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Tesla Free Supercharging, VW Monkey Tests, Musk’s Flamethrowers- TEN Episode 195

February 3, 2018 1:33 am Categorised in:

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

Is It Free?  – Tesla continues its free Supercharger Access Program (sort of) https://electrek.co/2018/02/01/tesla-free-supercharger-access-model-s-model-x/ and makes changes to the Referral program for a chance to race a Tesla Semi https://www.teslarati.com/race-tesla-semi-test-track-referral-program-prize/
Scrappage Deal – French automaker Renault starts scrappage scheme in the UK to encourage commercial buyers to switch to a Kangoo ZE 33. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/renault/102515/renault-announces-van-scrappage-deal-for-2000-off-an-electric-kangoo
Slow Start   – EV sales slump a little in January — but should you be worried? https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115092_plug-in-electric-car-sales-for-jan-fall-after-year-end-surge
Autonomy… Or Not… Annual California report shows how many miles various automakers have been driving in autonomous mode (or not) http://www.autonews.com/article/20180131/MOBILITY/180139947/californias-latest-self-driving-report-card-signals-long-road-ahead
Bound by Enthusiasm – Tesla bonds backed by Model S and Model X leases become high demand. https://electrek.co/2018/01/31/tesla-tsla-raising-500-million-debt-car-leases/
Plug In Hog  – Harley Davidson confirms we’ll see an all-electric model within 18 months – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115106_harley-davidson-to-offer-electric-motorcycle-within-18-months-says-ceo
Sell It Back  – Nissan starts new Vehicle-to-Grid scheme in the UK as first new LEAFs roll onto the nation’s roads. – http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/95493/nissan-trials-system-to-let-leaf-owners-sell-electricity-back-to-the-grid
EQ Plans  – Mercedes Benz announces where its future electric vehicles will be built — and it seems very serious indeed. – http://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/At-a-glance-Electric-initiative-at-Mercedes-Benz-Cars.xhtml?oid=32963028
Court Proceedings  – Faraday Future sues Evelozity, claims founders stole company secrets. https://electrek.co/2018/02/01/faraday-future-sues-evelozcity-ev-startup-stole-trade-secrets/
Launch Date – Jaguar continues iPace testing (including winter testing), confirms official production reveal for March 1, 2018 — but many customers won’t be able to charge it at the full 100 kilowatts DC quick charging the car can make use of due to a lack of infrastructure. https://www.autoblog.com/2018/01/31/jaguar-i-pace-ev-electric-crossover-reveal-orders/
Disassembled – Munroe and Associates tear into a Tesla Model 3, reveal some interesting features. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35GBuxw-ras
Despicable Secrets: Big Three German Automakers implicated in testing diesel emissions on monkeys — but VW takes the brunt of the criticism – https://www.autoblog.com/2018/01/30/vw-diesel-monkeys-ceo-reacts-lobbyist/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/business/energy-environment/bmw-daimler-volkswagen-diesel-monkeys.html
Next Year  – Volvo confirms its first all-electric model will be an all-electric hatchback based on the Concept 40.2 — and arrive next year. https://www.autoblog.com/2018/01/29/volvo-first-ev-2019-hatchback/
Flaming Hell – Elon Musk’s Boring Company Sells Out of Flame Throwers – https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elon-musk-500-dollar-flamethrowers-sold-out-for-10-million/, and http://www.wired.co.uk/article/elon-musk-flamethrower-boring-company  — but upsets one California lawmaker in the process https://www.autoblog.com/2018/01/30/california-lawmaker-wants-to-ban-elon-musk-s-flamethrower/