekend. The next edition of electrive.com is due on Tuesday, 7th April. Happy Easter!
Fool you once and fool you twice.
A tuned version of the BMW i3 coming soon? Ecomento fell for this one. And when it came to EVs being hooked up to overhead lines in San Francisco, we admit having to check out the story a bit further ourselves.
ecomento.tv (BMW i3), transportevolved.com (San Francisco)