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Porsche R&D chief talks Tesla, fuel cells and battery tech

Michael Steiner is the head of research and development at Porsche. Recently, he sat down for a chat with Christiaan Hetzner, a correspondent for Automotive News Europe. Hetzner started off by asking whether Porsche is a Tesla rival. “Although people like to play us off against each other, we do not consider Tesla to be a […]

April 17th

Tesla Model Y redesign inspired by toy car

The Tesla Model 3’s body was criticized by Sandy Munro in his early teardowns for an excessive amount of glued parts, unnecessary complexity, and potential failure points. “As Sandy accurately pointed out, the rear of the Model 3 looks like a patchwork quilt,” Musk said. “It’s not great.” Tesla improved upon this in the Model […]

April 15th

Tesla brings on the Cheetah Stance

Tesla is bringing on the “Cheetah Stance,” as some are calling it, to a whole new level in Tesla’s move to dominate the race tracks. In Tesla’s latest software update, a new feature for Ludicrous+ Mode is included — that of a much more aggressive crouching cheetah ready to take down its prey with unprecedented […]

April 13th

Coronavirus is slamming EV sales, but critic asserts rebound will be sharper than for fossil fuel cars

In a stunning but unsurprising report, Wood-Mackenzie consultants on Wednesday forecast that global electric vehicle sales will drop 43% in 2020 as a consequence of the economic response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. But Stan Cross at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy argues there’s no reason to believe the EV market will be hurt worse than the car […]

April 11th

Take a sneak peek inside the Tesla factory in Shanghai, China

Getting a peek inside a Tesla factory is not something that happens every day. The CleanTechnica crew was fortunate enough to get a rare glimpse inside the Fremont factory last year but the latest factory in Shanghai takes everything Tesla has learned about manufacturing automobiles and distills it into the most cutting edge factory on the planet. By Steve […]

April 10th

Tesla Model 3 = 6th Best Selling Car in USA

The Tesla Model 3 isn’t done with the headlines, despite the Model Y’s review-grabbing arrival and the coronavirus pandemic we’re dealing with at the moment. Tesla has climbed the rankings of the top selling cars in the USA and placed the Model 3 on the 6th rung*. That’s up from 9th in 2019 as a whole, […]

April 6th

Trump’s “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Rule” isn’t safer, or affordable, or efficient. It’s deadly.

Back on Valentine’s day, we pointed you to stories from The Atlantic and the New York Times detailing the “turducken of falsehoods” required to justify the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Obama-era standards for automotive fuel efficiency. All those errors, like reversing how supply and demand work, came after plenty of reporting showed that even with the faulty math, […]

Australia could be 3rd largest market for Tesla EV cybertruck

You may think the US is crazy for SUVs and pickup trucks, but one nation outdoes America in its passion for big, bold, brawny vehicles, and that is Australia. According to The Driven, Australia has the third largest number of reservation holders (3.19%) for the Tesla Cybertruck, after the US (76.25%) and Canada (10.43%). It says […]

April 2nd