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SF Motors Plans To Produce “Intelligent Electric Vehicles” In Indiana

July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

America has a new electric car company, SF Motors, which is a subsidiary of Sokon Industry Group. Sokon’s primary business is making automobiles, internal combustion engines, and auto parts. We know almost nothing about the company except that its world headquarters is in Beijing and it established its US headquarters in Silicon Valley (where else?) last month. It also has a research and development center near Ann Arbor, Michigan


US Congress Working On Autonomous & Connected Car Legislation

July 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous car technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and ride-hailing services instead


Where Tesla Autopilot Truly Shines

July 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My second "real," long drive on Autopilot (from Wroclaw to Berlin) demonstrated to me two places in which Autopilot is brilliantly lovable. These, imho, are the situations in which Autopilot is like collecting mushrooms in Mario Bros


1st Real Drive With Tesla Autopilot (Including A Few “Warning Shots”)

June 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I first experienced Tesla Autopilot last year, as I wrote in my Tesla Model X review. It was certainly cool and interesting, and a bit nerve-racking. But that was a short test drive on a California highway — not real use. Well, a few guys and I recently got our first Tesla Model S for an intercity Tesla shuttle service we're launching here in Europe (... called Tesla Shuttle), and the Tesla includes Autopilot


Hyper Chariot Aims To Go Faster, Further, & Cheaper Than Hyperloop

June 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The concept of low- to no-pressure travel through tubes has been around for a few hundred years, but it's clearly facing a revival of inspiration lately. It continues to capture imaginations as a promising future mode of transport, but also now investment dollars. Today, the idea of achieving high-velocity travel in a controlled tube environment may have made a step forward, thanks to the startup Hyper Chariot Network


How Far Behind Tesla Is Big Auto? How Long Till It Catches Up?

June 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It may seem absurd to put Tesla ahead of Big Auto, but by many standards, Tesla seems to be far ahead. You don't have to take my word for it — Tesla [TSLA] is now the most valuable US car company, recently surpassing GM and Ford in market cap, and there's a reason or 10 why the investment community on the whole sees Tesla as a more valuable company despite drastically lower annual production/sales output. This article isn't about proving that Tesla's ahead, though. It's actually a genuine, open-minded search for how long it'll take Big Auto to catch up to Tesla ... if it ever can. One widely held assumption is that large automakers can turn on a dime and crush Tesla at its own game "once the time is right." That's not true


Your Tesla May Soon Pay For Itself

June 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Will there come a day when your Tesla simply pays for itself? According to the Wall Street Journal, that day may be coming soon. "Thanks to ride sharing and the looming introduction of self-driving vehicles, the entire model of car ownership is being upended—and very soon may not look anything like it has for the past century. Drivers, for instance, may no longer be drivers, relying instead on hailing a driverless car on demand, and if they do decide to buy, they will likely share the vehicle—by renting it out to other people when it isn’t in use."


[UPDATED] CleanTechnica Webinar: Tesla Model 3 Interior Predictions, Preparations, & Prayers

June 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We're launching a new webinar series — "Electrifying" — and to squeeze some extra fun out of the Model 3 interior intrigue, we're going to kick off with a chat about “Tesla Model 3 Interior Predictions, Preparations, & Prayers.” Our own Kyle Field, Roger Pressman of EV Annex (author of Getting Ready for Model 3), Viktor Irle of EV Volumes, and I will be chatting about what we've seen, what we expect, and what we dream for in our most optimistic moments



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